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Each day until December 14th

Continuing through December 14, Classical 24 hosts will mention a special "Download of the Day" offer for you periodically throughout the day.

RPO Introduces Arild Remmereit as New Music Director

Arild Remmereit will replace Christopher Seaman as Music Director at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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WXXI Live at the Clothesline Arts Festival on WRUR and Classical 91.5

Sat, 09/10/2011 - 10:00am

Join us for two live remote broadcast from the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Arts Festival!

How not to get to Carnegie Hall

No one taught me how to practice. Just do it, they said, which is how I honed my amazing ability to daydream while moving my fingers. I can play a Bach sonata and keep a running commentary in my head: what’s for dinner? I must send flowers to Aunt Margie (ooops! skipped a note!) Are my favorite jeans in the dryer? Get cat food!

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Rochester's Musiconomy: Virtuoso TV

Classical 91.5's Brenda Tremblay introduces us to a local man who has found a way to help music students keep learning even after they've left the classroom.

Analyzing the AG Debate

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 8:30pm - 9:00pm

This week on Need to Know Rochester, a look at what we learned in the Democrat Primary Debate for NY Attorney General held here at WXXI.

Analyzing the AG Debate

This week on Need to Know Rochester, a look at what we learned in the Democrat Primary Debate for NY Attorney General held here at WXXI.

Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic: Opening Night Concert 2010 on WXXI-TV

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 9:00pm

The New York Philharmonic’s opening night gala.

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Backstage Pass "Caroline Leonardelli"

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 1:00pm

Backstage Pass presents Caroline Leonardelli.

What I did on my summer vacation, part 1

I whooshed past a field of goldenrod today. A blur of yellow.  The summer itself feels like a blur, a grainy Polaroid with indistinct lines and a few dabs of color. 

In July I spent four days at Glimmerglass Opera (read my review of the season here).  It’s a hobbit-y part of country, a slightly tamer, more cultivated hollow of the Finger Lakes.   The hills cradle you close, and the lake echoes the blue stillness of the skies.  I’ve been going to Glimmerglass for several years, and this time I was thrilled to discover (in addition to a newly-opened coffee shop across the road from the Young Artists’ headquarters) a small nature preserve behind the Alice Busch Opera Theater.  A trail leads to a raised boardwalk through the marsh where green dragonflies, blue herons, and flying squirrels dart through the trees. Enchanting.

There was another surprise.   I stayed in a small motel on Lake Otsego.  Across the street sat a large, grand white inn with a huge, wrap-around porch and a “For Sale” sign sticking out of the weeds.  Sumac trees jutted out of the garden beds. The roof was caving in.  The paint, peeling.  I couldn’t resist, so I walked across the road, climbed up crumbling concrete stairs and past the yawning cellar door onto the porch. It was as quiet as an Egyptian tomb. I peered into one of the front windows, into a vast room filled with light.  At first, I thought it was totally empty; no pictures on the wall, no furniture, no stuff. Then my eyes fell on a metal cage in the middle of the room and a very-much-alive black and white rabbit looking back at me, calmly munching pellets. I loved that rabbit.

Sometimes the best things happen when you peer past the facade.  Part the curtain and look.

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