Classical

Mornings, August 20 - 24

Wake up with inspiring classical music, NPR News, the Writer’s Almanac (8:20), Composers Datebook (7:20), and daily Mystery Piece (6:40). We’ll enjoy more season highlights from live performances recorded in Rochester in 2011-2012, thanks to the musicians and recording engineer Carl Pultz, Alembic Productions.

Charles Ives' memory lives on in Rochester

Dear Reader,

No word yet on the fate of the Charles Ives house.  But the last blog post prompted this interesting response from Classical 91.5 listener David Kirkpatrick.

Copland Summer: Simplicity and Objectivity

So many things running around my head this afternoon, and I’m not sure how to organize them all. Maybe a list? 

Bridget Kibbey

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 1:00pm

Julia Figueras welcomes renowned harpist Bridget Kibbey.

A New Season from the San Francisco Opera

As part of WXXI’s year-round opera presentation, Classical 91.5 is proud to bring listeners ten operas from the San Francisco Opera, as performed in the famed War Memorial Opera House.

One Singular Sensation Saturday at 11:00 AM

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Marvin Hamlisch, the singularly productive and sensationally decorated composer, was honored during Live From Lincoln Center on New Year's Eve.

Art Interlude

Wall \ Therapy at the Little Theatre

Copland summer reading is going well, and I'll post an update next week on what I'm learning. I'm not sure if this will lead to any grander conclusions that I so optimistically predicted last week, but I'm having a lot of fun reading about Copland's life - where and how he lived and worked, along with his connections with other musicians, artists, and writers. 

Enough - this post is not about Copland - instead, it's about a project that was completed in fewer hours than it will take me to read that book: the Wall\Therapy mural at The Little Theatre.  

Steamy Broadway

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

It’s finally summer! Whether you’re livin’ easy or not, be sure to listen to this week’s sizzlin’edition of Stage Notes.

Copland Summer

A few friends sat on a porch in Rochester on a recent cool summer night.  There was music, and beer, and some talk of going hiking. The music varied as different people used Spotify to play Nick Waterhouse, Leonard Cohen, Olivia Tremor Control, Wilco, and whatever else came to mind.

Late at night, late enough to be almost early, one of the denizens of this porch called up Copland’s music for The Red Pony. He then turned to me, the ostensible classical music expert, and asked:  “Why do I like this music? What makes it so good?”

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