November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.
In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!
Garth Fagan never let anyone else choreograph his dancers until last year. WXXIâ€™sJulie Philipp reports on a new creative mind in dance and the moment of contact that sparked the troupeâ€™s latest work.
Join host Robert Hammond as he talks to Grammy nominated recording artist Matthew West about his new holiday CD, â€śThe Heart of Christmas,â€ť and a song he wrote thatâ€™s inspired a movieď»ż. One song on the new album that has already developed a life beyond this CD is â€śOne Last Christmas.â€ť
Jamie Bernstein talks in depth about her father, Leonard Bernstein, and the impact he had on her. Additionally, she discusses EL SISTEMA USA! -- a new film documentary about the power of music to create social transformation.
The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones. The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.