Classical

A bit of a rant

I was sitting at my desk the other day when, over my shoulder, I heard a tour group coming down the hall.  The visitors passed the WXXI newsroom and stopped a few feet away.

“And this,” announced their guide (a smart and lovely woman who works in another department), “is Classical 91.5.  Classical music is very soothing, very relaxing!”

Backstage Pass with The Ying Quartet

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Host Julia Figueras welcomes The Ying Quartet to the WXXI Studios.

Stage Notes Gets "Next to Normal"

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join host Robert Hammond for an in-depth look at the groundbreaking musical Next to Normal,

Russian Accents: Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and the Piano

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 8:00pm

In addition to sizzling live performances by Toradze and members of the Toradze Piano Studio, the program includes piano recordings by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky.

Rochester Classical Radar 2013 (Part 1?)

Cinema Paradiso was the last movie screened at the George Eastman House’s Dryden  Theater for two long months while they upgrade the theater (what do you think of that director’s cut?)

What to do now to avoid the dishes? The opportunity to see rare and classic films in a theater has been a real treat since I moved here, and some nights I was even lured me away from a few classical concerts.

Now, I’ll just have more time for music. If I get to even half of what I’ve written in to my calendar for the next few months, it will be pretty good.  Here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to the first two months of 2013:

Rochester's Top Classical Music Stories

Farewell 2012!  From my vantage point as morning host and arts journalist at WXXI, it’s been a dramatic year for classical musicians in Rochester, New York.  First of all,

Year-End Broadway Review with Ralph Meranto

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join host Robert Hammond and his guest Ralph Meranto for a year-end Broadway review.

January 2013 listings for the New York Philharmonic

Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Hurricane Sandy is still disrupting some performances originally scheduled for the New York Philharmonic's radio broadcast season.  Here are the latest program highlights for January.

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January 2013 presentations by the Metropolitan Opera

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (end times vary)

The Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts for January include two Live in HD theater presentations, and a 12 noon start on January 5th due to the length of Berlioz' Les Troyens.  The Metropolitan opera is partnering with other opera companies this season as noted below.

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