I admit it. December is not my favorite time of year. With so many cards to write, gifts to wrap, cookies to frost, and extra church services to plan and direct, I often feel overwhelmed by what feels like a month-long To Do List. That's a terrible thing to say, but I know I'm not alone. A survey conducted a couple of years ago by Harris Interactive showed 90 percent of respondents experience stress during the holiday season. ï»¿
Thank you to Luna Galassini for filling in for me over my recent vacation. I spent time with friends in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Bristol Harbor, and then had a week to get ready for winter, putting the garden to bed and sorting through a big basket of mittens and hats which now sits by the front door. And rest! I slept in every day! Getting enough rest and being healthy is very important to me, and it was especially vital given the dramatic week that followed with the unexpected announcement that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra wished to end its four-year contract with Music Director Arild Remmereit two years early. WXXI-FM listeners have expressed shock, anger, sadness, and hope that classical music lovers will work through this situation together to support our cityâ€™s great orchestra. Our newsroom will keep you updated on the situation.
Hurricane Sandy has disrupted many performances in New York City, greatly impacting the New York Philharmonic's radio broadcast season. Here are the latest program highlights for December, which includes a performance of Messiah on December 23rd and a great family holiday special on December 30th.
The Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast season begins on December 8th and runs through May 11th. Tune in on the radio, or enjoy one of the live in HD performances at a theater near you. Complete details at www.metopera.org
It may be looking and feeling like winter outside in Rochester, but the the San Francisco Symphony takes us to A Midsummer Night's Dream on the December 10th program. Tune in every Monday night for great classics from around the world.