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News and views

You may see less arts coverage in the Democrat and Chronicle. The daily paper’s classical music, jazz and dance reporter and critic, Anna Reguero, is leaving to pursue her doctorate in musicology.  (You can hear our conversation about changes she’s seen in Rochester by clicking here.)  She will not be replaced.  In a city with a widespread affinity for music of all kinds, the decision by Rochester’s daily paper to not hire a new music writer is troubling but not surprising.

Early Mornings on Classical 91.5

July 11-15

Start your day with classical music, a little news, and conversation about the arts. Brenda Tremblay hosts from six until ten, with highlights from Rochester performances you may have missed.

State of Wonder

When I was in Siena, Italy last week with the WXXI Travel Club, I picked up a copy of an historical novel by Marina Fiorato.  Called Daughter of Siena, it traces the fate of a young woman in the Tuscan hill town during the Palio, a chaotic annual horse race in which jockeys circle the town’s central piazza.  Set in 1723, the main character watches her betrothed die during the

Classical Mornings, July 7 & July 8

Weekdays, 6-10am

Thursday, July 7

Works by William Walton, Gioacchino Rossini, and Michael Torke

New music from the WXXI library

Composer’s Datebook: Handel celebrates peace

Florence

After the serenity of the Italian Lake District and the leafy loveliness of Lucca, Florence was a bit of a shock to me.  First of all, we walked in on a feast day with parades, games, and fireworks celebrating the patron saint of Florence, Saint Giovanni Battista. Second, it was garbage day. Refuse under the hot Tuscan sun smells like refuse everywhere.

Lucca

Thank you for following this journal.  The WXXI Travel Club has arrived in Tuscany, and my thoughts are spinning in a thousand directions.  We’ve been on a medieval whirlwind: a few hours in Sienna, a day in Florence, a rush into the Tuscan hill town San Gimignano.  My feelings trace an involuntary path that might make for more interesting reading for you than a laundry list of s

Keeping Score: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 1:00pm

Keeping Score with the San Francisco Symphony – redefining the orchestral music experience.

Los Angeles Opera

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 1:00pm

Tune in for the Los Angelos Opera world premiere of Daniel Cantán's II Postino.

Great Performances: Rigoletto from Mantua on WXXI-TV

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 9:30pm

From Andrea Andermann comes a visually and musically spectacular production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, filmed on location in Mantua, Italy.

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