Classical

They're all together ooky, the Addams Family

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky, the Addams Family.

Stravinsky in Rochester

“To have Mr. Stravinsky in residence for this past week, and conducting part of this evening’s program, we have brought to our students the most illustrious example of an individual who exemplifies both the knower and the doer. The impact of his presence upon the minds of our students is incalculable”

 – Walter Hendl, Director, Eastman School of Music
 

Let Freedom Ring: The Music of the Abolitionists

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 2:00pm

Reformers say, “any good crusade requires singing,” and this special features the songs penned to stir up support of equality. 

Healing the Broken-Hearted

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:00pm

On the one month anniversary of the Newtown shooting, WXXI presents Healing the Broken-Hearted. 

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,

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