Have you seen Scorsese's film Hugo? I went this weekend, and it is absolutely enchanting. The story has a surprising connection to Jacques Offenbach, of can-can fame, by way of Jules Verne. This week, I hope you can join me to hear more of that story and enjoy all sorts of wonderful music.
The Metropolitan Opera broadcast season varies in beginning and ending times this year. For your listening convenience, WXXI will begin all broadcasts at 1:00 p.m. (unless length determines otherwise). NOTE: Live in HD theater times will not always match the radio broadcast.
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.