Classical

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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Leroy Anderson in Concert

Mon, 07/04/2011 - 12:00pm

Tune in for this delightful Independence Day special featuring a variety of patriotic anthems and lighthearted favorites.

Keeping Score: Mahler on WXXI-TV

Sun, 07/03/2011 - 12:00pm

WXXI is pleased to bring audiences Keeping Score: Mahler, a multi-media project focuses on the life and music of Gustav Mahler presented by the San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas.

The Frothy Swiss Thing

For me, the second day in the resort town of Stresa, Italy unfolded in flashes of detail; a tiny green fern growing out of a crack in the wall, a clear glass of grappa, two girls in bikinis playing with dogs on the beach. A train carried us through the mountains, across the border north into Locarno, Switzerland for lunch.

Stresa

The WXXI Travel Club landed in Milan Sunday morning, jazzed and tired after an overnight flight from New York.  A bus carried us through hills, vineyards, and quarries to the resort town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore, a few miles from the Swiss border.  Here was everything already loved and familiar; emerald woods, sapphire waters, hills, fragrant gardens.  I’ve heard the Finger Lak

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