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2010 - 2011 Season

Don’t miss the chance to experience the Met right here in Rochester!

International Women's Day...there and here

March 8. 2011 marks the centenary celebration of International Women's Day.  Each March 8, for the last 25 years, I have programmed a veritable festival of women in music.  I did this for rock, I did it for jazz, and these days, with the help of interns from the Eastman School of Music's Arts Leadership Program, I do it for classical. 

WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 Celebrates Women's History Month

Throughout March

Tune in to Classical 91.5 all month long for special Women's History Month programming.

Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 8:00pm

In October 2010 the legendary musical "LES MISÉRABLES" celebrated its 25th birthday.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 8:00pm

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Tuesdays this March on Classical 91.5.

El Paso Pro Musica Festival

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 8:00pm

El Paso Chamber Music Festival receives international critical acclaim each year, and has a history of bringing artistic excellence to the border region.

Gold box

Chris Van Hof lent me a copy of the book "Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music" by Angela Myles Beeching. Violinist Philip Ying calls it “the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician,” and the more I pour over it, the more I think it contains a lot of good advice for anyone working in a creative field.

Beeching oversees the career center at New England Conservatory of Music, and in this volume she summarizes the counsel she offers aspiring musicians, including tips on practical matters such as web-site design, managing money, and using social networking tools.  As a professional church musician, I found this tip helpful; “Avoid playing more than twenty-five minutes without a five- minute break.” (Okay, I can do this if that five minute break includes chocolate!)  Beeching also extends this advice to any physical activity: gardening, typing, sports, etc.  Take breaks, she urges.  She recommends daily exercise, soaking in the beauty of nature, and carving out time for non-musical activities.

Here’s some general advice she gives career counselors working with musicians: “Look for the light in the eyes.”  Your eyes reflect your true passions.  

Finally, this gem. Israeli composer Lio Navok’s compares the artist’s creative internal fire to a small, gold box.  “It’s something absolutely personal and irreplaceable in each of us that we need to safeguard,” he says.   I have a gold box.  You have one, too.  Hold it close.

All that wrath and a bunch of chips

Superbowl advertisers turned to classical composers to help them sell carbonated beverages (with Rossini's William Tell Overture), a new TV series (cue Carl Orff's Carmina Burana), cars (via John Williams' The Empire Strikes Back) and bright orange chips which may not be the healthiest thing for you or your dog.  In my opinion, the juxtaposition of Verdi's Requiem with a slow-motion, runni

With Heart and Voice ® Program 1113

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 12:01am - 11:59pm

As we observe the Third Sunday in Lent, we’ll hear several settings of the psalm of the day, Psalm 121, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills,” which has been wonderfully set by composers from the US and abroad.

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With Heart and Voice ® Program 1112

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 12:01am - 11:59pm

Our journey through the season of Lent continues, with music based on psalm texts of devotion and introspection.  We also will hear music about Mary, in observance of the Feast of the Annunciation later in the week.

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