Music

Aretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind on WXXI-TV

Sat, 11/27/2010 - 10:00pm

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, presents a collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers.

Backstage Pass "Caroline Leonardelli"

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 1:00pm

Backstage Pass presents Caroline Leonardelli.

What I did on my summer vacation, part 1

I whooshed past a field of goldenrod today. A blur of yellow.  The summer itself feels like a blur, a grainy Polaroid with indistinct lines and a few dabs of color. 

In July I spent four days at Glimmerglass Opera (read my review of the season here).  It’s a hobbit-y part of country, a slightly tamer, more cultivated hollow of the Finger Lakes.   The hills cradle you close, and the lake echoes the blue stillness of the skies.  I’ve been going to Glimmerglass for several years, and this time I was thrilled to discover (in addition to a newly-opened coffee shop across the road from the Young Artists’ headquarters) a small nature preserve behind the Alice Busch Opera Theater.  A trail leads to a raised boardwalk through the marsh where green dragonflies, blue herons, and flying squirrels dart through the trees. Enchanting.

There was another surprise.   I stayed in a small motel on Lake Otsego.  Across the street sat a large, grand white inn with a huge, wrap-around porch and a “For Sale” sign sticking out of the weeds.  Sumac trees jutted out of the garden beds. The roof was caving in.  The paint, peeling.  I couldn’t resist, so I walked across the road, climbed up crumbling concrete stairs and past the yawning cellar door onto the porch. It was as quiet as an Egyptian tomb. I peered into one of the front windows, into a vast room filled with light.  At first, I thought it was totally empty; no pictures on the wall, no furniture, no stuff. Then my eyes fell on a metal cage in the middle of the room and a very-much-alive black and white rabbit looking back at me, calmly munching pellets. I loved that rabbit.

Sometimes the best things happen when you peer past the facade.  Part the curtain and look.

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A Woman's Face

Rufus Wainwright was on The Tavis Smiley Show last night. He recently set some of Shakespeare's sonnets to music. Here he is singing number 20.

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 12:00pm

Classical 91.5 is proud to present pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Voces "Celia the Queen"

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 9:00pm

The life and legacy of a woman whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation and captured the hearts of fans worldwide.

Celtic Thunder on WXXI-TV

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 8:00pm

A performance like you've never seen before!

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Stayin' Alive

Hi! I'm back from vacation. I just finished a feature with a dynamic piano duo, Anderson and Roe, and I thought you'd enjoy this. You can hear them talk about their work in a podcast . . . coming SOON.
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Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 9:00pm

Global reporting team tracks down incredible performances, amazing musicians, and irresistible grooves.

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AMERICAN MASTERS "Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built"

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 7:00pm

For the last half-century, Ahmet Ertegun was hip-deep in R&B and rock 'n' roll. Follows his remarkable career and its impact on the evolution of popular musical.

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