Music

Met @ the Movies: Das Rheingold

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

Wagner's Das Rheingold  kicks off this season's Met Opera @ the Movies.

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Magic Moments: The Best of 50's Pop

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 5:00pm

Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney host this nostalgic trip back to the 1950s.

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Straight No Chaser - Songs of the Decades: Holiday Edition on WXXI-TV

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 10:30pm

Share a laugh with the a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser.

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The Pretenders: Live in London on WXXI-TV

Sat, 09/11/2010 - 10:00pm

The Pretenders’ concert special, filmed in London, captures one of the many electrifying performances from their 2009 world tour.

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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.

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Backstage Pass "Caroline Leonardelli"

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

Backstage Pass presents Caroline Leonardelli.

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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.

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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.

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