Arts and Culture

Arts Friday: Developing Cutting Edge Local Artists

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Guest host Frank Cigelski speaks with some of Rochester's most cutting-edge visual artists about an arts incubator to help developing artists.

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Missing the Theme

I was sitting on the sofa, suffering through shingles.  I finished the NY Times crossword puzzle, read some of Patricia O'Connor's The Origin of the Specious, watched an episode of Judge Pirro.  Looking for further distraction, I fired up the first season of The West Wing.  As the pilot started, with that impossibly beautiful song playing over the opening credits, it struck me:  where have all the theme songs gone?

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Thursday's mystery piece

Rimsky-KorsakovRimsky-KorsakovToday’s mystery piece: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada. It’s a short work by a Russian composer with sailing experience.  His family pushed him to serve in the Navy, so he enlisted.

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Graduates Setting Out Amid Difficult Job Market

Even alumni of elite schools like the Eastman School of Music face the daunting challenge of finding a job and paying off those student loans.

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Wednesday's Mystery Piece

Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana

Today, June 2nd, we heard Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride. Smetana was a Czech composer who founded a school in Prague in 1848. This piece is the overture to a hugely successful comic opera. The composer saw the 100th performance of this opera, which was a milestone in the history of Czech opera. By 1952, it had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater! Tomorrow, our mystery piece is from an opera inspired by Wagner’s "Ring" cycle.

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Restoring a Masterpiece: WXXI's Newest Documentary

The documentary detailing the amazing restoration of Rochester's Eastman Theatre debuted Tuesday on WXXI-TV.

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The Moody Blues Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 9:00pm

The legendary band performs their classic hits at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence on WXXI-TV

Tue, 07/06/2010 - 9:00pm

A look at one of the quirkiest show animals.

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That mystery piece you heard . . .

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel

Today's early morning mystery piece was Maurice Ravel's La Valse. Georges Pretre conducted the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart (Hanssler 93013.) Congratulations to Robert, who guessed via e-mail at btre...@wxxi.org. Tomorrow, we'll hear a work by a Czech composer which, by 1952, had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater. Hear a daily mystery piece at around 6:40 a.m. on Classical 91.5.

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An Evening With Smokey Robinson on WXXI-TV

Sun, 07/04/2010 - 9:30pm

Gwen Ifill talks with Smokey Robinson, giving viewers an insider’s look at the life and career of the Motown legend.

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