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Jazz Break - Tuesday Night at the Festival

WXXI's Alex Crichton and WRUR's Scott Regan preview tonight's lineup at Rochester's premier music festival.

Tuesday's mystery piece

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Monday's mystery piece

Monday’s mystery piece was from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier I: Prelude and Fugue.

 

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Monday Night's Jazz Fest Highlights

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival continues Monday night. WXXI's Brenda Tremblay and Julia Figueras take a look at the highlights.

I'll give you three notes

Years ago I was a contestant in a live, Jeopardy-like quiz show hosted by conductor Peter Bay and the RPO at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center.   Fresh out of college, I thought I knew a lot about music.  Boy, did I eat humble pie. 

 

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"Jazz Break" on AM 1370 & WRUR-FM 88.5

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 8:35am

AM 1370's Alex Crichton and WRUR-FM's Scott Regan talk about the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest

Tchaikovsky, inspiration

Listeners from England and Rochester guessed (correctly) Thursday's mystery piece.  At 6:40 a.m. we heard a waltz from a ballet composed in 1875 as a commission for the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow: Valse intrada I from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. It was unsuccessful after its first year of performance.

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Wednesday Mystery piece

Congratulations to Susan in Alfred and Bob listening in Rochester.  They identified Wednesday’s mystery piece, a suite of waltzes by one of the most remarkable composers of the 20th century.  He “ran the gamut of styles without losing his own,” writes cellist David Moore

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Tuesday's mystery piece

Robert SchumannRobert SchumannToday we heard Johnathan Biss playing a selection from Robert Schumann’s Papillons (Butterflies).   He "made himself a new ideal world in which he moved almost as he wills," according to one contemporary critic.  Musicians are celebratin
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Monday's mystery

Georges BizetGeorges BizetWhat does Walter Matthau have to do with opera?

 

Monday's mystery piece. Carmen Suite No. 2 comes from an enticing opera written by Georges Bizet, a French composer born in 1838.

 

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