Arts and Culture

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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David Suchet on the Orient Express: A Masterpiece Special on WXXI-TV

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 8:00pm

Masterpiece Mystery!'s David Suchet explores the modern-day Orient Express.

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Friday's Mystery piece

Mozart, sort ofMozart, sort of  Congratulations to Bob and Kristi who both guessed today's mystery piece, the Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Mozart.  We heard the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leopold Hager. (Novalis 150041.)  Monday's mystery involves The Bad News Bears.

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Arts Friday: Celebrating Sensational Schumann

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Guest host Brenda Tremblay from WXXI-FM discusses Robert Schumann's musical legacy with scholars observing the Schumann bicentennial. Schumann was born June 8th, 1810.

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.

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?

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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