Arts and Culture

The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House on WXXI-TV

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 8:00pm

The White House hosts a Motown celebration in honor of Black History Month.

Who Does She Think She Is?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 9:00pm

The film follows five women artists as they navigate the economic, psychological, and spiritual challenges of making work outside the elite art world.

Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 4:30pm

Family and friends, photos and home movies recall Erma Bombeck's life and career.

Gold box

Chris Van Hof lent me a copy of the book "Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music" by Angela Myles Beeching. Violinist Philip Ying calls it “the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician,” and the more I pour over it, the more I think it contains a lot of good advice for anyone working in a creative field.

Beeching oversees the career center at New England Conservatory of Music, and in this volume she summarizes the counsel she offers aspiring musicians, including tips on practical matters such as web-site design, managing money, and using social networking tools.  As a professional church musician, I found this tip helpful; “Avoid playing more than twenty-five minutes without a five- minute break.” (Okay, I can do this if that five minute break includes chocolate!)  Beeching also extends this advice to any physical activity: gardening, typing, sports, etc.  Take breaks, she urges.  She recommends daily exercise, soaking in the beauty of nature, and carving out time for non-musical activities.

Here’s some general advice she gives career counselors working with musicians: “Look for the light in the eyes.”  Your eyes reflect your true passions.  

Finally, this gem. Israeli composer Lio Navok’s compares the artist’s creative internal fire to a small, gold box.  “It’s something absolutely personal and irreplaceable in each of us that we need to safeguard,” he says.   I have a gold box.  You have one, too.  Hold it close.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 9:30pm

Harry Connick, Jr. returns to the Main Stage with a roster of favorites, performed in his trademark New Orleans style.


American Masters: Carole King & James Taylor on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 8:00pm

In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore – a style marked by vulnerable introspection and raw, naked emotion.

Globe Trekker "Indonesia: Java & Sumatra" on WXXI Create

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 9:00pm

Experience the beauty of Indonesia.

All that wrath and a bunch of chips

Superbowl advertisers turned to classical composers to help them sell carbonated beverages (with Rossini's William Tell Overture), a new TV series (cue Carl Orff's Carmina Burana), cars (via John Williams' The Empire Strikes Back) and bright orange chips which may not be the healthiest thing for you or your dog.  In my opinion, the juxtaposition of Verdi's Requiem with a slow-motion, runni

This American Life: Original Recipe

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 9:00pm

Could this be the original recipe for Coca-Cola? Tune in and find out.

Renee Fleming Talks to WXXI

World renowned soprano Renee Fleming spoke with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay about returning to her hometown on February 20th to perform a benefit concert for the Eastman School of Music.

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