Pack your bags. Take a weekend to explore. There are obscure and fascinating destinations for music history geeks sprinkled throughout New York State. I’ve touched on some of these before, but here they are, laid out for your next road trip.
WXXI's Brenda Tremblay caught a few moments with Rochester resident and American tenor Gregory Kunde, fresh from his winning “Best Male Singer” in the 2016 International Opera Awards in London.
One of the greatest pleasures in my life is presenting music for you on Classical 91.5 FM. But making music with other people offers a different kind of thrill, and this spring I’m loving the chance to sing with various chamber choirs, including Madrigalia and First Inversion.
My last musical adventure plunged me into the pit.
There are bad relationships and there are Bad Relationships. The MacBeths of Shakepeare's "Scottish Play" push the boundaries of evil, to say the least. This summer bass-baritone Eric Owens made his debut as the title character of Verdi's Shakespearean opera, with Melody Moore as his scheming wife. During the Glimmerglass Festival, we sat down to talk about twisted love, ambition, treachery, murder, and the House of Cards.
As promised, here's a conversation about Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with Deborah Fox of Pegasus Early Music and conductor Paul O'Dette. Why is the Vespers so extraordinary? Why, if it's so amazing, is it rarely performed? Why isn't it as famous as Handel's Messiah? Paul and Deb answer these questions and touch on the raw emotional power of the work in our conversation. I'm thrilled you'll be able to hear this on the radio, thanks to Deborah Fox and recording engineer Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions. Hear the Vespers Monday, November 2 at 8 p.m. on Classical 91.5 and FM 90.3, streaming at wxxi.org. ~ Brenda
Thank you for your support for Classical 91.5 during our fall membership campaign. Behind the scenes, we are planning all kinds of special broadcasts on WXXI-FM, including Pegasus Early Music performing Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, recorded in concert at the Hochstein Performance Hall this past spring.