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Convocation Day

Due to popular demand, I am posting the audio clip of Howard Hanson's speech to Eastman School of Music students in 1943. It was Convocation Day, the beginning of a new academic year.  Click on the audio attachment to hear The Man Himself.  The whole thing is less than two minutes long.
 
 
Howard HansonHoward Hanson
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Soprano saves opera! Dies on stage! Wakes for interview!

Eastman grad Kathryn Lewek, who recorded an exquisite set of art songs by Rochester composer Cary Ratcliff in 2008, got an amazing, unexpected chance to step into the starring role in Ambroise Thomas' opera Mignon at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara on August 7th.  The lead got sick. Lewek was her understudy.  Big moment ensued.  This could be a huge advance for her career.  After the show, she was interviewed about the experience. 
 
 
 
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Holst's trombone induces sheep birth

 We all know the power of the mighty trombone.  Noble, inspiring, breathtaking, the trombone has inspired generations of humans to great things.  Einstein listened to the "Tuba Mirum" from Mozart's Requiem when he finalized the theory of relativity.  Joyce played recordings of Bruckner while he wrote Ulysses.  Al Gore went to a Chicago concert right before he invented the Internet.  

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A look at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition

[ http://interactive.wxxi.org/files/special/62nd_Finger_Lakes_... ]
 
Click here above to see Sam Sadtler's multi-media presentation of the Rochester-Finger Lakes exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery. It's Rochester's oldest and - arguably - most prestigious art show.
 
Sam interned at WXXI this summer. He's a staff photographer for Campus Times at the University of Rochester.  You can reach him at ssadtler@ur.rochester.edu.  Thanks for the great piece, Sam!

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My German Brass Odyssey!

All last week, I was in the small town of Lichtenberg, Germany with my brass quintet, the Emerald Brass.  We were participating in an exciting event called "Rekkenze Brass Week."  It was sponsored by the Rekkenze Brass, a group of international brass players based out of Hof, Germany.  Read on for a summary of the highlights of the trip!
The Emerald Brass on the Marketplatz of Hof, GermanyThe Emerald Brass on the Marketplatz of Hof, Germany
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Preview of my musical journey to Germany next week!

From August 3 to 7, I'll be in Germany with my brass quintet (The Emerald Brass) attending a brass festival in this lovely house:
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Bringing opera to kids...NOT!

Dad was out of town at a college reunion, so we decided to take a trip to the movies to see the new Harry Potter with friends.  Lights go down, trailers start, and then...one began.  A young lad is climbing out of a taxi, ubiqitous ominous  music thudding under the images...well, you can see it for yourself.
 
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I'm caving to peer pressure

I promised myself I wouldn't do this.  I said: "Chris, if you do a blog for WXXI, you will not post any cute cat videos, or follow any Internet fads.  No Dancing Hamsters!" said I.
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