Nina Assimakopolous teaches flute at Bowling Green State University and is an active performer and clinician worldwide. She has a very holistic view of both teaching and performing, and shared her thoughts on both as well as some very cool extended flute techniques with WXXI's Chris Van Hof.
Earlier this month, I was gone and off the air for a whole week. I thought I'd try Skyaking for a bit--didn't work out so well. After multiple bird strikes and $17,000 worth of skyaks destroyed, I decided on a safer endeavor and played racquetball.
Quartsemble is a string quintet of a different stripe. They travel comfortably from standard classical repertoire to up-to-the-minute new arrangements of Latino and contemporary music. WXXI's Chris Van Hof chatted with them about their unique programming, the key to good educational concerts, and how to write tango for five strings.
WXXI Classical 91.5's Chris Van Hof's discussion with conductor Brian Story about the pleasures and challenges of leading a community concert band, and how to program good music for a St. Patrick's Day concert.
Every day for 5 hours at WXXI, I play CDs. On an average weekday, I play 22 pieces of recorded music. A rough estimate suggests that 97% of the recordings I play are produced in a studio, with the remaining 3% are recorded live in concert.