The video game Rock Band lets you sing into a microphone that's plugged into your game console. If you sing the right pitches and the right rhythms, you earn points. A bored flutist recently made this stunning discovery:
Over the first weekend of October, nearly 8,000 people experienced Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester Oratorio Society in the newly-renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. One patron blogged about what she saw and heard, and she inspired me to share this clip with you.
The BBC reports today about a performance of an excerpt of a piece of music today. Usually, this is not newsworthy. I, for example, performed an excerpt of Bruckner's 7th Symphony this morning in the shower, and nobody even bothered to show up (my cat even ran away). But this excerpt performance the BBC tells us about is a little different.
I heard a little feature by Frank DeFord on Morning Edition today that announced the beginning of sports' Ratings Season. He's referring to college football and basketball's infatuation with weekly rankings, and how they really don't bear a whole lot of importance. Right on cue, this list appeard from London's Telegraph ranking the 100 Best Classical Recordings.