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Go Ravens!

If you don’t know much about football (that would be me) or fine wine (me, neither), a handy rule of thumb is to automatically root for the team named for a bird or buy the bottle with the bird on the label.   Let’s cheer the Ravens in the Superbowl!

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Talking Music: A few recent conversations

Isn’t it fun to talk about music? I’m always happy to chat (we can start a shouting match have a civil discussion over on Twitter or Facebook if you’d like).

Here are a few of my recent slightly more structured musical conversations:  interviews that were featured on WXXI’s Classical 91.5 Some of them are musicians in Rochester, others just stopping by for a visit.

 

Interview with Eastman’s David Higgs

“We have to go places that already have these million dollar plus instruments, these huge and very complex pieces of architecture, really, that play music.  – David Higgs

 

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Dinosaur Annex: Continuing to be Contemporary (Interview)

Boston-based ensemble Dinosaur Annex has been playing music by contemporary composers for 38 years.  They’re playing a concert tonight at Kilbourn Hall, with a program that includes music by East

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Give Opera a Chance: La Boheme

Have you ever seen an opera? WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami and Eastman School of Music's Benton Hess discuss (with some help from Cher) why Puccini's La Boheme is one you shouldn't miss.

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Frankly, my dear . . .

 . . . Scarlett, this West Bloomfield, New York beauty, LOVES public radio.

 

Stravinsky in Rochester

“To have Mr. Stravinsky in residence for this past week, and conducting part of this evening’s program, we have brought to our students the most illustrious example of an individual who exemplifies both the knower and the doer. The impact of his presence upon the minds of our students is incalculable”

 – Walter Hendl, Director, Eastman School of Music
 

Kristin Shiner McGuire

Percussionist Kristin Shiner McGuire tells the story of how a moment of frustration at the Department of Motor Vehicles landed her in physical therapy. She describes her lifelong passion for fitness, and what she tells students who show up for lessons without breakfast. Kristen has been the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Nazareth College since 1984.

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A bit of a rant

I was sitting at my desk the other day when, over my shoulder, I heard a tour group coming down the hall.  The visitors passed the WXXI newsroom and stopped a few feet away.

“And this,” announced their guide (a smart and lovely woman who works in another department), “is Classical 91.5.  Classical music is very soothing, very relaxing!”

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