Adelina Patti

Sharp Ears with Stephen Kennedy

In WXXI’s Sharp Ears series, you’re getting exclusive recommendations from musicians on who is worth your time and attention. In this episode, the guest is Stephen Kennedy, the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Rochester, New York.  He teaches at the Eastman School of Music and paints large-scale works as well.  


Fashion sense

When soprano Allyn Van Dusen walked into the Hochstein Performance Hall, I half-expected she’d be wearing a full-length antique wrap that had belonged to her grandmother. (She’d mentioned it when we'd talked about her appearance on WXXI's weekly live radio show, "Live from Hochstein.") Instead, she appeared in a metallic sleeveless top, a casual, fringed broomstick skirt, and jeweled sandals. Her appearance hinted at the exotic influences in the music: Ravel’s “Sheherazade,” for example, unfolds in tri-tones to evoke the sight of a bejeweled Persian queen.

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