Bela Bartok

48 hours in New York State for Music Nerds

Pack your bags.  Take a weekend to explore.  There are obscure and fascinating destinations for music history geeks sprinkled throughout New York State.  I’ve touched on some of these before, but here they are, laid out for your next road trip.

Behind the scenes at the Met

You would think walking into the Metropolitan Opera House would be a serene experience.  But not this past weekend.  A double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” had been already canceled because of a blizzard warning.

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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