The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones. The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.
You may see less arts coverage in the Democrat and Chronicle. The daily paperâ€™s classical music, jazz and dance reporter and critic, Anna Reguero, is leaving to pursue her doctorate in musicology. (You can hear our conversation about changes sheâ€™s seen in Rochester by clicking here.) She will not be replaced. In a city with a widespread affinity for music of all kinds, the decision by Rochesterâ€™s daily paper to not hire a new music writer is troubling but not surprising.
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.
All last week, I was in the small town of Lichtenberg, Germany with my brass quintet, the Emerald Brass. We were participating in an exciting event called "Rekkenze Brass Week." It was sponsored by the Rekkenze Brass, a group of international brass players based out of Hof, Germany. Read on for a summary of the highlights of the trip!
The Emerald Brass on the Marketplatz of Hof, Germany
I have an addiction: The Detroit Tigers. But that's not what I'm writing about today, rather I shall write about another addiction I have: I peruse musician info pages on orchestra websites. I mostly want to find out what else orchestra musicians do besides play in orchestra. Sometimes I'm dissappointed ("I like to go to chamber music concerts" really? That's all?). Sometimes it's enlightening ("I compete in triathalons" way to go!).
You would be reading an incredibly insightful and heartwarming blog post about Thanksgiving right now. That's what you would be doing that is, if the Internet gremlins didn't eat my blog post. The following is a synopsis of the once-great, now-disappeared blog post about Thanksgiving.
Today Classical 91.5 and the Hochstein Music School welcomed Chris Van Hof as the new host of Live from Hochstein. Chris began learning the ropes from temporary host Brenda Tremblay, and very quickly was ready to take the reins. Today, Chris welcomed the Kilbourn Saxophone Quartet to the Hochstein stage for a program of 20th Century music. Listeners heard Jack Marshall's Goldrush Suite, Astor Piazzola's Cafe 1930, and Faustin & Maurice Jeanjean's Quatour pour Saxophones.