As I walked over to Eastman this morning to get some (iced) coffee, I saw a number of people with instrument cases. This week, of all times, I felt pretty safe in assuming that these cases were holding violas, and not violins.
Hi! Happy New Year! Since itâ€™s a time for new beginnings, perhaps itâ€™s time for me actually to start keeping in touch and writing some things here. Iâ€™m not quite sure what it will be. Brenda describes it as a sandbox. A sandbox is a much more inviting notion than a blank page. Hopefully you can jump in and play too when you have the time.
No more procrastinating; letâ€™s get started.
Hereâ€™s a cool new thing I learned this weekend. Danny Kaye was a conductor. Danny Kaye, the Court Jester, conducted the New York Philharmonic and other major orchestras.
November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.
In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!
This morning on the Sunshine Show, Brenda Tremblay spoke with the President of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Susan WeberSusan Weber, Pres. NYSMMA (www.nyssma.org) about the upcoming conference to be held in Rochester. It got me thinking about the significant role that school music teachers play in the potential success and future of classical public radio.