As April is upon us and it brings with it more than just the first hint of spring. April is also Public Radio Music Month — a national campaign to help raise the visibility of the diverse music that can only be found on public radio. We are fortunate in our community to have two such stations: Classical 91.5 and WRUR 88.5.
My sincere thanks go to public radio listeners who took the step to become public radio members last week! Whether it is the trusted news that AM 1370 provides, the soaring sounds from Rochester's only classical station on Classical 91.5, or the local and thoughtfully different music on WRUR and WITH — you affirmed the value that the WXXI family of radio services provides this community.
The order forms offering music for the year-end festivities begin crossing my desk in September. All lovely, pretty stuff. All pretty much the same as last year. And then we have a banner year, and newly minted magic fills the airwaves. So here's a short list of holiday CD's I found this year--some with a new take on old pieces, and some with something entirely new.
Retired WXXI Classical 91.5 Sunshine Show host Simon Pontin (seen here with wife Christy Simons) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement AwardPontin by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester at their 26th Annual Arts Award Luncheon today. Lifetime Achievement Award
This is a big year for the Ying Quartet. Tomorrow, they take part in the grand unveiling of the newly-refurbished Narzareth Arts Center, accompanying a new work by Garth Fagan Dance. In October, they begin the complete Beethoven cycle, and Frank Huang gives his premier faculty Kilbourn Hall recital in November. Today, the Ying Quartet return to Studio E, with a new line-up and a new sound.
As some of my readers know, in addition to being the Program Director for Classical 91.5 FM, I am also the Program Director for WXXI Reachout Radio, a radio reading/audio information service for people who are print-handicapped, due to visual impairment or physical disability.
She has called me twice, declining to leave a name or number. She doesn't like choral music. That, she says, is too much like church. If I want listeners, I should be playing waltzes, marches, and peppy overtures. I say that doesn't fully represent life, or our listeners.