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.
The email was delivered a few weeks back: Backstage Pass was a finalist in the Radio division for New York Festivals. We just didn't know what we won. We waited. The word came on Friday, and it was Bronze!
We at WXXI Classical 91.5 are thrilled to announce that Brenda Tremblay has been promoted to the full-time position of Morning Drive Host/Producer, replacing Simon Pontin who retired from the Super Scintillating Sunshine Show in May 2009.
The LAGQ came to town for multiple concerts, both with your RPO and without, and master classes at the Eastman School of Music. Much to our surprise and pleasure, they agreed to appear on Backstage Pass. We got ready.