classical music

Copland Summer: Notes from the Road, Seeing Sound

In which I go away, come back, explain little, and we all go off on a merry little tangent.
 

When I wasn't riding roller coasters, visiting museums, and otherwise touristing in Cleveland last week, I did get to enjoy some quality time reading about Copland. I even took notes:

Mad Men of Music

Draping = Striking Don Draper's silhouette pose from Mad Men. You can see a number of fun examples from around the world on a blog devoted to the meme.*
 

Getting to Know You


Dear Rochester,


Valentine’s Day this year came too early in our relationship for declarations of love. I do like you an awful lot. We’ve had a few good months together since we met up this fall.


Saturday nights at the RPO, afternoons at the opera:

Imani Winds, Classical Workouts, and Lovvvvvve


It’s only February, but a lot of really cool stuff is going to have to happen this year to knock the Imani Winds’s recent performance on Backstage Pass off my list of coolest things in 2012. You can watch the whole thing online right here:

All I ever needed to know about classical music (I learned from the Music Lover’s Handy-Dial Guide)


My colleague Jessica Smithorn got the coolest Christmas present from her mom this year. It’s the ‘Music Lover’s Handy-Dial Guide to the Great Composers” – a sort of secret decoder ring guide to classical music.

International Women's Day...there and here

March 8. 2011 marks the centenary celebration of International Women's Day.  Each March 8, for the last 25 years, I have programmed a veritable festival of women in music.  I did this for rock, I did it for jazz, and these days, with the help of interns from the Eastman School of Music's Arts Leadership Program, I do it for classical. 

Want to know more about the Classical Music World?

If you're like me, you don't have time to be searching all over for the latest events and news in the classical music world.  So I love it when two magazines bring the news right to me.  Check out LISTEN magazine and Opera News.  Sure, I can read some of their articles on line, but I sti

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Where is Classical music going?

Classical pianist James Rhodes just signed with the Warner Brothers Record label - a label that usually handles groups like Metallica, R.E.M., Linkin Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Rhodes has a unique perspective on the future of classical music and how today's musicians can break the mold that has been tradition for decades.  Check out an interview with him and let us know what you think.  http://properdiscord.com/2010/04/05/interview-with-james-rhodes/

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Pushin' Too Hard? (with apologies to the Seeds)

Every Sunday, Democrat and Chronicle music maven Jeff Spevak posts an entry to his blog called "I read the New York Times so you don't have to," highlighting some stories of interest.  This week, he discussed 2 obituaries.  One has haunted me.

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Let 'em dance!

Chilean conductor Felipe Hidalgo is coming to Rochester to bring the Gospel of Fun to our young classical musicians. 

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