classical music

Connections: Debating the standing ovation

When's the last time you gave someone a standing ovation? We have a little debate over when to stand, and when to stay seated. The critics say that we...
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Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:48am
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Bus driving guitarist looks back on career with many turns

Guitarist Lawrence Johnson recorded the complete works of early-nineteenth century composer Fernando Sor – using equipment that the guitarist got in a...
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Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:34am
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Trio creates harmony from tension

Among the old beautiful buildings that line East Avenue, you can find the Rochester Academy of Medicine – a place that has been a resource for the...
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Mon, 04/09/2018 - 6:16am
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Musician redefines herself after hearing loss

Gaelen McCormick has been losing her hearing, to varying degrees over several years as a result of Ménière’s disease – a condition that also causes...
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Wed, 04/04/2018 - 1:20pm
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Connections: Previewing the RPO's 96th season

The RPO's 96th season will include music from the classic repertoire, as well as programming aimed at the family. We sit down with music director Ward...
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Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:53am
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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.

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