classical music

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/

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.

Let 'em dance!

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

Looking for a new carol

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. 

Alec Baldwin as host of New York Philharmonic

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 broadcasts concerts from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The Power of Music, the Power of One

While reading through my emails, I found one slugged "Touching story RE: Andre Watts."  It both broke my heart and reaffirmed all that we can do with music, and with TV.  I was once told that Andre Watts is a great and generous man.  This confirms that beyond all doubt.  Enjoy.

http://www.artsjournal.com/creatived/2009/11/public-concert-private-musi...

 

Naz students give feedback on listening to Classical 91.5

WXXI-FM host Brenda Tremblay, Program Director Ruth Phinney with Nazareth freshmanWXXI-FM host Brenda Tremblay, Program Director Ruth Phinney with Nazareth freshman

The Ying Quartet is in the house!

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. 
 

Life, loss, music

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.

Bringing opera to kids...NOT!

Dad was out of town at a college reunion, so we decided to take a trip to the movies to see the new Harry Potter with friends.  Lights go down, trailers start, and then...one began.  A young lad is climbing out of a taxi, ubiqitous ominous  music thudding under the images...well, you can see it for yourself.