In my parallel life as a church musician, I have the privilege of playing the organ and directing a dynamic choir in a small town Episcopal parish. Usually the choir disbands in July and August, and thereâ€™s not much going on between Sundays. But this year, I started a non-religious music group called Summer Renaissance!
Youâ€™ve probably heard the news. In a comprehensive front page story published in Sundayâ€™s Democrat and Chronicle, Stuart Low reported the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra may be facing an operating shortfall in excess of $700,000.
You may see less arts coverage in the Democrat and Chronicle. The daily paperâ€™s classical music, jazz and dance reporter and critic, Anna Reguero, is leaving to pursue her doctorate in musicology. (You can hear our conversation about changes sheâ€™s seen in Rochester by clicking here.) She will not be replaced. In a city with a widespread affinity for music of all kinds, the decision by Rochesterâ€™s daily paper to not hire a new music writer is troubling but not surprising.
Every year, retired WXXI classical announcer Mordecai Lipshutz closes out the XRIJF with The Bob Sneider Trio. He usually sings a number at the end of a long jam session, around 2:00 a.m. I missed him again this year. Thank goodness for reporter Anna Reguero and Youtube.
A few weeks ago, I got the chance to interview two Rochester music writers on a live call-in radio show, 1370 Connection Arts Friday.
If you click on the link below, you can hear classical and jazz critic Anna Reguero tell the story of how free pizza changed her life. Anna writes for the Rochester, New York daily, the Democrat and Chronicle. Youâ€™ll also hear City newspaperâ€™s Frank DeBlase offend our listeners almost right off the bat with the term â€śblue-hairs.â€ť (He later gets the chance to apologize to an irate caller.) Frank writes for City, Rochester, New Yorkâ€™s alternative newsweekly.
The future of the CD . . . classical, jazz, rock, and rockabilly . . . analyzing music clips . . . I find this all entertaining, and I hope you think itâ€™s interesting, too.