Eastman School of Music

Soprano Kathryn Lewek glitters at the Glimmerglass Festival

I hope you enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with Rochester Classical Idol winner Kathryn Lewek (taped in early August 2015) on a bunch of topics: playing a desperate woman in Candide, working with opera director Francesca Zambello, why her teacher Robert McIver says she's "still a baby," and what she appreciates now about her time at the Eastman School of Music. ~ Brenda

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Living with David Diamond


Noal Cohen is a musician, jazz historian, and record collector living in Montclair, New Jersey. A retired chemist, he co-authored "Rat Race Blues: The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce" with Michael Fitzgerald.  He is David Diamond's nephew and offers a unique perspective on what it was like living with the acclaimed American composer.  I'm so pleased that he agreed to this exclusive online interview.  ~ Brenda Tremblay

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This Women's World

A few years ago, pianist and professor Sylvie Beaudette conducted an experiment.

In her music history class at Eastman, she played pieces by male and female composers from each major era side by side without revealing the composers' gender. She paired an opera excerpt by Monteverdi with a cantata excerpt by Francesca Caccini. She compared music of Couperin (a man) with that of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (a woman). She contrasted a German lied by Robert Schumann with Josephine Lang's, and she paired chamber music by Ernest Bloch with a piece by Rebecca Clarke.

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Sharp Ears with Sylvie Beaudette

In WXXI Sharp Ears series, Rochester musicians are sharing  recordings they think we’ll like and talking about special things they listen for.  I learned a great deal from Sylvie Beaudette, an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music and accompanying at the Eastman School of Music. I know that you will enjoy hearing from her, too.

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Sharp Ears with Laurence Tallman

In this series from WXXI, Rochester musicians offer you a guide to listening. As many students and teachers are headed back to school, we turn our attention to the important listening that goes on in classrooms.  The guest is music teacher Laurence Tallman, who says both teachers and students have had a profound impact on him.

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Howard Hanson's vision of a musical America

Howard Hanson would have loved NPR's From the Top. 

He was a passionate educator.

In 1996, musicians all over the world paid tribute to Howard Hanson in celebration of his 100th birth anniversary. 

But whether he’s more important as an educator or as a composer is still up in the air.

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Let it go! It's time to celebrate women's music on WXXI-FM

Women composers’ music has never been more interesting or prolific, and you’ll hear splendid examples of it throughout the month of March.  On Classical 91.5, we'll start the day with inspired music, arts news, features, and the latest headlines.  The Mystery piece airs at 6:40.

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You are the public radio champions!

Your friends at WXXI are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support for public radio this week during our annual February membership campaign.  In a few short days, 1,326 listeners pledged more than $155,000, exceeding our goal by $5,000.  You are amazing!  Thank you!

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Share the love this week on Classical 91.5

Are you watching the Winter Olympics?  Many of your friends at WXXI are watching, too, and listening for all the great music that underscores the beautiful skating.

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