Thank you for your support for Classical 91.5 during our fall membership campaign. Behind the scenes, we are planning all kinds of special broadcasts on WXXI-FM, including Pegasus Early Music performing Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, recorded in concert at the Hochstein Performance Hall this past spring.
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
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 Tremblayď»ż
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.
In WXXI Sharp Ears series, Rochester musicians are sharing recordings they think weâ€™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.
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.
Women composersâ€™ music has never been more interesting or prolific, and youâ€™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.
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!