Jeff Tyzik

Sharp Ears with Jeff Tyzik

In the Sharp Ears series from WXXI, Rochester musicians are sharing tips on listening. We’ll hear from Jeff Tyzik, who recently celebrated his 20th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly had faith that love and reason would make life ever more perfect.  I have faith that spring IS coming and that great music and poetry will soothe our dark thoughts in this endless winter. There is so much to look forward to! Here's a taste of what's coming to you in the morning from Classical 91.5 FM this week . . .

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

It’s a daily joy to offer you the best recordings from the WXXI library from 6 to 10am, with arts news from Rochester’s rich cultural calendar, updates from NPR, the Mystery Piece at 6:40am, the Composers' Datebook at 7:20am, and the Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor at 8:20am. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the next few weeks:

All you ever wanted

A study by the Internet-based market research firm Harris Interactive revealed that 57 percent of Americans ended 2011 with unused vacation time, working, on average, 11 of their allotted days off.  That’s 70 percent of their potential time to relax and spend time with family and friends!

Why do so many of us work rather than rest? 

We might take a cue from classical musicians who find creative ways to combine work and pleasure, especially in the summer months.

Transitions

The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones.  The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.

RPO's first downloadable album ever

Jeff Tyzik, speaking with Julia Figueras, just announced that the RPO’s new CD, HONOR: Portraits of America, will be downloadable. That's a first for the orchestra.

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New RPO season announced!

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra released its 2008-09 season yesterday. I'm sure the local paper will publish all the dates and details.

For quick reference, I've created this handy excitement level ratings chart for you. It's not in chronological order, and the opinions expressed do not in any way represent WXXI, its underwriters, or contributing supporters.

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State of bliss

A decade ago, when guitarist Sharon Isbin recorded the lullaby "Cancion de Cuna," by Cuban composer Leo Brower, she wrote that she was in a state of bliss, remembering her experience of "floating down the Napo River in a dugout canoe with piranhas, electric eels, and glistening crocodiles afoot."

This week, when she plays the same piece with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, she'll hear it in a whole new light. Read my concert preview in this week's City newspaper here:

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/music/articles/CLASSIC...

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