First of all, Eastman Theatre is a MESS, according to Eastman student and WXXI intern Dylan Smith. He poked his head in the other day, and tipped us off to the fact that the School is posting pictures. Thanks, Dylan!
Workers have less than two months to finish major renovations before the RPO opens the new digs October 8th, 9th, and 10th with a performance of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” The Rochester Oratorio Society will sing the famous ending (“Ode to Joy.”) Members of the Society got an e-mail this week announcing the group has been asked to sing Verdi’s “Requiem” next May with the RPO. This is a significant change. The orchestra’s current schedule lists Verdi's “Aida” in concert May 20th and 22th. So now, as it stands, ROS will bookend the season of Philharmonic concerts.
Tonight’s presidential debate will exclude discussion of cultural policy, according to the Los Angeles Times. In Cleveland, a long-time classical music critic was
removed from his beat after criticizing the Cleveland Orchestra’s conductor, Franz Welser-Most. Rochester classical music critic Anna Reguero launched her own website. Writer Alex Ross won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. So did 30 year-old violionist Leila Josefowicz, who’s coming to Rochester on January 29 and 31 to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the RPO. (Both Ross and Josefowicz will each receive $500,000 over five years, to spend however they wish.) New York State has a state muffin. RPO clarinetist Robert Dilutis just released a solo CD. RPO concertmaster Juliana Athayde announced her engagement to the RPO’s principal oboist Erik Behr. So nice to see young people getting along!