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
This RPO season has been special for many reasons. The level of talent that's appeared with our city's orchestra has been exceptional; guest artists included pianists Stephen Hough and Jeremy Denk (two of my idols) and returning artists Jon Nakamatsu and Christopher Seaman. And Midori! I think you will love hearing this season on the radio and via wxxi.org.
Itâ€™s a pleasure producing these concerts for you. If youâ€™re interested in digging deeper, you'll find extended interviews conducted by WXXI Music Director Julia Figueras On Record. When you're traveling this summer, stream the performances anywhere at wxxi.org or via the WXXI app.
Please help spread the word to the music lovers in your life -- then listen and enjoy.
With warmest wishes for beautiful summer and fall seasons,
In the Sharp Ears series from WXXI, Rochester musicians are sharing tips on listening. Weâ€™ll hear from Jeff Tyzik, who recently celebrated his 20th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
I hope you had a chance to listen to the live broadcast of the RPO's Carnegie Hall concert on May 7th. Classical 91.5 was the only place you could have heard it in Rochester and the response has been nothing short of overwhelming â€” both for the performance and the presentation on WXXI-FM. As a result, we have had many requests for CDs or rebroadcasts of the RPO performance.
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.