Friday news round-up

Sarah Palin played the flute in 1984Sarah Palin played the flute in 1984 It’s all Sarah Palin and Joe Biden at the office. No matter what anyone thought of Pain’s debating style, WXXI classical hosts agree that she’s a middling flautist.


Changing seasons

This week I packed up the 2007-08 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert CDs and lugged them in a cardboard box to the basement for storage. The RPO's new season begins October 10th, and the 2008-09 concert will air on WXXI beginning in April of 2009.


Oh my gosh...Dvorak 9 ::drool::

The other day I thought about going off-line, cold turkey. No Facebook, no blog. Just for awhile, to remember what life used to be like.

Then three things happened.


Blessed are the poor in spirit

Nearly one third of Rochester residents live below the federal poverty level. What does that mean?
Behold the 2008 Poverty Guidelines:

Persons in Family or Household - Income
1 - $10,400
2 - 14,000
3 - 17,600
4 - 21,200
5 - 24,800
6 - 28,400

SOURCE: Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 15, January 23, 2008, pp. 3971–3972

A group of Unitarians and professional classical musicians are working together to help. Click here for more.


The Rite of Spring

"In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?" - Igor Stravinsky

Hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform "The Rite of Spring" under Christopher Seaman. Also on the show: Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music.

Hear it streaming during the broadcast Monday night at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5.


Carmina Burana, page 1

My score of Carmina Burana is pretty gross. Coffee-stained, marked up, dog-eared. Once I left it on the kitchen counter and made enchiladas, so it even sports a few tomato stains. I’ve been using it for about a decade, and I think I’ve performed Carl Orff's work about eight times.

Maybe I’ll trade it in someday and start with a fresh copy. But for now, this one is a well-loved map of a favorite country. A smutronstalle. A wild strawberry place.

I sang Carmina Burana with the Rochester Phil and Rochester Oratorio Society last May, and that concert will air on Monday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5 FM.

Being a radiohead, I love the sound of sound, you know? Recorded sound. In this case, I admit the broadcast has nothing on the live experience. But it’s still worth a listen.


Bad news for the RPO

First of all, thank you for reading my blog. Thanks, too, to the creative readers who submitted captions in my contest. I'll announce the winner early next week, after I poll a panel of non-experts.

Today, a bit of news about the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.


the mediator

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Update: Due to a technical error during the broadcast, WXXI will re-air this concert Sunday afternoon, June 29th at 1:00 p.m.

Hear Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 6) played by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Monday at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5 FM, 90.3 or streaming.


Deus ex Machina

Music by black and Latino composers accounts for less than one percent of the music performed by American orchestras each year. The Sphinx Commissioning Consortium aims to boost that percentage. Last week, it announced that Puerto Rican-born Roberto Sierra has been selected to compose the first work commissioned by twelve American orchestras, including the RPO.

BTW, Monday night, June 16th at 8:00 p.m. the RPO plays the Rochester premiere of different a piece it co-commissioned in 2007, Deus ex Machina. It's not a game. Click here for a preview!


Weekend Update

Monday night, June 9th, the RPO plays Métaboles (Metamorphoses) by the living French composer Henri Dutilleux.

“In the conception of this work,” Dutilleux wrote, “the composer never ceased to dream of the mysterious and compelling realm of eternal metamorphosis. The spirit and the form of the music find their origins in an intense contemplation of nature.”

Hear it Monday at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5 FM, 90.3 or streaming.

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