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Sharp Ears with Stephen Kennedy

In WXXI’s Sharp Ears series, you’re getting exclusive recommendations from musicians on who is worth your time and attention. In this episode, the guest is Stephen Kennedy, the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Rochester, New York.  He teaches at the Eastman School of Music and paints large-scale works as well.  


With deepest apologies to Giuseppe Verdi

I’m no athlete, but I do love a good physical challenge.  Maybe that’s why most of my family members scatter when I pull out maps and boots for hiking.

Off to Glimmerglass Opera

Will report back next week . . .
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China cracks down on Western sacred classics

A British newspaper is reporting that Chinese authorities are banning or tightening controls on performances of sacred classics such as Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem.  Even Carmina Burana has fallen under suspicion.  (The Rochester Oratorio Society's repertoire came under Chinese scrutiny over the summer.  Only a few weeks before the group's trip to China, conductor Eric Townell got an e-mail saying all of the music had to be vetted.  His strategy?  He sent translations with the word "Lord" spelled with a small "l" in hopes authorities might miss it.)   Read the article here.

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