WXXI Classical Blog

48 hours in New York State for Music Nerds

Pack your bags.  Take a weekend to explore.  There are obscure and fascinating destinations for music history geeks sprinkled throughout New York State.  I’ve touched on some of these before, but here they are, laid out for your next road trip.

At 62, tenor Gregory Kunde is hitting his stride

WXXI's Brenda Tremblay caught a few moments with Rochester resident and American tenor Gregory Kunde, fresh from his winning “Best Male Singer” in the 2016 International Opera Awards in London.

Recorded Sound: Electrical Recording to the Present

Edison’s phonograph made recording easy and relatively inexpensive, knocking the door wide open for lots of independent recording labels to start up and enjoy success. Of these labels, Columbia and Victor grew to become two of the most successful, and have contributed to technological advances that furthered the music industry.

Recorded Sound: Phonograph and Discs

This is the second post in a series exploring the history of the technology used to record sound, and how advances in these technologies affected music.

Steve Reich and Brad Lubman

Click here for a wide-ranging conversation about new music, religion, conducting, and cell phones with composer Steve Reich and conductor Brad Lubman. 

Wanted: Your Questions for Steve Reich

 

His music is maddening, wonderful, hypnotic, or repulsive. It depends on who you ask.

I love it.  How do you feel?

Steve Reich is coming to town.

Recorded Sound: Pre-phonograph

This is the first of a series of posts exploring the history of the technology used to record sound, and how advances in these technologies affected music.

Recorded Sound: An Introduction

In this series of blog posts we will explore the history of sound recording, and how the technological advances in this area have affected the music industry. From before Edison’s phonograph to today’s modern recording studios, it would be impossible to discuss every advance and its impact on music.

Meeting Miss Othmar

 

One of the greatest pleasures in my life is presenting music for you on Classical 91.5 FM.  But making music with other people offers a different kind of thrill, and this spring I’m loving the chance to sing with various chamber choirs, including Madrigalia and First Inversion. 

My last musical adventure plunged me into the pit.