WXXI Classical Blog

Sharp Ears with Paul Shewan

Rochester’s top musicians guide you to the artists most worth your time in this series.  One of the busiest musicians is Paul Shewan, a Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra.

Sharp Ears with Ward Stare

In our Sharp Ears series, musicians are talking about listening and what excites them.  In this podcast, the new Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ward Stare, explains to Classical 91.5 morning host Brenda Tremblay why hearing certain pieces of classical music LIVE can be a revelation.

 

 




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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.  


Backstage Pass with Charles Castleman: The singular sound of a Strad

Charlie Castleman is leaving the Eastman School of Music, but not before talking with us.

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Sharp Ears with "With Heart and Voice" host Peter DuBois

In WXXI’s Sharp Ears series, you’re getting exclusive recommendations from musicians on who is worth your time and attention. I learned a lot talking with organist and choral conductor Peter DuBois, an Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at the Eastman School of Music who hosts the nationally-syndicated radio show "With Heart and Voice." I would love to hear your comments, too.

The Flour City Hash House Harriers

One night this week I skipped a launch party for composer Hilary Tann's new CD to go play the recorder alone on a bridge on the edge of town, high over the Erie Canal.   Fish were jumping, swallows were skimming the water, it was impossibly beautiful and quiet, and I couldn’t resist.  So I walked up a hill to the bridge with my son’s primary school recorder and The Daily Ukule

Game of Tomes

Is there a more delicious kind of anticipation than knowing you'll have time with a good story?  Wait, don’t answer that!  Just consider three books about music I read recently that might entertain as you laze in the warmth of the sun.

The reviews are coming in

Act Three of Howard Hanson's opera Merry Mount opens with the Puritan minister Wrestling Bradford sleeping in the forest.