WXXI Classical Blog

A song of singing in the dead of winter

“There is something about music that keeps its distance even at the moment that it engulfs us. It is at the same time outside and away from us and inside and part of us. In one sense it dwarfs us, and in another we master it. We are led on and on, and yet in some strange way we never lose control.” - Aaron Copland



What's love got to do with it?

I'm thrilled to be going to the Metropolitan Opera this Saturday (February 14th) to see the new production of Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" and Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle" from backstage, inside the production booth, and from behind an HD camera.  Each offers a different perpective on love.  Here's a preview:

A wave of sadness in the dead of winter

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo

Having your own Pipedreams?

By: Bridget Kinneary

Nicknamed “The King of Instruments,” The pipe organ is extremely powerful.  When one hears music played by the organ on the radio (i.e. by tuning into Pipedreams Sundays at 8pm), the incredible complexity and sonic variety of the instrument is apparent. Pipedreams is an incredible program; it gives the listener an opportunity not only to listen to a wide variety music played on the organ, but to learn a great deal about the instrument.

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A flash of beauty in the dead of winter

“Whether I was in my body or out of my body I know not. God knows it!” – George Frideric Handel

The tale of a poetic viola concerto

By Bridget Kinneary


Der Schwanendreher
is one of three major concertos in the traditional viola repertoire. It stands alongside William Walton and Bela Bartok’s concertos. This masterpiece will be performed on February 6th at 8:00 pm at Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music by winner of the 2014-15 Eastman Viola Concerto Competition, Sergio Muñoz. Sergio is currently in his first year of his Masters Degree at Eastman, where is also enrolled in the Arts Leadership Program. He studies viola with professor Carol Rodland. Learn more about Sergio on our Musicians of Rochester page.

Secret lives of penguins

This week I’m taking a couple days off to rehearse with a choir for a concert this coming weekend.

Sharp Ears with Mark Davis Scatterday

Mark Davis Scatterday is professor of conducting and conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Sharp Ears with Constance Fee

Your Sharp Ears guide to listening is Constance Fee, the Vocal Program Director, Artist-in-Residence, and Associate Professor of Vocal Performance at Roberts Wesleyan College. 


Sharp Ears with Christopher Wilke

In the Sharp Ears series, Rochester’s top musicians guide you to the artists, composers, and recordings most worth your time.  Your Sharp Ears guide to listening is lutenist Chris Wilke.