WXXI Classical Blog

Check under the hood

What’s lurking in your piano?  This week a piano technician found these treasures inside the instrument at my house:

Sing along with Mitch

Your public radio stations' recent drive ended with a bang!   Our spring membership campaign raised more than $150,244 to sustain WXXI’s services.  1,345 public radio listeners made contributions over a few short days.  If you are a contributing and sustaining member, thank you.  There’s not enough ink in the ocean (Okay, is there any ink in the ocean? You know what I mean!) to express how happy we are to serve you day in and day out, offering the best performances we can our lay hands on.

 

Opera...in Space!

This weekend, I went to Illinois to see Paradises Lost, by Stephen Andrew Taylor, with a libretto by Marcia Johnson, based on a novella Ursula K. Leguin.

Science fiction opera! I'm so excited that two different things that I love (reading science fiction and listening to opera), have come together.

"One Woman, a World of Music" - Flutist Rhonda Larson

Flutist Rhonda Larson combines her classical training with the wide range of musical inspirations she discovered while performing and traveling with the Paul Winter Consort.

Sing for your supper, sing for your life

Thank you for checking in.  Here’s some of the latest Rochester music news, mostly about singing contests.

ROCHESTER'S 2012 CLASSICAL IDOL

This year’s Classical Idol competition sparked a little controversy. More on that later.  

Complication


"Extreme complication is contrary to art."   Claude Deubssy

The eye of the beholder

Your dreamscape might be my nightmare.  How you perceive minimalism or opera or country and western might be very different than someone else does.

WXXI Program Director Ruth Phinney pointed out this image in the woodgrain of the door to the Music Library.  We saw two different things; she, a man with a moustache and me, a dancer.

What do you see?

Say something

There are a few tasks I loathe with the blazing heat of a thousand exploding suns.  These include (in no particular order) untangling kite strings, cleaning out the fridge, and sitting through long meetings, especially sessions in which everyone gets a turn to talk.  This is why my impatient spirit was surprised when my body decided to hop in the car and drive us to a potentially leth

Mad Men of Music

Draping = Striking Don Draper's silhouette pose from Mad Men. You can see a number of fun examples from around the world on a blog devoted to the meme.*
 

Name that wave

I was preparing a Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert for broadcast the other day, and it struck me that the two works on the program had wildly differing sound wave patterns, even though they were recorded at the same levels.  This was interesting!

Here's a quiz.  See if you can tell which of these sound files is . . .