WXXI Classical Blog

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 . . .

George Eastman's Memorial Music

I just read an article commemorating George Eastman's passing 80 years ago today. When visitng the George Eastman House recently, I noticed that the program from his memorial service was on display (near his laconic and poignant suicide note). Eastman's memorial service included music by Beethoven, Locatelli, Wagner, and Howard Hanson
 

8 Minutes in New York City

I just got off the phone with John Schaefer for today's edition of Pick 3 on WNYC's "Soundcheck." The challenge:  pick three brand new musical releases that you love. 

RPO RVW CD

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams CD

No secret decoder ring needed – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams CD was released today!


There are copies at the RPO Theatre Shop at Kodak Hall.

 

After three decades, a public radio staple comes to an end!

For nearly three decades, WXXI-FM has been bringing St. Paul Sunday to listeners from 12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Someone to watch over you - updated 3/15

Classical 91.5 listeners are sending composer busts from around the country.  Zap yours to Classicalatwxxi.org or connect through facebook.  We'd love to see your favorite bust.

News, unfortunate scandal, and inspiration

RPO IN THE NEWS

Former RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman is returning to Rochester the first week of March to conduct the RPO, mark his 70th birthday, and to celebrate the release of the RPO’s latest harmonia mundi recording, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony and Serenade to Music.

Getting to Know You


Dear Rochester,


Valentine’s Day this year came too early in our relationship for declarations of love. I do like you an awful lot. We’ve had a few good months together since we met up this fall.


Saturday nights at the RPO, afternoons at the opera:

Runner's high

A friend from church gave me an old treadmill which she described apologetically as "state-of-the-art 1985."

“It’s as loud as a helicopter,” she warned, “but we just replaced the belt.”

Never mind that the belt is as narrow as a balance beam, get this -- the speed adjustment knob goes from turtle to rabbit.  I love that knob more than words can say.

Imani Winds, Classical Workouts, and Lovvvvvve


It’s only February, but a lot of really cool stuff is going to have to happen this year to knock the Imani Winds’s recent performance on Backstage Pass off my list of coolest things in 2012. You can watch the whole thing online right here: