WXXI Classical Blog

Mornings this week on Classical 91.5

The holidays can feel like one giant To Do List, so I'm truly grateful for the calm beauty of music first thing in the morning, aren't you?

Gift ideas for your favorite music lover

Santa’s helpers have been busy creating gifts for all the musicians on your list.    For the little violinist, Barbie now comes ready to play her favorite Paganini Caprice.

 

 

Songs of Hope

 

I was totally inspired to meet and talk with Rochester home health aide Hope Dukie. She’s developed a unique personal ministry among the sickest and neediest among us.  Click the sound file below ("hopefeature.mp3") to hear her talk and sing.  (Our complete conversation will be available as a podcast soon at wxxi.org.)

Highlights for mornings this week on Classical 91.5

Brenda Tremblay presents inspiring classical music, recent performances by Rochester artists, and highlights from concert halls around the globe.  Plus interviews, classical music news, features, and the latest headlines.

The daily Mystery Piece airs at 6:40 am

Non-complacencies of the peignoir

At least once a day someone asks me, “What time DO you get up?”
 
Good question.  The answer is 4:00 a.m. 

What I did on my summer vacation

In my parallel life as a church musician, I have the privilege of playing the organ and directing a dynamic choir in a small town Episcopal parish.  Usually the choir disbands in July and August, and there’s not much going on between Sundays.  But this year, I started a non-religious music group called Summer Renaissance!

Pianos for Peace

You'll find a few pianos out and about around Rochester this month - and you're allowed (encouraged, even!) to play them. They're part of the Pianos for Peace project, which you can read and hear more about in this radio feature by WXXI News intern Sarah Tembeckjian. I saw one of the pianos this week at the Rochester Public Market, and I snapped a few photos. 

What's outstanding at the Shaw Festival

WXXI-FM listener William H. Petersen of Fairport (he's also Emeritus Dean & Professor of Bexley Hall Seminary) recently made an excursion to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here is his rave.

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