WXXI Classical Blog

In Praise of “Backstage Pass” and an Invitation

When I first interviewed for a job here at WXXI in Rochester, one of the things I got to do was watch the making of the show Backstage Pass, hosted by Classical 91.5's music director Julia Figueras.

Go Ravens!

If you don’t know much about football (that would be me) or fine wine (me, neither), a handy rule of thumb is to automatically root for the team named for a bird or buy the bottle with the bird on the label.   Let’s cheer the Ravens in the Superbowl!

Watch for the body slam:

Talking Music: A few recent conversations

Isn’t it fun to talk about music? I’m always happy to chat (we can start a shouting match have a civil discussion over on Twitter or Facebook if you’d like).

Here are a few of my recent slightly more structured musical conversations:  interviews that were featured on WXXI’s Classical 91.5 Some of them are musicians in Rochester, others just stopping by for a visit.

 

Frankly, my dear . . .

 . . . Scarlett, this West Bloomfield, New York beauty, LOVES public radio.

 

Stravinsky in Rochester

“To have Mr. Stravinsky in residence for this past week, and conducting part of this evening’s program, we have brought to our students the most illustrious example of an individual who exemplifies both the knower and the doer. The impact of his presence upon the minds of our students is incalculable”

 – Walter Hendl, Director, Eastman School of Music
 

A bit of a rant

I was sitting at my desk the other day when, over my shoulder, I heard a tour group coming down the hall.  The visitors passed the WXXI newsroom and stopped a few feet away.

“And this,” announced their guide (a smart and lovely woman who works in another department), “is Classical 91.5.  Classical music is very soothing, very relaxing!”

Rochester Classical Radar 2013 (Part 1?)

Cinema Paradiso was the last movie screened at the George Eastman House’s Dryden  Theater for two long months while they upgrade the theater (what do you think of that director’s cut?)

What to do now to avoid the dishes? The opportunity to see rare and classic films in a theater has been a real treat since I moved here, and some nights I was even lured me away from a few classical concerts.

Now, I’ll just have more time for music. If I get to even half of what I’ve written in to my calendar for the next few months, it will be pretty good.  Here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to the first two months of 2013:

Rochester's Top Classical Music Stories

Farewell 2012!  From my vantage point as morning host and arts journalist at WXXI, it’s been a dramatic year for classical musicians in Rochester, New York.  First of all,