Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

"This is Mr. Copland's House"

During my sojourn to Copland House, I talked with pianist and Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin. In this podcast, you'll hear the story of how a grassroots movement saved Aaron Copland's house, how the composer thought to honor his favorite teacher in his garden, and how the house serves to promote the creation of new music. 

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Aaron Copland

I recently made a pilgrimage to the Copland House north of New York City.  It's pretty much as he left it: simple, rustic, and woodsy.  A little musty.  Watch this space for more, including an interview with the composer-in-residence, Stephen Snowden, and enjoy this scrapbook.



Music of Jennifer Higdon

When Jennifer Higdon came to Rochester as the composer in residence for the 2014 Women in Music Festival, her music was performed on a number of concerts throughout the week, including an “All Higdon Concert” at the Eastman School of Music Hatch Recital Hall.

15 Interesting Facts about David Diamond

Composer David Diamond at the piano
By Bridget Kinneary 

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is performing David Diamond's Fourth Symphony this week. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. Here are 15 things you may not have known about David Diamond. 

Behind the scenes at the Met

You would think walking into the Metropolitan Opera House would be a serene experience.  But not this past weekend.  A double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” had been already canceled because of a blizzard warning.

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.