Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

May the force be with you . . . and your lego collection

Bach's coffee house delights

If you love coffee as much as I do, you'd have been unspeakably happy to hear the premieres of Johann Sebastian Bach's secular concertos.  Scholars think they were first heard in a coffee shop in Leipzig, performed by the composer with a student musical society.  Today on Classical 91.5, the mystery piece was

The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air

Tuesday's mystery piece was Debussy's fourth prelude from Book I, "Les sons et les parfums tournet dans l'air du soir" (The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air), played by Etha Wheeler.


I got a box of old records from a friend recently. Thought I’d share this one. Maybe someone remembers the Passport Lounge?

Mercury Opera and Monday's mystery piece

Mercury Opera Rochester has announced its 2010-2011 season.  In the fall, the company will offer its first Gilbert & Sullivan production, The Pirates of Penzance, at the new auditorium at Penfield High School.


I'm struck over and over by the power of music to communicate, to get a message through. Not many seem more intent on discovering that power than Richie Havens. Not many seem to go deeper inside themselves in order to send the song out. You can get a sense of that from his performance at Woodstock.

Friday's Mystery piece was a song to the moon

Vuvuzela Concerto in Bb


In the sci-fi novel The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell sets off a fascinating chain of events that begins with a song.  A song from outer space. 


Taking requests for Monday, June 21, the first day of summer

It makes me happy to play what you want to hear.  Please leave your request (here or by calling (585)258-0370) and tune in Monday morning from 6-10 a.m. for an all-request show.