Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

Ode to Joy

Over the first weekend of October, nearly 8,000 people experienced Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester Oratorio Society in the newly-renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. One patron blogged about what she saw and heard, and she inspired me to share this clip with you.

Birds

 I love birds.   I love music.   I wish I'd known Olivier Messiaen.
 
 

Got a minute? 1000-year-long piece plays on worldwide

 The BBC reports today about a performance of an excerpt of a piece of music today.  Usually, this is not newsworthy.  I, for example, performed an excerpt of Bruckner's 7th Symphony this morning in the shower, and nobody even bothered to show up (my cat even ran away).  But this excerpt performance the BBC tells us about is a little different.
 

Bernie Lehmann - luthier

Broadcasting Open Tunings live from the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 12, we had the opportunity to host Bernie Lehmann, one of the premiere makers of acoustic instruments. In addition to the extraordinary precision, skill, and art of making stringed instruments, he paints.

The best 100 classical recordings...again...

 I heard a little feature by Frank DeFord on Morning Edition today that announced the beginning of sports' Ratings Season.  He's referring to college football and basketball's infatuation with weekly rankings, and how they really don't bear a whole lot of importance.  Right on cue, this list appeard from London's Telegraph ranking the 100 Best Classical Recordings.