In reviewing the music of 2009, I was struck by how good it actually was. My first thought was that no one recording knocked me out as the run away best of the year, but there were so many exceptional ones, it was hard to pick just ten.
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I think this video speaks for itself. No need for me to infringe on it's amazingness.
One of our chief joys is hearing from WXXI's classical music listeners. Enjoy a sample of a few e-mails from recent weeks.
I've been listening to your show on the way in to work lately and really enjoying the selection. Michael Pratorius was new to me, and a direct hit.
A question: you played a chaconne by Marin Marais last week (I believe by the Concert of Nations). I'd like to track the recording down, but he wrote a number of chaconnes. Can you shed any light?
Every day for 5 hours at WXXI, I play CDs. On an average weekday, I play 22 pieces of recorded music. A rough estimate suggests that 97% of the recordings I play are produced in a studio, with the remaining 3% are recorded live in concert.
Chilean conductor Felipe Hidalgo is coming to Rochester to bring the Gospel of Fun to our young classical musicians.
I'm not sure this is really what it claims to be, but it's interesting nonetheless.
Two professors at Nazareth College are organizing a fundraiser next Wednesday, January 20th to raise money to help victims of the Haitian earthquake. If you are a musician, actor, poet, or dancer of any age, you are invited to participate. To get involved, email either Dr.
Happy New Year! While zillions of people aspire to start fresh, to stop smoking, lose weight, and eat healthier foods, I resolve to eat better quality chocolate and update my blog more regularly. To that end, I offer you two items.
Happy Holidays from your afternoon host guy on WXXI! It's been a busy Fall, but now that the Winter is officially upon us, I thought I'd offer a little Christmas present to you. The Eastman Wind Ensemble just toured to Michigan and Chicago, playing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic.