Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

Copland House now a National Historic Landmark

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You can walk in, touch, feel, and listen in the space where Aaron Copland wrote his memoirs and a number of major works.  
 
I’m a history geek, so I love the fact that Copland’s house in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., has been declared a national historic landmark by the National Park Service. It’s the only national landmark devoted to a American classical music composer. Copland House now houses a nonprofit organization that runs musical and educational programs. Check out the website. You can see pictures by clicking here.
 

My forte is louder than yours!

"The day I enter a music competition is the day the New York Phil and Chicago Symphony duke it out in a steel cage Mahler death match."  What are the benfits of music competitions?
 

Let's do lunch

The High Falls Business Association has teamed up with the Hochstein School of Music & Dance and WXXI to launch Hochstein at High Falls, a noontime summer concert series.

Changes

There are a lot of changes here at the station these days. Most notably, Simon Pontin signed off for the last time last week after more than 30 years on the air. The outpouring of good wishes - and pledges - from the community was a good reminder of the importance of music in our lives. The act of sharing it is powerful, and we can attach a lot of emotion to the people who do the sharing.

Commercial Alert

They seem to come in waves.
 
Classical music pops up in commercial advertisements and disappears for awhile. Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t watch a lot of commercial TV, so when I happen to catch it in ads, I notice.
 
The other day, my ears perked at the sound of this ad featuring "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's Planets. Watch for the big bite in tempo with the music.
 
 
And how 'bout this classic?
 
 
 
What fun this must have been to put together! 
 
Thanks for checking out my blog. Incidentally, the opinions expressed concerning chocolate peanut butter cups ARE NOT endorsed by the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, underwriters, or staff.  ;)
 

Marian Anderson

The next time you visit Philly, check out the birthplace of American singer Marian Anderson.
 
The modest, nineteenth century, two-story house has Art Deco touches and a small basement, which the singer remodeled for enjoying music and hanging out with friends. Conductor Arturo Toscanini said she had “a voice such as one hears only once in a 100 years.”
 
In 1939, after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her sing at Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall, Anderson performed for 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. 
 
 
 

Hook and Hastings 1878 Organ

One of the oldest and most interesting pipe organs in town isn’t in a public space. It’s in a private home, a mansion on Mt. Hope Avenue near Highland Park.   Here are pictures!
 
 

 

Steve vs. Stephen: Colbert disses minimalism

Stephen Colbert gets angered anytime someone snubs him.  In this case, Steve Reich's Pulitzer sets Colbert off. There's a brief commercial first, then the segment:

NYC with no LVB, JSB, or FJH??

You always hear us ask "what would your life be like without classical music on the radio?"  Well, New York City might be about to find out.