Blog Posts on Arts and Culture
I went to a funeral last week. As everyone filed out, they played a song I’d never heard called “On Eagle’s Wings.” An older couple behind me sang along, their voices low and close in my ear: “He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn.” The next day I got a voicemail from my mother. She sometimes calls and asks me to look up something on the internet.
Ah the joys and perils of combining solitary evenings, a dumb sense of humor, and working in sound-proof rooms.
“The rain carried on falling, keeping customers away. The rain fell softly, then heavily, then softly. Static hisses on telephone lines. Jimmy Cobb’s percussion on ‘Blue in Green.’” The record shop clerk in David Mitchell’s “Ghostwritten” thinks a lot about music. It makes a place in his head, refuge from a bustling Tokyo.
Practice rooms are a-buzz and butterflies will be flying as the eight finalists in the Eastman School of Music Friends of Eastman Opera Competition prepare for the finals on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
It began with a whisper of rain. You could hear wind in the leaves, trees creaking, a distant roll of thunder. The band took the stage and just started making noises, reacting to each other, exploring the pleasures of sound.
I just finished an article for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's newletter about musical entrepreneurship. I soon found myself being reminded of how we musicians "do it" to make a living.
Today Classical 91.5 and the Hochstein Music School welcomed Chris Van Hof as the new host of Live from Hochstein. Chris began learning the ropes from temporary host Brenda Tremblay, and very quickly was ready to take the reins. Today, Chris welcomed the Kilbourn Saxophone Quartet to the Hochstein stage for a program of 20th Century music. Listeners heard Jack Marshall's Goldrush Suite, Astor Piazzola's Cafe 1930, and Faustin & Maurice Jeanjean's Quatour pour Saxophones.