Thank you for checking in. Here’s some of the latest Rochester music news, mostly about singing contests.
ROCHESTER'S 2012 CLASSICAL IDOL
This year’s Classical Idol competition sparked a little controversy. More on that later.
Your dreamscape might be my nightmare. How you perceive minimalism or opera or country and western might be very different than someone else does.
WXXI Program Director Ruth Phinney pointed out this image in the woodgrain of the door to the Music Library. We saw two different things; she, a man with a moustache and me, a dancer.
What do you see?
There are a few tasks I loathe with the blazing heat of a thousand exploding suns. These include (in no particular order) untangling kite strings, cleaning out the fridge, and sitting through long meetings, especially sessions in which everyone gets a turn to talk. This is why my impatient spirit was surprised when my body decided to hop in the car and drive us to a potentially leth
I was preparing a Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert for broadcast the other day, and it struck me that the two works on the program had wildly differing sound wave patterns, even though they were recorded at the same levels. This was interesting!
Here's a quiz. See if you can tell which of these sound files is . . .
Classical 91.5 listeners are sending composer busts from around the country. Zap yours to Classicalatwxxi.org or connect through facebook. We'd love to see your favorite bust.
RPO IN THE NEWS
Former RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman is returning to Rochester the first week of March to conduct the RPO, mark his 70th birthday, and to celebrate the release of the RPO’s latest harmonia mundi recording, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony and Serenade to Music.
A friend from church gave me an old treadmill which she described apologetically as "state-of-the-art 1985."
“It’s as loud as a helicopter,” she warned, “but we just replaced the belt.”
Never mind that the belt is as narrow as a balance beam, get this -- the speed adjustment knob goes from turtle to rabbit. I love that knob more than words can say.
Nutritionists will tell you it’s dangerous to shop for food when you’re hungry and more likely to wander into Twinkieland. For me, the real peril lurks in Wegmans’ book aisle, where on a recent Friday afternoon, I picked up The Doctor and the Diva, the debut novel by Adrienne McDonnell. “Some books just naturally enslave you,” read the Washington Post blub on