Brenda Tremblay's blog
On Tuesday, Eric Townell, the director of the Rochester Oratorio Society, broke his arm. This is a bad thing for a conductor. All of the singers (myself included) are sad for him.
As it gets darker and colder, you might have more time to settle down with books related to classical music. These are some gems I've enjoyed. I'd like to hear about your favs, too.
1. The Time of our Singing by Richard Powers.
A week from this Sunday, I’ll be off to New York City for the NEA’s 4th annual Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. It’s an 11-day workshop in classical music and opera at Columbia University.
I read about the conference at artsjournal.com, and it got me thinking, whatever happened to regional music critics? Terry Teachout’s recent “Wall Street Journal” article on the fall of the credentialed critic and the rise of the dilettante blogger summarizes fears that regional newspapers have given up on covering the arts.
and they weren't just in my head.
Voices is the name of Rochester’s newish professional chamber ensemble directed by William Weinert. He also directs choral activities at the Eastman School of Music, so I had high expectations Sunday afternoon when I walked into the Third Presbyterian Chapel on Meigs Street. It’s an acoustically live space bathed in colored light.
The group performed three pieces by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. He lived in the days when respectable men wore wigs, stockings, and high-heeled shoes.