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Having your own Pipedreams?

By: Bridget Kinneary

Nicknamed “The King of Instruments,” The pipe organ is extremely powerful.  When one hears music played by the organ on the radio (i.e. by tuning into Pipedreams Sundays at 8pm), the incredible complexity and sonic variety of the instrument is apparent. Pipedreams is an incredible program; it gives the listener an opportunity not only to listen to a wide variety music played on the organ, but to learn a great deal about the instrument.

The tale of a poetic viola concerto

By Bridget Kinneary


Der Schwanendreher
is one of three major concertos in the traditional viola repertoire. It stands alongside William Walton and Bela Bartok’s concertos. This masterpiece will be performed on February 6th at 8:00 pm at Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music by winner of the 2014-15 Eastman Viola Concerto Competition, Sergio Muñoz. Sergio is currently in his first year of his Masters Degree at Eastman, where is also enrolled in the Arts Leadership Program. He studies viola with professor Carol Rodland. Learn more about Sergio on our Musicians of Rochester page.

Getting Involved

Do you sing? Do you play?  Do you want to sing or play? Looking for something to keep you out of trouble?

Dancing Flute (Listen and Look)

The NPR program From the Top is coming to Rochester to tape a show on March 19th at Eastman's Kodak Hall, and I've been interviewing a few musicians with Rochester connections who have played on the show.

Awards Season -- Musical Cats Edition

Grammys, Emmys, Oscars, whatever...I want someone to give awards to these cats: 


How do you get to Kodak Hall?

Happy new year! Any adventures in your world? I've been terribly lax about blogging, but I have been busy...

Pianos for Peace

You'll find a few pianos out and about around Rochester this month - and you're allowed (encouraged, even!) to play them. They're part of the Pianos for Peace project, which you can read and hear more about in this radio feature by WXXI News intern Sarah Tembeckjian. I saw one of the pianos this week at the Rochester Public Market, and I snapped a few photos. 

Recent Radio Conversations: Bill McGlaughlin, Art of Books, Music Therapy, etc.

I've recently started including short interviews and features as a part of my time on the radio, broadcasting them alongside the music around 4:30pm. Have you noticed? Do you like hearing them on the radio? Here are links to the online versions of several recent interviews:

Music at the Movies

Like music? Like movies? Have any favorite combinations of the two?


Quilted Music: Caris Burton and Birds in Warped Time

Hearing a piece of music on WXXI's Classical 91.5 inspired quilting artist Caris Burton to create a new work. I love the connections she made with this music and its composer, and I'm glad that she took some time to write up this story to share here on the WXXI blog. Read Caris's story below, and you can see two music inspired quilts by Caris Burton on display at the Genessee Valley Quilt Club Show at RIT May 31st through June 2nd.