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You’d think things would slow down a bit during the hot summer months.  But across Western New York, classical musicians are busier than ever with rehearsals, concerts, “noncerts,” and workshops. 

July/August Volunteer Newsletter

Thank you so much to all of you that recently volunteered! We have had many events where we needed help and we could not have done any of them without your help! 

Please see attached Volunteer Newsletter and keep an eye on your email for a chance to sign up for the wonderful events we have coming up. Or email me if you are interested.

Thank you!

Carolyn

Sirènes

“Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.”

- Claude Debussy

With hot weather in the forecast, Debussy invites us to cool off at the beach.

July/August Volunteer Newsletter now posted!

Thank you so much to all of you that recently volunteered! We have had many events where we needed help and we could not have done any of them without your help! 

Please see attached Volunteer Newsletter and keep an eye on your email for a chance to sign up for the wonderful events we have coming up. Or email me if you are interested.

Thank you!

Carolyn

Marian McPartland at the Movies - Director interview

Pianist Marian McPartland is a familiar and beloved presence on public radio stations across the country, due to her long-running program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Documentary filmmaker Huey spent four years chronicling McPartland's life and music, including the radio show and her compositions in the film In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland.

Ghosts

Tom Harrell at Kilbourn Hall

Tom Harrell slowly walked from stage right. Standing just off center stage in Kilbourn Hall. One movement wove into the next in short, deliberate steps. Long, crumpled coat, raised, and lowered, arms guiding the seven piece chamber ensemble through jazz interpretations of works by Debussy and Ravel. Some familiar moments, some familiar instruments in an unknown song. Like ghosts in the trees.

Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society in Rochester

Radio static in the dark. A bandstand shaped like a boom box. Sounds of different stations as this radio wandered the dial. The shadows of the band creating these radio sounds.

Then Esperanza Spalding strolled out onto the stage of Kodak Hall of Eastman Theatre, where she played bass, sang, and led her band through Saturday night's musical journey as part of the Xerox International Rochester Jazz Festival.

Squeezy Cheese and Traditions

Tessa Souter at Montage for opening night at Rochester International Jazz Fest

Arriving earlier than usual on Day One at RIJF, we had a nice walk through the streets as bands tuned up, vendors stocked up, and fans lined up. It was barely past 4 pm and the line was around the fence for Acoustic Alchemy scheduled to play Harro East Ballroom at 5:30.