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"Stunningly Ignorant"

Have you ever read something that just stuns the living daylights out of you? This morning, during my normal news perusal, I ran across an article titled What High Schoolers Don't Know by Bonnie Goldstein. After reading the article, I was just completely flabbergasted. I would even go as far to say that I was at a loss for words- which for me, is a major accomplishment. If there is nothing else you read today, I urge you to read the study on which this blog and referenced articles are based.

In like a lamb

Rochester’s first crazy busy concert week in March begins on a lamb-like day. Tomorrow, look for a cultural announcement from WXXI. On Wednesday, Eastman prof John Graham will pick up his electric viola to reprise Andrew's Colella's powerful Viola Sketches. More later. Tonight, the Rochester Oratorio Society sings at Roberts Wesleyan College in a concert unfortunately named “Choral Triptychs.” I’m singing in it. The music falls a little on the heavy Germanic side with music by Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Rheinberger as well as the flowing, inscrutable Lux Aeterna by contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen.

New RPO season announced!

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra released its 2008-09 season yesterday. I'm sure the local paper will publish all the dates and details.

For quick reference, I've created this handy excitement level ratings chart for you. It's not in chronological order, and the opinions expressed do not in any way represent WXXI, its underwriters, or contributing supporters.

love is thicker than forget

Life is so random.

Poet E. E. Cummings goes to Harvard. Makes friends with guy from Rochester, New York. Cummings paints a whole bunch of paintings and gives them to friend.

Cummings dies. Friend dies. 70+ drawings and paintings wind up at local college in 1978. Nobody knows what to do with them. They sit around in a closet (about half a mile from my house) for about 30 years.

Robert DiLutis

Welcome to my blog! I try to write something interesting about music every day.

Look for RPO clarinetist Robert DiLutis on tonight's broadcast of the New York Philharmonic's broadcast from North Korea on WXXI-TV at 9:00 p.m.

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Back in the USA

For the past two weeks, I've been visiting family in England.

What are folks there talking about over the dinner table? Here is an unscientific sample summarizing our evening conversations:

North Korea at night

Check out this picture of North Korea taken by satellite at night. It says a lot about the country’s insular, repressive regime. This morning I got the chance to interview clarinetist Robert Dilutis of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s traveling as a sub with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

The interview.

Introduction

I was asked to comment on access to our candidates specifically to their websites. For several weeks I have been browsing their websites. My specific area of interest lies with Captions as I am Deaf.

In general the websites are interesting and sometimes I wish there was more. For example and this applies to all of them thus far, There is a button to change to Espanol and none to add Captions. It is easy to add a button that would be more accessible rather than searching for it. I have not easily been able to find Video with Captions on any of the websites. I have received Links to those that are captioned and they are at their websites.

I will be reviewing one candidate at a time and commenting on their own websites and links.

P.S. Save the Whales

I recently received a letter from my cousin's daughter, Kyla. Kyla's letter was on purple lined paper, written in her best cursive (which is way better than most adults that I know), and was dotted with glittery stickers, hearts and other various designs that are the passion of third grade girls. At the bottom of the note, amidst the decorations was a post script: Save the Whales.

No sunshine, yet Sunshine Show slogs on


Today: Periods of snow. High near 33. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Excellent day for a nap.

Tonight: Occasional snow, heavy at times. Low around 18. Feed the birds.

Wednesday: Occasional snow, mainly before 9am. Bela Fleck's Blue Spruce at 6:15 a.m. Sunny Mozart at 7:05. Frosty the Snowman in the style of Mozart at 8:55 a.m. Really. Temperature falling to around 14 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as -2. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Stream it or tune into Classical 91.5 and see for yourself.