Classical

With Heart and Voice ® Program 1106

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:01am - 11:59pm

This week on With Heart and Voice, we’ll drive the cold, dark winter away with music on the theme of light, including works by Henry Purcell, Herbert Sumsion, Charles MacPherson and Larry King.

On A Personal Note on WXXI-TV

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 10:00pm

The relationship between very young and gifted classical pianists and their art is explored in this perceptive documentary.

Met Opera: Iphigénie En Tauride

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 1:00pm

The Met Opera presents Iphigénie En Tauride.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Nixon in China

Sun, 08/19/2012 - 2:00pm

Baritone James Maddalena stars as Nixon, a role he created to widespread acclaim.

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Growing Bolder on WXXI-TV/HD

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 1:00pm

Sandy Scott and Leon Fleisher share their stories about struggling with being disabled and not giving up on their dream of music.

A Classical Friday

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 6:00am

Host Brenda Tremblay talks about the World premiere of Josh Forgèt's Three Sketches for Orchestra, and the debut of the new Hochstein Alumni Orchestra.

Backstage Pass presents Ad Hoc

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:00pm

Julia Figueras hosts music and discussion with Ad Hoc.

In case you missed this

Four Eastman students have made classical music station WQXR's list of Top Five Viral Videos of 2010. When the quartet Breaking Wind performed a fully choreographed Lady Gaga medley in wigs and sunglasses, “it wasn’t just funny; it was inspired,” writes Amanda Angel. One of these players is interning at WXXI, but so far, she’s left her blonde wig at home.

AS YOU WISH, the top classical music stories in Rochester in 2010

Let’s recall the top classical music news stories in 2010 in Rochester, New York, with a nod to the Rob Reiner film, The Princess Bride.

NOT UNEMPLOYED IN GREENLAND     RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman announced his retirement at end of the 2010-2011 season.  Norwegian conductor Arild Remmeriet will step up as RPO’s new music director in 2011. Glimmerglass Opera announced that Francesca Zambello will be new executive director in 2011.

MUCH NICER THAN THE FIRE SWAMP   Eastman School of Music opened a new wing with dramatic atrium, recital hall, rehearsal spaces, and eye-popping hanging glass sculpture.

INCONCEIVABLE!   Rochester entrepreneur Tim Enright launched Virtuoso Television, or VTV, an internet service for musicians to record and store music lessons online for reference in future practice sessions.

HELLO, MY NAME IS “GIBBS AND MAIN”     Rochester chamber ensemble Quartsemble changed moniker.

NEVER GO AGAINST A STRING PLAYER WHEN DEATH IS ON THE LINE    RPO principal violist Melissa Matson stepped on needle, performed Harold in Italy with injured foot. RPO principal cellist Stefan Reuss fell and injured ribs and wrist, missing first few weeks of concert season.

A GREAT GIFT FOR RHYME    Baritone Jonathan Beyer earned Rochester Oratorio Society’s annual Classical Idol top prize with compelling performance of aria from "Nixon on China." Composer Cary Ratcliff gets oratorio "Ode to Common Things" published. Composer Amanda Jacobs won national award for "Mass for the Living."

HER APPEAL IS UNDENIABLE    Soprano Renee Fleming released “Dark Hope,” a collection of pop covers of songs by groups such as Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie and Leonard Cohen. Rochester chamber choir Madrigalia premiered new work by Libby Larsen; Larsen visits.

NO ONE WITHSTANDS THE MACHINE  Michael Daughtery piano concerto, “Deus Ex Machina” co-commissioned by the RPO, earned 2010 Grammy nomination.  The Eastman's Ying Quartet was also nominated for a Grammy.

ANYBODY WANT A PEANUT?   Several Western New York public schools named “Best Communities for Music Education” in the United States by the non-profit NAMM Foundation; Albion Central School District, Brighton, Leroy, Pittsford, Royalton-Hartland Central School District, Rush-Henrietta, Webster, West Irondequoit.

Congratulations and Happy New Year!