Join host Robert Hammond as he talks to Grammy nominated recording artist Matthew West about his new holiday CD, “The Heart of Christmas,” and a song he wrote that’s inspired a movie. One song on the new album that has already developed a life beyond this CD is “One Last Christmas.”
Monday, November 21
Music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Franz Waxman
Brenda talks with Mona Seghatoleslami, WXXI-FM’s new afternoon host. (Hear a podcast of their interview at wxxi.org)
Tuesday, November 22
The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones. The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.
During this poignant edition of Stage Notes, host Robert Hammond and his guest Cullen R. Titmas (Tony in the Broadway tour of Billy Elliot the Musical) will explore many of the important themes Billy Elliot the Musical brings to life, including being who you are, expressing yourself, the importance of family and community, overcoming obstacles, bullying, and following dreams.
You’re invited to start the day with lively classical music, a mystery piece, and bird song. Composers Datebook airs at 7:20, Writer’s Almanac at 8:20, features around 8:35 a.m.
Monday, November 7
Music by Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, and a celebration of American music
Tuesday, November 8