Rochester women's ensemble Concentus performs for a holiday special of Backstage Pass. (Watch the performance On-Demand)
November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.
In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!
Monday, November 28
Garth Fagan never let anyone else choreograph his dancers until last year. WXXI’s Julie Philipp reports on a new creative mind in dance and the moment of contact that sparked the troupe’s latest work.
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