The Best of the Boston Pops

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 3:00pm

The Boston Pops releases a star-studded celebration featuring some of the greatest moments over their 129-year history.

The 2015 Rochester Classical Idol Vocal Competition

It's a pleasure to support the choral arts in Rochester by listening to inspired singing in the Classical Idol Competition, an annual fundraiser for the Rochester Oratorio Society.  I've been honored to served as the emcee for several years. This year I took a few pictures from the stage.  Enjoy!

That's a Show Tune?

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Some of Broadway’s best show tunes are not just heard on the stage.

Found object

Look what I found backstage the other day when I was hosting "Live from Hochstein." It's a diagram of the set up for a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Hochstein Performance Hall on Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m.

Big Ears

What does "avant-guarde" mean in 2015?  Good question.  This piece on The Newshour caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First, it involves the Kronos Quartet still being amazing.  Second, Rochester is absolutely ready for a music festival like this.

Stage Notes: Broadway Veteran Cass Morgan: "The Road to Where"

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Host Robert Hammond and Broadway veteran Cass Morgan as they discuss The Road to Where,

WXXI Poetry Moments 2015

Airs 3:31 p.m. on AM 1370 and at 9:20 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Classical 91.5

A partnership with BOA Editions, celebrating more than 35 years of independent publishing

The many facets of David Diamond

This morning I sat down to talk with Peter Elliot, a friend and former neighbor of the late composer David Diamond.  At Jines on Park Avenue (with the fabulous mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe eating breakfast only a few tables away!) Peter pulled out a white plastic bag stuffed with treasures: a whimsical letter from David to his kid brother (see picture below), the first Diamond LP he owned, and a fistful of old photos of the composer spending time with the Elliot family on Edgerton Street.

Religious Musicals from Heretical to Holy

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Host Robert Hammond as he examines how religion influences musical theatre.

Backstage Pass with First Inversion

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:00pm

Julia Figueras welcomes the recently formed vocal ensemble, First Inversion, to Studio A for a breathtaking performance