Out of thin air

Music fans love to meet performers, but I'm thrilled to make contact with composers.  They're making music out of thin air using pure imagination.  One of my fond memories of the late Richard Gladwell is seeing his face suffused with pleasure as he told of meeting composer Ralph Vaughan Williams decades ago at a concert in London.  Williams' music is a cornerstone of twentie

Summer travels

Summer gives you the chance to enjoy music in unusual settings.  Lakes. Woods. Corn fields. Festivals are popping up all over the region.  Last week I had the privilege of seeing four operas at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown and interviewing the incoming director, Francesca Zambello.

Great Performances at the Met "Carmen" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 08/04/2010 - 8:00pm

Great Performances at the Met presents "Carmen".

Mystery piece, Glimmerglass

Road sign before GlimmerglassRoad sign before Glimmerglass     It’s percussive, graceful, and brimming with charm.

Catching up

  My thanks to every listener who's e-mailed about the morning mystery pieces on Classical 91.5.  It's a delight to explore old and new repertoire, and I'm excited that so many music lovers are getting up a little early to guess the name of the mystery work at 6:40 a.m.  (One man told me he

With Heart and Voice, Program 1029

Sun, 07/25/2010 - 12:01am

Peter DuBois continues our exploration of the With Heart and Voice Archives with a program from September 1990. We’ll hear excerpts from Anton Reicha’s Te Deum Laudamus, Kyrie and Gloria from William Lloyd Webber’s Mass for Peace, and anthems by Gottforied Homilius and Melchior Franck.

With Heart and Voice, Program 1028

Sun, 07/18/2010 - 12:01am

Peter DuBois shares a program from the With Heart and Voice Archives, originally broadcast in October 1989. Today’s program features a setting of Psalm 100 by Johann Pachelbel, Pater Noster by Luigi Cherubini, and anthems by Edward Bairstow, Percy Whitlock and Kenneth Leighton.

With Heart and Voice, Program 1027

Sun, 07/11/2010 - 12:01am

We introduce our new host, Peter DuBois, as he shares a program from the With Heart and Voice Archives.

The Geek Epiphany

We raise our children, and try to guide them down a path.  Then light dawns on Marblehead. They already had it all figured out.

Glasses, perceptions

Perceptions change.   You wouldn't have heard much Philip Glass on WXXI-FM a few decades ago. Now his minimalist, relentless, mathmematical works spin out on a regular basis. Several listeners correctly identified the mystery piece on Classical 91.5 Thursday as Glass' "Company."  Writer Alex Ross argues that his style is the first original Ameri