Classical

My forte is louder than yours!

"The day I enter a music competition is the day the New York Phil and Chicago Symphony duke it out in a steel cage Mahler death match."  What are the benfits of music competitions?
 

Let's do lunch

The High Falls Business Association has teamed up with the Hochstein School of Music & Dance and WXXI to launch Hochstein at High Falls, a noontime summer concert series.

Commercial Alert

They seem to come in waves.
 
Classical music pops up in commercial advertisements and disappears for awhile. Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t watch a lot of commercial TV, so when I happen to catch it in ads, I notice.
 
The other day, my ears perked at the sound of this ad featuring "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's Planets. Watch for the big bite in tempo with the music.
 
 
And how 'bout this classic?
 
 
 
What fun this must have been to put together! 
 
Thanks for checking out my blog. Incidentally, the opinions expressed concerning chocolate peanut butter cups ARE NOT endorsed by the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, underwriters, or staff.  ;)
 

Marian Anderson

The next time you visit Philly, check out the birthplace of American singer Marian Anderson.
 
The modest, nineteenth century, two-story house has Art Deco touches and a small basement, which the singer remodeled for enjoying music and hanging out with friends. Conductor Arturo Toscanini said she had “a voice such as one hears only once in a 100 years.”
 
In 1939, after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her sing at Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall, Anderson performed for 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. 
 
 
 

Hook and Hastings 1878 Organ

One of the oldest and most interesting pipe organs in town isn’t in a public space. It’s in a private home, a mansion on Mt. Hope Avenue near Highland Park.   Here are pictures!
 
 

 

Classical music connections

We in Rochester are so blessed to have lots of resources right here in our area to enjoy great classical music.  The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Youth Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music and all of its ensembles, the Hochstein School, Madrigalia, Rochester Oratorio Society -- those that we all think of immediately are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many other great regional orchestras, choirs, operas, church and school music...too many to name individually. 
 
And now, as if this is not enough, satellite technology

Steve vs. Stephen: Colbert disses minimalism

Stephen Colbert gets angered anytime someone snubs him.  In this case, Steve Reich's Pulitzer sets Colbert off. There's a brief commercial first, then the segment: