Classical

A Classical Friday

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 6:00am

Host Brenda Tremblay talks about the World premiere of Josh Forgèt's Three Sketches for Orchestra, and the debut of the new Hochstein Alumni Orchestra.

Backstage Pass presents Ad Hoc

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:00pm

Julia Figueras hosts music and discussion with Ad Hoc.

In case you missed this

Four Eastman students have made classical music station WQXR's list of Top Five Viral Videos of 2010. When the quartet Breaking Wind performed a fully choreographed Lady Gaga medley in wigs and sunglasses, “it wasn’t just funny; it was inspired,” writes Amanda Angel. One of these players is interning at WXXI, but so far, she’s left her blonde wig at home.

AS YOU WISH, the top classical music stories in Rochester in 2010

Let’s recall the top classical music news stories in 2010 in Rochester, New York, with a nod to the Rob Reiner film, The Princess Bride.

NOT UNEMPLOYED IN GREENLAND     RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman announced his retirement at end of the 2010-2011 season.  Norwegian conductor Arild Remmeriet will step up as RPO’s new music director in 2011. Glimmerglass Opera announced that Francesca Zambello will be new executive director in 2011.

MUCH NICER THAN THE FIRE SWAMP   Eastman School of Music opened a new wing with dramatic atrium, recital hall, rehearsal spaces, and eye-popping hanging glass sculpture.

INCONCEIVABLE!   Rochester entrepreneur Tim Enright launched Virtuoso Television, or VTV, an internet service for musicians to record and store music lessons online for reference in future practice sessions.

HELLO, MY NAME IS “GIBBS AND MAIN”     Rochester chamber ensemble Quartsemble changed moniker.

NEVER GO AGAINST A STRING PLAYER WHEN DEATH IS ON THE LINE    RPO principal violist Melissa Matson stepped on needle, performed Harold in Italy with injured foot. RPO principal cellist Stefan Reuss fell and injured ribs and wrist, missing first few weeks of concert season.

A GREAT GIFT FOR RHYME    Baritone Jonathan Beyer earned Rochester Oratorio Society’s annual Classical Idol top prize with compelling performance of aria from "Nixon on China." Composer Cary Ratcliff gets oratorio "Ode to Common Things" published. Composer Amanda Jacobs won national award for "Mass for the Living."

HER APPEAL IS UNDENIABLE    Soprano Renee Fleming released “Dark Hope,” a collection of pop covers of songs by groups such as Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie and Leonard Cohen. Rochester chamber choir Madrigalia premiered new work by Libby Larsen; Larsen visits.

NO ONE WITHSTANDS THE MACHINE  Michael Daughtery piano concerto, “Deus Ex Machina” co-commissioned by the RPO, earned 2010 Grammy nomination.  The Eastman's Ying Quartet was also nominated for a Grammy.

ANYBODY WANT A PEANUT?   Several Western New York public schools named “Best Communities for Music Education” in the United States by the non-profit NAMM Foundation; Albion Central School District, Brighton, Leroy, Pittsford, Royalton-Hartland Central School District, Rush-Henrietta, Webster, West Irondequoit.

Congratulations and Happy New Year!

Great Performances at the Met: Don Pasquale on WXXI-TV

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 9:00pm

Anna Netrebko stars in and James Levine conducts Otto Schenk’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s sparkling comic opera.

The Byron Janis Story on WXXI-TV

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 7:00pm

Byron Janis is a living legend of the classical music world.

 

Sixth sense

One day in middle school, walking out of the lunchroom down a long, sunny hallway, I saw my father emerge from the band room where he taught instrumental music. He spotted me and pivoted, approaching with another music teacher alongside and holding a thick, green glass Coke bottle in his hand. It was half full.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Lang Lang on WXXI-TV

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 8:30pm

The concert starring Alan Gilbert, Lang Lang, and Tchaikovsky is a true mid-winter’s dream.

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2012 on WXXI-TV

Sun, 01/01/2012 - 2:30pm

The Vienna Philharmonic and host Julie Andrews ring in 2012.

TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS: Dudamel: Conducting a Life

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 3:30pm

Tavis Smiley gives viewers an extraordinary look into the life and artistry of the LA Phil’s charismatic conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.