Music

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".

Live From the Artists Den "Corinne Bailey Rae" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 09/05/2010 - 7:00pm

Live From the Artists Den presents Corinne Bailey Rae.

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin on WXXI-TV

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 9:30pm

The amazing story of the Beatles' Soviet success followed by an encore presentation of Live From the Artists Den featuring Ringo Starr.

Live from the Artists Den "David Gray" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 07/25/2010 - 7:00pm

David Gray takes the stage at the Broad Street Ballroom.

GrassRoots!

I rode a bicycle to Pittsburgh one summer years ago in the days before iPods. I think I brought about a dozen cassettes for my Walkman. Only some of them sounded good out there on the road under the sky in the sun and wind. Only some of them sounded right. Monk, Copland, Van Morrison…all good. Prince, not so much.

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 rad...@wxxi.org 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

Son House

There's some new art in the South Wedge. The traffic control box on South and Gregory now sports a portrait of Son House. You don't usually think of icons like Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson as having had influences, but Son was a major inspiration to both. He lived in Rochester from the mid 40's until 1964, when he was tracked down by a couple fans, a discovery that spurred him back out on the road... to Carnegie Hall, among other venues. He kept at it while his health allowed, and died in Detroit in 1988.