Music

WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 Celebrates Women's History Month

Throughout March

Tune in to Classical 91.5 all month long for special Women's History Month programming.

Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 8:00pm

In October 2010 the legendary musical "LES MISÉRABLES" celebrated its 25th birthday.

My Music: Rock, Pop, and Doo Wop on WXXI-TV

Thu, 03/10/2011 - 8:00pm

An unforgettable concert event celebrating American voices from the '50s and '60s.

The Music Instinct: Science and Song

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 7:00pm

The true power of music unfolds in this documentary hosted by Bobby McFerrin and Dr. Daniel Levitin.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 8:00pm

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Tuesdays this March on Classical 91.5.

El Paso Pro Musica Festival

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 8:00pm

El Paso Chamber Music Festival receives international critical acclaim each year, and has a history of bringing artistic excellence to the border region.

The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House on WXXI-TV

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 8:00pm

The White House hosts a Motown celebration in honor of Black History Month.

Gold box

Chris Van Hof lent me a copy of the book "Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music" by Angela Myles Beeching. Violinist Philip Ying calls it “the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician,” and the more I pour over it, the more I think it contains a lot of good advice for anyone working in a creative field.

Beeching oversees the career center at New England Conservatory of Music, and in this volume she summarizes the counsel she offers aspiring musicians, including tips on practical matters such as web-site design, managing money, and using social networking tools.  As a professional church musician, I found this tip helpful; “Avoid playing more than twenty-five minutes without a five- minute break.” (Okay, I can do this if that five minute break includes chocolate!)  Beeching also extends this advice to any physical activity: gardening, typing, sports, etc.  Take breaks, she urges.  She recommends daily exercise, soaking in the beauty of nature, and carving out time for non-musical activities.

Here’s some general advice she gives career counselors working with musicians: “Look for the light in the eyes.”  Your eyes reflect your true passions.  

Finally, this gem. Israeli composer Lio Navok’s compares the artist’s creative internal fire to a small, gold box.  “It’s something absolutely personal and irreplaceable in each of us that we need to safeguard,” he says.   I have a gold box.  You have one, too.  Hold it close.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 9:30pm

Harry Connick, Jr. returns to the Main Stage with a roster of favorites, performed in his trademark New Orleans style.

American Masters: Carole King & James Taylor on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 8:00pm

In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore – a style marked by vulnerable introspection and raw, naked emotion.