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.

All that wrath and a bunch of chips

Superbowl advertisers turned to classical composers to help them sell carbonated beverages (with Rossini's William Tell Overture), a new TV series (cue Carl Orff's Carmina Burana), cars (via John Williams' The Empire Strikes Back) and bright orange chips which may not be the healthiest thing for you or your dog.  In my opinion, the juxtaposition of Verdi's Requiem with a slow-motion, runni

Met Opera presents Simon Boccanegra

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:00pm

Plácido Domingo returns to Verdi’s masterpiece, taking on the baritone title role.

On A Personal Note on WXXI-TV

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 10:00pm

The relationship between very young and gifted classical pianists and their art is explored in this perceptive documentary.

The Met Opera presents Rigoletto

Sat, 01/22/2011 - 1:00pm

The Verdi favorite returns with great casts, including Diana Damrau, Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, and Željko Lucic

Met Opera: Iphigénie En Tauride

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 1:00pm

The Met Opera presents Iphigénie En Tauride.


Sun, 08/19/2012 - 2:00pm

Baritone James Maddalena stars as Nixon, a role he created to widespread acclaim.

Independent Lens "For Once in My Life" on WXXI-TV

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 8:00pm

Made up of 28 musicians and singers who all have severe mental and physical disabilities, the Spirit of Goodwill Band is a raucous home away from home where members are free to display their talent, humor and tenacity.

Independent Lens "When I Rise"

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 7:00pm

The story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted music student who struggled against the odds to reach the heights of international opera.