Arts and Culture

Close encounters

Percy GraingerPercy GraingerPercy Grainger was born in Australia in 1882.   Until recently, he was pegged as a lightweight because of his folk song arrangements.  Recent releases reveal a more serious side, one that’s funny and sad, reflective and violent.

Out of thin air

Music fans love to meet performers, but I'm thrilled to make contact with composers.  They're making music out of thin air using pure imagination.  One of my fond memories of the late Richard Gladwell is seeing his face suffused with pleasure as he told of meeting composer Ralph Vaughan Williams decades ago at a concert in London.  Williams' music is a cornerstone of twentie

Glimmerglass Opera’s Francesca Zambello

Thu, 07/29/2010 - 6:00am

Classical 91.5 morning host Brenda Tremblay speaks with Glimmerglass Opera’s incoming executive director Francesca Zambello.

Photo Finish: The Last Roll of Kodachrome

The last roll of Kodachrome film ever produced went to world renowned photographer Steve McCurry.

This American Life "Georgia Rambler" on AM 1370

Thu, 08/05/2010 - 9:00pm

A homage to Charles Salter and the "Georgia Rambler".

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.

Masterpiece Mystery! "Inspector Lewis: Allegory of Love" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 08/08/2010 - 9:00pm

Literary whimsy becomes murderous reality with the death of a Czech barmaid.

Great Performances at the Met "Carmen" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 08/04/2010 - 8:00pm

Great Performances at the Met presents "Carmen".

Independent Lens "Goodbye Solo" on WXXI-TV

Tue, 08/03/2010 - 10:00pm

Souléymane Sy Savané stars as Solo in this award-winning drama that looks at the depth of the human spirit and the power of free will.

Hairworld: The Pursuit of Excellence on WXXI-TV

Tue, 08/03/2010 - 9:00pm

A peek into the world of competitive hairstyling.