Arts and Culture

Monday Night's Jazz Fest Highlights

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival continues Monday night. WXXI's Brenda Tremblay and Julia Figueras take a look at the highlights.

I'll give you three notes

Years ago I was a contestant in a live, Jeopardy-like quiz show hosted by conductor Peter Bay and the RPO at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center.   Fresh out of college, I thought I knew a lot about music.  Boy, did I eat humble pie. 

 

"Jazz Break" on AM 1370 & WRUR-FM 88.5

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 8:35am

AM 1370's Alex Crichton and WRUR-FM's Scott Regan talk about the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest

Tchaikovsky, inspiration

Listeners from England and Rochester guessed (correctly) Thursday's mystery piece.  At 6:40 a.m. we heard a waltz from a ballet composed in 1875 as a commission for the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow: Valse intrada I from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. It was unsuccessful after its first year of performance.

Wednesday Mystery piece

Congratulations to Susan in Alfred and Bob listening in Rochester.  They identified Wednesday’s mystery piece, a suite of waltzes by one of the most remarkable composers of the 20th century.  He “ran the gamut of styles without losing his own,” writes cellist David Moore

Tuesday's mystery piece

Robert SchumannRobert SchumannToday we heard Johnathan Biss playing a selection from Robert Schumann’s Papillons (Butterflies).   He "made himself a new ideal world in which he moved almost as he wills," according to one contemporary critic.  Musicians are celebratin

Monday's mystery

Georges BizetGeorges BizetWhat does Walter Matthau have to do with opera?

 

Monday's mystery piece. Carmen Suite No. 2 comes from an enticing opera written by Georges Bizet, a French composer born in 1838.

 

David Suchet on the Orient Express: A Masterpiece Special on WXXI-TV

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 8:00pm

Masterpiece Mystery!'s David Suchet explores the modern-day Orient Express.

Friday's Mystery piece

Mozart, sort ofMozart, sort of  Congratulations to Bob and Kristi who both guessed today's mystery piece, the Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Mozart.  We heard the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leopold Hager. (Novalis 150041.)  Monday's mystery involves The Bad News Bears.

Arts Friday: Celebrating Sensational Schumann

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Guest host Brenda Tremblay from WXXI-FM discusses Robert Schumann's musical legacy with scholars observing the Schumann bicentennial. Schumann was born June 8th, 1810.