A Radio Program

Peggy Quackenbush and the Hochstein School

Dr. Margaret Quackenbush, better known as Peggy, is the president and Executive Director of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester.

Interview with Soprano Brittany Walker

Soprano Brittany Walker, who recently performed with pianist Michael Landrum on Live from Hochstein, got started singing early - but it wasn't until a teacher challenged her to try something new, that she discovered her love of opera, as she told WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami.

Chroma Piano Trio interview

The Chroma Piano Trio recently played music by Antonin Dvorak and Josef Suk on Live from Hochstein. All three members of the New York City-based trio stopped by WXXI to speak with Mona Seghatoleslami about this music and their future plans.  

How does Roomful of Teeth strike you?

Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer Prize for music this week, and if there’s one thing you’ll hear in her work, it’s the fine line between speech and song.  It’s all about connecting.

Clara Rockmore and the Theremin

A couple of weeks ago, I put a recording on the radio of Dvorak's Humoresque – as played on the theremin by the great Clara Rockmore

A few WXXI listeners wrote in to comment about the recording, including Dave, who wrote: “I'd like to see it in action to better appreciate the technique & coordination - all the details.” I'm posting my response here too for anyone else who might be interested.

New music with Eastman's Ossia ensemble

Eastman School of Music student-run new music ensemble Ossia's concert tonight at Kilbourn Hall features music by David Kirkland Garner,&nbs

An amazing woman, a fish without a bicycle

It's lovely to spend mornings with you, listening to great recordings from the WXXI library, NPR news, arts features, and . . .

Jeremy Denk: Beethoven, Bach, Liszt at Eastman

Pianist Jeremy Denk is playing a recital tonight at 8pm in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. He’ll be playing music by Bartók, Liszt, Bach, and Beethoven.

More Musical Conversations

How's it going with you? As for me: continued Bach to Bach hits on the radio, roaming the Rochester classical concert scene, getting ready for Live from Hochstein, and chatting about music when I can. Here are a few of my recent interviews/features: