Monday, January 21
“To have Mr. Stravinsky in residence for this past week, and conducting part of this evening’s program, we have brought to our students the most illustrious example of an individual who exemplifies both the knower and the doer. The impact of his presence upon the minds of our students is incalculable”
– Walter Hendl, Director, Eastman School of Music
Percussionist Kristin Shiner McGuire tells the story of how a moment of frustration at the Department of Motor Vehicles landed her in physical therapy. She describes her lifelong passion for fitness, and what she tells students who show up for lessons without breakfast. Kristen has been the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Nazareth College since 1984.
I was sitting at my desk the other day when, over my shoulder, I heard a tour group coming down the hall. The visitors passed the WXXI newsroom and stopped a few feet away.
“And this,” announced their guide (a smart and lovely woman who works in another department), “is Classical 91.5. Classical music is very soothing, very relaxing!”
Dr. C. Michael Haben, a Rochester physician who specializes in care of the voice, offers advice for keeping your voice healthy during the cold winter months, whether you sing, talk, or teach all day. He recommends a specific beverage and a unique way of thinking about your instrument.
Violist Carol Rodland of the Eastman School of Music explains why Pilates became important to her long before movie stars picked it up. She'll also describe the common problems college students run into when they arrive at a conservatory, how to avoid them, and what she does to cultivate mindfulness and joy in her daily life.
A podcast series of conversations with musicians about their stories and their advice for staying healthy, whether you're bending over a computer or a guitar, talking or singing.
Cinema Paradiso was the last movie screened at the George Eastman House’s Dryden Theater for two long months while they upgrade the theater (what do you think of that director’s cut?)
What to do now to avoid the dishes? The opportunity to see rare and classic films in a theater has been a real treat since I moved here, and some nights I was even lured me away from a few classical concerts.
Now, I’ll just have more time for music. If I get to even half of what I’ve written in to my calendar for the next few months, it will be pretty good. Here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to the first two months of 2013: