Chris Van Hof

Live from Hochstein fall season highlights

Live from Hochstein returned last Wednesday (10/22) with the first program featuring the Music Educator's Wind Band under the direction of Al “Corky” Fabrizio, conductor, and featuring The Canandaigua Academy Mixed Chorus under the direction of Amy Story.  They performed music of Copland and Bernstein.

Office talent

For starters, Chris Van Hof plays trombone. Professionally.

Simon Pontin draws funky cartoons. Julia Figueras sews her kids' clothes for the first day of school and Halloween.

The deejays you hear on Classical 91.5 are incredibly artistic people on -- and off -- the air.

My friend, classical host Gerry Szymanski, entered his photographs in a public contest which ends in three days, and some of the shots are quite good. You'll have a chance to decide which of Gerry's pictures might be included in a future coffee table book if you click here.

Jack Ertle plays piano. Jeanne Fisher sings alto. Ruth Phinney crochets. I can play "Chopsticks" with my toes. I'm not sure what John Andres and Marianne Carberry do for fun, but it's bound to be something surprising. Music lovers tend to be especially creative people.

As you well know.

Classical 91.5 Welcomes New Afternoon Host

Classical 91.5 Welcomes New Afternoon Host

Flute gallery


Last week, flutist Bonita Boyd came to WXXI to perform on a live, in-studio show, Backstage Pass. To promote her appearance, I pulled out her excellent CD of Niccolo Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Op. 1, a set of mind-bogglingly difficult violin solos Boyd plays deftly on the flute. Looking at the CD cover, I wondered, what’s with the old car? The expanse of leg? The sexy smile? Paganini, a randy charmer, would most heartily approve.

Random stuff

Did you see Andre Rieu on TV Tuesday night?