Thank you to Luna Galassini for filling in for me over my recent vacation. I spent time with friends in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Bristol Harbor, and then had a week to get ready for winter, putting the garden to bed and sorting through a big basket of mittens and hats which now sits by the front door. And rest! I slept in every day! Getting enough rest and being healthy is very important to me, and it was especially vital given the dramatic week that followed with the unexpected announcement that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra wished to end its four-year contract with Music Director Arild Remmereit two years early. WXXI-FM listeners have expressed shock, anger, sadness, and hope that classical music lovers will work through this situation together to support our city’s great orchestra. Our newsroom will keep you updated on the situation.
WXXI Classical Blog
It’s a daily joy to offer you the best recordings from the WXXI library from 6 to 10am, with arts news from Rochester’s rich cultural calendar, updates from NPR, the Mystery Piece at 6:40am, the Composers' Datebook at 7:20am, and the Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor at 8:20am. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the next few weeks:
When Elizabeth Guaragna walks into a music agency and applies for a job, she’s stormed what she thinks is an enemy encampment. She accepts a position working closely for a man she’s been raised to despise, famed music impresario Alfred Rossiter, all the while barely understanding herself, her motives, or the reasons why she lies about her name and background.
You’ve probably heard the news. In a comprehensive front page story published in Sunday’s Democrat and Chronicle, Stuart Low reported the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra may be facing an operating shortfall in excess of $700,000.
But it could be much worse.
Click here to hear a podcast with DM for how it all happened.
I couldn't resist posting just a few more John Cage links before this space gets back to being all-Copland all the time.
Music, what does it communicate?
Is what’s clear to me clear to you?
Is music just sounds?
Then what does it communicate?
Is a truck passing by music?
If I can see it, do I have to hear it too?
If I don’t hear it, does it still communicate?
If while I see it I can’t hear it, but hear something else, say an egg-beater, because I’m inside looking out, does the truck communicate or the egg-beater, which communicates?
Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?
-John Cage, Silence