Brenda Tremblay presents inspiring classical music, recent performances by Rochester artists, and highlights from concert halls around the globe. Plus interviews, classical music news, features, and the latest headlines.
The daily Mystery Piece airs at 6:40 am
Composers Datebook airs at 7:20
The Writers Almanac airs at 8:20
Features air at 8:40
Monday, November 25
Start the day with a tapestry of rich American traditions: great singing from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the fortitude of pilgrims, the necessity of gravy. Hear tailor-made music by Walter Piston on the Composers Datebook , and on the Writer’s Almanac, what the heart cannot forget.
Tuesday, November 26
Discover a pre-premiere premiere by John Corigliano on the Composers Datebook, a musical vanishing point, and on the Writer’s Almanac, a writer’s lifelong struggle against authority. Internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano Jessye Norman sings an American classic. Plus, The Imposter! We’ll sample Béla’s Fleck’s self-composed Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra in a new recording with Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Wednesday, November 27
What’s new with Rochester native and prolific American composer Carson Cooman? He’ll chat with Mona Seghatoleslami. Hear spacey music by Strauss and Ligeti on the Composers Datebook, a river singing to trees, and a beautiful overture on Hebrew themes in anticipation of Chanukah. Also, "Much Madness is divinest Sense;" hear poetry by Emily Dickinson on the Writer’s Almanac.
Thursday, November 28
Happy Thanksgiving! Wake with perfect music for cooking, planning, driving, relaxing, cleaning, and prepping, including the Ying Quartet’s stunning performance of Ravel’s American Quartet. Rachmaninoff and Hanson get romantic on the Composers Datebook, and you’ll meet a Rochester home health aide who has developed a unique ministry among the sickest and neediest among us.
Friday, November 29
Explore New York City "firsts" of Rossini and Cole Porter (on the Composers Datebook), a dedication from Evgeny Kissin, Prokofiev’s sunniest symphony, and the sweetest sounds of Richard Rodgers.