Arts Features with Mona

Mona Seghatoleslami of WXXI’s Classical 91.5 interviews musicians performing in the Rochester area and beyond, including previews of upcoming Live from Hochstein performances.

Composer Margaret Ruthven Lang's songs and piano pieces are treasures of American music, which have been championed and recorded by pianist Lucy Mauro and tenor Donald George.

In this 20-minute interview, Mauro discusses Lang's unusual life story, the reasons that her music hasn't been better known, and some of the reasons it is definitely worth discovering. Along the way, we also got to talking about some of other intriguing projects, recording music by other overlooked composers and a new book Master Singers: Advice from the Stage that she is writing with Donald George. 

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Tonight at The Little Theatre, some classic movies – Nosferatu and Night of the Living Dead – will be screened with a new musical accompaniment, played live by the Boston-based Andrew Alden Ensemble. They came into WXXI’s studios to play some of their music and chat. 

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Bill McGlaughlin is a composer, conductor, trombonist, and musical raconteur. He was the hostof public radio program St. Paul Sunday for 25 years, and now he’s celebrating 10 years of his “new” program Exploring Music. 

We recently had the chance to record a conversation, where spoke about his life in music and answered several WXXI listener questions. You can hear selections from the interview with Bill McGlaughlin each day this week around 4:30pm, or check out the full conversation right here online.

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Have an old clarinet in the closet that you haven’t played since high school band? Perhaps a guitar that’s been gathering dust?

The Rochester Education Foundation wants to give these instruments a new life – and director Patricia Braus, says that it’s a decision that many people have felt good about making. Learn more by listening to this short feature about REF's instrument donation program in Rochester. 

 

Photo Credit: Ken Huth

 

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In addition to finding your summer reading at the public library, you can find plenty of music there too - including thousands of recordings to check out or download.

Listen to this feature with librarian Judy Schewe to learn about several new ways Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County has to connect its patrons with music made in Rochester.

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The Hochstein School of Music and Dance recently created a program for young teens with Autism to experience music and arts therapy as a social group. Maria Battista-Hancock, the music therapist who leads the Expressive Arts department at Hochstein saw a need for programs for children as they grow older.

Listen here to a radio feature about the MusicArts Club and other programs for students on the Autism Spectrum at Hochstein.

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Dr. Margaret Quackenbush, better known as Peggy, is the president and Executive Director of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester. She's shaped the direction of this community arts school for more than a decade, and her involvement with Hochstein dates back more than 30 years to when started teaching at the school when she was a doctoral clarinet student at the Eastman School of Music. 

In our recent interview, Quackenbush said she's was touched to receive the recent awards and accolades that have been coming her way, but she had more to say about her journey in music and the work that continues to do at the Hochstein School. 


Selections from this interview were featured on the raido, but you can hear more of her stories and discussion of Hochstein in this podcast, which is about 14 minutes long.  

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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.


Listen here to a short feature about Brittany Walker, a soprano from Rochester who is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College.

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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.  

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is playing Margaret Brouwer's 1996 composition "Remembrances" this weekend. Brouwer spoke with WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami about this music, as well as her previous collaboration with the RPO and her other musical projects. Listen to the full interview here.

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