Arts and Culture

Soprano saves opera! Dies on stage! Wakes for interview!

Eastman grad Kathryn Lewek, who recorded an exquisite set of art songs by Rochester composer Cary Ratcliff in 2008, got an amazing, unexpected chance to step into the starring role in Ambroise Thomas' opera Mignon at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara on August 7th.  The lead got sick. Lewek was her understudy.  Big moment ensued.  This could be a huge advance for her career.  After the show, she was interviewed about the experience. 
 
 
 

Holst's trombone induces sheep birth

 We all know the power of the mighty trombone.  Noble, inspiring, breathtaking, the trombone has inspired generations of humans to great things.  Einstein listened to the "Tuba Mirum" from Mozart's Requiem when he finalized the theory of relativity.  Joyce played recordings of Bruckner while he wrote Ulysses.  Al Gore went to a Chicago concert right before he invented the Internet.  

Good-bye to WXXI senior audio producer Dave Sluberski

 
 
It's a sad day for many at WXXI.  Our senior audio producer Dave Sluberski is moving on to greener pastures. He talks about his future plans in the attached audio file.
 
 

A look at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition

[ http://interactive.wxxi.org/files/special/62nd_Finger_Lakes_... ]
 
Click here above to see Sam Sadtler's multi-media presentation of the Rochester-Finger Lakes exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery. It's Rochester's oldest and - arguably - most prestigious art show.
 
Sam interned at WXXI this summer. He's a staff photographer for Campus Times at the University of Rochester.  You can reach him at ssadtler@ur.rochester.edu.  Thanks for the great piece, Sam!