Music

Close encounters

Percy GraingerPercy GraingerPercy Grainger was born in Australia in 1882.   Until recently, he was pegged as a lightweight because of his folk song arrangements.  Recent releases reveal a more serious side, one that’s funny and sad, reflective and violent.

Out of thin air

Music fans love to meet performers, but I'm thrilled to make contact with composers.  They're making music out of thin air using pure imagination.  One of my fond memories of the late Richard Gladwell is seeing his face suffused with pleasure as he told of meeting composer Ralph Vaughan Williams decades ago at a concert in London.  Williams' music is a cornerstone of twentie

Glimmerglass Opera’s Francesca Zambello

Thu, 07/29/2010 - 6:00am

Classical 91.5 morning host Brenda Tremblay speaks with Glimmerglass Opera’s incoming executive director Francesca Zambello.

Live From the Artists Den "Dierks Bentley" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 7:00pm

Dierks Bentley performs his chart-topping hits from the Ravenswood Billboard Factory, Chicago.

Great Performances at The Met "Simon Boccanegra" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 8:00pm

Great Performances at the Met presents Simon Boccanerga.

Summer travels

Summer gives you the chance to enjoy music in unusual settings.  Lakes. Woods. Corn fields. Festivals are popping up all over the region.  Last week I had the privilege of seeing four operas at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown and interviewing the incoming director, Francesca Zambello.

Great Performances at the Met "Carmen" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 08/04/2010 - 8:00pm

Great Performances at the Met presents "Carmen".

Live From the Artists Den "Corinne Bailey Rae" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 09/05/2010 - 7:00pm

Live From the Artists Den presents Corinne Bailey Rae.

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin on WXXI-TV

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 9:30pm

The amazing story of the Beatles' Soviet success followed by an encore presentation of Live From the Artists Den featuring Ringo Starr.