Classical

Morning Mailbag

One of our chief joys is hearing from WXXI's classical music listeners.  Enjoy a sample of a few e-mails from recent weeks.

Brenda:

I've been listening to your show on the way in to work lately and really enjoying the selection. Michael Pratorius was new to me, and a direct hit.

A question: you played a chaconne by Marin Marais last week (I believe by the Concert of Nations). I'd like to track the recording down, but he wrote a number of chaconnes. Can you shed any light?

 best-

 T------------

Hi, T---------,

Great Performance at the Met "Der Rosenkavalier" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 04/25/2010 - 12:00pm

Starring Renée Fleming as the aristocratic Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover.

The Grainger Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Classical 91.5

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

Join us every Thursday night in April for performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Trombone Spring Break!

Earlier this month, I was gone and off the air for a whole week.  I thought I'd try Skyaking for a bit--didn't work out so well.  After multiple bird strikes and $17,000 worth of skyaks destroyed, I decided on a safer endeavor and played racquetball.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on Classical 91.5

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 8:00pm

Kerry Frumkin hosts the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 2009 season.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Classical 91.5

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 8:00pm

Join us for the first in the new Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra series with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on Classical 91.5

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 8:00pm

Gustavo Dudamel's infectious energy has won over audiences, orchestras and colleagues alike.

The Seven Last Words of Christ on Classical 91.5 FM

Fri, 04/02/2010 - 12:00pm

The annual presentation of The Seven Last Words of Christ from Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

Pushin' Too Hard? (with apologies to the Seeds)

Every Sunday, Democrat and Chronicle music maven Jeff Spevak posts an entry to his blog called "I read the New York Times so you don't have to," highlighting some stories of interest.  This week, he discussed 2 obituaries.  One has haunted me.

LAWRENCE WELK'S TV TREASURES on WXXI-TV

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 7:00pm

This documentary about The Lawrence Welk Show features rarely seen footage from more than 50 years of never-before-seen archival performances by members of the Welk Musical Family.