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Books and Music: American Music Month

November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.

In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!

Mornings on Classical 91.5, November 28 - December 2

Wake up with classical music, a daily mystery piece at 6:40, the Composers’ Datebook at 7:20, the Writer’s Almanac at 8:20, and the latest arts news.

Monday, November 28

Garth Fagan never let anyone else choreograph his dancers until last year.  WXXI’s Julie Philipp reports on a new creative mind in dance and the moment of contact that sparked the troupe’s latest work. 

Recording Artist Matthew West Writes a Song that has Inspired a Movie

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join host Robert Hammond as he talks to Grammy nominated recording artist Matthew West about his new holiday CD, “The Heart of Christmas,” and a song he wrote that’s inspired a movie. One song on the new album that has already developed a life beyond this CD is “One Last Christmas.”

Thanksgiving

"In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?"  - Igor Stravinsky

 

Broadway Says Goodbye

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

To say the least, this has been a difficult week in Tinseltown and on Broadway.

Christmas Carols with the Priests

Wed, 12/25/2013 - 5:00pm

Set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Priests bring the festive season alive with a collection of holiday favorites delivered with a "little priestly twist."

Mornings on Classical 91.5

Brenda Tremblay presents classical music, the Writer’s Almanac, Composers’ Datebook, and bird song.

Monday, November 21

 Music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Franz Waxman

Brenda talks with Mona Seghatoleslami, WXXI-FM’s new afternoon host. (Hear a podcast of their interview at wxxi.org)

 

Tuesday, November 22

Jamie Bernstein Reminisces About Her Father, Leonard

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Jamie Bernstein talks in depth about her father, Leonard Bernstein, and the impact he had on her.  Additionally, she discusses EL SISTEMA USA! -- a new film documentary about the power of music to create social transformation.

Mornings, November 14 - 18

Join Brenda Tremblay from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. weekdays.

You’re invited to start the day with lively classical music, a mystery piece, and bird song.  Composers Datebook airs at 7:20, Writer’s Almanac at 8:20, features around 8:35 a.m.                            

Transitions

The Rochester Oratorio Society announced a commission this week in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and other milestones.  The ROS will commission composer Glenn McClure to write a piece including texts, instruments and musical resources from Ghana, West Africa, and Western New York.