There are a few tasks I loathe with the blazing heat of a thousand exploding suns. These include (in no particular order) untangling kite strings, cleaning out the fridge, and sitting through long meetings, especially sessions in which everyone gets a turn to talk. This is why my impatient spirit was surprised when my body decided to hop in the car and drive us to a potentially leth
I was preparing a Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert for broadcast the other day, and it struck me that the two works on the program had wildly differing sound wave patterns, even though they were recorded at the same levels. This was interesting!
Here's a quiz. See if you can tell which of these sound files is . . .
I just read an article commemorating George Eastman's passing 80 years ago today. When visitng the George Eastman House recently, I noticed that the program from his memorial service was on display (near his laconic and poignant suicide note). Eastman's memorial service included music by Beethoven, Locatelli, Wagner, and Howard Hanson.
I just got off the phone with John Schaefer for today's edition of Pick 3 on WNYC's "Soundcheck." The challenge: pick three brand new musical releases that you love.
No secret decoder ring needed – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams CD was released today!
There are copies at the RPO Theatre Shop at Kodak Hall.
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RPO IN THE NEWS
Former RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman is returning to Rochester the first week of March to conduct the RPO, mark his 70th birthday, and to celebrate the release of the RPO’s latest harmonia mundi recording, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony and Serenade to Music.
Valentine’s Day this year came too early in our relationship for declarations of love. I do like you an awful lot. We’ve had a few good months together since we met up this fall.
Saturday nights at the RPO, afternoons at the opera:
A friend from church gave me an old treadmill which she described apologetically as "state-of-the-art 1985."
“It’s as loud as a helicopter,” she warned, “but we just replaced the belt.”
Never mind that the belt is as narrow as a balance beam, get this -- the speed adjustment knob goes from turtle to rabbit. I love that knob more than words can say.