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Vuvuzela Concerto in Bb

Waiting

In the sci-fi novel The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell sets off a fascinating chain of events that begins with a song.  A song from outer space. 

 

Taking requests for Monday, June 21, the first day of summer

It makes me happy to play what you want to hear.  Please leave your request (here or by calling (585)258-0370) and tune in Monday morning from 6-10 a.m. for an all-request show.

Anthony and Michael Venturo

It’s Thursday, the day we hear stories that were recorded here in Rochester last summer by StoryCorps, the national oral history project. Today we hear from Anthony Venturo and his son Michael. Their visit to the mobile recording booth gave Anthony the chance to about what it was like to grow up during World War Two.

I had a farm in Africa

John BarryJohn BarryThursday’s mystery piece, “I had a farm in Africa,” comes from Out of Africa, a film set in colonial Kenya.  Meryl Streep plays a Danish baroness who falls into a doomed love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.  The composer, John Barry, born in England in 1933, is

Eric Whitacre's virtual choir

The American composer of Wednesday's mystery piece, Eric Whitacre, recently spent a few days working with students at Canandaguia Academy.  A few weeks ago, he landed a recording contract and will start making a new CD in August.  The title of the piece

Tuesday's mystery piece

Monday's mystery piece

Monday’s mystery piece was from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier I: Prelude and Fugue.

 

I'll give you three notes

Years ago I was a contestant in a live, Jeopardy-like quiz show hosted by conductor Peter Bay and the RPO at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center.   Fresh out of college, I thought I knew a lot about music.  Boy, did I eat humble pie. 

 

Lydia Timmons and Mary Graupman

When she was just 15 years old, Lydia Timmons left school to go to work full time, because the economic downturn had severely affected her mother and 9 brothers. That was in 1941.