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Stand With WXXI to Protect Public Media

Recently President Trump presented his full budget proposal to Congress. As expected, it proposes to eliminate funding for public media organizations, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as of October 1, 2017 (much sooner than expected). Although CPB only accounts for 12% of WXXI's budget, this is still a significant loss.

All public media organizations, including television and radio, are working together to make the case for support, but there's a role for...

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“Mompou is evoking in music the silence…and the silence is music.”  

When guitarist Rafaella Smits visited Rochester, she played and spoke about music by Catalan - French - Spanish composer Federico Mompou (1893-1987).

I think it’s fair to say Mompou is one of the composers with a “cult” following – he’s not mainstream famous, even among those who routinely listen to classical music, yet his music is beloved and revered by those who are in the know.  

Stephanie Marsh

It's been a great season of Live from Hochstein - with everything from Brahms to brass, world premieres, wind quintet favorites, and Radiohead played by the Eastman Cello Ensemble (along with music by David Liptak, Caleb Burhans, and Arvo Pärt. You can hear this season finale show here: 

You can also listen to the rest of this spring season online through Soundcloud here

News from the world of Classical Music

For many people, New Orleans is practically synonymous with jazz; it's the birthplace of both the music and many of its leading lights, from Louis Armstrong to Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. But now, one organization is working to draw attention to the city's history of opera music.

How is this for a first day on the job: Maurice Murphy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)'s late principal trumpet player, spent his very first day with the orchestra recording Star Wars' iconic opening theme, with its incredible brass fanfare — and Murphy leading the trumpets.

If the word "aura" is defined as a pervasive atmosphere, then it's a perfect title for this piece by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, who has a knack for creating vivid sonic environments.

www.deccaclassics.com

Thanks to love, commitment and efforts of Alicia Torra de Larrocha, the pianist’s daughter, and two archivists, some 10,000 items including sheet music, interviews, photographs, correspondence and recital gowns have been collected into a personal archive to celebrate and preserve her mother's legacy. 

Currently, the archive is housed in the apartment in Barcelona's Sarria neighborhood where De Larrocha lived from 1976 until her passing in 2009.  De Larrocha retired from performing in 2003, after a 76-year career.

Ralph Lauer

I think of it as the “piano Olympics,” but perhaps the best description of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition comes from the Boston Globe: “a cross between the Miss America Pageant, the Olympic Games, the Academy Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.”

Every four years, since 1962, pianists from around the world gather in Fort Worth, Texas to compete for prizes and glory.

Previous Cliburn Gold winners include  Jon Nakamatsu, Vadym Koholodenko, and Olga Kern.

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