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We Are Still Here! The Holocaust Through Music and Memory, 1/27/17

The Western Wind, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet presents an exploration of the Holocaust through music and memories. The narration incorporates survivor memories with music that depicts Jewish life in pre-war Europe, and songs that intimately depict the events and horrors of the Holocaust.

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As queen of England for 63 years, Victoria had a fair amount of music written and performed for her.  

Music meant more to her than just something accompany the pomp and circumstance of coronations and jubilees. 

Victoria grew up playing the piano. She also sang, and loved going to the theater. Prince Albert, her husband, played piano and composed. It is said that after she proposed to him, he serenaded her with music that he had written - and she sang along.  

Miss the glory days of high school orchestra? Still have your violin, or flute, or trombone – but you don’t take it out to play it like you always mean to? Want to sing somewhere besides the shower? 

Did you know that you are not alone? There are some wonderful community orchestras, bands, and choirs throughout the region, and they would love to have you join in making music with them.  

News from the world of Classical Music

National Symphony Orchestra Musicians

You may not be able to attend in person, but thanks to technology and a collaboration between The Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra and medici.tv, three orchestral concerts will be live streamed around the world.  The three live NSO performances can be viewed worldwide in HD on medici.tv on Sunday, January 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m.;


When the RPO performs Shostakovich's fifth symphony later this month, they will be performing one of the legendary examples of music as political speech. Stalin thought it was a tribute to his regime; almost certainly, however, Shostakovich had threaded a musical needle and was signaling his solidarity to a suffering public.

That got us thinking: what are some other examples of music as political speech? It spans genres, and it's not always as effective as the creator of the music hopes. Finally, we discuss whether music can move the public, or if music is more effective at simply reflecting the public's mood. Our guests:

  • John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester
  • Lisa Jakelski, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music
  • Terry Smith, head of the Harley School's Lower School
  • Mona Seghatoleslami, host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5

Cellist Julian Schwarz has just been named to the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.

Classical composers have long had their patrons: Beethoven had Archduke Rudolph, John Cage had Betty Freeman. For contemporary opera composers, there's Beth Morrison. She and her production company have commissioned new works from some of the most innovative emerging composers today.

Georges Prêtre, the French conductor with a seven-decade career that included close associations with Maria Callas and many of the world's top orchestras, died Wednesday in France at age 92.

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