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Black History Month Spotlight Series from Performance Today

Performance Today Spotlights Black Musical History Celebrate Black History Month with music, as Performance Today presents a new Black History Spotlight Series. You can hear the episodes throughout February on Classical 91.5 or online where you can see photos and learn more about each artist . Each of the 20 new episodes will feature a three-minute spot highlighting a black musician or composer, with additional content (including photos, videos and audio links) on the PT website and Facebook page . Spotlights include: Florence Price
Joseph Douglass (Grandson of Frederick Douglass)
George Bridgetower
Harry Thacker Burleigh
Hazel Scott
Joseph Bologne-Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Philippa Schyler
R. Nathaniel Dett
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Scott Joplin
William Grant Still
Will Marion Cook
Nora Holt
Eva Jessye
Ignatius Sancho
Francis Johnson
Thomas Wiggins
Zenobia Powell Perry
Harry Lawrence Freeman
John Blanke

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“When out walking, I have a habit of going along with my head down, deep in thought (imaginary conversations or worries, or problems) and suddenly “coming to”, and looking around at the landscape and sky, I realize what unspeakable beauty I am missing.

A fine morning – an undefined feeling of change is not exactly a “Vorfrühling” hint, but of something not quite winter.”

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, February 1, 1939

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"...having to work from a manuscript or reading an unknown score, analyzing and “hearing” it in your head before you pick up your instrument helps enormously in learning how to create an interpretation based solely on your own intuition, musical knowledge and the information in front of you. Curiosity, reading and listening to as much music as possible also leads to new ideas and provides endless sources of inspiration."

News from the world of Classical Music

Rochester Music Hall of Fame 2018 inductees announced

Feb 22, 2018

There are several familiar names in the latest class of inductees into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

They are: drummer Steve Gadd, one of the most in-demand drummers ever, bassist Tony Levin, who has been part of Peter Gabriel's group for forty years, composer and former DJ Ferdinand Jay Smith, who has written many familiar themes, sacred steel group The Campbell Brothers, and percussionist and long-time Eastman School of Music Faculty member John Beck.

Eastman Community School of Music

Eastman School of Music: Flutist Adam Sadberry, a senior from the studio of Bonnie Boyd and an Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) instructor, won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s African-American Fellowship. Adam will be a member of the DSO flute section for the next two years. The DSO Fellowship Program is designed to enhance the career development of African-American orchestral musicians and the diversity of professional orchestras. Congrats!

George Li is a young pianist on the rise. At age 10, he gave his first public concert and at 15, he won a silver medal at the revered Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Li recently released his debut album on a major label and has been fielding offers, performing with some of the world's great orchestras.

Next month, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be hitting the road, and leaving the country for its first international tour in three decades. The BPO are invited guests to headline concerts in Poland, including Warsaw's prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival.


John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16.

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