Classical 91.5

Lincoln in Music and Letters, 02/20/17, 12:00pm

Classical 91.5 celebrates President’s Day with this hour-long journey through history with Abraham Lincoln’s letters and diaries, along with songs that were sung by citizens of the time. Folk musician Chris Vallillo brings the voices of civilians and soldiers alike to vivid life.

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Here is a list of community orchestras. And a list of choirs and choruses.  What about community bands?

We’ve got some great ones, and this is an area where I am sure that I am missing someone, so please let me know in the comments (or via email) if there is a group that should be added to this list. 

Eastman School Grads Win Grammy Awards

Feb 13, 2017

Three Eastman School of Music alumni were winners in Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. 

Shane Shanahan, an '05 grad, is a member of The Silk Road Ensemble, which won the Best World Music Album award for Sing Me Home. The ensemble was founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

News from the world of Classical Music

Anne Midgette of the Washington Post thinks so.  Read her thoughts about hyperbole, the news, and singing here.

(Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)

This article in the Chicago Tribune is not easy to read, but it underscores the healing power of music for former University of Rochester student Nicholas Kollias.   In December of 2015 he and another student was abducted, held, and tortured for several hours before being rescued by a Rochester police SWAT team.

You can hear Kollias play a waltz by Chopin on iTunes.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has unveiled their 2017/2018 season.

We sit down with Ward Stare and Jeff Tyzik to listen to some music and discuss how they put together the lineup. It's designed to appeal to all audiences and all ages, a crucial factor for the survival and growth of orchestras.

What happens when a winter storm and a stomach virus throws an assistant conductor into his New York Philharmonic debut?   It’s sort of the job of the assistant conductor to be at the rehearsals and learn the repertory. We’re there to cover all the performances, in the event something happens, said Joshua Gersen in this interview. 

It was The Magnificent Seven that inspired Ramin Djawadi, the musician behind Game Of Thrones' iconic soundtrack, to become a film composer.

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