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Live from Temple B’rith Kodesh: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish year, and this year is the 5,777th birthday of the world. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur, and is a time to look back at the past year and plan changes for the year ahead. The new year is replete with family gatherings, special meals and symbolic foods, such as apples dipped in honey to represent the hope for a sweet year ahead. On Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm, WXXI will broadcast the Rosh Hashanah...
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photo by Brenda Tremblay

Some classical music lovers are mourning the loss of a cultural icon. 

The Chautauqua Amphitheater is no more.

I confess that when I first heard about the demolition of the century-old Amphitheater, I felt dismay.

Bach-to-Bach Punning

Sep 21, 2016
Penny R. Frondelli

Blame it all on Jeffrey Biegel. He and several orchestras commissioned a new piano concerto from PDQ Bach...which got Jeffrey thinking.  There were already so many Bachs--JSB, CPE, WF, JC, JCF, to name a few.  How many other Bachs, he wondered, were out there? So Jeffrey asked us, the trusty world of classical announcers, if we knew of any.  And things got pretty silly.

Some of the suggestions:

News from the world of Classical Music

"You gotta love Brahms," Joshua Bell says, a little short of breath. He's wiping sweat from his brow after the big rock 'n' roll conclusion to the composer's D minor Violin Sonata. Bell and the astute pianist Jeremy Denk play it with all the turbulence and tenderness Brahms demands, and it's an invigorating way to open this Tiny Desk concert.

Poster for Eastman Philharmonia Concert outside Lincoln Center in New York City
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The Eastman Philharmonia and superstar soprano (and Eastman alum) Renee Fleming will perform the world premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts (also an Eastman alum) on November 12th at Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre in Rochester, under the direction of Neil Varon

Then, they will all travel downstate, and two days later, perform this new work, “Letters from Georgia” at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. (read more)

Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 3, which appears on his latest album, contains many levels of meaning. It's an homage to the Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev, whose Second Symphony serves as a structural model for the piece. It's an encoded musical portrait of Rouse's wife. And it's an engaging piece of music even for a listener who possesses none of this background knowledge.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ginette DePreist in memory of James DePreist

The new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in D. C. this weekend.  Visitors will see a vest worn by Jimi Hendricks, an autographed photograph of Eubie Blake playing the piano, and this silk and velveteen ensemble worn by contralto Marian Anderson at her 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert. 

Tomorrow, two final works from composer James Horner will reach American ears: a concert piece being released on CD, and his score for the remake of the Western adventure The Magnificent Seven. The composer died a little more than a year ago in a plane crash, after creating more than 100 film scores over nearly 40 years.

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