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BBC's Ten Pieces: Motivating Students to Engage with Classical Music

BBC Proms is one of the world’s biggest classical music festivals, running this year from July 14 th until September 9 th . Starting July 28 th , SymphonyCast (Fridays at 8pm on Classical 91.5) will broadcast performances from this year’s BBC Proms. Proms isn’t the only way BBC supports classical music in the U.K. Two years ago BBC started the Ten Pieces project to encourage students to engage with classical music. They put together a list of ten pieces of classical music, and then created a...

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Something New: Soundspace in Rochester

Jul 21, 2017

There’s a new “new music” company in town: Soundspace.  It is the creation of two Rochester-based musicians who are involved in projects both here at home and around the country: Jessica Best and Evan Meccarello.  The first concert is July 25th at the South Wedge Mission – and they plan more concerts bringing new music throughout the region, especially in new and unexpected venues.  Je

  

  BBC Proms is one of the world’s biggest classical music festivals, running this year from July 14th until September 9th. Starting July 28th, SymphonyCast (Fridays at 8pm on Classical 91.5) will broadcast performances from this year’s BBC Proms.

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Don't bother trying to pigeonhole the music of Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist, who record under the name From the Mouth of the Sun. If their mission in this instrumental miniature is nothing more than beauty itself, they have succeeded on a disproportionate scale.

The music in "Light Blooms In Hollow Space" summons exactly what its title suggests. A simple, two-note piano figure ticks like a clock while wheezy organ chords slowly emerge and a sprinkle of ukuleles falls from above. The space may be hollow, but it's painted with impressionistic detail.

Twenty-six year old Thomas Gaynor has won first prize in the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Gaynor is a doctoral student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, and is the Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church in Pittsford.

Held every two years in the historic suburb of London, the two-week long, multi-round competition ended on Saturday night. Three finalists each gave a solo recital, and then played a concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square in London.

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Usually when someone in Rochester mentions an opera star from this region, you know where our minds automatically go -- to Rene Fleming.  But there's another that has reached critical acclaim that we don't hear as much about - but that is changing.  This morning's Democrat and Chronicle has a wonderful front page article about tenor Gregory Kunde.  Read about his remarkable career, what's on the horizon, and hear him in the

Mark Campbell is one of the most prolific and celebrated librettists in contemporary American opera. But, as he recently told an audience at the Guggenheim Museum, not everyone thought his latest project was a good idea.

More than 20 years ago, children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and his friend Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book. But they were both busy with other projects at the time, and they never bothered to get it published. Sendak died in 2012, but that decades-old collaboration, Presto and Zesto in Limboland, has been rediscovered.

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