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From the Program Director: Weekend program changes on Classical 91.5

So many of you have been asking, what's happened to Thistle and Shamrock on Saturday nights now that A Prairie Home Companion has moved to WRUR FM 88.5. Please allow me to explain. As you know, Garrison Keillor retired from APHC and there is a new host and direction for A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile. The musical content and direction of the new program is much more aligned with the content on WRUR FM 88.5, the AAA station that is managed by WXXI, so the decision was made to move...
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On Saturday, October 8th, I attended the Eastman School of Music’s Innovate. Lead. Music. Conference 2016, presented by the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at ESM.  The conference focused on innovative ways that creative artists, ensembles and musical organizations can work together, structure their work, and partner with other arts organizations to provide opportunities for artists in the 21st century, support integrated arts education in communities, and “enrich the world with music” (Dean Jamal Rossi).

The Accursed Huntsman. The name is even creeper in French: Le Chausseur Maudit

This oft overlooked orchestral gem by Belgian composer Cesar Franck was part of the program that I got to hear with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this past week. It's full of dramatic and creepy effects in the orchestra, as the piece follows the journey of the Count of the Rhine who gets himself in trouble by deciding to go hunting instead of going to church on Sunday. While he's out in the woods, a voice cries to him, "Accursed hunter, be thou eternally pursued by Hell!" And thus, an infernal hunt commences, where the count is now pursued by demons and imps.


With Halloween around the corner, it's a good time to add Franck's Accursed Huntsman to your playlist – along with these other creepy, haunted classical pieces. 

News from the world of Classical Music

What defines America? There's been a lot of talk about that this election season. Pianist Lara Downes has a musical answer in her upcoming album America Again. To be released Oct. 28, it's a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by American composers past and present; male and female; straight and gay; rich and poor; white, black and Latino.

photo by Brenda Tremblay

Composer Glenn McClure is on a journey to Antarctica.   The SUNY Geneseo and Eastman professor will pitch a tent on an ice shelf and listen, working with scientists to collect data which will ultimately shape a piece of music.  His trip is being funded by the National Science Foundation.  Before he left, he spoke with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay.

On Thursday, October 20th the Royal Opera of London will do something quite unusual.  They will perform a new translation by David Pountney of Shostakovich's satirical fantasy opera.   Check out The Guardian's take on the pranks and chaos audiences can expect.

In a season of relentless shouting, the best antidote might be singing. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's new album with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and the ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music, uses Baroque arias to explore the pain and possibilities of these troubled times. A companion website invites anyone and everyone to answer the simple but loaded question, "In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?"

Need a moment to get away from it all? Here's your escape — a serene and bewitching video that calms the wearied mind.

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