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A New Generation of Hollywood Composers

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The Oscars 2017

There's new blood in the industry of film scores. Composers like Justin Hurwitz ("La La Land") and Mica Levi ("Jackie") are challenging the long-standing traditions of Hollywood film music. Even though these composers haven't broken into the "blockbuster" category of movies, the sounds of Hollywood are changing.

We Shall Not Be Moved is a new opera that takes its name from both the old spiritual-turned-civil-rights anthem and the Philadelphia black liberation group, MOVE. That group might be best-remembered for a 1985 tragedy: A police helicopter bombed the MOVE house, and the resulting fire killed 11 people and destroyed 62 homes in the neighborhood.

The opera, presented by Opera Philadelphia with the Apollo Theater, had its world premiere Sept. 16. It revisits that house and its ghosts, while remaining centered on stories about young people in Philadelphia today.


The Memorial Art Gallery is exploring new ways to create provocative portraits of subjects, and in its current exhibition, it’s using video. The MAG is partnering with renowned video artist Charles Atlas on a video installation called “Here she is...v1,” featuring iconic drag performer Lady Bunny.

We discuss the exhibit and talk about the impact of the moving image. Our guests:

  • Charles Atlas, film and video artist
  • Jonathan Binstock, director of the Memorial Art Gallery
  • John Hanhardt, consulting senior curator of media arts at the Memorial Art Gallery
  • Douglas Crimp, professor of art history at the University of Rochester

One of the world's best-known opera stars, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has announced that she will never sing in public again — bringing a long, storied career to a close.

A renowned television and film composer and Eastman School of Music alumnus has won his 5th Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.

Jeff Beal won the award for Original Dramatic Score for Chapter 63 of the Netflix series House of Cards.  This is Beal's second Emmy for his House of Cards scores.  

Laura Strickling

Soprano Laura Strickling and her family have been rescued from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Now in Puerto Rico, she and her husband and one year-old baby Elizabeth are waiting to fly to Chicago.  A Facebook community of musical mothers is collecting donations to shower Laura and her family with supplies, including a new stroller to replace the one destroyed by Hurricane Irma. 

Strickling won First Prize and the Audience Favorite Award in the 2015 Rochester Oratorio Society's Classical Idol Competition.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, now a tropical storm, the U.S. Virgin Islands are trying to clean up after its devastating impact on the region.

This was the first big storm for Laura Strickling and her family, who have lived on the island of St Thomas for three years.

"I didn’t really sit down and say what do I need, how much do I need, I just started grabbing. But it’s really expensive to stock up for this sort of thing. So as I’m filling my cart I'm thinking, we can't afford to spend $500."

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Can computers (A.I. or artificial intelligence) compose music? It sounds crazy, especially to classical music listeners. But Taryn Southern, a writer, producer, singer, and Internet personality, recently released a song where everything except the vocal line (lyrics and melody) was composed by a computer. 

Intrigued? Read more and listen here.

Laura Strickling and family are okay.  But she says just thinking about the potential impact of Hurricane Jose turns her stomach.   The First Prize winner in Rochester's 2015 Classical Idol Competition, Strickling lives in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with her husband, a lawyer, and one year-old daughter.  She has asked her story be shared in order to keep a spotlight on the suffering in her community. 

Early Saturday morning, September 9th, she described her current situation on social media:

"Day 2, After #HurricaneIrma

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