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Eastman grad waiting out the rains in Texas

Aug 29, 2017

An Eastman School of Music grad is staying put in her Sugar Land, Texas home, as the rains from Harvey continue to pelt the area.

Violinist Emily Osinski says she's in one of the few neighborhoods that isn't underwater right now.

And she's in a voluntary evacuation zone.

"(It's) less than a mile from a mandatory evacuation zone.  A little scary.  We actually tried to evacuate yesterday.  We got all of our stuff packed into the car and then we started looking at the roads and realized there's absolutely no way out," she said.


It has been reported that the Wortham Theater Center, home to the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet is now under water, with water flowing onto the main stage and completely filling the basement.

Read more.

Keeping all in Houston in our thoughts and prayers.

Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World. 1948. Tempera on panel, 32 1/4 x 47 3/4" (81.9 x 121.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Composer Jennifer Higdon grew up in a family of visual artists.  She's turned her fascination with painters Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O'Keefe, and Jackson Pollock  into music.  Read and hear more about Higdon's project here.

How the Protestant Reformation shaped classical music

Aug 27, 2017
Musée virtuel du Protestantisme

500 years ago, in 1517, Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, setting off the Protestant Reformation. From presenting text in the vernacular (German, as opposed to Latin), to introducing congregational singing, to creating a culture of listening, the Protestant Reformation shaped the course of music in a significant way.

Sax during Surgery!

Aug 25, 2017

Saxophonist Dan Fabbio was working toward his Master's Degree at the Eastman School of Music when something went wrong--he could no longer hear music stereophonically. They discovered that he had a brain tumor. What happened at the U of R Medical Center after that was a musical miracle.  Here's the story from NPR's All Things Considered.

The Rochester Fringe Festival is coming. This fast-paced hour will offer a preview with performers and writers. In studio:

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According to an article in The Daily News, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra is dipping its toes into the world of playing live music with movies.

Music Director Shade Zajac says that they are trying it out first on their holiday concert on December 10th – with the animated holiday classic “The Snowman” and its music by Howard Blake.


The Venezuelan government has cancelled the upcoming U.S. tour by the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and its star conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is also the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

El Nacional, a major Venezuelan paper, reported yesterday that the cancellation was ordered by the presidency.


Have you ever wondered what happens in the development and marketing departments of a professional orchestra? Or how orchestras and other arts organizations build and retain their audiences? It's no secret that many of these organizations are facing decreasing numbers and aging audiences. Three years ago the California Symphony made a radical shift in the way they approach audience development, hoping to create a model that is sustainable for the long run.