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On Wednesday, March 29th, 3D artist, animator and educator Ted Gordon was visiting Rochester and was in the audience for Live from Hochstein.  Brenda Tremblay was hosting that day and the featured artists were the Telos Trio (Rita George Simmons, flute; Debbie Grohman, clarinet; Willie LaFavor, piano). 

Gordon had with him a tablet equipped with a program that allows him to sketch life drawings.  We are honored to share Ted's depictions of Brenda and the Telos Trio here.

Although it closed 60 years ago, Black Mountain College keeps on giving. In its heyday, the liberal arts institution near Asheville, N.C., counted many of the mid-century's great artistic thinkers, including John Cage, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, Francine du Plessy Gray and Robert Rauschenberg, among its faculty and students.

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and '30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television.

Back in the late 1960's and early 1970's "Switched On Bach" and "Switched On Bach II" brought about the marriage of classical music and technology - the synthesizer.  Today, WQXR, the classical station in New York City, announced a 21st century marriage of classical music and technology with the hiring of Shannon Connelly, whose background is in digital music, as their new Sr. VP and General Manager.


Famed Soprano Jessye Norman will be giving up her country home "White Gates" and auctioning off some of the contents this week.

Fourteen versatile singer-actors from Israel, France, Mexico, Canada, and across the United States are coming to the Eastman School of Music to compete in the finals of the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition on Saturday, April 22.  The contestants will be vying for the largest prizes since the event started in 1998, with the top three winners taking home $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.

Have you been hearing them...the highlights from concerts all around the greater Rochester community?  We'd love to get your comments.  Click on the title to share your comments and responses to WXXI's Performance Rochester celebration! 

Rochester is blessed with an amazing wealth of classical musicians who live and work right here in our fine city.  Every night classical music lovers have a smorgasbord of concerts to choose from.  But who can attend them all?

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The great Beethoven specialist András Schiff says, "Whatever we do on the piano is a collection of illusions." If that's true, then Volker Bertelmann, the German pianist who goes by the single name Hauschka, is a master illusionist.

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Piotr Anderszewski might be one of the most revered pianists of his generation, but he's also one of the most impulsive.

In 1990, at age 21, the young Pole entered the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. He was nearly finished with his semi-final performance when he quit playing — just walked off the stage. He felt he wasn't good enough to continue. It was a gutsy move that actually helped launch his career.