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American music

World-renowned composer David Maslanka died Sunday evening at his home in Missoula. During his career, Maslanka composed over 150 musical works, including 50 pieces for wind ensemble, eight symphonies and 17 concertos.


The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is getting ready to welcome a new class of inductees. We talk to some of the members and have some fun with local music. Our guests:

  • Bruce Pilato, RMHF board member and show producer
  • Jack Whittier, RMHF board vice president
  • Joe Beard, 2017 inductee and legendary blues musician
  • Gary Lewis, 2017 inductee and 1960s hit maker
  • Samuel Adler, 2017 inductee and celebrated composer

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Sob Songs - 1/28

Jan 22, 2017
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Sob Songs

Program 1705 

Irving Berlin coined the term so here are the great “sob songs,” music and words by the master.  Berlin must have known that his audience needed more songs to help them feel better about crying so much!


Fascinatin' Rhythm: City Songs - 1/21

Jan 15, 2017
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Program 1704: City songs aren’t about subject or setting, but rather about a defining sensibility that can only be called urban. 20th century American songwriters were answering the public's yearning to feel included in the hip, happening world of cities.


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Program 1703: Not Your Everyday Rain Songs 

When you take a common image and make it sing, you’re turning the familiar into something fresh; it’s what songwriters do.  This week on Fascinatin' Rhythm, join us as we dive into the minds of songwriters and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary!


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Fascinatin' Rhythm Program 1702 

WXXI Broadcast Date: 12/31/16

Popular music plays an essential role in The Great Gatsby. Here’s how.

Host Michael Lasser has a VIP pass to the hottest parties of the 1920s with Jay Gatsby and all the exciting music that fueled that swingin' time.

January 2017 Highlights for APM SymphonyCast

Dec 31, 2016
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This month on American Public Media's SymphonyCast, we will hear performances by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pianist Jeremy Denk, and many more!

January 2017 Listings for Exploring Music

Dec 27, 2016
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This month on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin has a plethora of greatest hits, including Haydn's Symphonies, Mozart's Piano Concertos, Copland's Americana, and music from Scandinavian greats Grieg and Sibelius.  You won't want to miss it!

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This month, The New York Philharmonic carries the winter cheer though to the new year with classics by Leroy Anderson, Antonio Vivaldi, and more!

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Yip & Cole, An Unlikely Duo - 12/24

Dec 18, 2016
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Program 1652

12/24    Yip & Cole, An Unlikely Duo – Cole Porter, apolitical, and Yip Harburg, a man of the left, joined together in a skeptical view of life inseparable from their defining wit.

Cole Porter and Yip Harburg are songwriting heroes individually, but their paths crossed many times during their careers.

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