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Guest conductor Christopher Warren-Green led the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester Oratorio Society in a performance of Handel's Messiah in December of 2016.

The maestro is no stranger to the British royal family.

Tom Rivers

More than a dozen local school districts have made a list of the best communities in the nation for music education.

In awards published April 17th, Brighton, Rush-Henrietta, Honeoye, and the East Irondequoit Central School Districts are among those named by the NAMM foundation, a trade organization which honors teachers, administrators, families, and leaders for supporting music as part of a well-rounded education.  

The 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition, took place at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY on April 14, 2018. This year’s competition brought the total distributed to young singers to more than $1 million in awards, prizes, and grants in the twenty-year history of the contest.

The List is Out

Mar 21, 2018
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Every year, the Library of Congress' Registry honors 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" recordings.  Among the gems on the new list are the soundtrack of The Sound of Music, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and recordings of music by Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Richard Maxfield, Pauline Oliveros.

Audrey Whitmeyer-Weathers

What's left on a singer's bucket list after a stellar career at The Met?  How do songs tell one's real life story?  Two world-renowned singers, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and current Professor of Voice, Anthony Dean Griffey performed a benefit concert Sunday, February 18th in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.  They collaborated with pianist Russell Miller, Professor of Vocal Coaching and Repertoire.  In a wide ranging conversation with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay, von Stade and Griffey tell stories, talk about the athletic and spiritual challenges of singing, and the lasting

S. Richards

Last summer, when Musa Ngqungwana made his debut in the title role of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Glimmerglass Festival, he discovered that life had prepared him to play an outsider.  

The bass-baritone was raised by a single mother in what he calls a “ghetto” of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  He says that growing up in apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination that existed in South Africa until 1991, almost guaranteed him a life of poverty and perhaps an early death.

But music saved him.

Adrian Mann

Piano builder Adrian Mann has created a piano with 20-foot strings.  It's been installed in southern New Zealand where the creator hopes keyboardists will test its possibilities.

“You’ve got a huge soundboard, it moves a massive amount of air, and you’ve got that extra bit of grunt behind it. The keys are almost a metre long. There were huge engineering challenges to overcome. When it was first built the sound was quite raw, but it’s now much more refined and tuned and well-regulated.”

More than 20 years ago, children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and his friend Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book. But they were both busy with other projects at the time, and they never bothered to get it published. Sendak died in 2012, but that decades-old collaboration, Presto and Zesto in Limboland, has been rediscovered.

Steinway

“I know a professor who painted a piano…”

“WHAT? That damages the sound! How could he? Was it an old junker?”

“Actually, it was a Steinway…”

 - Conversation backstage before an orchestra concert last week

You can cause some damage if you just start slapping paint on a piano in any old way. The frame of the piano affects the sound and resonance of the entire instrument.

It’s another thing if you are a trained artist, commissioned by Steinway to create one of their limited edition or special pianos.  There are some absolute beauties that have been created over the years, and one recent one - called "Pictures at an Exhibition" is particularly stunning. 

Rochester’s Central Library is currently displaying creative and innovative artist books and altered books, as part of the exhibit “Art of the Book.” 

At least one of the items on display is made of music – this is “Variations on a Theme of Madama Butterfly” by Librarian Judy Schewe, who specializes in music and media at the Central Library.