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Stockholm Early Music Festival

"The instrument Viola organista, one of its kind, was invented and designed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1489 and has now, after 500 years of waiting, been built by the Polish musician Sławomir Zubrzycki."

Making the case for performing arts center at Parcel 5

Sep 19, 2017

Those behind a proposal to put a performing arts center and residential tower at Parcel 5 say it will be an economic engine for downtown.

"Years ago in Rochester, we built Midtown, and that changed for many years how people perceived downtown.  This is the next step and it's going to reinvigorate downtown Rochester,"

said Arnie Rothschild, Board Chair and CEO with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. 

He and Morgan Communities CEO Bob Morgan outlined their plan for a new theater and residential tower at today's Rochester Rotary Club Luncheon.

A New Generation of Hollywood Composers

Sep 18, 2017
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.


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.  

CNN Money

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.

Vegetables aren't just for eating...

Sep 4, 2017
The New York Times

Oboists may complain about making their own reeds, but imagine having to make your entire instrument every time you perform! That's exactly what the musicians of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra have to do. 

Read more about this unique approach to music: Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!

Earlier this summer, NPR Music put out a list that they called “an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation” - The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. 

  Anne Midgette wrote in the Washington Post, "NPR’s recent list of the 150 greatest albums by women was inspiring — but where were the composers? In the wake of much discussion about the chronic underrepresentation of female composers on American concert programs, I came up with my own best-of list.”

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.

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