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Singing to Power

Jan 31, 2018
Leonardo da Vinci

“Don’t be born a woman if you want to have your own way.”  - Nannina de’ Medici

For some 15th century wealthy women, performing was a political duty.

The Other Haydn - Michael Haydn in Salzburg

Nov 6, 2017

  Michael Haydn's music will be performed this week in the inaugural concert of Ensemble PeriHIPsous – Rochester’s new “period” orchestra. These days, Michael Haydn is not quite as well-known these days as his older brother Franz Joseph Haydn - so musicologist and Ensemble PeriHIPsous founder Michael Ruhling has agreed to share some stories of this other Haydn here for our edification and reading enjoyment. 

Happy Birthday, Michael Haydn!

Sep 14, 2017

  That’s right, Michael Haydn.

What?! There were TWO HAYDNS who were revered composers in the late 18th century? So much talent in one family! (Must have had smart and encouraging parents.)

September 14 marks the 280th birthday of the composer Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806).  Michael Haydn was a prolific composer of many different types of music, but best known for his fine sacred works written in Salzburg, which were widely distributed throughout Europe during his lifetime.  Despite his reputation as a first-rate composer, his fame quickly faded following his death, as the stars of the great Viennese Classical trinity of Joseph Haydn, W. A. Mozart, and Beethoven became brighter than all of their contemporaries.  

The opera community has a lot going on, and by popular demand, we're staging an intervention. If you've resisted opera's charms, we'll see if we can figure out why, and how to turn you into an opera fan.

Our guests:

Check this out: a collection of music from the 15th century was recently found in a pile of art in Brussels.
 

December 2016 Listings for From the Top

Nov 29, 2016
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Missing summer yet?  From the top broadcasts from the best summer music institutes, including National Repertory Orchestra and Chautauqua Institution!

A baroque singalong. Bachaholics Anonymous.

A few familiar composers, others you’ve never heard of.

A variety of voices, instruments, and spaces. 

All you need to bring: open ears.
 

November 2016 Listings for The Spanish Hour

Nov 1, 2016
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This month on The Spanish Hour, host Candice Agree brings us Spanish music old and new, featuring a female a capella quartet, and a full opera by Manuel de Falla, here on Classical 91.5.