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In 1872, women didn’t have the right to vote in America, but that didn’t stop one from running for president: Victoria Woodhull.

She was a complicated, fascinating figure from American history – but not as well know these days as  other women’s rights activists of the late 19th century.  Her run for president in 1872 was just the tip of the iceberg. She was a clairvoyant, newspaper publisher, jailbird, stockbroker and proponent of free love. Despite her courage and persistence, Woodhull was viciously attacked by the conservative society in which she lived, a movement which was spear-headed by the powerful and influential preacher Henry Ward Beecher. Woodhull spent Election Day in prison, jailed for revealing Beecher’s secret life, a sex scandal that ignited the public and the press.

Victoria Woodhull is the subject of an opera – Mrs. Presidentwritten by composer Victoria Bond and librettist Hilary Bell. 

Songs of the Valiant: Expressing Honor through Music

Nov 10, 2017

  This is a guest blog post by members of the Empire Film Music Ensemble, who you may have heard playing The Little Theatre before our Classical 91.5 Presents...movie screenings. This post by Claire and Grant reflect their thoughts on the music they will be playing tonight for Veteran's Day.  

Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film. 

Classical 91.5 Presents...Brief Encounter on Saturday November 18th, 3pm at The Little Theatre, with music by Rachmaninov in The Little Theatre Cafe performed by the Empire Film Music Ensemble starting at 2pm.

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Your friends at WXXI are planning next year's Classical 91.5 Presents film screenings at the Little Theatre.

If you have a suggestion of a movie featuring a classical soundtrack, please zap it to  classical@wxxi.org or make a comment below.

A few months ago, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea for the series -- a mini Stravinsky film festival!

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.  

Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film. 

Classical 91.5 Presents...West Side Story on Saturday September 2nd, 3pm at The Little Theatre.  Join us before the movie at The Little Theatre Cafe, for live music starting at 2pm with the Empire Film Music Ensemble and stick around afterwards to talk about the movie's groundbreaking choreography and dancing in a discussion hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras.

The discussion panelists will be: Natalie Rogers (School Director/ Asst. Rehearsal Director, Garth Fagan Dance), David Palmer (Artistic Director, Rochester City Ballet), and Jenni Werner (Literary Director & Resident Dramaturg, Geva Theatre).

According to an article in The Daily News, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra is dipping its toes into the world of playing live music with movies.

Music Director Shade Zajac says that they are trying it out first on their holiday concert on December 10th – with the animated holiday classic “The Snowman” and its music by Howard Blake.

 

This is not a metaphor for your soul being transported to another realm – I’ve got physical transportation on my mind.

Now that it is spring, I’m back into biking to work pretty much every day. I’m happy to be out and riding again, even though I did appreciate the chance to read on the bus on my commute this winter. The seasonal change in my travel habits – along with thinking about how we get around as I prepare to host an event for Reconnect Rochester about transportation and sustainability – reminded me of some of my favorite music for bikes – and trains – and even cars. 

May 2017 listings for The Score

Apr 30, 2017
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5/6        Epic Battles and Contests  Not just battles within a movie but films where a battle or conflict is the main component, including Zulu, 200,The Hunger Games, Schindler’s List, Hotel Rwanda, The Hurt Locker, Blackhawk Down, Master and Commander, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Glory.

5/13      A Conversation with Tyler Bates including Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2 (Guardian 2 opens nationwide on May 5), John Wick 1 & 2, Conan the Barbarian, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and 300

Debra Yasinow

On Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Classical 91.5 will host a special free screening of Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester). The screening also includes the award-winning short film, Joe's Violin.

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