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Apr 21, 2018
Samuel Palmer

Could it finally be spring? 

Let's wake up together with music, energy, the arts calendar, and opportunities for you to win tickets to savor live music. This week’s Mystery Piece at 6:40 will let you compare your favorites to a recent poll of the world's most beloved classical music.

Thursday, April 26

Spring happiness!  A robin, a river, a birthday.  Composers Jean Sibelius, Bedrich Smetana, and Lynn Palmer.

 Friday, April 27

In recognition of the significant classical music riches in Rochester, WXXI Classical 91.5 will be presenting live performances from concert halls in and around Rochester throughout April 2018.

As the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school re-energizes the national gun violence debate, a local composer has turned to music to reflect on a tragedy that shook America to its core just over five years ago.

Eastman School of Music instructor Steve Danyew once attended Sandy Hook Elementary in  Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed by a mass shooter on December 14, 2012.

Danyew's piece "Into the Silent Land" blends elements of a funeral march and a lament.  Near the end, a poem is read over the music by a narrator.

Rochester Music Hall of Fame 2018 inductees announced

Feb 22, 2018

There are several familiar names in the latest class of inductees into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

They are: drummer Steve Gadd, one of the most in-demand drummers ever, bassist Tony Levin, who has been part of Peter Gabriel's group for forty years, composer and former DJ Ferdinand Jay Smith, who has written many familiar themes, sacred steel group The Campbell Brothers, and percussionist and long-time Eastman School of Music Faculty member John Beck.

Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami is a series of lunchtime concerts by some of the finest artists in our area broadcast live from Hochstein Performance Hall. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour. You can also hear an encore broadcast of Live from Hochstein later the same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

An iconic figure in the art world, both in Rochester and around the world has died.

Wendell Castle died in his Scottsville home on Saturday. That word came Sunday morning from RIT, where Castle was an artist in residence. He was 85 years old.

Wendell Castle was an artist for more than 60 years and is considered a founder of the American Crafts and Art Furniture movements. More than 100  of his works are installed in museums worldwide, and up until recently, was still innovating in his studio in the Rochester area.

Monroe County and the City of Rochester are teaming up with a number of local organizations to celebrate the legacy of abolitionist and Rochester resident Frederick Douglass. Douglass never knew the exact date of his own birth, but he eventually determined that he was born in February 1818. Now, 200 years later, the “Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass” project will help the community explore his life and work.

This hour, we discuss Douglass’ legacy and his impact on Rochester, we preview the events and activities tied to the year-long program, and we discuss what Douglass would think about the politics of today. Our guests:

  • Carvin Eison, co-director of the Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass Project; associate professor of journalism, broadcasting and public relations at the College at Brockport; and general manager of Rochester Community Media
  • Bleu Cease, co-director of the Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass Project; and executive director of Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Christine Ridarsky, Rochester city historian

The Gateways Music Festival in Rochester is getting a big boost in the effort to expand its offerings.

That festival, whose mission is to support professional classical musicians of African descent, has been awarded a $300,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The president and artistic director for the festival, Lee Koonce, says that grant will allow Gateways to eventually add two full-time staff positions.

New studios and classroom spaces are coming to the Eastman Community Music School.

That’s because the school announced it has received $2.8 million to renovate Messinger Hall

Currently, Associate Dean of the Eastman Community School Peter Kodzas says that space isn’t designed to host a music school. The school is spread out across the Eastman block on Gibbs Street.

Guitarist Thomas Viloteau just finished his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music about a week ago, and now this week, he will be heard on the radio across the country, as a Young Artist in Residence on Performance Today.

You can hear him on Performance Today on Saturday morning on WXXI Classical 91.5

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