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You may be troubled by images of athletes and musicians in silent protest. 

Two singers knelt after singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at separate NFL games on Sunday.  Even many non-football fans are transfixed by the public debate over free speech in sports arenas.  (If you've missed the controversy, catch up here.)

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Hey! Fringe Fest* is here. Snuck right up on me, even though I am playing in it this weekend. Here are a few things that caught my attention that I thought to share with you. 

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.  

Part 1: Classical radio in the classroom

Part 2: Classical public media, beyond the radio

(Note: this is the final installment of Nine Ideas on How to Use Classical Public Media.)

What can classical public media do for music students, beyond the classroom?

Part 3 includes ways teachers can leverage the power of public media in the real world.

Part 1: Classical radio in the classroom

(Note: This is a continuation of last week's post on how music educators can use classical public media in their classrooms to enhance students' musical experiences.)

Is it radio? Streaming? Media?  Journalism?  Yes!

Classical radio goes beyond the old-fashioned wireless. Almost all of the classical public radio stations have a website where you can find playlists,  blogs, and arts news.

Brenda Tremblay

WXXI Classical 91.5 is thrilled to work with music teachers from the Rochester area and across New York State to support music education. Our Morning Drive host, Brenda Tremblay, gave a presentation at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) summer conference on how music educators can use the power of public radio in their classrooms to enhance their students’ musical experience. 

English novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley once said, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Sacred music is humanity’s ultimate effort to express what we cannot ever fully comprehend – beauty, wonder, happiness, peace.

The music Peter DuBois presents each week is listened to, sung, played, and loved on every continent, in almost every country on earth. It is an art that is marked by both great traditions and great changes. From Temple Psalmody to Gregorian chant, to Reformation and Revolution, to the 21st Century Church, sacred music has told the story of faith and spirituality through the centuries.

During our “Opera Intervention” on Connections, I promised that I would send some links to great opera productions that you can watch online. I’m still working on it!  But I thought you might enjoy this rather specific slice of opera life. 

What do you think of when you think of the musical instrument we know as an organ?  Do you think of the "king of instruments" often in a church with large wooden or shiny pipes reaching toward the heavens? ...a theater organ used to accompany silent movies? ...a monkey organ?  ...or are you instantly returned to your childhood with memories of riding a carousel?

Something New: Soundspace in Rochester

Jul 21, 2017

There’s a new “new music” company in town: Soundspace.  It is the creation of two Rochester-based musicians who are involved in projects both here at home and around the country: Jessica Best and Evan Meccarello.  The first concert is July 25th at the South Wedge Mission – and they plan more concerts bringing new music throughout the region, especially in new and unexpected venues.  Je

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