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This is a place where our classical hosts, interns and artists can share their stories, viewpoints and point of view on topics related to classical music and the arts in general.  Come back to this page often to read the latest and share your comments.

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5 Classical Pieces to Ring in the (Earth Day) Season

Apr 17, 2017

This is a guest post from Claire Caverly, a member of the Empire Film Music Ensemble (EFME). EFME will be performing an Earth Day centered concert, TERRA, on Earth Day, April 22, at 6PM at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. TERRA is a multimedia experience exploring humanity’s changing relationship with the Earth through music, film, lighting, and photography. More information can be found at empirefilmmusicensemble.com.

While it doesn’t come with ribbons or bows, Earth Day is one of the most important holidays of the year  - but also one of the most forgotten. The earth is our home, but modern, on-the-go lifestyles don’t leave much time for environmental awareness. In order to raise eco-consciousness, we at Empire Film Music Ensemble have been hard at work preparing our upcoming Earth Day concert, TERRA. To help you get in the spirit of going green, here are five classical pieces to listen to in honor of Earth Day.

 

Most musical groups have a mission – like the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (To inspire, educate and engage our community through the art of music). 

There are a few ensembles who aim to do even more – something beyond the already laudable musical missions of most groups. Here are a few orchestras with extra-musical missions that I have come across over the past few months that I thought you might enjoy knowing.

Former Eastman School of Music Arts Leadership Program intern Bridget Kinneary is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in German.  She is using her passion for teaching and classical music to make connections and encourage positive social change around the world.  As part of her semester abroad, she recently had the opportunity to travel to Belize to work with the National Youth Orchestra.

Read Bridget's travel blog here.

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As we're wrapping up our celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, here is one more entry in our guide to community music groups. 

 

Although I started this series of posts thinking of adult musicians who wished to get back into playing and singing (or start something new), we had a few requests to list opportunities for students. 

 

Poetry for Peace: Rochester Connections

Mar 24, 2017

  The Rochester Oratorio Society and the University of Rochester Humanities Center have been commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I with a series of discussions on history, poetry, and music. The musical focus for these events is a performance of Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams (March 24th, 7:30pm, Hochstein Performance Hall). 

Before the concert, you can learn more about what Rochesterians experienced as the United States became involved in World War I. Historian Dan Cody will share stories, artifacts, and pictures in a talk at 6:30pm in the Chapel at Hochstein. In this guest post, Cody sets the scene for how Rochester mobilized for the Great War. 

Every year around the world, musicians gather and celebrate the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with performances, focusing on bringing his music to places that it is not normally heard. The project is called “Bach in the Subways."  This year, for Bach’s 332nd birthday, there are several performances in Rochester.

 

 

Chocolate Fixes Everything

Mar 9, 2017

I love my mom.  But we fight.  I am just like her: stubborn. 

My mother signed me up for violin lessons at age four.  The majority of days following that fateful event, she told me to practice, made me practice, and grounded me for not practicing. The thing was though; one can practice for numerous hours in a day, but the next it has to be done all over again.  There was never a point where my practicing was enough or finished. 

Poetry for Peace: Words and Music

Mar 7, 2017

 

As part of the Poetry for Peace project, author and teacher Kitty Jospé will discuss Walt Whitman's poetry and how it used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his work Dona Nobis Pacem, this Friday (March 10th) at 7pm at the Rochester Brainery.

She kindly agreed to share with us some of the ideas that will be part of Friday's discussion (which is free and open to the public). 

Musical Mentors

Mar 5, 2017

There were many adults in my life that inspired my musical interest. My parents, Fred and Marie Andres took their 3 year old son to classical concerts at the Eastman Theatre. Sometimes I fell asleep!

During elementary school, Miss Dolan from School # 35 and Miss Beckwith from School # 33 inspired me with the variety of songs taught during class. Miss Dolan insisted that I would sing an Irish lullaby solo on stage in 2nd Grade. That was my last solo! (read more)

Band, choir, orchestra…these groups are all pretty familiar ideas. For this installment in our guide to opportunities to get involved in community music in Rochester and the surrounding region, I have for you a list of other groups, which don’t fit into such neat categories. 

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