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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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It takes a village to eat all the leftovers.  That's according to an informal survey of WXXI hosts and friends.  Need fresh ideas for your holiday?  Taste and see. 

Fried Oysters

This recipe comes from awesome WXXI volunteer and singer Eric Logan.

Percussion Road Trip - Eastman at PASIC

Nov 15, 2017
Photo by Ken Yanagisawa

Catherine Cole is a graduate student in percussion at the Eastman School of Music, who is currently interning with WXXI through the Eastman Arts Leadership Program. 

You can watch her performances here online

This past weekend, I attended the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), held in Indianapolis. PASIC is a four-day gathering of percussionists and drummers from all over the world to present research, attend clinics, and hear the world’s best musicians in concert. This year’s PASIC was particularly special to me because I had the opportunity to perform with my classmates in the Eastman Percussion Ensemble in a Showcase Concert. We were one of three collegiate ensembles who were awarded a PASIC concert slot after winning the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition for 2017.

  Connoisseurs of modern music, Polish culture enthusiasts, and Twin Peaks fans – take note:

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.  

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. 

Violinist Wendy Toh and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra give the world premiere performance of a violin concerto by Zoe Wang this Wednesday at 8pm in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  We were able to catch up over email about the music and their other projects as graduate students at the Eastman School of Music.  Enjoy!

Water Musics

Oct 5, 2017

  WXXI is hosting open house events for both teachers and students this week - with lots of fun and educational activities - inspired by the program Splash and Bubbles, which  encourages children to explore the natural undersea world and features endearing and humorous characters on fun-filled adventure.

There will be lots of great activities and information on about caring for our waterways, understanding more about life under the water, and other connections to science, education, nature, and art in our community.  

Streams, fountains, rivers, the ocean, and other aquatic phenomena have fascinated classical composers for centuries. To go along with all the other ways of exploring and understanding this part of our environment, here are just a few examples of music inspired by water in its many forms.

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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!

Courtesy of SUNY College at Brockport Foundation

On National Poetry Day, let's remember a strange legacy from twentieth century American poet E.E. Cummings. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, an important collection of paintings by Cummings now live in a tiny gallery in a small Upstate New York canal town. 

Are you surprised that Cummings was a painter?  Indeed.  In fact, he thought his artwork was better than his poetry.  For the story (albeit dated) behind the paintings, click here.

Video image from Variety.com

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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