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A New Season from Spoleto Chamber Music Festival begins 11/25/18

11/25 Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto Glinka: Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini’s La sonnambula Farrenc: Piano Quintet No. 1 (James Austin Smith, ob; Peter Kolkay, bn; Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, v; Meena Bhasin and Hsin-Yun Huang, vla; Christopher Costanza, c; Anthony Manzo, bs; Pedja Muzijevic, hc; Pedja Muzijevic, p; Inon Barnatan, p)

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Like all great adventures, Music in the American Wild started with a walk in the woods. In 2014, Eastman School of Music graduates Emlyn Johnson and Dan Ketter visited New York’s Letchworth State Park and were struck by the park’s magnificent, but silent, beauty. Inspired, Johnson and Ketter decided the beauty of Letchworth should be heard—and thus began Music in the American Wild.

Witches, ghosts, and devils - these traditional fixtures of the halloween season are no strangers to the operatic stage. You can find witches advising Macbeth in Verdi's opera and ghosts of opera characters of old reanacting their tales in John Corigliano's Ghosts of Versaillesas well as plenty of devils in Gounod's Faust, Boito's Mefistofele, and others. 

A few operas really stand out to me as being particularly creepy, beyond the apperance of a touch of the supernatural. 

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Institute of Sacred Music - Yale University

Every year, the Eastman School of Music's Department of Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards brings world-famous concert organists to Rochester as part of the Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS). On Friday, November 30th at 7:30 the first concert of the RCORS season will feature organist Renée Anne Louprette, at Christ Church, 141 East Avenue.

A cellist in the Paradise, California symphony escaped a raging fire on a bicycle.  Watch John Mescall's story here.

Ayman Jarjour is a musician and humanitarian who is using his skills and talents to help refugees in camps around the world. He's in Rochester for a benefit performance on November 10. We sit down with him to discuss what he's learned through his work, and we'll hear from a local refugee who shares her story. In studio:

As Artists Unlimited, a local theater group that integrates people with and without disabilities, gets ready for its latest production of the Little Mermaid, WXXI's Caitlin Whyte stopped by another rehearsal for a unique part of the play — the fly scenes. She has been following the group as they prepare for their 18th production.

When I walk into fly rehearsal, just a week before the show debuts, the crew is discussing how to rig Ariel up for her big reveal, turning from mermaid to woman, while in the air.

It takes a second, but they figure out the scene. The fly crew is a team of dads, most with kids in the play, pulling ropes and securing harnesses to make the underwater scenes more intricate and lifelike.

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