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Romantic Brahms on Live from Hochstein 11/14

Johannes Brahms was heartbroken as he wrote his second sextet for strings - coding the name of his beloved in the pensive, romantic music. Lose yourself in this musical world over lunch on November 14th (12:10-12:50pm) with some wonderful musicians: violinists Molly McDonald and Eri Noda, violists Olita Strazds Povero and Aika Ito, and cellists Cora Swenson Lee and Jennifer Carpenter. You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth...

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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. 

News from the world of Classical Music

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.

Tonight is the premiere of BRAVURA: The Life and Death of David Hochstein.

It’s fitting that the play will open around Veterans Day.  The Rochester native and music prodigy died 100 years ago while serving in World War I.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with the playwright Stuart Loeb

There are nine performances of BRAVURA November 8 through November 18 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Avenue in Rochester.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center’s “Science on the Edge Lecture Series” has presented talks on the migration of Monarch butterflies and plans for sending humans to Mars in 2020. Later this month, you can hear a lecture on the 3D printing of human organs. But first, this Thursday, the series teams up with the Rochester Music Hall of Fame to ask the question: “Why Rochester? Exploring the Music Business in Our Community.”

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