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Celebrating Leonard Bernstein's 100th

In celebration of the life and legacy of composer & conductor Leonard Bernstein, Classical 91.5 shares these special programs with listeners, along with music by our local hosts throughout the week of August 20-25. 3:00pm The New York Philharmonic (a whole month of Bernstein programs) 8/5 Leonard Bernstein and the Gustav Mahler Revival Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand, Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Reri Grist, s; Adele Addison; Lucine Amara; Lili Chookasian;...

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The Answer is "Yes"

Aug 17, 2018
By Jack Mitchell, CC

The impact of Leonard Bernstein's passion and intelligence still ripples through our lives.  That's why we're spending so much time reflecting on him and his influence on how we listen to music.

Got five minutes?  Reacquaint yourself with his ideas by watching the short video below.  It's a kind of musical manifesto recorded in front of a live audience at Harvard University.  Bernstein quotes Keats, answers Charles Ives' "Unanswered Question," and argues that music springs from the earth itself.

This Summer in Rochester: Music-Making in a Library

Aug 3, 2018

The WXXI Education team is halfway through this summer’s Exploration Station Series at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, NY.  We have explored this year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” by providing music learning activities at our free, family-focused events. 

News from the world of Classical Music

Yo-Yo Ma opened his recent Tiny Desk concert with the gently rolling "Prelude" from J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1. It's music Ma has lived with nearly all of his life.

"Believe it or not, this was the very first piece of music I started on the cello when I was four years old," he told the crowd, tightly squeezed between the office furniture on NPR's fourth floor.

The death of singer Aretha Franklin has touched a lot of people including a Rochester musician who actually played with her.  Herb Smith plays trumpet both with the RPO and with his own jazz trio. He is also an adjunct professor at RIT and is conductor of the RIT Jazz Ensembles.

Why did Laurence Olivier return so often to Shakespeare's Othello? Why did Ansel Adams keep photographing the Grand Canyon? Obsessed or awestruck, artists revisit great inspirations because they believe there is yet another story to tell – about life, about themselves.

The Minnesota Orchestra will play one of its most important gigs of the year this month — at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa. In doing so, it will become the first major U.S. orchestra to visit that city. The performance is part of a year of celebrations recognizing the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. It makes sense for the orchestra to play in the community central to the freedom struggle which brought down apartheid.

Mike Gilbert is holding a cup of coffee in one hand and picking up trash with the other when I pull up to Schiller Park.

His company 5Linx, just moved across the street to the Harro East building, and Gilbert noticed the park had been what he calls "forgotten."

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