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Musicians of Rochester: Mitzie Collins

Mitzie Collins might be excused for resting on her laurels. She's not. For her contributions Rochester's musical life, she earned the 2007 Artist Award from the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, and she was honored as 2014 Musician of the Year by the Rochester Alumnae of the Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity. Hammered dulcimer expert. Shape-note singer. Organist. Recording artist. For decades Mitzie has performed, taught, and delighted audiences in a wide range of musical styles....

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Claire Caverly, the Production Manager for the Empire Film and Media Ensemble, offers up this guest blog post on what makes Holiday soundtracks so festive:

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and it seems that around every corner, we encounter the sounds of this yuletide season. Radio stations blast “All I Want for Christmas” and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Advertisements bombard us with their merry jingles. It seems like Love Actually might just be on a 24/7 television loop. After a few weeks of this, all I want for Christmas is for the madness to end.

The Video Shop

Nov 27, 2018
San Diego Symphony

Meet your local American orchestra on Youtube, getting creative and making us laugh.  Here are a few promotional videos that caught our eye.

The San Diego Symphony promises that going the orchestra will turn you into a better you!

News from the world of Classical Music

What’s the future of funding the arts in Rochester? Local artists, officials and event organizers gathered at the Visual Studies Workshop auditorium in the Arts and Cultural Council Center Friday evening to discuss ways to fund Rochester arts in the future. 

The meeting, organized by City Councilmember Elaine Spaull, attracted more than 80 people, including artists or staff members at local major arts organizations, including the Rochester City Ballet and Writers & Books. 

Karim Wasfi became famous around the world because of misfortune. The renowned performer and conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra played cello at the scenes of suicide attacks in Baghdad in 2015. He was the man who made beautiful music among the wreckage of a great city.

Glenn McClure

If you pay attention to science news, you might be concerned by recent reports from both The United Nations and the U.S. Federal Government warning of the effects of climate change. Skeptics abound, however, and there seems to be little political will to make large-scale changes to the way we live.   That's why, in part, the National Science Foundation is sending artists and musicians to far-flung places all over the planet. 

That's how composer Glenn McClure found himself sleeping in a tent in Antarctica. 

WXXI Public Broadcasting and CITY Newspaper have announced that WXXI has signed a letter of intent to acquire the weekly publication and its digital platforms.

The announcement on Wednesday comes after Mary Anna and Bill Towler, founders and co-publishers of CITY Newspaper, approached WXXI with the desire to extend service of the newspaper beyond their eventual retirement.

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