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New season of RPO broadcasts begin April 22, 2019

Pianist Yefim Bronfman opens the 2018-2019 season of the RPO with Prokofiev. 4/22 Smith: Damrosch Star-Spangled Banner Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, From the New World (Yefim Bronfman, p; Ward Stare, cond)
4/29 Barber: Symphony No. 1 Jennifer Higdon: Harp Concerto Patrick Harlin: Rapture Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo Bernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra (Yolanda Kondonassis, hp; Ward Stare, cond)

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ESP in 360

Apr 8, 2019
Aaron Winters

When the Eastman Saxophone Project played on Live from Hochstein this past week, we tried something new: recording them with 360 cameras!  

What that means: you can watch part of their performance and even adjust your view throughout the ensemble, while hearing their barn-burning take on Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (in an arrangement by Clancy Ellis) that they played on the show.

Don Giovanni "In Brief"

Apr 5, 2019
Nic Minetor

In case you're thinking about going to see Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni, currently in production at the Eastman School of Music, I'm here to tell you that you don't want to miss it.

Both casts bring color, imagination, and elegance to this slightly unconventional production. I don't want to spoil too much for you, but Director Stephen Carr combines the old and the new to tie the theme of the opera to the current #MeToo movement, and Music Director Timothy Long leads a first-rate group of instrumentalists in the orchestra, both conducting and playing harpsichord continuo.

News from the world of Classical Music

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One week ago, many watched in horror as Notre Dame burned in Paris.  Musicians were especially concerned about the cathedral’s iconic pipe organ. It's the largest in France, with five keyboards and more than 8,000 pipes; some parts of the instrument date back to the 1730s. Going back farther in history, there has been an organ in the same spot since 1402.   
 

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If just one thing can be confirmed from these compelling Tiny Desk performances by the Calidore String Quartet, it should be that the centuries-old formula – two violins, a viola and a cello – is still very much alive and evolving. Indeed, an impromptu show of hands in the audience before the concert began revealed that almost everyone had seen a string quartet perform live.

Making Buffalo Home is a WNED|WBFO multi-year project looking at the impact immigrants and refugees are having in our community. As WBFO's Nick Lippa reports, Dr. Peilun Vicky Chang has played pipe organ at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lancaster for 16 years now. The internationally renowned musician and composer has come a long way since leaving Taiwan.


Caroline Shaw's new album, Orange, is a love letter to the string quartet. The North Carolina native burst onto the music scene in 2013, when she was the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. She's still in her 30s and now, for the first time, there's a recording devoted entirely to her work.

Ellen Reid, a 36-year-old composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Monday for her opera p r i s m. The Pulitzer jury described the winning piece as a "bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse." The two other finalists were Sustain, an orchestral work by Andrew Norman, and Still for solo piano by James Romig. Reid is the fourth woman to earn the prize since 2013.

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