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November 1941: The Czech town of Terezín (Theresienstadt in German) begins use as a concentration camp by the Nazi regime. Among the people deported to this garrison town were numerous artists, who continued to write and perform in the camp. Terezín existed with a dual purpose. It was a ghetto that served as a transit point to the Nazi death camps. Additionally, it became the backdrop for a carefully constructed propaganda campaign which the Nazis used to deny the existence of the Final Solution.

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.

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I've watched a lot of Tiny Desk concerts over the years. It's good to see musicians in the raw, away from stage lighting and backing tracks — as if they've just stopped by an office to play over a lunch break, with desk-bound employees watching on. The performances should expose flaws, but instead they tend to expose musicians being casually brilliant, like the members of Ensemble Signal, who certainly play these pieces beautifully.

Pride of Rochester

This weekend, the Rochester City School District Marching Band embarks on its first-ever, out of state trip to Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. This trip is a watershed moment, according to Alison Schmitt, lead teacher for the Arts Department in the Rochester City School District. 

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Schmitt: Back in the 40s and 50s there were marching bands in every single city high school, and you can see some reminders of that when you go and visit those locations.  But for a variety of reasons the programs died out over the years.

https://www.citysilence.org/participate/events/2016/01/04/mindful-music-moments

Every day students and parents alike hustle around to get ready for their day, and students are entering school feeling stressed, rushed and unfocused - not ready to learn. 

But Ohio Schools are participating in a new project to help everyone - students and teachers alike - get focused and ready to learn.  How are they doing it?  By listening to classical music piped through the school's public address system.  

Learn more in this PBS Newshour video.

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When the intrepid string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider first visited the Tiny Desk nine years ago, no one knew what the musicians might play. They're as likely to trot out an Asian folk tune as they are a string quartet by Beethoven, or one of their own compositions.

Ward Stare will be stepping down from his position as music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the end of the summer 2021, after seven years.

Stare announced his decision to the board late last week, and to the musicians on Monday. He will continue to lead the orchestra through its upcoming two seasons.

Stare will have led the RPO for seven years, a tenure that only five other music directors in the 97-year history of the Philharmonic have reached.

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