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American music

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Host Edmund Stone helps us celebrate Independence Day with music from movies about the making of America, including the 1986 television movie George Washington: The Forging of a Nation (7/4).

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Episode 2023 (Encore 1702)

Jay Gatsby of West Egg Long Island was known for his extravagant parties. Those who came gossiped and flirted, and the music of the day was an essential part of it all. Fitzgerald punctuates The Great Gatsby with allusions to popular songs and bits and pieces of their lyrics. The songs of the time become a template for characters and what’s going on between them.


As a quick introduction for myself, my name is Malinda Wagstaff. I am originally from Spokane, Washington. I am a soprano in the final year of my undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music. I am currently working as the classical radio intern here at WXXI. This spring you can hear me in “The Mother of Us All” with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and as Beggar Woman in Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd.”

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State by performing an opera about Susan B. Anthony by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein. This show utilizes characters from history like Susan B. Anthony, Daniel Webster and Lillian Russell. Stein and Thomson also created characters for this show like Jo the Loiterer, Indiana Elliot and my character, Angel More.

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Host Brad Cresswell highlights Grammy award-winning composer, Michael Daugherty. Tune into the 10/21 broadcast to hear his concerto, Tales of Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls, whose movements are inspired by Hemingway’s canonical literary works.

With Heart and Voice ® Program 1835

Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, September 2, 2018

The observance of Labor Day traditionally marks the unofficial end of summer –– AND, since it’s a quintessentially American holiday, on this edition of With Heart and Voice, we’ll focus primarily on sacred choral and organ music by American composers and performers.  Join Peter DuBois for this all new program.


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Episode # 1824

6/16      Depression Dreams During a dark time, large numbers of people looked for a way out, a way to escape if only for a few minutes at a time. The popular songs of the day were often dark and blues-tinged but they also offered respite in a vision of what might happen, what could come true. The decade of the Great Depression was overloaded with songs about dreaming.


Next month, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be hitting the road, and leaving the country for its first international tour in three decades. The BPO are invited guests to headline concerts in Poland, including Warsaw's prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival.


World-renowned composer David Maslanka died Sunday evening at his home in Missoula. During his career, Maslanka composed over 150 musical works, including 50 pieces for wind ensemble, eight symphonies and 17 concertos.


The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is getting ready to welcome a new class of inductees. We talk to some of the members and have some fun with local music. Our guests:

  • Bruce Pilato, RMHF board member and show producer
  • Jack Whittier, RMHF board vice president
  • Joe Beard, 2017 inductee and legendary blues musician
  • Gary Lewis, 2017 inductee and 1960s hit maker
  • Samuel Adler, 2017 inductee and celebrated composer

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Sob Songs - 1/28

Jan 22, 2017
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Sob Songs

Program 1705 

Irving Berlin coined the term so here are the great “sob songs,” music and words by the master.  Berlin must have known that his audience needed more songs to help them feel better about crying so much!


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