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Very soon the Gateways Music Festival (August 6-11) in Association with the Eastman School of Music, will be returning to Rochester, for the largest festival in its history. 

The Gateways Music Festival is unique among music festivals, because it attracts and unites professional classical musicians of African descent, and provides them an opportunity to come together, to perform and inspire communities, through the excellence and power of classical music.  In the past 8 years, the festival has grown from a 3-day festival with approximately 50 musicians, to a 6-day festival including over 125 musicians and over 50 performances, along with a young musicians institute and a film-festival this year.

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Wake to classical music, a little news, and a daily mystery at 6:40 a.m.  

The Theme?  Secret Combos! 

Guess the composers unlocking musical possibilities with codes, cryptograms, and puzzles.

Brenda Tremblay hosts from 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/lost-elgar-masterpiece-discovered/

English composer Sir Edward Elgar, whose late 19th century orchestral works are some of the most beloved pieces in classical music history, is now having a premiere of sorts. One of his melodies is being heard for the first time in 100 years, after being found in an autograph book.

Speaking about the discovery, auctioneer Richard Winterton said: “Unfolding this musical manuscript tucked away inside an autograph book – which was already loaded with impressive signatures – I could not believe what I was seeing.

Countertenors, Couperin and Quartets, Oh My!: July 2018

Jun 25, 2018
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Countertenors, or men that sing in approximately the same range as a mezzo-soprano or contralto, are commonly used in early music and Baroque operas to replace roles that were once portrayed by castrati. With a distinctive timbre and haunting sound, countertenors have been taking the musical world by storm dating back as early as 1692.

To hear a concert by pianist Tony Caramia is to hear beautiful and unexpected music. He follows his intuition, chance, a ravenous curiosity and a good ear into some wonderful musical discoveries, that open up new worlds for listeners – as well as for the students he teaches at Eastman. 

On Live from Hochstein this afternoon, Caramia is playing music that stands out for its lovely harmonies – and playful energy -  in a program called “Syncopated Sounds from Germany.” Listen above to hear him introduce you to Ernest Fischer, Erwin Schulhoff, Lothar Perl, and others.  

It’s not easy for a professional musician to give up their own instrument and play with another. But in Nashville, members of the symphony are performing around the city using the “Violins of Hope” — a collection of string instruments that survived the Holocaust.

Emily Siner (@SinerSays) from WPLN has the story.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/nyregion/new-york-today-new-yorker-of-the-year-kelly-hall-tompkins.html

From the concert halls to homeless shelters and soup kitchens, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is feeding hearts, bodies and souls with her music.

Acclaimed violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins was recently nominated for New York Today’s New Yorkers of the Year.  Rochesterians will recognize Kelly Hall-Tompkins as the Concertmaster of the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra.

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Hey! Fringe Fest* is here. Snuck right up on me, even though I am playing in it this weekend. Here are a few things that caught my attention that I thought to share with you. 

With Heart and Voice: The Princeton Singers

Aug 21, 2017

With Heart and Voice ® Program 1735

Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, August 27, 2017

This Central New Jersey based ensemble is noted for its versatility and mastery of works from Bach to Schoenberg. This week we visit the With Heart and Voice Archive and hear from Richard Gladwell, as he presents the Singers performing music by William Harris, Robert Parsons, Darius Milhaud and Steven Stametz, in a program originally broadcast in 2002.

With Heart and Voice: Music of Meditation

Aug 14, 2017

With Heart and Voice ® Program 1734

Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, August 20, 2017

On this edition of With Heart and Voice, we’ll explore sacred music that transports our thoughts and spirits beyond our day-to-day realm.  Join Peter DuBois for the journey.

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