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Aaron Winters

Syrinx XXII is a trio with an unusual, perhaps unique, combination of instruments: flutes, recorders, and piano.

They visited Rochester this week to perform on our lunchtime concert series Live from Hochstein, along with a few other performances throughout the region.  What a discovery! The way that they blend the wide range of tones and textures of their instruments into sweet and surprising music.  You can listen to that show here online. 

New Music USA

11/4        Close Up with Kathleen Supové  Missy Mazzoli: Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos
Neil Rolnick: Digits Randall Woolf: What Remains of a Rembrandt (Kathleen Supové, p)

In a recent article posted in the Irish Times, author Michael Dungan spoke with cellist Adrian Mantu about how the juxtapositioning of new music with classics by Mozart or Haydn can be revelatory.  Take his example of Irish composer Jennifer Walshe's composition Minard/Nithsdale performed several years ago in concert with his ConTempo Quartet.

Paths and Patterns, a Historical Perspective

Sep 27, 2018

Should music strive to be clear? More specifically, do composers have a responsibility to make the logic and processes behind a piece of music accessible to the average listener, and, if so, to what extent?

I Care If You Listen

Formed in 2010, the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble is dedicated to commissioning and premiering new works for female, a cappella vocal quartet.  Hear them on the 9/30 broadcast.

Biology Articles — Knoji

9/1          Composer Alive: Poland -- Access Contemporary Music has commissioned the Warsaw-based composer Agnieszka Stulgińska for their annual Composer Alive project, which tasks international composers to write music inspired by their homeland. The piece, Dance With my Breath, is innovatively performed in three installments over the span of 90 days. We’ll dive into Agnieszka’s thought process, play
each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work for the first time.

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

This month includes a composer spotlight with composer Javier Alvarez on 3/31.  Learn more about his New Music Project.

Photo Kevin Patterson


  The opera Mrs. President is being performed Saturday night in Rochester. It tells the story of the first woman to run for president, which happened earlier than you might think.

Percussion Road Trip - Eastman at PASIC

Nov 15, 2017
Photo by Ken Yanagisawa

Catherine Cole is a graduate student in percussion at the Eastman School of Music, who is currently interning with WXXI through the Eastman Arts Leadership Program. 

You can watch her performances here online

This past weekend, I attended the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), held in Indianapolis. PASIC is a four-day gathering of percussionists and drummers from all over the world to present research, attend clinics, and hear the world’s best musicians in concert. This year’s PASIC was particularly special to me because I had the opportunity to perform with my classmates in the Eastman Percussion Ensemble in a Showcase Concert. We were one of three collegiate ensembles who were awarded a PASIC concert slot after winning the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition for 2017.

  Connoisseurs of modern music, Polish culture enthusiasts, and Twin Peaks fans – take note: