You might think they do, but musicians don't owe you a damn thing. Now I'm not speaking of those shallow showbiz shills with all their kowtowing and condescension, but about artists who brilliantly marry words and melody together.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's 2015-2016 season was
Ward Stare's first year to program as the orchestra's music director -- he
officially took over the position in September 2014, and led several concerts
during that season, but its programming had already been set. And this season was,
by artistic and financial standards, a success.
By Daniel J. Kushner and David Raymond
Jul 6, 2016
Needless to say, music is an integral part of all our lives, from the rock concert T-shirt you proudly wore to school the day after the show to the songs you chose for your wedding. It's our motivation, and it's our soundtrack.
Tia Brazda is a
study in jazzy effervescence as the fizz and tingle of her voice skates the
line between campy, almost cinematic fun and seductive sophistication. The singer performs Wednesday, June 29, as part of XRIJF 2016.
It's not that The Majestics don't care; it's just that stardom and the magnetic allure of its trappings don't matter anymore. The legendary Rochester reggae band no longer chases the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Ferrell, a staple of the Rochester punk and metal scenes, passed away late last
month. A prolific musician, Ferrell played drums, guitar, and sang in seemingly
countless bands based out of both Rochester and his native Virginia.
As sort of a tip of the hat in the rearview mirror to The Band, The Mighty High and Dry pile on an extra helping of storied songs suitable for framing on its new CD, "The Next Waltz." This is a true test of the time that goes into crafting a record.