Mornings, July 30 - August 3

Mornings, July 30 - August 3

WXXI-FM’s weekday morning show offers you everything you need to start the day: great music, NPR news, the Writer’s Almanac (8:20), Composers Datebook (7:20), and daily Mystery Piece (6:40). Early in the morning, (6:10) catch rare recordings of extinct birds. Brenda Tremblay hosts.

photo from The Lost Bird Project

Monday, July 30

Start the day with music by J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, and Robert Schumann.

WXXI’s Julie Philipp takes us to the Summer Movement Institute at Garth Fagan Dance.

Tuesday, July 31

Wake with the best recordings of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Moscow Symphony, the National Orchestra of France, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

New dramatic bird sculptures catch the eyes of visitors to the grounds surrounding the George Eastman House.  Discover more about them (and hear the stories of five birds driven to extinction) from sculptor Todd McGrain and the filmmaker who followed his quest, Oscar-nominated director Deborah Dickson.

Wednesday, August 1

Start the day with Joseph Suk’s soul-stirring Olympic hymn, Toward a New Life, written for the 1932 Games in Los Angeles. 

It’s crunch time for teen pianists in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.  Douglas Humpherys, chair of the piano department at Eastman, explains what makes the final days of the contest so exciting. (Hear more from Doug in a podcast at our website,

Thursday, August 2

Brenda presents works by CPE Bach, Emmanuel Chabrier, and Aaron Copland.

The Rochester man who shaped and refined the sound of the modern wind ensemble turns 80!  We’ll talk with Donald Hunsberger on his 80th birthday and sample a few of his finest recordings with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. (You’ll be able to hear Brenda’s full conversation with him on 1370 Connection Arts Friday tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. on AM 1370.)

Friday, August 3

Begin the weekend with an Olympic hymn, a bit of pomp and circumstance, and a lilting song for Park Avenue.