Classical music connections

We in Rochester are so blessed to have lots of resources right here in our area to enjoy great classical music.  The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Youth Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music and all of its ensembles, the Hochstein School, Madrigalia, Rochester Oratorio Society -- those that we all think of immediately are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many other great regional orchestras, choirs, operas, church and school music...too many to name individually. 
And now, as if this is not enough, satellite technology and the Internet is bringing more and more connection to classical music and arts lovers all around the world.  Today we can enjoy the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and other world famous operas and ballet in local theaters.  The choices are immense.  The only reason to miss anything, is that there is so much being offered, that we can't possibly intake it all. 
Just this week I found out that savvy internet users can enjoy all rounds of the Thirteenth Annual 2009 2009 Van Cliburn Competition2009 Van Cliburn CompetitionVan Cliburn Competition streamed live on the internet at:  You can even join a special on-line social network of fans created by the San Francisco Symphony at: San Francisco SymphonySan Francisco Symphony Organizations like the Metropolitan Opera are offering e-newsletters so you can find out about upcoming productions or join their social network, at  You can even become a fan of your hometown orchestra on their Facebook fan page at  RPORPO
For many, the internet takes them to places they could never afford or have time to visit.  Suddenly classical music and arts are accessible to people who are physically unable to travel or have the means to attend such performances.  Others might argue that they are missing the experience of attending a live performance, and that there's nothing like being a part of something special.  This is also true. 
But whether you attend and mingle with concert-goers in the hall, or whether you attend and connect with concert-lovers online, it is the joy of the music -- the love of the arts that is bringing folks arts lovers, making connections, building relationships, sharing the joys.
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I hope you'll join us at WXXI Classical 91.5 -- YOUR classical public radio station -- in sharing the joy of the arts and making connections with others like yourself.