Diamond Anniversary

(Rochester, NY) – July marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of David Diamond and WXXI is honoring the American composer with a special broadcast, where listeners will meet a quirky, brilliant, and sometimes lonely composer whose music we’re still coming to grips with one hundred years later. Diamond Anniversary premieres Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5, the centenary of Diamond’s birth in 1915. 

Diamond was born in Rochester, NY and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music under Bernard Rogers in composition with Effie Knauss in violin.

Diamond Anniversary is a three-dimensional portrait of David Diamond with more than 45 minutes of his finest music in high quality performances. It frames his output in the context of history and includes archival audio recorded at the piano in his home in Rochester, New York. During the special listeners will meet David Diamond through the eyes of his friend, internationally renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz, and WXXI award-winning producer Brenda Tremblay, who interviewed Diamond many times before his passing. The program features some of Diamond’s favorite music, including The Enormous Room, a lilting chamber piece for flute and harp, and the symphony some consider the greatest of the early twentieth century.

Diamond Anniversary has been offered to public radio stations across the country, and has already been scheduled to air in Washington State, New Mexico and northwest Michigan.

Pictured: David Diamond 


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