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Album artwork for "Row"; Dawn Landes; Row key art for WTF // / //

Tori Murden McClure was the first woman - and the first American - to successfully row across the Atlantic Ocean. She succeeded in 1998 after an attempt in 1998 was foiled by a hurricane. Her vessel? A 23 foot rowboat she had built and named the “American Pearl.”  The story of her accomplishment has inspired the new musical “Row” - with a book by Daniel Goldstein and music and lyrics by singer-songwriter, Dawn Landes.

“Row” was scheduled to have its world premiere production at The Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer. WTF and Artistic Director, Mandy Greenfield have partnered with Audible to release audio versions of the shows intended to play on their stages last season. A release date for “Row” hasn’t been finalized, but Dawn Landes’ album of songs from the show - recorded with musician friends - is available now.

Trial by Fire book cover
MacMillan Publishers / MacMillan Publishers

All it took for a hundred people to die during a show by the hair metal band Great White was a sudden burst from four giant sparklers that ignited the acoustical foam lining the Station nightclub. But who was at fault? And who would pay? This being Rhode Island, the two questions wouldn't necessarily have the same answer.

"Trial By Fire" by Scott James is the story of the fire's aftermath because while the fire, one of America's deadliest, lasted minutes, the search for the truth would take years.

Bestselling author and three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Scott James investigates all the central figures, including the band's manager and lead singer, the fire inspector, the maker of the acoustical foam, as well as the brothers.

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
Various publisher websites

  Jacqueline Kellachan and James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

The Cold Millions" by Jess Walter
"Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock and Roll Photographer" by Bob Gruen
"Memorial" by Bryan Washington
"She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and The Women Who Lived Her Sings" by Sarah Smarsh
"White Ivy" by Susie Yang
"150 Glimpses of The Beatles" by Craig Brown
"All the Broken People" by Leah Konen
"Everything Comes Next - Collected & New Poems" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Playlist for WAMC's A.M. Listening Party as aired on Saturday, November 7th, 2020.

Roundtable Music 11/5

Nov 5, 2020

Roundtable Music 11/4

Nov 4, 2020

Empire State Youth Orchestra /

The Empire State Youth Orchestra, known regionally and nationally for nourishing young musicians from communities in New York's Capital Region and Western Massachusetts, announced that its 13 ensembles, including its flagship Symphony Orchestra and CHIME program, have resumed in-person rehearsals and meet-ups for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ensemble rehearsals, which began mid- September, are held weekly in a safe-studio environment at Proctors in Schenectady. CHIME, ESYO's after school program, which suffered a setback after losing critical funds is to begin online this fall and include several in-person "instrument hangs".

All ESYO concerts are to be recorded LIVE on Proctors mainstage and streamed to virtual audiences through the orchestras virtual concert hall. ESYO Music Director Carlos Ágreda joined us.