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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, June 21

Jun 21, 2018

Credit photo courtesy of Teen Empowerment

First hour: Discussing police-community relations

Second hour: Make Music Day sparks a "singing intervention"

Local activists, members of the faith community, and law enforcement officers are working together to improve police-community relations in the Greater Rochester area. Last weekend, the fourth annual Police Relations Summit covered a range of issues, including police use of force, body cameras, plea bargaining, implicit bias and more. We sit down with leaders who attended the summit to discuss what they learned and what they hope to accomplish. In studio:

  • Rev. Lewis Stewart, co-chair of the Rochester Coalition for Police Reform, and president of United Christian Leadership Ministry
  • Chief Mark Henderson, Brighton Police Department
  • Chief Richard Tantalo, Irondequoit Police Department
  • Iman Abid, co-chair of the Rochester Coalition for Police Reform, and chapter director of the ACLU of New York

Then in our second hour, it’s a “singing intervention!” Do you want to sing, but feel nervous or dislike the sound of your voice? Did you play and instrument as a child, but haven’t picked it up in years? Today is Make Music Day, so we spend the hour celebrating music in all its forms, including the human voice. We’ll also discuss the science behind singing, and how it can change your brain. Our guests:

  • Gerard Floriano, artistic director of the Finger Lakes Opera
  • Lee Wright, founder of First Inversion Choir
  • Richard Fink IV, vocal coach and founder of Throga
  • Brenda Tremblay, host and producer for WXXI’s Classical 91.5
  • Maureen Rich, producer for WXXI’s Reachout Radio, and member of Tasty Parker and the Joy Riders