In this episode of Performance Upstate, we'll hear from Pegasus, First Inversion, Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble; we'll visit the Geneva and Skaneateles Music Festivals and hear a Prelude and Fugue by J. S. Bach, as performed at the 2019 Rochester Early Music Festival.
Here's what organist Peter DuBois, in reflecting on performing on the organ of St. Anne Church during the November 2019 REMF:
"The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is at the core of who I am as an organist. Time and time again during this pandemic, when stressed about any number of things, coming back to the music of Bach has provided a place of refuge, and mental clarity. I always feel better, and more centered, after studying and playing some Bach - whether learning a piece new to my repertoire, or re-working a piece that's been an old friend for decades. The inevitable logic of its musical construction, and the endless inventiveness of Bach's musical brain provides the perfect respite from a troubling world, and difficult time in which we're living. "
Isabella Leonarda: Cara Regina (Adriane Post & Boel Gidholm, v; Lisa Terry, viola da gamba & c; Naomi Gregory, hc; Deborah Fox, theorbo & g; “Nevertheless, She Persisted”)
Copland: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Stefan Jackiw, v; Contrad Tao, p; "All in Rhythm," Skaneateles Festival '19)
J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D (Peter DuBois, org; REMF 2019)
Sofia Gubaidulina: Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H (The Verona Quartet; “Opening Night” Geneva Music Festival)
Hildegard von Bingen/Marianne Pfau: O Virtus Sapientiae (Eliot Heaton, Geoffrey Herd, v; Hillary Herndon, vla; Max Geissler, c; "Women Composers Across the Ages;" Geneva Music Festival)
C. Hubert Parry: I was glad when they said… (Christopher Petit, org; First Inversion, Lee Wright, cond; “Soaring Spirit”)
Schubert: Storms of Life (Diane Walsh & Aaron Wunsch, p; “All-Piano Festival;” Skaneateles Festival '19)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Toccata Marziale (Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble; Paul Shewan, cond)
Palestrina: "Surge Illuminare" Valesco: "A este sol peregrino" J. S. Bach: "Der Giest hilft unser Schwachheit auf" (First Inversion; Lee Wright, cond)
Conrad Tao: all I had forgotten or tried to for Violin and Piano (Stefan Jackiw, v; Contrad Tao, p; "All in Rhythm," Skaneateles Festival)