Classical 91.5

Performance Upstate

Mondays at 8pm on Classical 91.5, WXXI-FM 90.3,

WXXI Classical introduces a new series celebrating the rich tradition of live music-making across the region. Performance Upstate takes you into concert halls, sacred spaces, and festivals across Western and Central New York.  You'll hear a diverse and colorful array of pieces interpreted by passionate and skillful musicians from Rochester and beyond, along with some of the stories behind the music.  Brenda Tremblay is your host.  Many concerts are exclusive to WXXI Classical.  

It's an ENCORE presentation of Performance Upstate

Monday nights at 8 p.m.   April 5 through June 7, 2021

Lutenist Michael Leopold joins Deborah Fox for some lute duets in this first program of our new series.  We'll also hear from the Gateways Festival Orchestra, musicians of the Geneva Music Festival and Madrigalia performing with Cordancia Chamber Orchestra.

This week (pgm 2) we'll hear more from the Geneva Music Festival, plus the Rochester Early Music Festival, the Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Emsemble and Oliver Brett performing both on harpsichord and organ.

This week (pgm 3) we hear from the Dorian Wind Quintet, the Geneva Music Festival, an edgy piece by new music ensemble fivebyfive (pictured here), and selections from "The Panther and the Rose" concert by Pegasus Early Music - a concert that was recorded in an empty church just as the pandemic was beginning.  Here is what Deb Fox said about that concert.

Scott Suchman

In additional to several festival performances, this program (pgm 4) includes the premiere of award-winning composer Scott Perkins' new work, commissioned especially for the congregation and musicians of Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY.  Here's what Third Presbyterian's Music Director Peter DuBois said about the work.

In this episode (pgm 5) of Performance Upstate we go to Opening Night of the Geneva Music Festival in May 2019.  Here’s what the festival’s Artistic Director Geoffry Herd said about that night.

“Opening night was riveting with the fabulous Verona String Quartet joined by violinist Jinjoo Cho and pianist Michelle Cann. The second half of the concert was Chausson's concerto for violin, piano and String Quartet. I was absolutely blown away by the virtuosity of the performers and the orchestral nature of the sound that the ensemble produced.”

On this episode (pgm 6) of Performance Upstate we’ll hear an outstanding performance by 13-year-old pianist Christoper Zandieh, Winner of the 2018 MostArts Festival Young Pianist Competition and a $10,000 cash prize. Christopher Zandieh began his Suzuki piano studies at age 4 on Long Island, and, by age 6, enrolled at the School for Strings in NYC as a student of Marina Obukovsky.

We'll hear Christopher, as well as selections from the Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble, Pegasus Early Music, Eastman Collegium Viol Consort and Fanny Mendelssohn from the"Women Composers Across the Ages" concert at the Geneva Music Festival.

In this episode (pgm 7) of Performance Upstate we’ll hear a few selections by Musica Spei from their “Keeping Your Head: The peril & power of sacred choral music in the English renaissance" June 2018 concert. Juli Eliot, a soprano with Musica Spei said this about the concert.

In this episode (pgm 8) of Performance Upstate we hear from two concerts celebrating women.  The Geneva Music Festival brings selections from "Women Composers Across the Ages" and Pegasus Early Music  presents selections from "Nevertheless, She Persisted," music by and about strong women, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  We'll also hear from the Dorian Wind Quintet, Musica Spei and members of the Society for Chamber Music Rochester.

In this episode (pgm 9) 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.

This final episode (pgm 10) of Performance Upstate offers three pairs of delights.  We'll hear two world premieres, two choral works by Eric Whitacre and two choral ensembles.  We'll also enjoy a Beethoven Piano Trio from the Geneval Music Festival and some Baroque rarities captured live in concert with Pegasus Early Music performing.