Classical 91.5

Society for Chamber Music in Rochester

Sundays at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

WXXI Classical 91.5 presents broadcast concerts by the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester. Hosted by Julia Figueras, the annual mini-series features varied chamber music recorded at the Lyric Theatre, the CityView Ballroom at Strathallan, the Hochstein Performance Hall and other Rochester venues. The programs air Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm in August.

SCMR is the oldest chamber music society in the area, founded in 1977. They present Chamber Music concerts of all periods and styles featuring musicians of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music. Under the leadership of Artistic Directors Julianna Athayde and Erik Behr, SCMR has continued to bring vibrant chamber music to new and appreciative audiences.

Violas ruled the day when the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester wrapped up the season two German masters. On the program: a Mendelssohn quintet that he did not like very much, and a stormy Beethoven quintet with an instrumentation that he never duplicated. The concert was recorded in the CityView Ballroom at the Strathallen on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

German Masters

Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat, op. 87
Beethoven: II. & IV., Viola Quintet, op 29, “Storm”

The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester served up a musical potpourri for this concert, with something old, something new, three young artists, and the jazzy side of Juliana Athayde.

Brock Tjosvold: Alyssa Grasinski

This week's concert from the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester features a contrast of musical eras. On the one hand, there's a competition-winning flute sonata by Julian Bennett Holmes, played by Eastman School of Music graduate students Yi Xiang (flute) and Brock Tjosvold (piano).

Mozart had big plans when he arrived in Paris; sadly for him, none of them panned out. For the second in our series, the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester brought Wolfgang back to the City of Lights, and surrounded his Kegelstatt Trio with three French composers for happier results. This concert was recorded on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall.

Our new season with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester begins with some European Romance: sextets by Richard Strauss and Antonin Dvorak, with a movement from the Oboe Quintet by Arnold Bax in between. It was recorded on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in the CityView Ballroom at the Strathallen.


A new season for the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester begins on Sunday afternoon, August 2 at 2pm! This year brings a cornucopia of musical delights from Artistic Directors Juliana Athayde, Erik Behr, and their many special guests.

Wunderhorn!
Broadcast Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 2:00pm
(Recorded May 18, 2018)

Carl Reinecke: Trio for Piano, Oboe and Horn, Op. 18
Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 40

Erik Behr, oboe; W. Peter Kurau, horn; Juliana Athayde, violin; Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano

Baroque and Blues
Broadcast Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00pm
(Recorded April 29, 2018)

Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano
JS Bach: Two-Part inventions for Violin and Cello
Gaspar Cassadó: Toccata for Cello and Piano
François Francoeur: Cello Sonata in E Major
Jacques Loussier: Play Bach (2005)

Juliana Athayde, violin; David Ying, cello; Elinor Freer, piano; Darius Terefenko, piano; Eric Metzgar, drums; Jeff Campbell, bass

A Couple of Couples
Broadcast Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 2:00pm
(Recorded March 11, 2018)

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Paul Wiancko: American Haiku
Jean Françaix: Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello
Anton Arensky: Moderato from Quartet for Violin, Viola and Two Cellos

Robin Scott, violin; Philip Ying, viola; Ahrim Kim, cello; Keiko Ying, cello

Mozart and Pärt in Harmonie
Broadcast Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 2:00pm
(Recorded September 17, 2017)

Arvo Pärt: Fratres
WA Mozart: Serenade in C minor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Rondino in E-flat Major
Josef Mysliveček: Octet No. 3 in B-flat Major
WA Mozart: Overture from the magic Flute
WA Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni

Erik Behr & Anna Steltenpohl, oboe; Kenneth Grant & Andrew Brown, clarinet; George Sakakeeny & Matthew McDonald, bassoon; Nikolette LaBonte & Stephen Laifer, horn