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Cary Ratcliff

It's April 23, the day we celebrate the birth of the Bard of Avon. Of course, we don't know what day Shakespeare was actually born on, but we do know that he was baptized on April 26, 1654 and died on April 23, 1616, so we have embraced April 23, giving a nice symmetry to the life of one of our greatest poets and playwrights.

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Madrigalia is well known to Classical 91.5 listeners. They've appeared on Backstage Pass, and the group's "A Cup of Good Cheer" has been a happy tradition for years on Live from Hochstein. In fact, Madrigalia has been serenading Rochester and beyond for over four decades with no sign of slowing down.

Christmas with Madrigalia 2019, 12/25 at 2pm

Nov 30, 2019

The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2019, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season.

Once again this year, the Rochester Bach Children’s Chorus joins Madrigalia for traditional carols arranged by Cary Ratcliff. The chorus appears regularly with Madrigalia, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other Western New York ensembles. They have sung at venues that include the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. They have also performed the National Anthem for the Buffalo Bills, the Boston Red Sox, and the Washington Nationals.

Madrigalia is well known to Classical 91.5 listeners. They've appeared on Backstage Pass, and the group's "A Cup of Good Cheer" has been a tradition for years on Live from Hochstein. In fact, Madrigalia has been serenading Rochester (and beyond) for over four decades, with no sign of slowing down.

Madrigalia makes on a second appearance on Performance Rochester with selections from Earthkeeping, concerts performed in May, 2018. The program celebrated the beauty of our natural world, beginning with a poem by Adrienne Rich:

My heart is moved by all I cannot save.
So much has been destroyed.
I cast my lot with those who, age after age,
Perversely, with no extraordinary power,
Reconstitute the world.

David Liptak: Cold Litanies

One hallmark of the First Muse concert series has been its commitment to commissioning new works. For Joys and Litanies: A Local Perspective, a concert held on September 24, 2017, First Muse Artistic Director Melissa Matson refined that idea, programming works by three Rochester composers: David Liptak (left), Cary Ratcliff (lower rt), and James Willey. Cold Litanies, a work written by David Liptak in 2007 and revised in 2015, is featured on Performance Rochester.

Suher/Liptak: Andy Olenick

Bobby McFerrin: 23rd Psalm
Richard Proulx: Psalm 133
Richard Nance: Psalm 42

In these days of high speed and fraught emotions, who doesn't want a moment of peace? That's what Madrigalia offered when it combined forces with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra for "Songs of the Soul" in May, 2017. Together, they offered up a concert filled with settings from the Book of Psalms--each one unique and thoughtful. You'll hear modern settings of three psalms, beginning with vocalist Bobby McFerrin's song,  dedicated to his mother.

Madrigalia is composed of 18 highly skilled vocalists from the Rochester area. Known for its beauty of sound and artistic excellence, the ensemble presents unique and challenging programs of choral music built around intriguing themes. Their music draws from all times and places, spanning the riches of classic choral styles, the vast range of compelling music being written in our time, and the intriguing musical expressions of cultures throughout the world.

Cordancia was formed in 2009 by violinist Pia Liptak and oboist Kathleen Suher. The ensemble offers up eclectic programs that blend the traditional with the unexpected. They appeared in the holiday edition of Classical 91.5's Backstage Pass in December 2014.


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Songs from Magic, Spells and Mystery

Madrigalia and director Cary Ratcliff are no strangers to Classical 91.5 listeners. They've appeared on Backstage Pass, and their "Cup of Good Cheer" on Live from Hochstein has been a tradition for years. Indeed, Madrigalia has been serenading Rochester for over four decades, with no signs of slowing down. 

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This March, Mu Phi Epsilon, a musicians' fraternity, is presenting its Musician of the Year award to composer and performer Cary Ratcliff.  Cary has devoted his life to making music.  He’ll be honored in a special concert of his music in Kilbourn Hall on Sunday, March 12th at 4:00 p.m. 

WXXI’s Brenda Tremblay spoke to Cary about his high school music teacher at Santa Clara High School in Santa Clara, California. When Cary was a student, he says, Mr. Duane Garton offered a beautiful lesson for the whole school.