Classical 91.5

Chiao-Wen Cheng

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.

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.

Lili Boulanger was on 2 years old when composer Gabriel Faure discovered she had perfect pitch. From that moment on, young Lili's path was set. She was barely five years old when her musician parents sent her along with big sister Nadia to classes at the Paris Conservatory to sit through lessons in music theory. By 16, Lili had her mind set on a career as a composer and her eyes set on the Conservatory's coveted Prix de Rome. Three years later, she became the first woman to win the prize.

Let's return to the Society for Chamber in Rochester's April, 2019 Baroque and Blue concert for one of the most popular crossover pieces in classical music: Claude Bolling's Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio. It all started in 1975 when jazz pianist Bolling released his Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal to rave reviews and huge sales.

Five years ago, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Juliana Athayde and RPO Principal Oboe Erik Behr took the reins of the Society for Chamber Music Rochester.  Since then, changes have happened: new venues, commissioned compositions...even wine tastings.

Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music

Juliana Athadye, violin

Ahrim Kim, cello

Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano

Composers can't always make a living wage simply writing, and so it was for Paul Schoenfield, who supplemented his compositional salary as the house pianist at Murray's Steakhouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But all that tickling of the ivories did more that help pay the bills; it also was the inspiration for what has become one of his best known--and loved--works: Cafe Music.