This HomeStage performance comes all the way from the Lone Star State.
Oboist Erin Hannigan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and she played in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Now she's the principal oboist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Erin loves animals and has always had rescue dogs. But she wanted to do more. She and photographer Teresa Berg joined forces to create Artists for Animals. They have raised tens of thousands of dollars for animal shelters in northern Texas, with concerts, galas, community outreach, and even cute calendars.
One secret about Erin: Even though she's a dog lover, she also rescued a Siamese kitten named Gabby.
On this week’s HomeStage, she performs a piece called “Jimson Weed,” composed by Alyssa Morris.
How about a little music? "HomeStage at the Little" is a new concert series produced by WXXI and the Little Theatre. The pandemic has changed the landscape for local artists, but the series gives them an opportunity to perform live sessions (audience-free) that can be watched by the community. The episodes include music, interviews, and more.
Drum and dance group Womba Africa's name means "We are coming," as in, We are coming to you with something new, something exciting. Get ready.
The group faced multiple obstacles to come from Ghana, and they have a vision to promote West African music and culture and to empower indigenous cultural groups to also share their heritage through preforming arts.
Shannon Reilly and Tom Torrisi are Duo Purla, and they miss performing live. They've done virtual performance, and they're doing another one...here on HomeStage. This song is a collaboration with Buffalo-based composer Edgar Girtain.
David Temperley is a professor at the Eastman School of Music, and writes classical pieces inspired by pop music...he also writes pop music inspired by classical music. Check out his latest book, "The Musical Language of Rock." Maya Temperley is a pianist and a piano teacher; she's also director of sponsored programs and government affairs at St. John Fisher College.
They're in their HomeStage to play one of David's compositions for you.
Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr are at the very center of the musical life in Rochester. Juliana is the concert master for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Erik is the principal oboist. The couple are also co-artistic directors of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester. They've taken some time to perform for you on HomeStage!
The fact that Hanna PK is in Rochester shows the breadth of musical talent here. While known for blues, she's a singer-songwriter in a variety of genres. With a lot of us yearning for a return to a new 'normal', Hanna PK performs “Soyo Arirang," inspired by the old Korean folk tradition called Arirang.