Classical 91.5

Julia Figueras

HomeStage: Grace Browning

Apr 25, 2020

Grace Browning is the principal harpist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and for you, she plays a movement from Suite Galactique which represents the story of a single water molecule from its start in the center of the earth to its journey to outer space.

Join Classical 91.5's Julia Figueras and Grace Browning, RPO Principal Harpist, at the Virtual Little Cafe on Friday, April 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the first in a series of Harpy Happy Hours! This new online, virtual series presents live musical performances, special guests, great conversation, trivia, and a featured ROC establishment/ local beverage! 

PHOTO BY MICHEL GODTS / www.rochestercitynewspaper.com

In Unison

When singer and conductor Anna Atwater first sang in a Concentus Women’s Chorus in 2016 concert, she started at the top, singing in Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," one of the pinnacles of the repertoire for women's voices.
     "It was spectacular," Atwater says. She immediately joined Concentus. Now, three years later, Atwater is its first new music director since its founding. The ensemble, currently with nineteen members, is devoted to exploring the wide variety of classical music, ranging from medieval chant through contemporary compositions, written specifically for women’s voices.

How do you commemorate a Silver Anniversary? If you're Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, you throw a musical party!

The great pianist Yefim Bronfman is joining forces with Ward Stare and your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to open the new season with two fan favorites and a concerto that Mr. Bronfman calls "a nightmare;" the Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz, Dvorak's New World Symphony, and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 all set the stage for concerts to come.  

Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate of your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is back in town for his annual date with the band. Joining him this time around is pianist Joyce Yang for an evening that will include a Beethoven overture, a Sibelius symphony, and Mozart's dramatic and mysterious Piano Concerto No. 24. Maestro Seaman and Miss Yang chatted with WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras about the complexities of Mozart, the heroics of Sibelius, and the experience of accompanying a dance company...from the stage.

Photo: Eastman School of Music

Pianist Rebecca Penneys taught at the Eastman School of Music for almost 4 decades. As of this semester, she holds the title of Professor Emerita of Piano. Miss Penneys--who appeared on Backstage Pass in March of this year in a celebration of the Salon Concert Series--joins host Julia Figueras for a look back at her time at the school and a look forward, as she talks about how her new life is growing out of her Eastman days. Works by Soler, Scarlatti, Brahms, and Chopin are in the musical mix. Tune in for this special salute on Monday, October 23 at 1 PM.