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Juliana Athayde

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).

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.

In each season of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, you'll find a concert called "Baroque and Blue," where more traditional fare shares the program with music on the jazzier side of the spectrum.

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

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.

All photos: rpo.org

Bach/Sitkovetski: Goldberg Variations for string trio, BWV 988

The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester produced a concert to celebrate the many influences of Bach. Included was Dmitry Sitkovetsky's chamber arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations, a work he wrote to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach's birth.

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