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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.

As the winter solstice rolls around, the pagans have decided that bows and arrows simply won't do, they'll need cannons to vanquish their foe. And so the cannons do their work, and the pagans parade the bodies of their victims through the town. And then, "The song goes into cannibalism," Cary Ratcliff explains, as the pagans hand out extra pieces of meat to the poor.

Even though there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monroe County, local arts and cultural organizations are considering contingency plans in the event of an outbreak and to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that it is postponing its April induction ceremony, which was to take place at Eastman Theatre.

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.

You can listen online to selected past episodes of the lunchtime concert series Live from Hochstein.  

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.

Glenn McClure

If you pay attention to science news, you might be concerned by recent reports from both The United Nations and the U.S. Federal Government warning of the effects of climate change. Skeptics abound, however, and there seems to be little political will to make large-scale changes to the way we live.   That's why, in part, the National Science Foundation is sending artists and musicians to far-flung places all over the planet. 

That's how composer Glenn McClure found himself sleeping in a tent in Antarctica. 

  Our annual celebration of the holiday season with the choral chamber ensemble Madrigalia, led by music director Cary Ratcliff. Find some peace and inspiration in music over lunch on December 5th (12:10-12:50pm).

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

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