Classical 91.5


The Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival was founded in 2004, with the mission to bring innovative programs to the Canandaigua area in a casual setting--perfect for summer in the Finger Lakes. Their educational shows for kids in the Wood Library are always packed, and the signature Classical Blue Jeans concert, pairing barbecue and an interactive program that ranges from fiddling to more standard fare, is always sold out.

Gerry Szymanski

This was to be a big season for Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, as it celebrated its 10th year; part of the celebration included a performance on Backstage Pass in February.

In 2011, violinist Geoffrey Herd brought together a group of friends to "entertain, inspire, and nurture a lifelong appreciation of classical music throughout the community" of Geneva, his hometown, and surrounding towns, and the Geneva Music Festival was born. As it turns out, Geoffrey has brilliant friends, and they have been packing houses from the start.

You might be surprised to learn that Eastman School of Music Professor of Music Theory David Temperley's third book is "The Musical Language of Rock." In an article in City Paper, Mona Seghatoleslami describes Temperley's compositional style as "tuneful, well-constructed classical chamber music with elements of pop and rock interwoven throughout." You can hear all of that in h

Pegasus Early Music is celebrating its 15th season, but Artistic Director Deborah Fox decided to give us a present: A Baroque Noel. In December, 2019, master lutenist Paul O'Dette took to the podium to lead a chamber choir and Baroque orchestra for an evening celebratory Christmas concert that left the audience cheering.

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.

Classical 91.5's annual celebration of local performing groups kicks off on April 1st with a new performance every day.  This year's performances have been curated from a number of ensembles, including:  Cordancia, First Muse, Geneva Music Festival, Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Madrigalia, MostArts Festival (Alfred University), New York Bach Festival, Pegasus Early Music, Publick Musick and VOICES. Visit the page to learn more and preview some of the musical selections.

In October 2018, cellist Beiliang Zhu, who is a rising star in the world of early music and currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the Eastman School of Music, joined the Publick Music to pursue perfection in an exploration of great works featuring the Baroque cello. 

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.