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Society for Chamber Music Rochester

Violas ruled the day when the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester wrapped up the season with 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.

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. In addition to the always stellar line up of musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music, the Amici Piano Trio--talented teens from the Hochstein School of Music-- got to take center stage for a flawless performance of Brahms. And, as happens each season with the SCMR, Juliana got a chance to let down her hair and swing a little. This concert was recorded on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall.

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). On the other, it's Beethoven's groundbreaking septet, featuring an all-star cast from the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. This concert was recorded on Sunday, February 17, 2019 in the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall. 

Mozart had big plans when he arrived in Paris; sadly for him, none of them panned out. For the second in our series, the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester brought Wolfgang back to the City of Lights, and surrounded his Kegelstatt Trio with three French composers for happier results. This concert was recorded on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall.


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.


HomeStage: Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr

Jul 15, 2020

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!


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.

Lili Boulanger was on 2 years old when composer Gabriel Faure discovered she had perfect pitch. From that moment on, young Lili's path was set. She was barely five years old when her musician parents sent her along with big sister Nadia to classes at the Paris Conservatory to sit through lessons in music theory. By 16, Lili had her mind set on a career as a composer and her eyes set on the Conservatory's coveted Prix de Rome. Three years later, she became the first woman to win the prize.

Beethoven wrote only one Septet, but why mess with perfection? Ever the rebel, Beethoven took the usual instrumentation, gave it a good shake, and came up with an all new aural cocktail. Gone were the winds in sets of two; Beethoven used one of each, then added a string quartet, subbing one of the violins with a double bass. It was a blend that no one had ever heard before, and the crowds went crazy.

Let's return to the Society for Chamber in Rochester's April, 2019 Baroque and Blue concert for one of the most popular crossover pieces in classical music: Claude Bolling's Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio. It all started in 1975 when jazz pianist Bolling released his Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal to rave reviews and huge sales.

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