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Performance Rochester

Classical 91.5's annual celebration of local performing groups kicks off on April 1st with a new performance every day. While the novel coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of concerts and seasons, we'll bring some of the area's best live musical moments to you. This year's performances have been curated from a number of ensembles, including: Cordancia, Geneva Music Festival, Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Madrigalia, Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival (now ChamberFest Canandaigua), Rochester Oratorio Society, Pegasus Early Music, Publick Musick, Society for Chamber Music Rochester, and VOICES . Visit the page to learn more and preview some of the musical selections.

 

Wed 4/1 @ 8:00a Hochstein Alumni Orchestra performs Herold's Zampa Overture
Thu 4/2 @ 12:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester performs Paul Wiancko's Toy Bricks
Fri 4/3 @ 3:00p Pegasus Early Music perform's Vivaldi's Magnificat

Mon 4/6 @ 9:00a Cellist Mimi Hwang & pianist David Temperley play Temperley's Cello Sonata No. 2
Tue 4/7 @ 2:00p Geneva Music Festival performs Brahms' String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, op. 36
Wed 4/8 @ 5:05p Cordancia performs Lumbye's Champagne Galop
Thu 4/9 @ 7:05a Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival plays the Presto from Handel's Concerto Grosso, op 6/5
Fri 4/10 @ 8:00p VOICES presents Bach's St. John Passion
Sat 4/11 @ 4:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester plays Bolling's Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio

Mon 4/13 @ 6:00a Pegasus Early Music plays Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre's Trio Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Major
Mon 4/13 @ 1:00p The Rochester Oratorio Society performs John Rutter's Magnificat
Tue 4/14 @ 8:00a The Publick Music performs Nicola Fiorenza's Recorder Concerto
Wed 4/15 @ 6:00p Madrigalia sings a suite of songs
Thu 4/16 @ 12:00p The Antara Winds play John Cheetham's Quintet for Woodwinds
Fri 4/17 @ 9:00a Cordancia performs Estampes by Martinu
Sat 4/18 @ 5:00p Pegasus Early Music performs a Suite in D Major by Marin Marais

Mon 4/20 @ 9:00a The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra with cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins play the first movement of Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major
Mon 4/20 @ 3:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester plays Beethoven's Septet in E-Flat Major
Tue 4/21 @ 2:00p VOICES performs Handel's Dixit Dominus
Wed 4/22 @ 7:00a The Publick Musick plays Corelli's Sonata in B-Flat Major, op 1/5 
Thu 4/23 @ 12:00p Madrigalia sings a suite of Shakespeare songs
Fri 4/24 @ 4:00p Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival plays the 4th movement of Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major, "The Trout"
Sat 4/25 @ 4:00p Cordancia performs Krasa's Brundibar Suite

Mon 4/27 @ 9:00a Amy Beach's Piano Quintet in f-sharp minor, played at the Geneva Music Festival
Tue 4/28 @ 3:00p Pegasus Early Musick, under the direction of Paul O'Dette, performs Charpentier's Messe di Minuit
Wed 4/29 @ 1:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester plays Lili Boulanger's Nocturne et Cortege
Wed 4/29 @ 5:00p Violist Rudolf Haken and pianist David Temperley play Temperley’s Sonata for Viola and Piano
Thu 4/30 @ 8:00a The Rochester Oratorio Society Orchestra performs Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Major, op. 6

Franz Schubert wrote a real earworm with his lieder, Die Forelle, or The Trout. In fact, it was such a catchy tune that a wealthy patron suggested that perhaps Schubert could create a set of variations with it. And Schubert did--in five different pieces. The first time was Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major nicknamed, of course, the Trout. Rather than the usual line up of piano and string quartet, Schubert shook up the formula a bit, dropping the second violin in favor of a double bass. And it all worked; to this day it's a favorite in the world of chamber music.

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.

For a composer who was so important in the development of the sonata and concerto, there's a surprising lack of knowledge about the early years of Arcanglo Corelli. This we do know: by the age of 22, he was working in Rome, where he would make a name for himself, moving in the highest circles of society, performing for heads of state and the church. And his sphere of influence extended well beyond Italy; Bach studied Corelli's works, and used them as inspiration.

Voices is a professional ensemble, founded by William Weinert, and described by City Paper as "a sonic cloudburst."  At the end of the holiday season this year, Voices convened in Asbury First United Methodist Church for a concert of psalm settings, including Handel's Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110).

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.

Evan Meccarello founded the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) in 2010, reuniting musicians who trained at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Since its debut, the HAO has played summer concerts in Perinton and Canandaigua, adding a winter concert in the Hochstein Performance Hall in 2011.

Time for math! Pegasus Early Music started this season with a concert called Viol Cubed featuring, in case you didn't already guess, three brilliant viol da gamba players: David Morris, Lisa Terry, and Beiliang Zhu.

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

Part of the Rochester Oratorio Society's Magnificat concert on November 1, 2019 was a performance by the Antara Winds. Over the years, they've also collaborated with the Perinton Concert Band, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, and in concerts at SUNY Brockport, Roberts Wesleyan College, and elsewhere. 

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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.

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