Classical 91.5

Performance Rochester

In recognition of the significant classical music riches in Rochester, in April 2019 Classical 91.5 will be presenting live performances from concert halls in and around Rochester and from the studios of WXXI Classical 91.5. Highlighted 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. You'll hear music from all time periods and a variety of instrumentation and voices, including Bach's St. John Passion, in its entirety. We'll highlight one group performance each day beginning in April 1st and all of our hosts will share in celebrating the musical riches of Rochester.

{See Performance Rochester 2018}

Tune in during these hours to hear Performance Rochester selections (specific times within the hour will vary)   Click on the links below to learn more about each performance and hear a portion of the performance.

Mon 4/1 @ 8:00a  Publick Music performs Breval's Trio No. 2 from Cello-bration!
Tue 4/2 @ 12:00p  Madrigalia performs three songs from their Holiday Concert (Dec 2018)
Wed 4/3 @ 3:00p  First Muse performs Franck's Violin Sonata
Thu 4/4 @ 9:00a  First Muse performs Dohnanyi's Serenade for String Trio 
Fri 4/5 @ 5:00p  Cordancia performs music by Ginastera from Music from South America, Mexico and Cuba concert

Mon 4/8 @ 1:00p  Geneva Music Festival presents Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht
Tue 4/9 @ 7:00a  Pegasus Early Music presents a selection of songs by Barbara Strozzi
Wed 4/10 @ 6:00p  From the MostArts Festival Opening Gala we hear Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1
Thu 4/11 @ 2:00p  First Muse presents Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor
Fri 4/12 @ 8:00a  VOICES presents music by Josquin DesPrez from their Sing Out, My Tongue concert

Mon 4/15 @ 6:00p  First Muse presents Serenade for Cello and Piano by Marek Harris
Tue 4/16 @ 12:05p  Publick Musick presents Sonata Nona by Marini from Cello-bration!
Wed 4/17 @ 9:00a  Geneva Music Festival presents Faure's Piano Quintet in c minor
Thu 4/18 @ 3:00p  Pegasus Early Music presents Couperin's Suite No. 1
Fri 4/19 @ 1:00p  First Muse presents Dohnanyi's Piano Quintet in c minor

Mon 4/22 @ 7:00a  The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra performs excerpts from Debussy's Petite Suite 

Tue 4/23 @ 5:00p  Publick Musick presents Gabrieli's Cello Sonata from Cello-bration!

Wed 4/24 @ 2:00p  MostArts Festival presents The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana

Thu 4/25 @ 9:00a  First Muse presents Jon Nakamatsu and friends performing Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat

Fri 4/26 @ 3:00p  Madrigalia presents a suite of songs from their Earthkeeping concert (May 2018)
Mon 4/29 @ 1:00p  Pegasus Early Music presents Bach's Sonata in G

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.

Diane Walsh: Liz Linder

The First Muse series has a huge presence in this year's Performance Rochester, and with good reason: founder and artistic director Melissa Matson decided to end the series with one last concert in November, 2018. We're giving this mainstay of Rochester chamber music series a big farewell with six appearances throughout the month.

left to right: Patricia Sunwoo, Mellisa Matson, Mimi Hwang

The First Muse series has a huge presence in this year's Performance Rochester, and with good reason: founder and artistic director Melissa Matson decided to end the series with one last concert in November, 2018. We're giving this mainstay of Rochester chamber music series a big farewell with six appearances throughout the month.

Cordancia promises to bring "vibrant music to our vibrant community," and you don't get much more vibrant than the November, 2018 concert: Music from South America, Mexico, and Cuba. In a progam filled with color and rhythm, conductor Rachel Lauber and Cordancia ripped through Alberto Ginastera's Danza No. 4, a joyous celebration of the dance.

The Geneva Music Festival is making its debut on Performance Rochester, but it isn't the first time on our airwaves; the GMF has made two previous appearances on Backstage Pass. 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.

Venice in the 17th century was an extraordinary time, filled with innovations in science, art, and music. In November, 2018, Pegasus Early Music and Artistic Director Deborah Fox, took us back in time to hear some of the composers of that era, with a special spotlight on Barbara Strozzi.

The MostArts Festival debuts this year on Performance Rochester! The weeklong celebration of the arts on the beautiful campus of Alfred University encompasses many facets of the fine arts, with classes and demonstrations in glass-blowing, painting, creative writing...even flower arranging. It all begins with a gala concert, and finishes with a competition for young pianists from around the world.

Diane Walsh: J. Henry Fair

The First Muse series has a huge presence in this year's Performance Rochester, and with good reason: founder and artistic director Melissa Matson decided to end the series with one last concert in November, 2018. We're giving this mainstay of Rochester chamber music series a big farewell with six appearances throughout the month.

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