Classical 91.5

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.

Link to Performance Rochester 2017

Link to Performance Rochester 2018

Link to Performance Rochester 2019

Performance Rochester 2020

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 Music, 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

For a composer who was so important in the development of the sonata and concerto, there's a surprising lack on infomation about the early years of Arcangelo Corelli. This we do know: by the age of 22, he was working in Rome, where he would make a name for himself, 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.

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." As with his cello sonata that

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.

In his day, Marc-Antoine Charpentier was prolific, popular and, unlike so many composers, not lacking for funds. He wrote in virtually every genre - oratorios, motets, even theatre music - but one of his most beloved works was his Christmas Mass, or Messe di minuit pour Noel. A regular offering in our Holiday Songbook, this is no somber sacred work. Charpentier used at least ten carols in his Mass, making it as dancelike as it is devout. 

She was the pride of Henniker, New Hampshire. At a time when women were relegated to playing pretty parlor pieces, Amy Beach's parents allowed her to pursue her pianistic passion. Beach studied with the finest teachers and made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of 16. Within two years she was married, and her performing career came to a screeching halt, save one concert a year for charity. Although she was permitted piano lessons, she was never allowed to study composition; that was not a proper place for a woman.

Gerry Szymanski

It was the ultimate cynical propaganda; when the Nazis created Terezin, they billed it as a "health spa," sending prominent Jews whose disappearance would be noticed, had earned medals in the previous wars, and those who older than 65 there. In the beginning, there was a vibrant cultural life with concerts, lectures, and covert education for the many children housed. In truth, it was a way station for the prisoners, most of whom would be shipped to death camps.

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 Arcangelo 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).

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