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

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.

As a special Good Friday celebration, Performance Rochester is proud to present Bach's St. John Passion, in its entirety, with Voices under the direction of WilliamWeinert.  Founded by Weinert, Voices is a professional ensemble of some of western's New York's finest singers. 

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.

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. 

Pages