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

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.

Sing Out, My Tongue: Masterpieces of the Renaissance was the theme for VOICES first concert of its 12th season, performed at Asbury First United Methodist Church on September 23, 2018.

Composer Josquin des Prez (c. 1440-1521) towered over the musical world in the years around 1500.  He was highly successful in courts and cathedrals in France, Italy and the Netherlands, and lauded by his fellow composers.

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.

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