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

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Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

In March 2017, The Rochester Oratorio Society collaborated with the University of Rochester Humanities Center in the "Poetry for Peace" project--a month-long series that commemorated the centenary of the U.S. entry into World War I. Art, poetry, and music of that era were all explored in moderated discussions throughout Rochester, culminating in a concert on March 24. Included in the concert was Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1, a post WWI work written by Bloch to prove to his students at the Cleveland Institute of Music that "old" techniques of composition like tonality were still viable and interesting in this modern age.

Photo: John Schlia

Missy Mazzoli: Magic with Everyday Objects

Meet fivebyfive: a chamber group that brings together music of our time, multi-media presentations and, every now and then, shopping. And they do more than just mount concerts; they also hold workshops for students from elementary school through high school throughout the area, and have appeared in the Fringe Festival with our very own Mona Seghatoleslami.

Photo: Sarasota Orchestra

Richard Strauss: III. Vivace-Allegro-Tempo Primo, Oboe Concerto

Evan Meccarello founded the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) in 2010, reuniting musicians who received training at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.

Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music

Juliana Athadye, violin

Ahrim Kim, cello

Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano

Composers can't always make a living wage simply writing, and so it was for Paul Schoenfield, who supplemented his compositional salary as the house pianist at Murray's Steakhouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But all that tickling of the ivories did more that help pay the bills; it also was the inspiration for what has become one of his best known--and loved--works: Cafe Music.

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On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Asbury First United Methodist Church in downtown Rochester was the perfect venue for Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra to present J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor (BWV 232).  Completed just one year before his death, Bach's B-minor mass (1749) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass.  

Voices is a professional chamber chorus consisting of western New York’s finest ensemble singers. They have appeared in concerts and broadcasts, performing music from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. City Newspaper described the ensemble’s sound as “a sonic cloudburst,” and noted that “Voices marks a new era of choral vitality in Rochester.”

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On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Asbury First United Methodist Church in downtown Rochester was the perfect venue for Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra to present J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor (BWV 232).  Completed just one year before his death, Bach's B-minor mass (1749) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass.  

Photo: James Michael/City Paper

Henry Purcell: Selections from Dido and Aeneas 

It was the Dog Days of summer, so what better time to mount an opera? And so Pegasus Early Music did just that, staging Henry Purcell's only opera, Dido and Aeneas in August, 2017 at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center. While Pegasus Early Music is known for its chamber concert series, Artistic Director Deborah Fox saw Purcell's opera as an extension of chamber music, with a small orchestra and a large cast.

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Louis Vierne: Messe Sollennelle, op 16

In this Performance Rochester presentation with First Inversion, you'll hear one of two French masses they undertook for this January 2018 performance, which also included motets by Maurice Durufle. Malcolm Matthews and Oliver Brett are the featured organists. The Mass is considered to be one of the highlights of the late Romantic sacred works.

David Liptak: Cold Litanies

One hallmark of the First Muse concert series has been its commitment to commissioning new works. For Joys and Litanies: A Local Perspective, a concert held on September 24, 2017, First Muse Artistic Director Melissa Matson refined that idea, programming works by three Rochester composers: David Liptak (left), Cary Ratcliff (lower rt), and James Willey. Cold Litanies, a work written by David Liptak in 2007 and revised in 2015, is featured on Performance Rochester.

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