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It's Performance Rochester 2017 on Classical 91.5

Rochester is blessed with an amazing wealth of classical musicians who live and work right here in our fine city. Every night classical music lovers have a smorgasbord of concerts to choose from. But who can attend them all? That's why Classical 91.5 is again presenting Performance Rochester: A celebration of the musical arts in Rochester. Throughout April we'll be broadcasting highlights of concerts performed in and around Rochester in the past year (or so). Click here for a complete listing...

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As we're wrapping up our celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, here is one more entry in our guide to community music groups. 


Although I started this series of posts thinking of adult musicians who wished to get back into playing and singing (or start something new), we had a few requests to list opportunities for students. 


Poetry for Peace: Rochester Connections

Mar 24, 2017

  The Rochester Oratorio Society and the University of Rochester Humanities Center have been commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I with a series of discussions on history, poetry, and music. The musical focus for these events is a performance of Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams (March 24th, 7:30pm, Hochstein Performance Hall). 

Before the concert, you can learn more about what Rochesterians experienced as the United States became involved in World War I. Historian Dan Cody will share stories, artifacts, and pictures in a talk at 6:30pm in the Chapel at Hochstein. In this guest post, Cody sets the scene for how Rochester mobilized for the Great War. 

News from the world of Classical Music

Although it closed 60 years ago, Black Mountain College keeps on giving. In its heyday, the liberal arts institution near Asheville, N.C., counted many of the mid-century's great artistic thinkers, including John Cage, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, Francine du Plessy Gray and Robert Rauschenberg, among its faculty and students.

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and '30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television.

Back in the late 1960's and early 1970's "Switched On Bach" and "Switched On Bach II" brought about the marriage of classical music and technology - the synthesizer.  Today, WQXR, the classical station in New York City, announced a 21st century marriage of classical music and technology with the hiring of Shannon Connelly, whose background is in digital music, as their new Sr. VP and General Manager.


Famed Soprano Jessye Norman will be giving up her country home "White Gates" and auctioning off some of the contents this week.

Fourteen versatile singer-actors from Israel, France, Mexico, Canada, and across the United States are coming to the Eastman School of Music to compete in the finals of the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition on Saturday, April 22.  The contestants will be vying for the largest prizes since the event started in 1998, with the top three winners taking home $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.

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