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Have you been hearing them...the highlights from concerts all around the greater Rochester community? We'd love to get your comments. Click on the title to share your comments and responses to WXXI's Performance Rochester celebration! 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...

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5 Classical Pieces to Ring in the (Earth Day) Season

Apr 17, 2017

This is a guest post from Claire Caverly, a member of the Empire Film Music Ensemble (EFME). EFME will be performing an Earth Day centered concert, TERRA, on Earth Day, April 22, at 6PM at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. TERRA is a multimedia experience exploring humanity’s changing relationship with the Earth through music, film, lighting, and photography. More information can be found at empirefilmmusicensemble.com.

While it doesn’t come with ribbons or bows, Earth Day is one of the most important holidays of the year  - but also one of the most forgotten. The earth is our home, but modern, on-the-go lifestyles don’t leave much time for environmental awareness. In order to raise eco-consciousness, we at Empire Film Music Ensemble have been hard at work preparing our upcoming Earth Day concert, TERRA. To help you get in the spirit of going green, here are five classical pieces to listen to in honor of Earth Day.

 

Most musical groups have a mission – like the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (To inspire, educate and engage our community through the art of music). 

There are a few ensembles who aim to do even more – something beyond the already laudable musical missions of most groups. Here are a few orchestras with extra-musical missions that I have come across over the past few months that I thought you might enjoy knowing.

News from the world of Classical Music

For this week's show, Bob Boilen and I throw open the studio door to welcome a parade of guests from the NPR Music team, each sharing their favorite April releases. This includes Jake Witz, one of our fabulous Spring interns, who has some relatively restrained music from U.K. grime artist Mr. Mitch.

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The New York Time writer Zachary Woolfe recently reviewed a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall.  The concert included a set with art-rock band Sigur Ros, an Organ Concerto, and an a cappella choir, wrapping up the orchestra's two week Reykjavik Festival.  Woolfe says not only has the Los Angeles Philharmonic ascended to being one of the top American orchestras.  He said that the LA Philharmonic is "the most important orchestra in America, period."   In 2019 the LA Philharmonic will celebrate its centennial. 

What will Bill Murray do next?

The beloved actor's curiosity seems boundless. It should be no surprise, then, to learn that his new project finds him paired with a classical cellist.

The finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition, a competition for singing actors, are this Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.  The Daytime Round, the major portion of the competition, runs 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM.  The Evening Round, during which winners are announced and prizes are awarded, takes place from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, also in Kilbourn Hall.

Sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, the Lenya Competition has grown exponentially from its first years in the late 1990’s when it was composed primarily of Eastman School students, to a larger and highly competitive international competition.  In honor of this year, the 20th year of the competition, cash prizes have been increased to $20,000 for the First Prize Winner and $15,000 for the Second Prize Winner.  A distinguished panel of judges adjudicates, including  Tony award-winning actor and singer Shuler Hensley, renowned stage director Anne Bogart, and Broadway music director and conductor Rob Berman.  Special guest of honor this year is soprano Teresa Stratas, who has a long association with the Lenya Competition.  (read more)

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