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Countertenors, Couperin and Quartets, Oh My!: July 2018

Jun 25, 2018

Countertenors, or men that sing in approximately the same range as a mezzo-soprano or contralto, are commonly used in early music and Baroque operas to replace roles that were once portrayed by castrati. With a distinctive timbre and haunting sound, countertenors have been taking the musical world by storm dating back as early as 1692.

Cellist Stefan Reuss recently stopped by WXXI's studios to discuss his experiences playing chamber music at the Rochester Academy of Medicine for twenty years, in a trio that includes pianist Rebecca Penneys and violinist Mikhail Kopelman. We also discussed the trio's upcoming performance this week on Live from Hochstein

3/4          Mozart: Concerto Janáček: String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata Ravel: Tzigane (Peter Kolkay, bn; St. Lawrence String Quartet; James Austin Smith, ob; Todd Palmer, cl; Anthony Manzo, db; Pedja Muzijevic, hc; Livia Sohn, v; Stephen Prutsman, p)

The Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the country   – more than 100 music groups of 3 to 6 players enter each year. This year, gold prize winners at this prestigious competition were from the Eastman School of Music – The Fuego Quartet.  

June 2017 listings for Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Jun 5, 2017

6/4        Ogonek: Lightenings, 12 Variations for four players (Julianne Lee, v; Romie de Guise-Langlois, cl; Juho Pohjonen, p; Jeffrey Cornelius, per) Dvořák: String Sextet (Dover Quartet; Steven Tenenbom, vla; Eric Kim, c)

May 2017 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival listings

May 22, 2017

5/28      Purcell: Trio Sonata No. 3 (Tara Helen O’Connor, f; Liang Wang, ob; Mark Brandfonbrener, c; Kathleen McIntosh, hc) Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 (Alessio Bax, p; Jennifer Gilbert & Harvey de Souza, v; Kimberly Fredenburgh, vla; Joseph Johnson, c; Leigh Mesh, bs)  Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes (Sarah Shafer, s; Kelley O’Connor, ms; Ben Bliss, t; David Kravitz, bar; Haochen Zhang & Pei-Yao Wang, p)

April 2017 Exploring Music programs

Mar 28, 2017

Week of Apr. 3, 2017 - Baltic Music- What is it that makes the music of the Baltic region so recognizable and compelling? Many of us know and love the work of Sibelius, Finland's greatest musical export, but the countries around the Gulf of Finland have given us a wealth of composers, some better known than others. In this week of shows we will explore music from a land of lakes and islands; isolated, self-contained, and full of beauty.

Band, choir, orchestra…these groups are all pretty familiar ideas. For this installment in our guide to opportunities to get involved in community music in Rochester and the surrounding region, I have for you a list of other groups, which don’t fit into such neat categories. 

January 2017 Listings for Center Stage from Wolf Trap

Dec 26, 2016
Lena Adasheva

This month on Center Stage from Wolf Trap, excellent chamber music from new friends and old, including celebrated woodwind quintet, Windscape!

January 2017 Listings for From the Top

Dec 26, 2016

This month on From the Top, we will hear players as young as twelve performing mature works, a fifteen-year-old cellist who has already founded his own national outreach program, and even a Ukulele Quartet from Hawaii!