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Rochester Oratorio Society

Laura Strickling

Soprano Laura Strickling and her family have been rescued from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Now in Puerto Rico, she and her husband and one year-old baby Elizabeth are waiting to fly to Chicago.  A Facebook community of musical mothers is collecting donations to shower Laura and her family with supplies, including a new stroller to replace the one destroyed by Hurricane Irma. 

Strickling won First Prize and the Audience Favorite Award in the 2015 Rochester Oratorio Society's Classical Idol Competition.

Laura Strickling and family are okay.  But she says just thinking about the potential impact of Hurricane Jose turns her stomach.   The First Prize winner in Rochester's 2015 Classical Idol Competition, Strickling lives in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with her husband, a lawyer, and one year-old daughter.  She has asked her story be shared in order to keep a spotlight on the suffering in her community. 

Early Saturday morning, September 9th, she described her current situation on social media:

"Day 2, After #HurricaneIrma

This should be a big year for Amy Beach.  September 5th is the composer's 150th birth anniversary.  But aside from a few commemorative dates and this major event in Rochester, NY, not much else appears to be happening to mark her achievements.

“My work has always been judged from the beginning by work as such, not according to sex,” she insisted. “The question has rarely ever been raised.”

Poetry for Peace: Words and Music

Mar 7, 2017

 

As part of the Poetry for Peace project, author and teacher Kitty Jospé will discuss Walt Whitman's poetry and how it used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his work Dona Nobis Pacem, this Friday (March 10th) at 7pm at the Rochester Brainery.

She kindly agreed to share with us some of the ideas that will be part of Friday's discussion (which is free and open to the public). 

Poetry for Peace is a collaboration between the Rochester Oratorio Society and the University of Rochester Humanities Center focusing on a performance of Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The performance take place on March 24th at 7:30pm at the Hochstein Performance Hall.  In addition to the concert, there will be a series of events providing historical and cultural background into the music, the time period, the poetry and related topics, all offered free of charge and open to the public.

Christopher Warren Green, who has played for royalty, takes on Handel's "Messiah" this weekend--a work that was premiered before royalty...during the Lenten season. So how did this glorious work become a corner stone of Christmas

programming? Maestro Warren Green and Eric Townell, Artistic Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society talk about that, along with the many ways one can perform what some have said is one of the greatest pieces ever written.

September RPO ON THE AIR

Aug 27, 2016

There’s nothing like the beautiful group trance of a live concert, but if you missed a night at the RPO last season, no worries.  The 2015-16 season broadcasts will continue on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. this fall with these performances: See all

September 5