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Every day there are exciting things going on in Rochester's cultural arts community.  Classical 91.5 hosts collaborate with and create highlights of various arts organizations, musicians and artists in and around our community. 

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World renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli believes that music is the light in our soul that makes all our senses feel in harmony with nature and makes us alive every single moment we remember our existence in this world, and that nurturing talent allows one to overcome any challenge.

Twenty-six year old Thomas Gaynor has won first prize in the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Gaynor is a doctoral student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, and is the Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church in Pittsford.

Held every two years in the historic suburb of London, the two-week long, multi-round competition ended on Saturday night. Three finalists each gave a solo recital, and then played a concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square in London.

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Usually when someone in Rochester mentions an opera star from this region, you know where our minds automatically go -- to Rene Fleming.  But there's another that has reached critical acclaim that we don't hear as much about - but that is changing.  This morning's Democrat and Chronicle has a wonderful front page article about tenor Gregory Kunde.  Read about his remarkable career, what's on the horizon, and hear him in the

The St. Albans International Organ Festival was founded in 1963 by British organist and composer Peter Hurford. Every two years, the historic city about 20 miles north of London hosts concerts, lectures, an art exhibit, a fringe festival, and a multi-round competition that elicits entries from young organists all over the world.


In this Q & A with Classical91.5 FM, composer Loren Lioacono previews her new work celebrating the legacy of the Erie Canal.

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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. 

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)

Guitarist Raphaella Smits has been visiting Rochester for a few days to teach and perform, including a free concert tonight (7:30pm, Red Room, 1010 East Avenue, Rochester)

On this tour, she is playing music from her most recent album, which is particularly special to her because it marks her 60th birthday.  It’s all music that she has known since she was a young student – but feels that now is the right time for her to play it. 

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This Saturday (April 8th), University of Rochester students will kick off ArtAwake, an annual art and music festival.  But this year, festival organizers faced an unexpected challenge, as Nina Listro explains in this audio report.

Click here for more about ArtAwake and a list of events.

If you remember playing the telephone game as a child, you know that the message at the end of the line is often quite different from what the original message intended.  If we apply this same concept to musical composition, how do we know that the performance we hear today is what the composer originally intended?  And how does music change over time? 

Pianist Kirill Gerstein wanted to know.  So he did his research and this week he is presenting a version of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic, based upon the 1879 version.

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