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Arts Features

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. 

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/arts/music/los-angeles-has-americas-most-important-orchestra-period.html?_r=0
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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. 

Gabriella Pulsinelli

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.

The Dallas Opera

At The Dallas Opera, there is a unique program designed to further the careers of distinctively talented female conductors. Women conductors from all over the world apply to participate in the  Linda and Mitch Hart Institute of Women Conductors (IWC).  The PBS NewsHour spoke with Dallas Opera Kern Wildenthal General Director & CEO Keith Cerny.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/requiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-production.html?_r=0

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the cancellation of its new performance of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” by the daring Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito, scheduled for the 2017-2018 season.  Read what Met General Manager Peter Gelb has to say about this.

National Symphony Orchestra Musicians

You may not be able to attend in person, but thanks to technology and a collaboration between The Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra and medici.tv, three orchestral concerts will be live streamed around the world.  The three live NSO performances can be viewed worldwide in HD on medici.tv on Sunday, January 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m.;

Photo: AfriClassical

Meet Lee Koonce.   He's the first full-time, paid director of a festival that exists to support and encourage diversity in America's classical concert halls.  In this Democrat and Chronicle article by Jeff Spevak, Koonce describes a vision.

“We need a million black and Latino kids playing the violin,” he says. “And another million playing the cello. Two million, even.”

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