Classical 91.5

Performance Rochester

In recognition of the significant classical music riches in Rochester, in April 2018 Classical 91.5 will be presenting live performances from concert halls in and around Rochester and from the studios of WXXI Classical 91.5. Highlighted performances have been curated from a number of ensembles, including:  Ensemble PerhipsousFirst Inversion, First Muse, fivebyfive, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Madrigalia, Pegasus Early Music, Publick Musick, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, and VOICES. You'll hear music from all time periods and a variety of instrumentation and voices, including Bach's monumental Mass in b minor, in its entirety. We'll highlight one group performance each day beginning in April 2nd and all of our hosts will share in celebrating the musical riches of Rochester.

Tune in during these hours to hear Performance Rochester selections (specific times within the hour will vary)   Click on the links below to learn more about each performance and hear a portion of the performance.

Mon 4/2 @ 9:00a  Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and guitarist Lynn McGrath perform Benjamin Britten: Folk Songs, Vol 6
Tue 4/3 @ 3:00p  Madrigalia performs selections from Magic, Spells and Mystery
Wed 4/4 @ 1:00p  Pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins the Society for Chamber Music Rochester for Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1
Thu 4/5 @ 8:00a     The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra performs Borodin's Petite Suite
Fri 4/6 @ 5:00p  Melissa Matson and Kurt Galvan perform Vaughan Williams: suite for Viola and Piano

Sun 4/8 @ 6:00a     Pegasus Early Music celebrates Monteverdi's 450th
Mon 4/9 @ 11:00a  Ensemble Perihipsous performs Michael Haydn's Sigismondo Requiem  
Tue 4/10 @ 7:00a  The Rochester Oratorio Society performs music by Lili Boulanger
Wed 4/11 @ 2:00p  Members of SCMR perform Bach's Goldberg Variations in Bach to the Future
Thu 4/12 @ 12:00p  Melissa Matson and Kurt Galvan perform Frank Bridge's Two Pieces for Viola and Piano
Fri 4/13 @ 9:00a  Members of The Publick Musick perform music by Telemann
Sat 4/14 @ 12:00p  Members of SCMR perform Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Mon 4/16 @ 6:00p  The Rochester Oratorio Society performs music by Amy Beach
Tue 4/17 @ 10:00a  Madrigalia and Cordancia join forces for Songs of the Soul
Wed 4/18 @ 8:00a  First Inversion presents Turkish Love Songs & Other Romantic Rarities
Thu 4/19 @ 3:00p  Jon Manasse and the Amenda Quartet present Brahms' Clarinet Quintet (First Muse)
Fri 4/20 @ 12:00p  Members of First Muse present David Liptak's Cold Litanies

Sun 4/22 @ 6:00a  First Inversion and organists present Louis Vierne's Messe Solennelle
Mon 4/23 @ 7:00a  Pegasus Early Music presents excerpts of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas
Tue 4/24 @ 11:00a  VOICES Chamber Choir performs Bach's Mass in b - Part I
Wed 4/25 @ 2:00p  VOICES Chamber Choir performs Bach's Mass in b - Part II
Thu 4/26 @ 9:00a  Members of SCMR perform Cafe Music by Paul Schoenfield
Fri 4/27 @ 4:00p  The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra presents Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto
Sat 4/28 @ 5:00p  fivebyfive performs Magic with Everyday Objects by Missy Mazzoli

Mon 4/30 @ 1:00p  The Rochester Oratorio Society performs Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso

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Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

In March 2017, The Rochester Oratorio Society collaborated with the University of Rochester Humanities Center in the "Poetry for Peace" project--a month-long series that commemorated the centenary of the U.S. entry into World War I. Art, poetry, and music of that era were all explored in moderated discussions throughout Rochester, culminating in a concert on March 24. Included in the concert was Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1, a post WWI work written by Bloch to prove to his students at the Cleveland Institute of Music that "old" techniques of composition like tonality were still viable and interesting in this modern age.

Photo: John Schlia

Missy Mazzoli: Magic with Everyday Objects

Meet fivebyfive: a chamber group that brings together music of our time, multi-media presentations and, every now and then, shopping. And they do more than just mount concerts; they also hold workshops for students from elementary school through high school throughout the area, and have appeared in the Fringe Festival with our very own Mona Seghatoleslami.

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Richard Strauss: III. Vivace-Allegro-Tempo Primo, Oboe Concerto

Evan Meccarello founded the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) in 2010, reuniting musicians who received training at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.

Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music

Juliana Athadye, violin

Ahrim Kim, cello

Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano

Composers can't always make a living wage simply writing, and so it was for Paul Schoenfield, who supplemented his compositional salary as the house pianist at Murray's Steakhouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But all that tickling of the ivories did more that help pay the bills; it also was the inspiration for what has become one of his best known--and loved--works: Cafe Music.

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On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Asbury First United Methodist Church in downtown Rochester was the perfect venue for Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra to present J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor (BWV 232).  Completed just one year before his death, Bach's B-minor mass (1749) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass.  

Voices is a professional chamber chorus consisting of western New York’s finest ensemble singers. They have appeared in concerts and broadcasts, performing music from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. City Newspaper described the ensemble’s sound as “a sonic cloudburst,” and noted that “Voices marks a new era of choral vitality in Rochester.”

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On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Asbury First United Methodist Church in downtown Rochester was the perfect venue for Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra to present J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor (BWV 232).  Completed just one year before his death, Bach's B-minor mass (1749) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass.  

Photo: James Michael/City Paper

Henry Purcell: Selections from Dido and Aeneas 

It was the Dog Days of summer, so what better time to mount an opera? And so Pegasus Early Music did just that, staging Henry Purcell's only opera, Dido and Aeneas in August, 2017 at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center. While Pegasus Early Music is known for its chamber concert series, Artistic Director Deborah Fox saw Purcell's opera as an extension of chamber music, with a small orchestra and a large cast.

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Louis Vierne: Messe Sollennelle, op 16

In this Performance Rochester presentation with First Inversion, you'll hear one of two French masses they undertook for this January 2018 performance, which also included motets by Maurice Durufle. Malcolm Matthews and Oliver Brett are the featured organists. The Mass is considered to be one of the highlights of the late Romantic sacred works.

David Liptak: Cold Litanies

One hallmark of the First Muse concert series has been its commitment to commissioning new works. For Joys and Litanies: A Local Perspective, a concert held on September 24, 2017, First Muse Artistic Director Melissa Matson refined that idea, programming works by three Rochester composers: David Liptak (left), Cary Ratcliff (lower rt), and James Willey. Cold Litanies, a work written by David Liptak in 2007 and revised in 2015, is featured on Performance Rochester.

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First Muse Chamber Music was started by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra principal violist Melissa Matson in 2007. Their annual series of concerts brings together the artistry of the area's finest musicians in a wide variety of chamber music, striving to inspire a diverse audience with performances of repertoire ranging from the familiar to the fresh.

In the April 9,2017 concert Brahms and Bartok, clarinetist Jon Manasse and the Amenda Quartet presented Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in b minor, opus 115.  

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