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

Josef Rheinberger: Die Wasserfee (The Mermaid)
Sir Edward Elgar: The Dance

Recorded in concert in March and April at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY, these two songs from "Turkish Love Songs and Other Romantic Rarities" mark the first of two appearances for Lee Wright and First Inversion on Performance Rochester. You may recognize Elgar's "The Dance." Elgar's wife wrote lyrics for a series of tunes Elgar composed while they were on holiday in the mountains; Elgar would later remove the words to create his Bavarian Dances Suite.

O'Connor: Bel Canto Global Arts

Amy Beach: III. Credo, Grand Mass in E-Flat, op. 5

It was a full house at the Hochstein Performance Hall on October 20, 2017...both in the seats and on the stage. Rochester Oratorio Society music director Eric Townell gathered a host of talent to celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage in New York. In addition to the 130 member ROS, he brought in Concentus Women's Chorus, under the direction of Gwendolyn Gassler, the ROS Orchestra, and four soloists, including soprano Elena O'Connor.

Claude Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Rebecca Gilbert, flute
Jeff Campbell, double bass
Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano
Dave Mancini, drums

It was a stroke of genius: jazz pianist Claude Bolling wrote a seven movement Bach-infused suite for jazz piano trio and flute, enlisted the talents of classical flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal to play with his band, and released an album with a sassy and sexy cover. It was an instant best seller, and was nominated for a Grammy award that year.

Telemann: Noveaux Quatuors en Six Suite, No. 2

In May, 2017, the Publick Music took us to the salons of eighteenth century Paris, one of the great centers of artistic and intellectual life in Europe. Paris was hopping--one report said you could see a concert every day in the city. So what, you might ask, is a piece by Georg Philipp Telemann doing on the program?

Matson: Canandaigua Lake Music Festival/Galvan: MostArts Festival

Frank Bridge: Two pieces for viola and piano

The First Muse concert "British Buddies" on November 19, 2017 in the First Universalist Church gave us three delightful entries for Performance Rochester  2018.

All photos: rpo.org

Bach/Sitkovetski: Goldberg Variations for string trio, BWV 988

The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester produced a concert to celebrate the many influences of Bach. Included was Dmitry Sitkovetsky's chamber arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations, a work he wrote to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach's birth.

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Lili Boulanger: Psalm XXIV

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.

Michael Haydn: Sigismondo Requiem in c-minor

In the first century, Longinus wrote a treatise, Peri hypsous, or On the Sublime, positing that words could offer us transcendence beyond ourselves.

Michael Ruhling, director of Ensemble Perihipsous, seeks to take us to that higher plane through works from Haydn's era.

Monteverdi:  Con che soavita
                            Si ch'io vorrei morire                      
                            Zefiro torna e di soave

There wasn't a cake big enough to fit all the candles for Monteverdi's birthday, so Pegasus Early Music celebrated in song for his 450th. The party, which happened in the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, featured sopranos Laura Heimes and Shari Alise Wilson; mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken;  tenors Andrew Fuchs and Jonas Budris; and bass Steven Hrycelak. Joining them were lutenists Dan Swenberg and Deborah Fox, along with David Morris playing cello and lirone.

Matson: Canandaigua Lake Music Festival/Galvan: MostArts Festival

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Suite for Viola and Piano, Group 1 (1934)

We end this work week where we began it: in the First Universalist Church for the First Muse concert "British Buddies" on November 19, 2017. First Muse founder and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Violist Melissa Matson and pianist Kurt Galván play this charming three movement with a Prelude, and Carol, and a Christmas Dance (this was performed in November, after all).

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