Classical 91.5

Performance Rochester

In recognition of the significant classical music riches in Rochester, in April 2017 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: Concentus, First Inversion, ESM, Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Madrigalia, Musica Spei, Pegasus Early Music, Publick Musick, First Muse, Rochester Early Music Festival, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, VOICES, as well as Live from Hochstein, Backstage Pass and more. You'll hear music from all time periods and a variety of instrumentation and voices. We'll highlight one group performance each day beginning in April 3rd 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)

Mon 4/3    9:00 am    Malcolm Bilson, pianoforte and the Cambini Winds perform Beethoven
Tue 4/4    4:00 pm Publick Musick performes music by Isabella Leonarda
Wed 4/5    1:00 pm Madrigalia performs a Suite of Songs
Thu 4/6 8:00 am Percussionists Christopher Jones & Drew Worden perform music of Ivan Trevino
Fri 4/7 5:00 pm Cellist Julian Schwarz performs music of Schumann

Sun 4/9    6:00 am    The Eastman Trombone Choir performs an Ave Maria by Biebl
Mon 4/10 11:00 am    Members of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester perform Brahms' Piano Quintet
Tue 4/11 7:00 am    Baroque cellist Glenna Curren perfoms music by Domenico Gabrielli
Wed 4/12 2:00 pm    Members of Pegasus Early Music present selections from Barbara's Venice
Thu 4/13 12:00 pm    The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra presents an Overture by Beethoven
Fri 4/14 9:00 am    Dr. William Weinert leads VOICES in music of Brahms
Sat 4/15 5:00 pm    Members of First Muse present music of Dvorak

Mon 4/17 6:00 pm    Members of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra present music by Beethoven
Tue 4/18 1:00 pm    Members of Publick Musick present music from their Of Heaven and Earth concert
Wed 4/19 8:00 am    It's a trio by Pablo de Sarasate from Live from Hochstein
Thu 4/20 3:00 pm    Concentus Women's Chorus presents a cantata by Daniel Pinkham
Fri 4/21 12:00 pm    Members of Pegasus Early Music present music by Erlebach

Sun 4/23 7:00 am    Cellist Natasha Farny performs Variations on a Slovak Theme
Mon 4/24 7:00 am    The Red Creek Duo performs a Tango by Astor Piazzolla
Tue 4/25 2:00 pm    Members of the Society for Chamber Music present a Poulenc Sextet
Wed 4/26 11:00 am    The Amenda Quartet presents Beethoven
Thu 4/27 9:00 am    First Inversion performs a premiere work by Hasse
Fri 4/28 6:00 pm    Pianist Yi-Wen Chang performs music by Granados
Sat 4/29 5:00 pm     The Neave Trio presents Leonard Bernstein's Piano Trio

Sun 4/30 6:00 am    Students from the Eastman School present Bach Cantata No. 56

Brahms: Four Quartets, Op 92
  O schoene Nacht

This concert was recorded on October 7, 2016 at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1040 East Avenue in Rochester.

Dvorak: Moravian Duets, Op 32 (transcribed by Kellogg & Zalkind)

The Slighted Heart
  The Wild Rose
  The Modest Maid
  The Main Imprisoned
  Fly, Sweet Songster
  The Pledge of Love

The First Muse concert Two Trombonists Walk into a Bar was recorded January 24, 2016 at the First Unitarian Church in Rochester. 

(Left to right) Mark Kellogg, Priscilla Yuen, Larry Zalkind

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello  I. Allegro

Dylan Kennedy, violin; Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello; Benjamin Hopkins, piano (clockwise from top left)

Recorded at the Hochstein Performance Hall on June 26, 2016 with the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Evan Meccarello, conductor.

Expedition Audio

Weckmann:  Wie liegt die Stadt so wuest

Laura Heims, soprano; Micha Bouvier, baritone; Boel Gidholm & Mary Riccardi, Baroque violins; Christel Thielmann, Rosamund Morley and Cora Swenson Lee, viola da gamba; Naomi Gregory and Edoardo Bellotti, organ.

Publick Musick, a Baroque group that plays on period instruments, joined forces with renowned early music singers to create a program “Of Heaven and Earth,” in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Matthais Weckmann.

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Pablo de Sarasate:  Navarra

Navarra is a single-movement orchestral work composed by Pablo de Sarasate. It was first published in 1889, first in a two violins + piano version, and then as an orchestral piece with two solo violins.

In this concert, recorded November 6, 2016 at the Hochstein Performance Hall from the fall season of Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami, we hear Wilfredo Deglans and Tigran Vardanyan, violins; Nick Weiser, piano.

Ferenc Paczka Portrait of Violinist Pablo de Sarasate 1877

Daniel Pinkham: Christmas Cantata (Sinfonia Sacra)
    Quem vidistis pastores
    O magnum mysterium
    Gloria in excelsis Deo

Pinkham's Sinfonia Sacra with its Latin Christmas text is scored for chorus and either double brass choir or organ. The final movement, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, is a monument of 20th century choral expression.

Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Sonata Sesta
Julie Andrijeski, Boel Gidholm, violins; Beiliang Zhu, viola da gamba; Leon Shelhase, harpsichord; Deborah Fox, theorbo

Recorded October 30, 2016 at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY in a concert entitled "Fantasticus."

What’s Fantasticus??? The Fantastic Style in music is related to the art of improvisation, and was described as “…especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing…it was instituted to display genius” (Kircher).


Bohuslav Martinů: Variations on a Slovakian Theme

(left to right) Natasha Farny, cello; Jitka Fowler Frankova, piano

Martinů wrote his Variations on a Slovakian Theme in March 1959 at Pratteln in Switzerland, where, now seriously ill, he was a guest of Paul Sacher and his wife. The folk-song Kde bych já veděla (‘If I had known’) provides the theme, heard from the cello after the short piano introduction.

Recorded October 12, 2016 as part of the fall 2016 season of Live from Hochstein.

Astor Piazzolla:  Cafe 1930, History of Tango

Guitar and violin are an elegant combination, heard from the drawing rooms of the classical era to the concert halls of today. This performance with the Red Creek Duo--violinist An-Chi Lin and guitarist Anton Machleder, was recorded during a Live Backstage Pass on February 24, 2017 with Julia Figueras.

Poulenc: Sextet for Winds and Piano, Op. 100

This concert features one-time only collaborations of Eastman School faculty and RPO members including Rebecca Gilbert, flute; Erik Behr, oboe; William Amsel, clarinet; Matthew McDonald, bassoon; W. Peter Kurau, horn; and Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano.