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

Hochstein School of Music and Dance

Alexander Borodin: Two movements, Petite Suite

Evan Meccarello founded the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) in 2010, reuniting musicians who received training at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Since its debut, the HAO has played summer concerts in Canandaigua and Perinton, adding an annual winter concert in the Hochstein Performance hall in 2011. When not on stage with a baton, you can find Mr. Meccarello hosting Soundspace Tuesday afternoons on WAYO, 104.3 FM.

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in g-minor, op. 25

Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Juliana Athayde, violin
Philip Ying, viola
David Ying, piano

When newly-crowned Van Cliburn Gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu took the stage with your Rochester Philhamonic Orchestra for the first time in 1999, it was love at first sight for pianist, orchestra, and audience alike. Since that snowy day in January, Nakamatsu has returned many times for both orchestra and chamber performances, as well as an appearance on Backstage Pass.

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Songs from Magic, Spells and Mystery

Madrigalia and director Cary Ratcliff are no strangers to Classical 91.5 listeners. They've appeared on Backstage Pass, and their "Cup of Good Cheer" on Live from Hochstein has been a tradition for years. Indeed, Madrigalia has been serenading Rochester for over four decades, with no signs of slowing down. 

McGrath: Michael Rutledge/Griffey: anthonydeangriffey.com

Benjamin Britten: Folk Songs, Volume 6

Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor

Lynn McGrath, guitar

This is one of our highlights from the First Muse concert, "British Buddies," on November 19, 2017, in the First Unitarian Church.  Anthony Dean Griffey was the inspiration for this concert: First Muse Artistic Director Melissa Matson wanted to collaborate with Griffey, and designed this all-English program around his warm tenor voice. Also included in the evening were works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, and John Dowland. Stayed tuned to Performance Rochester--more from this concert will be featured later in the month!

The following is the list of performances from Classical 91.5's 2017 celebration of the arts in Rochester.

Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies

Beethoven:  Quintet for Piano and winds in E-flat major, Op. 16

 Malcom Bilson, fortepiano

Cambini Winds:
Geoffrey Burgess, oboe
Eric Hoeprich, clarinet
Todd Williams, horn
Marc Vallon, bassoon

Publick Music

Isabella Leonarda:  Sonata duodecima a violin solo

Boel Gidholm, violin
Deborah Fox, theorbo
Naomi Gregory, Italian Baroque organ

Sponsored by Publick Musick, this concert recording was part of the Third Thursday Concert's with Eastman's Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery.  The performance was on January 19th, 2017 as part of a larger program titled "O Anima Mea."

http://www.madrigalia.org/anniversary/

Select songs from the March 2016 Anniversary Concerts

It was August 2, 1975, and 14 singers sat down in a living room to sing madrigals. Forty years, countless concerts, and over 850 pieces of music later, Madrigalia is a cornerstone of Rochester choral music.

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Ivan Trevino:  2+1

Christopher Jones and Drew Worden, percussion

From a concert at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South, on October 9, 2016
First Muse: re:Percussion with Brass - Mix a roomful of skins, sticks, blocs and gongs with an ample supply of colorful brass - and you end up with a colorful evening of chamber music that brings the often forgotten percussionists to center stage!

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro

Cellist Julian Schwarz grew up in a musical home rubbing elbows with musical greats including Rochester's David Diamond, and of course, his father -- conductor Gerard Schwarz.

Pianist Marika Bournaki joins Julian in a program recorded live from the studios of WXXI Classical 91.5 during a Backstage Pass program on November 11, 2016

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