A few years ago, pianist and professor Sylvie Beaudette conducted an experiment.
In her music history class at Eastman, she played pieces by male and female composers from each major era side by side without revealing the composers' gender. She paired an opera excerpt by Monteverdi with a cantata excerpt by Francesca Caccini. She compared music of Couperin (a man) with that of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (a woman). She contrasted a German lied by Robert Schumann with Josephine Lang's, and she paired chamber music by Ernest Bloch with a piece by Rebecca Clarke.
It's a pleasure to support the choral arts in Rochester by listening to inspired singing in the Classical Idol Competition, an annual fundraiser for the Rochester Oratorio Society. I've been honored to served as the emcee for several years. This year I took a few pictures from the stage. Enjoy!
Look what I found backstage the other day when I was hosting "Live from Hochstein." It's a diagram of the set up for a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Hochstein Performance Hall on Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m.
What does "avant-guarde" mean in 2015? Good question. This piece on The Newshour caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First, it involves the Kronos Quartet still being amazing. Second, Rochester is absolutely ready for a music festival like this.
This morning I sat down to talk with Peter Elliot, a friend and former neighbor of the late composer David Diamond. At Jines on Park Avenue (with the fabulous mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe eating breakfast only a few tables away!) Peter pulled out a white plastic bag stuffed with treasures: a whimsical letter from David to his kid brother (see picture below), the first Diamond LP he owned, and a fistful of old photos of the composer spending time with the Elliot family on Edgerton Street.
During my sojourn to Copland House, I talked with pianist and Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin. ï»¿ï»¿In this podcast, you'll hear the story of how a grassroots movement saved Aaron Copland's house, how the composer thought to honor his favorite teacher in his garden, and how the house serves to promote the creation of new music.
I recently made a pilgrimage to the Copland House north of New York City. It's pretty much as he left it: simple, rustic, and woodsy. A little musty. Watch this space for more, including an interview with the composer-in-residence, Stephen Snowden, and enjoy this scrapbook.
When Jennifer Higdon came to Rochester as the composer in residence for the 2014 Women in Music Festival, her music was performed on a number of concerts throughout the week, including an âAll Higdon Concertâ at the Eastman School of Music Hatch Recital Hall.