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. ļ»æļ»æIn 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.
You would think walking into the Metropolitan Opera House would be a serene experience. But not this past weekend. A double bill of Tchaikovskyās āIolantaā and Bartokās āBluebeardās Castleā had been already canceled because of a blizzard warning.
Der Schwanendreher is one of three major concertos in the traditional viola repertoire. It stands alongside William Walton and Bela Bartokās concertos. This masterpiece will be performed on February 6th at 8:00 pm at Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music bywinner of the 2014-15 Eastman Viola Concerto Competition, Sergio MuĆ±oz. Sergio is currently in his first year of his Masters Degree at Eastman, where is also enrolled in the Arts Leadership Program. He studies viola with professor Carol Rodland. Learn more about Sergio on our Musicians of Rochester page.
Friday night, the new vocal ensemble First Inversion is singing a program called āHarmonic Splendorā ā featuring mostly German, romantic music, including a Mass by a lesser known romantic composer whose works are getting a little more attention recently: Josef Rheinberger.