As promised, here's a conversation about Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with Deborah Fox of Pegasus Early Music and conductor Paul O'Dette. Why is the Vespers so extraordinary? Why, if it's so amazing, is it rarely performed? Why isn't it as famous as Handel's Messiah? Paul and Deb answer these questions and touch on the raw emotional power of the work in our conversation. I'm thrilled you'll be able to hear this on the radio, thanks to Deborah Fox and recording engineer Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions. Hear the Vespers Monday, November 2 at 8 p.m. on Classical 91.5 and FM 90.3, streaming at wxxi.org. ~ Brenda
Thank you for your support for Classical 91.5 during our fall membership campaign. Behind the scenes, we are planning all kinds of special broadcasts on WXXI-FM, including Pegasus Early Music performing Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, recorded in concert at the Hochstein Performance Hall this past spring.
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.
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.
Here's what's on the radar. There's confusion over whether or not Rochester's Artwalk has received $3.4 in federal stimulus funds. Those close to the project say no, but NYS's governor says it's going to happen. No doubt in Toronto: Canadians love the arts! Pegasus Early Music is moving its successful early music concert series to the Downtown United Presbyterian Church (DUPC) next season. Meanwhile, the recession has put DUPC in the unfortunate position of reducing its music director's hours, meaning there will be no lunchtime concerts this spring. American composer Eric Whitacre is writing a new 3-4 minute piece of music and donating it to an auction to benefit choral advocacy organization Chorus America. Any choir can "buy" rights to premiere the piece for $1,500. (As far as I know, no Rochester choirs have taken the bait.) Finally, NPR made the top of New York magazine's current approval matrix for its outstanding ratings, but caused a kerfuffle by announcing it was canceling all of its newspaper subscriptions. New information: Artwalk, the Rochester art trail, IS among 25 projects in New York State that will share $34 million in federal funding. More later . . .