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!
Tom Harrell slowly walked from stage right. Standing just off center stage in Kilbourn Hall. One movement wove into the next in short, deliberate steps. Long, crumpled coat, raised, and lowered, arms guiding the seven piece chamber ensemble through jazz interpretations of works by Debussy and Ravel. Some familiar moments, some familiar instruments in an unknown song. Like ghosts in the trees.
I just got off the phone with John Schaefer for today's edition of Pick 3 on WNYC's "Soundcheck." The challenge: pick three brand new musical releases that you love.
No secret decoder ring needed – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Ralph Vaughan Williams CD was released today!
There are copies at the RPO Theatre Shop at Kodak Hall.