Live from Hochstein: Songs My Mum Used to Sing

Live from Hochstein: Songs My Mum Used to Sing

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 12:10pm - 1:00pm

The Ad Hoc Chamber Ensemble presents music by two masters of British folksong, Benjamin Britten and Percy Grainger.

You can hear this program  here as an on-demand stream until the beginning of the spring season of Live from Hochstein, thanks to the artists granting permission to share their work.

WXXI and Hochstein School of Music and Dance present
Songs my Mum Used to Sing: Music of Britten and Grainger on Wednesday October 23rd at 12:10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and streaming online at

We all have memories of loved ones singing to us - sometimes the classics such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Hush, Little Baby; sometimes favorite rock-and-roll hits from The Beatles, Chicago, or Creedence Clearwater Revival. Regardless, the aural tradition of song is an important part of all our lives.

Enter Benjamin Britten and Percy Aldridge Grainger, two masters of British folksong.

Ad Hoc will perform seven of Britten's Folksong Arrangements, featuring texts of the British Isles and W.B. Yeats, as well as Grainger's beloved Lincolnshire Posy, set for chamber ensemble by Matt Osika. Boon Hua Lien and Matt Osika conduct.

Ad Hoc is a musical ensemble based in Rochester, NY that plays mostly, but not exclusively, classical music, and it aims to meet two needs. First, it gives early-career musicians a chance to play good music with their peers, be part of a musical network, and be highlighted in the community . Secondly, Ad Hoc presents concerts that are accessible in more ways than one - by making concerts affordable, by creating unique, meaningful educational programs, and by designing our programs to be smart, but also comfortable and user-friendly. We try to be a lab for new concert ideas, something we think is a win-win for audiences and musicians.

Hosted by Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami, Live from Hochstein is the longest running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. Broadcast live from the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 North Plymouth Ave. in Rochester), the series presents performances by some of the finest artists from the Rochester area’s musical community. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour.


Live from Hochstein repeats that same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and streaming online at

To learn more about the series, and to see a complete schedule of performances, visit