Arts Features with Mona

Mona Seghatoleslami of WXXI’s Classical 91.5 interviews musicians performing in the Rochester area and beyond, including previews of upcoming Live from Hochstein performances.

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"Strings and Hammers" is a piano trio with a twist - violinist Siri Virtanen, pianist Eunmi Ko, and double bass player Julia Shulmann. They've comissioned five new works for these three instruments, and you can hear their "Première" concert this Saturday at 8pm at Christ Church. You're also welcome to sit in on their rehearsals to watch them work with the composers. 

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Conductor David Chin is leading a performance of the Saint John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach this Sunday evening in Rochester. Listen to him discuss some of the dramatic and expressive aspects of Bach’s music. 

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Do you remember playing recorder in school? Do you still have your recorder?  In Rochester, you can learn and play the recorder with the Rochester Chapter of the American Recorder Society. They organize workshops for beginners and more advanced players and bring people together to play all different styles of music on the recorder.  And they’ve been doing this for 50 years.

Listen here to chapter president Jessica Brennan and founding member Neil Seely speak about the group, and three musicians from the chapter - Neil Seely, Liz Seely, and Stephanie Chacon - play some music.

Correction: The piece "Sarabande" played by the trio is a work by composer Timothy Moore, not Thomas Moore as I stated. Apologies for any confusion. ~ Mona S. 

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Paul O'Dette is one of Rochester's treasures (though we do share him with the world). He's playing a recital of music by Bach and Weiss for Pegasus Early Music this weekend, and he stopped by WXXI's studios to talk and play a bit leading up to this weekend's performance.

Listen here to few minutes of Paul O'Dette discussing what's special about hearing Bach on the lute, followed by his performance of the Adagio from the Violin Sonata No. 3, and then sharing a bit about a baroque composer not quite as well known as JSB: Sylvius Leopold Weiss. 

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Bassist Kieran Hanlon is a busy gigging musician – subbing in the RPO, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Syracuse’s Symphoria (just to name a few), playing in jazz combos, and teaching, even as he is also just finishing up his master’s in music at the Eastman School.  As Hanlon told WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, his life in music started...at a tractor show.  

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Learning music is about more than playing the instrument or singing – students of all levels also often learn a little bit about music history and theory to round out their education. At the Hochstein School of Music, music technology is now part of the curriculum - Christopher Witulski is leading that effort as the director of the Music Lab at Hochstein. Listen here for more about his work. 

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Hilary Abigana is one of the musicians with ties to the Rochester area who has played on the show From the Top. She spoke with Mona Seghatoleslami about experience on the show and her current musical projects, which include performing with The Fourth Wall Ensemble. 

 

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Oliver Hagen was in high school in New York City when he got to play on stage at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for a taping of the show From The Top.  He’s now a conductor and pianist, pursuing a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. He recently spoke with Mona Seghatoleslami about the From the Top experience and some other musical experiences.  

Photo Credit: Kate Lemmon 

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Cordancia will be playing John Tavener's "The Protecting Veil", Copland's "Appalachian Spring", and "Autumn Music" by Jennifer Higdon on their concert Friday in Pittsford. Listen here for a brief feature about the music with Cordancia's artistic directors Pia Liptak and Kathleen Surer.  

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If you come to the High Falls district this Sunday at 3pm, you’ll experience music and nature in a new way, in John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit.

Listen here for a sample of the music and comments from Eastman School of Music percussion professor Michael Burritt, and Megan Arns, a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music, has performed Inuksuit in different places around the country. They’re two of the 60 percussionists playing everything from Glockenspiels to Conch shells, for this performance Sunday at 3pm as part of the Greentopia Festival in Rochester. 

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