There is perhaps no vocal work more significant in the classical repertoire than Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. Matthew Passion." An unparalleled example of Bach's genius, it features the composer's quintessential sense of symmetry, rhythmic synchronicity, and glorious harmonic tension.
The first in its series, emcee Golden and Fresh Rich are hosting "The Bar Association," a night of hip-hop featuring Rochester artists. The night includes live performances from King Righteous, Dwayne Collins, Da Cloth, Skandolous, Casso, 2 Way, Stoopid Bars, Rell $, Blockstar Nation, and Golden.
Ray Bonneville creates an instant narrative as if the stories are unfolding before your eyes as he sings in a nicotine tone. The groove is laid back, contributing to the sinister elements in his songs that scratch and claw at the casket's lid.
Johann Sebastian Bach would have been 232 years old on March 21, 2017, but musically he's as young as ever. This Sunday, the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester proves the point by rounding up a list of notable players for a different kind of Bach birthday tribute.
She was a travel writer educated at the London School of Economics and he was a New York actor. But when Elizabeth Bougerol met Evan Palazzo at a jam session in 2007, they bonded over their love of Fats Waller.
Clutching power chords in hand, Wren Williams and The Sons of Luther aren't afraid to tap into pop music's heavier side. This stuff is irresistibly catchy as it borrows from past decades and mashes them up into a sound that says "listen now" rather than "remember when?"
Cuban-born guitarist Manuel Barrueco will bring his sumptuous tone, sparkling articulation, and fluid phrasing to Kilbourn Hall on Tuesday. A masterful interpreter of works by canonic artists and 20th century composers alike, Barrueco is equally comfortable performing as an orchestral soloist and recitalist.
Maco Mattox, known by his braggadocio rap persona OG Maco, might just be 2017's diamond in the rough. Before making it in hip-hop, he was a singer in a screamo metal band.
The Beantown-based women in Lady Pills play an infectious, mid-tempo pop-bop-chop and twang. It's pleasant and pretty, even when it chomps at the bit with the trio's restless enthusiasm and guts.
I just want to get this out there: people ask me, they say, "Frank, what's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?" And I tell them, "A violin sings; a fiddle cries."
Rochester Gay Men's Chorus Artistic Director Robert Strauss describes the group's concert this weekend, "A Narrow Bridge," as "about being a light in the darkness — a call to be a beacon of hope for those who feel hopeless." RGMC will do that, and inspire others, through its performances of songs like "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "The Sound of Silence" as well as "Tyler's Suite," a choral song cycle by nine highly varied composers — from Pulitzer Prize winner John Corigliano to Broadway's Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Flaherty.
The RPO will travel around the world while staying home during its next family concert. Conductor Michael Butterman will lead the orchestra in "Symphonic Tales from Around the World," a musical journey illustrating famous children's stories from all over.
When bassist Peter Mack takes the stage at Lovin' Cup with his all-star Macktet, the stars will shine a little brighter. Over the years, Mack has lent his talents to Barry Harris, Lew Tabackin, Eric Alexander, and many more.
Amigo The Devil is a breath of fresh air for both the social misfits and the straight-laced. Whoever is in the crowd, you can guarantee lots of whiskey, debauchery, and drunken singalongs.
There has been no shortage of recent discussion about Russian political influence in America, but it might just be time to take a break and listen to Russian music performed by an American orchestra instead. This Thursday and Saturday, guest conductor James Feddeck will lead the RPO in a sweeping program highlighting two greats of the Russian classical repertoire: Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
At its heart, folk music has always been about everyday people: their lifeblood, their struggles, and their fight for justice in the face of inhumanity. On Thursday, Golden Link Folk Singing Society will present Si Kahn, Joe Jencks, and Maria Dunn, a trio of engaging singer-songwriters who have long dedicated their careers to such songs.