Women composers have hardly had their fair shakes. But I'd
venture to say that in Rochester, at least, their situation is looking up just
a bit this fall.
The best concerts bring genuine discoveries as well as purely
musical delights. This was the case with "Barbara's Venice," the opener to
Pegasus Early Music's 12th season.
Music Director Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra are embarking on their second full season together, and based on Thursday
night's opening concert, the excitement will continue. The RPO opened with an
American rarity, before segueing into two pillars of the concerto and symphonic
repertoire, all exceedingly well performed.
For Jon Nakamatsu, performing in Rochester has been "a lot of fun," as can be seen by his career. Since his first appearance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in January 1999, the prizewinning pianist has returned time after time, performing as a soloist with the RPO and as a chamber musician with the Society for Chamber Music.