FOLK | Connie Deming

FOLK | Connie Deming

Connie Deming is everything a singer-songwriter should be, bringing every aspect of her life into her songs. While her tunes are imbued with echoes of all the rich traditions of folk music, stylistically they are all her own.

CLASSICAL | Pegasus Early Music

According to Pegasus Early Music director Deborah Fox, a "fandango" is not just a Spanish dance, it's also a party. That's her hope in presenting this week's Pegasus concert of the same name, a miscellany of song and dance from Baroque-era Spain and from its New World colonies, including Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico.

JAZZ | Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Mostly Other People Do The Killing takes jazz to a whole new level by japing standard traditions and reveling in pushing sonic boundaries. Based in New York City, the band began as a quartet and continues to fluctuate in size as a free-improvisation collective.

SURF ROCK | The Surfrajettes

All-female surf rock quartet The Surfrajettes has become an international sensation over the past few years. Based in Toronto, the band is known for its psychedelic surf rock instrumentals, delivered in a classic, 60's go-go style.

GARAGE ROCK | Buffalo Sex Change

One of Rochester's favorite party bands, Buffalo Sex Change brings down the house with only two people behind the wheel of the sexually-charged, grunge-pop thrill ride: guitarist Phil Pierce and drummer Clayton Eddy. The duo has celebrated three releases since its debut in 2014, including its most recent album, 2018's "Searching Hands."

CLASSICAL | Lilya Zilberstein

When classical superstar Martha Argerich needs a partner for a piano duo, she turns to another virtuoso, Lilya Zilberstein. When you hear her play, with equal shares of dazzling technique and exhilarating style, it's easy to understand why.

WORLD | Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Established in the early 1960's, Ladysmith Black Mambazo draws from Isicathamiya, a choral singing style developed in the mines of South Africa, where migrant workers used the songs as an expression of their struggles. Ladysmith Black Mambazo launched onto the international scene in 1986 with the release of Paul Simon's landmark album, "Graceland."

CLASSICAL | 'Choral Prism'

On Sunday, the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium will present an extraordinary number of choirs – 15 in all – in a program that features lesser known but no less powerful music by Sergei Rachmaninoff. "Priidite, poklonimsya" and "Bogoroditse Devo," both from the composer's "All-Night Vigil," have a power and mysticism that's well-suited to the sacred subject matter.

BLUES | Jontavious Willis

Inspired by his discovery of Muddy Waters at age 14, Jontavious Willis released his debut album "Blue Metamorphosis" in 2016, demonstrating a mastery of the craft and proving that the spirituals of the Jim Crow era are still relevant today. Willis performs a mix of Delta, Piedmont, and Texas blues, telling stories about love and the struggles of everyday life.

JAZZ | Banjo Juice Jazz Band

With instrumentation that includes clarinet, trumpet, and sousaphone, Banjo Juice Jazz Band sounds like a bunch of Dixieland dandies on the mischievous make. Clammering calamity collides on stage a la Django, with a rhythmic sweetness that is the music's claim.

POST-ROCK | El Ten Eleven

As the duo El Ten Eleven, drummer Tim Fogarty and bassist Kristian Dunn concoct a compelling mixture of acoustic and electronic textures, resulting in dreamy rock soundscapes. The band puts a twist on post-rock music by adding fretless bass, heavy looping, and effects pedals.

CLASSICAL | Society for Chamber Music in Rochester

In the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester's "German Genius and Joker" program on Sunday, Beethoven's Septet represents the genius here, while the joker is Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!" Strauss's witty, virtuosic orchestral tone poem sounds even wittier and more virtuosic in this quintet arrangement by Franz Hasenorhl.

INDIE ROCK | Joan of Arc

Is emo still a thing? If not, I suppose you could file Joan of Arc on the indie rock shelf.

CLASSICAL | RPO with Angelo Xiang Yu

Whenever Christopher Seaman returns to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, audiences can expect time-tested interpretations of symphonic classics. This week is no different, as Seaman turns to the familiar, beloved "Enigma Variations," by the English composer Edward Elgar.


Rochester's freak-folk mastermind, Seth Faergolzia, is about to hit the road again for an eleven-day tour with his band Multibird. Faergolzia is a sonic shepherd devoted to pursuing the muse and shaking things up, and Multibird's new formation – with Shaun Jones on electric guitar, Emily DiPaola on trumpet and percussion, and Luke Cornwell on bass – brings that kinetic energy to another level.

JAZZ | Christian Howes

Over the last five decades, Penfield Central School District has hosted an impressive array of guest jazz luminaries to teach and perform with its students. Clark Terry, James Carter, Sean Jones and Regina Carter are just some of the previous visiting artists.


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