Classical review: RPO performs 'Tchaikovsky 5'

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra lately seemed to be reverting back to the conservatism that had dominated its programming before Music Director Ward Stare's arrival. Yesterday at Kodak Hall, however, Stare and the RPO presented its boldest concert in recent memory.

Classical review: Pegasus's 'Bach & Bach'

In the Baroque period, different countries had different musical traits associated with them. In a quick-and-dirty overview: Italian music was vocally oriented and virtuosic; German music was "learned" (heavy on the counterpoint); and French music was, well, French: generally light textured, highly ornamented, more concerned with the intimate than the transcendental.

Classical review: SCMR's 'A Couple of Couples'

Musical couples, with strings attached
The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester is always a source of imaginative and engaging programming. Its most recent concert, which took place Sunday afternoon, brought together two musical marriages: violinist Robin Scott of the Ying Quartet and cellist Ahrim Kim (principal cello of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra); and cellist Keiko Ying of Roberts Wesleyan College and the Eastman School, and violist Phil Ying of the Ying Quartet.

Classical review: RPO's 'Bernstein Celebration'

Anxiety, Irony, and Good Tunes
This week, Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic are celebrating the centennial of that first among 20th century American musicians, Leonard Bernstein. This concert wasn't just a tip of the baton to a revered musician; it was a salute by a lively, communicative conductor to an infinitely talented composer, conductor, and general muse to American music-making.

Concert review: 'Mozart at The Lyric Theatre'

Several of Rochester's leading cultural institutions -- New York State Ballet, Rochester Oratorio Society, and The Lyric Theatre co-Opera-tive -- converged Friday night at the Lyric Theatre to present a concert tribute to composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The performance utilized the dancers to depict the onstage action, while the orchestra, vocal soloists, and chorus provided the music offstage.

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