Music school project gets creative with fundraising

Music school project gets creative with fundraising

It's 8 p.m. on a snowy Wednesday night in November, and a crew of musicians is gathered in the cozy third-floor attic of Ben Morey and Katie Morey-Preston's home, which doubles as a recording studio and rehearsal space. The group is gathered to rehearse for a rather unconventional event: a live performance of Harry Nilsson's "The Point!," which will take place at the Cinema Theater on South Clinton Avenue on November 23 and 24.

RPO and Ward Stare's recording up for two Grammys

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Ward Stare's recording of composer Jennifer Higdon's "Harp Concerto,” featuring the classical harpist Yolanda Kondonassis,  has been nominated for two Grammys.

Joe Locke at The Little, and celebrating Joe Dady

From Jeff Spevak's 'Across the Universe' column
Jeff Spevak previews vibraphonist Joe Locke's return to The Little Theatre and shares more on Saturday's memorial concert for Joe Dady.

Joe Dady’s still here, as are Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison

From Jeff Spevak's 'Across the Universe' column
Jeff Spevak reports on a memorial concert for the late Joe Dady, a "hologram performance" by Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly, and more.

Interview: Jimbo Mathus

Ancestor worship
Guitarist Jimbo Mathus became a household name as a founding member of the swing-revival band Squirrel Nut Zippers. But Mathus's latest album, the aptly titled "Incinerator," is a righteous romp through the swamp.

Vanishing Sun teases 2020 collab with Strasenburgh Planetarium

"Impressions of the Infinite" to feature renovated Star Theater, live music
In a teaser video released today, Rochester funk-fusion band Vanishing Sun announced a 2020 collaboration with the Strasenburgh Planetarium and Director Steve Fentress.

Classical review: ‘Bach to Bartók’ an RPO journey worth taking

Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg – great composers but only occasional visitors to Kodak Hall at best — finally made it on the same Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra program last night.

Opera review: the dark satire of Eastman Opera Theatre’s fall double bill

In staging its 2019 fall double bill, Eastman Opera Theatre and director Stephen Carr had the challenging task of linking two musical theater pieces with seemingly contrasting plots and moods to create a fluid narrative.  But the subtle  similarities in theme are what bind  "Mahagonny Songspiel" and  "Der Kaiser von Atlantis" in this highly intelligent presentation.

Kings of the mountain

Rochester rock trio King Buffalo plays the heavy and finds success abroad.

Eastman Opera Theatre presents intriguing double bill

Life and death
From November 7 through 10, Eastman Opera Theatre's Stephen Carr directs the group in a dual production of composer Kurt Weill’s pre-World War II cantata “Mahagonny Songspiel” and Viktor Ullmann’s “Der Kaiser von Atlantis” — written while the composer was a prisoner of the Nazis at the Terezín concentration camp.

2019 RMHOF inductee Christine Lavin plays Café Veritas

Endearing folk
Folk singer-songwriter Christine Lavin is a bon vivant. She is a born entertainer, but the SUNY Brockport graduate is also a connector with a tremendous social circle.

Publick Musick explores Dido myth in season-opening concert

Love and death
Dido, Queen of Carthage, is one of the most memorable women in ancient lore. Seduced and jilted by the Trojan War hero Aeneas, Dido took her own life rather spectacularly, building her own funeral pyre and stabbing herself as she lay on it. But Dido if was only a temporary inspiration to Aeneas, she proved to be a much more lasting inspiration for composers of the Baroque era, as Publick Musick's October 27 concert demonstrates.

Meredith Monk visits U of R for artist residency

Songs without words
Meredith Monk is a living legend in the world of contemporary classical music. Monk will bring her Vocal Ensemble to the University of Rochester for a residency entitled “Dancing Voice/Singing Body” from Sunday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 23.

The vinyl word

Once upon a time, from around 1975 to 1995, the Rochester music scene was stuck in analog limbo, with a dubious digital solution waiting in the wings. It was a growing scene that fed off itself: Local musicians put out records, which would inspire their peers to issue their own records to supplement their income and further express their art.

Interview: Amy Helm

Take a load off, Amy
Singer-songwriter Amy Helm — daughter of The Band's late drummer Levon Helm — does little to keep a lid on her joy, even as she tosses plenty of bittersweet heartbreak into her lyrics. She'll play Three Heads brewing on October 10.

Bat McGrath, an iconic part of the Rochester music scene, has died

Bat McGrath died Tuesday night, in much the same way as he wrote and sang. With no drama, no fuss, quietly, at his mountainside home in Tennessee with his wife Tricia Cast, all on his terms.

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    Got to poke my head into the studio during Scott Regan's "Open Tunings" broadcast Friday to eyeball French jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel disassemble his guitar and the way I listen to it.
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