In a sold-out concert on Friday night, the acclaimed piano phenom Seong-Jin Cho treated the Kilbourn Hall audience to an imperfect program that nonetheless lived up to the hype.
We Banjo 3 is an Irish-Americana fusion band that is reviving the banjo's opulent heritage.
It's interesting to see which guest conductors and soloists Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra audiences
will take to, and wonder why they make that connection. This week the RPO invited a young conductor and a young pianist, and the crowd went wild, as they say.
The Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko won the Van Cliburn Competition in 2014, and has sustained a career as an outstanding performer of powerhouse repertoire. He's also become a popular RPO soloist, and the vehicle for his return is Maurice Ravel's scintillating Concerto in G Major – a jazz-inflected work that requires a virtuoso technique and an elegant touch.
"Living at the corner of down and out," the vocal duo of Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles – The Lynnes – has a twin-harmony approach that only adds to the music's minor-key ache. The title track of the dynamic duo's new album "Heartbreak Song for the Radio" easily sums it up with its "Got lemons?
In a multilayered ocean of sound, Continental Drift delivers a funky wave of Latin jazz, psychedelia, soul fusion, Afrobeat, and electronica. Crashing in from Austin, Texas, the band has toured extensively since forming in 2014, celebrating a self-titled, debut EP in 2015 and a full-length album in 2017.
Enjoying each other's company since 2004, the members of local jam band Extended Family are currently working on a much-anticipated third studio album. A tight-knit inclusiveness is reflected in Extended Family's music, with songs about perseverance, hope, being grateful, and building community.
No two shows are the same for the ever-developing local jazz-rock quartet My Vegan Uncle. Formed in 2017 at Roberts Wesleyan College, My Vegan Uncle performs heavy and quirky soul-funk fusion, with its talented members weaving in and out of complex chord progressions with fluidity and fervor.
Since forming in 2007, Flux Capacitor has toured internationally and celebrated four studio albums, including its 2018 release, "Set to Gravitate." The trio of brothers – guitarist Peter Specht, keyboardist Michael Specht, and drummer Jason Specht – shares an almost telepathic musical chemistry, playing complex individual parts so closely intertwined, it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.
Some Ska Band 'It's Going Down'