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Classical Music
00000175-40b0-dc5e-a1ff-d6b7711c0000Classical 91.5's annual celebration of local performing groups kicks off on April 1st with a new performance every day. While the novel coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of concerts and seasons, we'll bring some of the area's best live musical moments to you. This year's performances have been curated from a number of ensembles, including: Cordancia, Geneva Music Festival, Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Madrigalia, Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival (now ChamberFest Canandaigua), Rochester Oratorio Society, Pegasus Early Music, Publick Musick, Society for Chamber Music Rochester, and VOICES . Visit the page to learn more and preview some of the musical selections.Link to Performance Rochester 2017Link to Performance Rochester 2018Link to Performance Rochester 2019Performance Rochester 2020Wed 4/1 @ 8:00a Hochstein Alumni Orchestra performs Herold's Zampa OvertureThu 4/2 @ 12:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester performs Paul Wiancko's Toy BricksFri 4/3 @ 3:00p Pegasus Early Music perform's Vivaldi's MagnificatMon 4/6 @ 9:00a Cellist Mimi Hwang & pianist David Temperley play Temperley's Cello Sonata No. 2Tue 4/7 @ 2:00p Geneva Music Festival performs Brahms' String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, op. 36Wed 4/8 @ 5:05p Cordancia performs Lumbye's Champagne GalopThu 4/9 @ 7:05a Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival plays the Presto from Handel's Concerto Grosso, op 6/5Fri 4/10 @ 8:00p VOICES presents Bach's St. John PassionSat 4/11 @ 4:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester plays Bolling's Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano TrioMon 4/13 @ 6:00a Pegasus Early Music plays Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre's Trio Sonata No. 2 in B-flat MajorMon 4/13 @ 1:00p The Rochester Oratorio Society performs John Rutter's MagnificatTue 4/14 @ 8:00a The Publick Music performs Nicola Fiorenza's Recorder ConcertoWed 4/15 @ 6:00p Madrigalia sings a suite of songsThu 4/16 @ 12:00p The Antara Winds play John Cheetham's Quintet for WoodwindsFri 4/17 @ 9:00a Cordancia performs Estampes by MartinuSat 4/18 @ 5:00p Pegasus Early Music performs a Suite in D Major by Marin MaraisMon 4/20 @ 9:00a The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra with cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins play the first movement of Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 in G MajorMon 4/20 @ 3:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester plays Beethoven's Septet in E-Flat MajorTue 4/21 @ 2:00p VOICES performs Handel's Dixit DominusWed 4/22 @ 7:00a The Publick Musick plays Corelli's Sonata in B-Flat Major, op 1/5 Thu 4/23 @ 12:00p Madrigalia sings a suite of Shakespeare songsFri 4/24 @ 4:00p Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival plays the 4th movement of Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major, "The Trout"Sat 4/25 @ 4:00p Cordancia performs Krasa's Brundibar SuiteMon 4/27 @ 9:00a Amy Beach's Piano Quintet in f-sharp minor, played at the Geneva Music FestivalTue 4/28 @ 3:00p Pegasus Early Music, under the direction of Paul O'Dette, performs Charpentier's Messe di MinuitWed 4/29 @ 1:00p Society for Chamber Music in Rochester plays Lili Boulanger's Nocturne et CortegeWed 4/29 @ 5:00p Violist Rudolf Haken and pianist David Temperley play Temperley’s Sonata for Viola and PianoThu 4/30 @ 8:00a The Rochester Oratorio Society Orchestra performs Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Major, op. 6

Tue 4/21, 2:00p VOICES performs Handel's Dixit Dominus

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Voices is a professional ensemble, founded by William Weinert, and described by City Paper as "a sonic cloudburst."  At the end of the holiday season this year, Voices convened in Asbury First United Methodist Church for a concert of psalm settings, including Handel's Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110). Rayvon Moore, a DMA candidate in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, led the proceedings. In addition to his studies at the Eastman, Mr. Moore is also the Director of Music at Western Presbyterian Church and a professional singer who has sung with the Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, and Kathleen Battle, just to name a few. 

Handel was 22 when he finished Dixit Dominus. He was living in Italy at the time, and it is his earliest surviving autograph. Although Handel had seen great successes with his operas in Florence and Venice, operatic performances were banned in the Papal States, so Handel used his considerable talents to create sacred works. It is likely that Dixit Dominus was written at the behest of one the powerful Cardinals.  Although there is no record of its premiere, the acclaim it has received over the centuries speaks for Handel's artistry. Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions, who records many of our Performance Rochester concerts, sent a note with this CD, simply saying, "Dixit Dominus is pretty amazing." It is, indeed.  

Director of Music at Western Presbyterian Church. Director of Music at Western Presbyterian Church.