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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

Sat 4/25, 4:00p Cordancia performs Krasa's Brundibar Suite

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Gerry Szymanski
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It was the ultimate cynical propaganda; when the Nazis created Terezin, they billed it as a "health spa," sending prominent Jews whose disappearance would be noticed, had earned medals in the previous wars, and those who older than 65 there. In the beginning, there was a vibrant cultural life with concerts, lectures, and covert education for the many children housed. In truth, it was a way station for the prisoners, most of whom would be shipped to death camps.

It was here that Hans Krasa's Brundibar, a children's opera, took flight. Krasa and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister had mounted it in Prague shortly before Krasa and most of the cast were rounded up and sent to Terezin; only Hoffmeister managed to escape.  Krasa adapted the score for the instruments available in the ghetto, and premiered Brundibar in Terezin; it was performed 55 more times over the course of the year, despite the fact that it was a thinly disguised anti-Hitler allegory. Oddly, the Nazis didn't seem to notice, making good use of it; the children performed it for the Red Cross during a camp inspection and later that year, the Nazis filmed it for a documentary. No sooner had the cameras stopped rolling when most of the cast was shipped to Auschwitz, and immediately gassed--the children, orchestra, the director, and composer Hans Krasa.

But Bundibar did not perish in the death camps. It continues to live on the stage and in the movies--there's even a children's book by Maurice Sendak. Krasa was one of many composers sent to Terezin; Cordancia Chamber Orchestra celebrated some of the many in a concert on May 12, 2019 in the First Presbyterian Church in Pittsford. This is a suite from that opera. Rachel Lauber conducts.