Live from Hochstein: Semplice Duo: Night Surrendering to Dawn
In Night Surrendering to Dawn flutist Cristina Ballatori, flute and pianist Kevin T. Chance play an engaging and eclectic program of works by 21st Century composers Valerie Coleman, Christian Ellenwood, Amanda Harberg, and Samuel Zyman. This will be the Rochester/New York premiere of Ellenwood’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, written for Cristina Ballatori in 2022 in memory of her mother. As we move through unprecedented and challenging times, the pieces on this program serve to remind us that light and hope will return after the dark.
You're invited to hear this music on Live from Hochstein on Wednesday November 16th at 12:10pm, in person* at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or by listening to the live broadcast on WXXI Classical.
Described by critics as “delightful performers” whose “music making was effortless and sparkling,” the Semplice Duo was formed with the goal of introducing audiences to the less frequently performed chamber music for flute and piano. Winners of the Notes at 9,000 Emerging Artist Series Competition in Colorado, the Semplice Duo has performed recitals and educational outreach concerts throughout the United States and abroad, including performances in Mexico and France.
A Hochstein alumna and former student of Diane Smith, Cristina Ballatori is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Kevin Chance is on the piano faculty of the University of Alabama and holds a doctorate in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.
Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami is a series midday concerts by some of the finest artists in our area broadcast live from The Hochstein Performance Hall. Each of these free concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during the day. You can also hear an encore broadcast of Live from Hochstein later the same day at 10 p.m. on WXXI Classical.
* Masks and vaccination are encouraged but not required. Please note that only bottled water is allowed in the newly renovated hall.