Some of the people and organizations I work with and admire. (More are always welcome to join the list!)
Madrigalia, Rochester’s chamber chorus. I’ve worked with them for years, with their long-time Music Director Roger Wilhelm, and successors Lee Wright and current MD Cary Ratcliff. We made a lovely ‘studio’ CD with Lee and last season completed two CD projects produced by Cary, featuring his compositions and arrangements. My recordings of their annual Christmas program have been broadcast nationally on PRI and by radio stations all over the country.
Pegasus Early Music A great series of early music programs that gets more popular and accomplished every year. Drawing from local early-music players and musicians from all around the country, Artistic Director Deborah Fox has built a juggernaut with interesting concepts and fascinating music. Highlights of our work together include a remarkable performance of the Vespers of 1610 by Monteverdi, directed by Paul O’Dette and several concerts that featured the great Baroque-violin specialist Elizabeth Wallfisch. The summer of 2017, their first staged opera production, Dido and Aeneas, provided a particular challenge to yours truly.
Rochester Oratorio Society To quote their site, “Rochester Oratorio Society, a symphony of voices, delivers creative choral performances of sacred and popular music in collaboration with Western New York′s leading performing artists, dance companies, vocal and instrumental ensembles.:Rochester Oratorio Society, a symphony of voices, delivers creative choral performances of sacred and popular music in collaboration with Western New York′s leading performing artists, dance companies, vocal and instrumental ensembles.” Founded in 1945, ROS is carrying on a grand tradition with Artistic Director Eric Townell. This fall 2017: Amy Beach’s Requiem.
WXXI-FM Rochester’s classical music radio station often features my recordings of local performers. Several concerts and excerpts have made up programs that WXXI producers have distributed nationally, including programs by Pegasus and Madrigalia.
First Muse A creative series of chamber music concerts that feature members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other guest artists. A frequent guest is the renowned pianist John Nakamatsu. Artistic Director Melissa Matson mixes standard masterpieces of chamber music with some out-of-the-box surprises and often presents first performances of newly commissioned works.
Publick Musick A professional series featuring instrumental and vocal works of the 1600s – 1800s, directed by violinist Boel Gidholm and cellist Christopher Haritatos.
Voices A professional chamber choir directed by Eastman School of Music professor Dr. William Weinert.
Eastman School of Music I record the off-campus Eastman School choral department performances by the Eastman Chorale, Repertory Singers, UR Women’s Chorus, and an ongoing series of Bach Cantata performances produced by student conductors. Highlights have been several different presentations of the Bach’s Mass in b-minor and St John and St Matthew Passions.
Musica Spei An a cappella choral group that specializes in the sacred choral music of the Renaissance. Another long-term relationship, we’ve produced two CDs together.
Roberts Wesleyan College A strong and growing music department offers concerts to the Rochester area. In their fine concert hall, I’ve recorded the school chorus, wind ensemble, and the orchestra led by Paul Shewan – recently including Mahler 1 and Shostakovitch 5.
First Inversion A choral concert series that mines the byways of the repertoire, founded by Lee Wright.
Third Presbyterian Church of Rochester I’ve had the privilege of recording many great works for chorus, soloists, and orchestra here, under the direction of Peter DuBois. Peter is a fine organist and director, and is also the host of the nationally-broadcast radio program With Heart and Voice. I also produced a CD for the Junior Choir, directed by Christina Lenti. That was fun!
Finger Lakes Choral Festival This yearly summertime festival brings together a huge chorus of singers from around western NY for concerts in Rochester and at the Chautauqua Institution. Directed by Adrian Horn, I’ve recorded Carmina Burana, The Ode to Joy, Berlioz Requiem, and other big, loud, overwhelming pieces. Rockin’!
Rochester Regional Community Design Center I’ve recorded several series of lectures on architecture, community design, and urbanism presented in their annual series, Reshaping Rochester. A great organization that is helping to make the area a better place to live. Their Web site links to many, many fascinating talks, now available for everyone to hear via the Internet Archive. Search for “RRDCD” or “Reshaping Rochester” in the Community Audio section.