Arts Features with Mona

Mona Seghatoleslami of WXXI’s Classical 91.5 interviews musicians performing in the Rochester area and beyond, including previews of upcoming Live from Hochstein performances.

Just as he begins his senior year at McQuaid Jesuit High School, talented young singer Aaron Bigeleisen from Pittsford, N.Y. will have his voice heard around the country on the nationally syndicated public radio program From the Top. He spoke with WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami about the song he sang on the show and how The Simpsons played a role in determining his musical direction.

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Cellist Mike Block has played several concerts over the past week and a half at the Canandaguia Lake Music Festival. While his early musical training and upbringing focused primarily on classical music, Block told WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami that he started exploring other genres while at Juilliard, which has led to playing with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Mark O'Connor, and Darol Anger, along with recording albums of his own songs and compositions.

For more about Mike Block's musical adventures, including his new album Brick by Brick, visit his website.

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Mikaela Davis is a singer-songwriter and a classical harpist. On her summer break from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, Davis released her debut album, played shows around Rochester, and went on tour. 

She chose the harp as a third grader at Indian Landing Elementary School in Brighton. And as she told WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, she knew early on that she wanted to be a musician.  

Listen below to a short radio feature about Mikaela Davis, and you can come hear play this afternoon (Thursday, August 9, 2012) on Hochstein at High Falls

 

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Image used with permission from the Hochstein School


For some kids this summer, camp means learning music -- through singing, movement, and playing percussion. 

WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami visited Hochstein’s arts in action camps last week as around 50 kids ages 4 to 10 were learning Native American music and dance. Listen here online to the sounds of summer music camp and a discussion with teacher Alice Pratt.  

Find out more about the summer Arts in Action camps on the Hochstein website.

 

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Pianist Marian McPartland is a familiar and beloved presence on public radio stations across the country, due to her long-running program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Documentary filmmaker Huey spent four years chronicling McPartland's life and music, including the radio show and her compositions in the film In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland.

The film is showing in Rochester tonight (Friday June 29th) at 8pm at the The Little Theater as part of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  

Here's a 10-minute discussion of the film with the film's director, Huey

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This week on Live from Hochstein, the student cello quartet C4 ROC, Kathleen Kemp, and members of the Eastman Percussion Ensemble played  music by composer and percussionist Ivan Treviño. It was the opening event of Percussion Rochester.

This radio story includes a brief interview with Treviño and some samples of his music. It's about 5 minutes long, and you can listen to it here online. 

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The Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic brings together women musicians from throughout the community to play music and network. 

The orchestra is celebrating its 20th year with a concert Sunday, April 29th at 4:00 pm in the Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester. The program includes Joan Tower's first Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier Suite, and Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2. There's also a suprise* encore hinted at in the program.

The concert is free, a free-will collection will be taken for donations for local battered women’s shelter, ‘Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW)’.

Conductor Nancy Strelau spoke with WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami. Listen here online to the interview.



*shhhh.

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Flutist Rhonda Larson combines her classical training with the wide range of musical inspirations she discovered while performing and traveling with the Paul Winter Consort.

The Rochester Flute Association has arranged for Larson to perform and teach in Rochester. Her "One Woman, a World of Music" concert on Friday April 20th is a solo flute show, featuring an assortment of flutes from around the world. She will also present two workshops on Saturday April 21st to teach improvisation and stage presence to flutists.

Rhonda Larson spoke with WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami about her musical journey and what she does to inspire other musicians to have the courage to improvise and find their own musical voice.

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Ellen Koskoff and Gamelan Lila Muni members Emerick and Jordan chat about and perform Balinese music with WXXI's Chris Van Hof.  Gamelan Lila Muni was the first group to perform on the 2010 Hochstein at High Falls concert series in downtown Rochester, NY.  WXXI is a partner in the presentation of this concert series.

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WXXI's Chris Van Hof chats with Pamela Kurau and Petar Kodzas about the art of performing very softly, and investigating an interesting work by Dominick Argento.

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