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GEVA“The Show Must Go On”: A Tribute Concert for Larry Swist – 8/6, Buffalo, NY – See more at: http://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/07/27/the-show-must-go-on-a-tribute-concert-for-larry-swist-86-buffalo-ny/#sthash.lhRCwj7R.dpu

 

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Searching for Son House this week in Rochester

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House: The four-day festival weaves together music, theatre, film, audio recordings, storytelling and lectures to celebrate Rochester’s adopted son, Eddie “Son” House. Aug 26 to 29. Various times and venues. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. $100, 4-day pass. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatrecenter. org. Details:

 

WEDNESDAY

Audio Blues: Sound designer Lindsay Jones takes a journey through Son House’s music, by layering it with covers by artists of diverse generations and musical styles. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 26.

Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House: Four-day festival weaves together music, theatre, film, audio recordings, storytelling and lectures to celebrate Rochester’s adopted son, Eddie “Son” House. Aug 26 to 29. Various times and venues. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. $100, 4-day pass. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatrecenter. org.

Revival: The Resurrection of Son House: Concert- style reading by Keith Glover. Followed by talkback with the playwright. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 8 p.m. Aug. 26. Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

THURSDAY

John Hammond in Concert: Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 8 p.m. Aug.

27. Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. $40. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Son in Popular Culture: Two presentations, facilitated by John Covach, investigating the context around Son House’s music and U.S. popular culture. Presentations by Dave Headlam (Eastman School of Music) and Lauren Onkey (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum). Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Aug. 27. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required.

(585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Son’s Life in Mississippi: Panel discussion with Jim O’Neal and Dan Beaumont, moderated by Literary Director/Resident Dramaturg Jenni Werner. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Son’s Style: Demonstration by award-winning blues guitarist John Mooney. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” Noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 27. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required.

(585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

The Role of Mississippi in the Blues: Presented by Jim O’Neal, co-founding editor, Living Blues Magazine and research director, Mississippi Blues Trail. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

FRIDAY

John Mooney with Joe Beard, Brian William and Fred Vine: Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 8 p.m. Aug. 28. Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.

$35. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Celebrating Rochester’s Blues Roots: Hear from some of Rochester’s most exciting blues musicians influenced by Son House, including The Crawdaddies and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre. org.

Open Mike: Sharing Stories about Son in Rochester: Son House touched the lives of many in Rochester and throughout the world. Geva’s Director of Education and Artist in Residence Skip Greer emcees this opportunity to share these stories with each other. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” Noon to 1 p.m.

Aug. 28. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required.

(585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Son House on Tour: Photos of a Second Career: Dick Waterman, Son House’s former manager and one of the three men who found him living in Rochester in 1964, documented his relationship with Son through photographs. Waterman will share a decade’s worth of striking images through stories. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 28. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

SATURDAY

Chris Thomas King: Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 7 p.m. Aug. 29.

Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. $30. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Son House Looking Forward: Panel discussion led by Steve Grills with Edward Komara, author of

The Road to Robert Johnson, and Jeff Harris, host of Big Road Blues on Jazz 90.1. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

Son House’s Extended Family: Dan Beaumont, author of Preachin ’ the Blues: the Life and Times of Son House, presents a lecture/demo connecting Son House’s songs with those of newer generations – songs that have become classics in their own right. With special guests John Mooney and Joe Beard. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.

Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre. org.

Story of a Life in the Blues: Led by blues harapist Jerry Portnoy. Part of “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” Noon to 1 p.m. Aug.

29. Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Free, tickets required. (585) 232-4382 or www.gevatheatre.org.

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MORE THAN MOZART

Rochester Lyric Opera turns 10 with music and a gala for fans of ‘something fun to do

CYNTHIA KOLKO

So you want to start an opera company. You’ll need unwavering dedication and the ability to navigate a quagmire of artistic, logistical and financial considerations. Susan Cotroneo knows this well, after founding Empire State Lyric Theatre — now known as Rochester Lyric Opera (RLO) — a decade ago with her husband, Anthony. But she has had good reason to make it work.

“I love to sing, I love opera, and I want to share it,” says Cotroneo, a Rochester native.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, RLO will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s short opera, The Impresario, on Friday, Aug. 28, in RLO’s new home, the magnificent and historic Lyric Theatre at 440 East Ave. in

Rochester. The evening will also include selections from other well-known Moz-art works, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte. And a pre-concert gala reception will take place in the theater’s Cabaret Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The curtain rises at 8 p.m.

That gala is an important part of Cotroneo’s vision for RLO, whose motto is “Opera for everyone.” The idea is to provide a festive atmosphere that appeals to new audiences. RLO’s model, says Cotroneo, calls for a “a social affair connected to the opera, so that opera becomes part of a complete evening.”

Opera as a social event is nothing new, says the performance’s musical director, Eric Townell. Historically, opera-goers “ate and drank, talked to each other, waved to friends, and shouted across from balcony to balcony.”

Mozart, known as someone who liked a good time, no doubt would have approved. And The Impresario, written in 1786, was meant to amuse audiences. The showy, comedic one-act opera depicts a competition in which two singers battle to see who can hit higher and higher notes. 



The Lyric Theatre will provide a fitting backdrop for Rochester Lyric Opera’s performance of Mozart’s The Impresario and several other popular selections by the composer.
That plot line holds an intriguing parallel to real life, and even more so to the Hollywood version seen in the film, Amadeus . Viennese Emperor Joseph II had ordered a competition between Mozart and court composer Antonio Salieri, and The Impresario was Mozart’s entry. (See sidebar to learn more about how it played out.) “There’s nothing really safe about The Impresario. It’s a very flashy show,” says Townell. “It has everything you can enjoy about an opera experience in a small framework.” 

Cotroneo, a soprano, will star in the performance along with Mitchell Hutchings (baritone), Brittany Mrucek (soprano), Grant Knox (tenor) and Allyn Van Dusen (mezzo soprano). The concert will also feature an as-yet-unnamed guest in the role of the the impresario. Lindsay Warren Baker directs the performance. 

“We have very gifted singers,” says Townell, “and they’re from the area, which is important to us. We have the best players in town.” 

RLO staged The Impresario as its inaugural performance a decade ago. That 2005 event updated the opera’s setting to one taking place in the 1940s. This month’s anniversary performance returns The Impresario to its original late-18th century timeframe. 

That original setting of The Impresario seems tailor-made for the Lyric Theatre and its grandeur, which evokes a bygone era. 

“The building is so gorgeous, so oldworld,” says Cotroneo. “We’re doing full period costumes and powdered wigs. It’s so fitting for this space.” 

The Lyric Theatre, built in 1915 for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, before its recent sale to RLO, “has that stepback- in-time feel about it that’s just magical,” Townell says. “It’s like you took a European opera house and planted it in Rochester.” 

“It’s absolutely breathtaking,” echoes Agneta Borgstedt, M.D., president and treasurer of the Opera Guild of Rochester, a not-for-profit group that supports area opera. “George Eastman came over and looked at the ceiling. … (Subsequently) he got the same artist to do the ceiling at Kodak Hall.” 

Besides being visually superb, the Lyric Theatre offers another perk to concertgoers. “The Christian Scientists, one of their priorities was excellent acoustics in all of their facilities,” says Arthur Axelrod, vice president of the Opera Guild of Rochester. “The acoustics are great. This theater is going to be a major cultural resource.” 

One that RLO fans want to see appreciated by many. Pittsford resident Tina Mattia, who enjoys RLO performances, but says, “It’s not just about opera. Whether its the jazz festival or an opera, you don’t have to be a jazz fan or an opera fan to enjoy it.” You just have to be “a fan of something fun to do.” 

 

When George Eastman saw the ceiling of the 28,000-square-foot Lyric Theatre, he hired the same artist to design the ceiling for what is now Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. 

JOHN SCHLIA PHOTOGRAPHY 


Brittany Mrucek

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Mitchell Hutchings

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Susan Cotroneo, in a past performance.

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Ready to perform as stars

More than 30 area kids in six bands rehearsed Thursday as part of Camp ROC Star, which is in its seventh year under the direction of Elvio Fernandes, a member of the Grammy-nominated band Daughtry. The campers will appear in their final performance at 4 p.m. Friday at the Lyric Theater, 440 East Ave.
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Denton Cottier and Daniels

Sundays with Steinway

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Sunday April 19th   3 pm

Presented in the Denton Cottier & Daniels Showroom
349 West Commercial St, East Rochester, NY 14445
A benefit concert for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.  $10 donation accepted at the door.
Limited Seating Event RSVP (585) 586-3020 or gary@dcdpianos.com

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The Rochester Music Hall of Fame
“Class of 2015”

Ron Carter – Jazz bassist

Henry Juszkiewicz – Gibson Guitar Corp. chairman and CEO

Gap Mangione –  Jazz keyboardist

William Warfield – bass-baritone concert singer

Wilmer Alexander Jr. & The Dukes – The legendary R&B band

The Induction Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 26th,  7:00 pm at Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall.  Tickets are on sale now.  You can purchase them on this website or at all local area Wegmans and at the RPO box Office at Eastman Theatre.   Prices range from $65 to $35 and with the Student/educator discount you can get up to FOUR $35 balcony seats for just $20 each. (enter the code FAME to receive the student/educator discount).

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Buffalo remembers an award winning studio and monitor designer with ties to Rochester

Remembering a World-Class Studio and Monitor Designer – See more at: http://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/01/16/rip-larry-swist-remembering-a-world-class-studio-and-monitor-designer/#sthash.lwO0uwih.dpuf

“The show must go on”  A tribute concert for Larry Swist.

“The Show Must Go On”: A Tribute Concert for Larry Swist – 8/6, Buffalo, NY – See more at: http://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/07/27/the-show-must-go-on-a-tribute-concert-for-larry-swist-86-buffalo-ny/#sthash.BVbrZoAw.dpuf

http://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/07/27/the-show-must-go-on-a-tribute-concert-for-larry-swist-86-buffalo-ny/

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Denton Cottier and Daniels 

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Presented in the Denton Cottier & Daniels Showroom
349 West Commercial St, East Rochester, NY 14445
A benefit concert for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.  $10 donation accepted at the door.

Limited Seating Event RSVP (585) 586-3020 or gary@dcdpianos.com

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The Genesis Piano Project Returns

Here’s your chance to catch the renowned Genesis Piano Project.  They will be performing at Denton Cottier & Daniels, 349 W. Commercial St.  East Rochester on February 20th at 7:30PM.  Tickets are $10. For reservations call Denton’s at 585-586-3020 or email them at  gary@dcdpianos.com.  Proceeds go to benefit the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, a non profit organization . Genesis Piano Project 2

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Axis Armada teams with Grammy Award

winning producer, Matt Marrin

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1801262811/axis-armada-debut-album-with-grammy-award-winning

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Douglas Lowry, Eastman’s Dean Emeritus dies

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Douglas Lowry                                                Photograph courtesy of ESM The Board of Directors of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, who passed away on October second.  A remarkable academic leader, conductor, composer and great friend to the Hall of Fame.   Douglas Lowry (1951 – 2013) http://www.esm.rochester.edu/news/2013/10/university-mourns-the-loss-of-eastman-school-dean-emeritus-douglas-lowry/

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The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

of Cateura, Paraguay

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXynrsrTKbI

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RMHF Board members visit The Children's School #15

RMHF Board members visit The Children’s School #15

 Now it’s the Four Rs

Summer school for the kids at The Children’s School of Rochester, school No. 15  in the city offers instruction in the basic Three Rs—Reading, Riting and Rithmetic, but a new R has been added.  The fourth R is Rmhf as in, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. RMHF president Karl LaPorta with Board members Tracy Kroft and Jim Richmond gave a history lesson on local music to the kids on July 24th at the request of  Curriculum and Instructional  Practice Specialist, Mary Frenzel.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation which included discussion on local luminaries such Cab Calloway and Chuck Mangione, a short video of clips taken from the Class of 2012 hall of fame induction ceremony and live musical performances by LaPorta and Richmond.  Cab Calloway seems to have piqued their curiosity the most according to Frenzel,  “…We already have several kids wanting to research Cab Calloway further!” Hall of fame Board members are available for similar presentations for students of all ages.  Inquires can be made on the contact page of this web site.

Renee Fleming to receive National Medal of Arts

July 3, 2013

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013307030062

Jars of Clay

RMHF Charter Inductee, Jars of Clay will release their new album Inland on August 27, 2013.  The album’s first single, “After The Fight” is now available for download on iTunes.  (View Video) www.youtube.com/watch?v=sglipw7gWos

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