Rochester Chamber Orchestra kicks off 50th season
05:00 AM, Oct 20, 2013
David Fetler is entering the 50th anniversary season of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble that he created and has led for the entire half-century.
He’s not thinking of the milestone, though, as he prepares for the group’s first program of the season.
“For me, it’s year to year. I don’t like to predict too far in the future or look back too much,” he says. “I’m fortunate to make some more contributions to the orchestra and other music, with just as much enthusiasm as I’ve had before.”
A plan to ease into retirement and turn the artistic director’s position over to former Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Arild Remmereit fell apart.
Fetler jumped right back into his former role, is relishing his preparation for the concert and is happy to share music that bridges the baroque and classical periods.
The orchestra is bringing in 20-year-old Cicely Parnas (granddaughter of cellist Leslie Parnas), who won first place in the Young Concert Artista International competition, to solo in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major.
Also on the concert are pieces by father and daughter Andre and Lucile Gretry. Lucile Gretry tragically died at age 17, but she composed an opera at age 14. The chamber orchestra will perform the overture, plus two arias from The Marriage of Antonio, with soprano Michaela Anthony, a student at the Eastman School of Music.
The program also will include Symphony No. 1 by Joseph Boulogne Chevalier St. Georges, whose mother was a slave on the Guatemalan plantation owned by his father and moved back to France with him. St. Georges was a violinist, knew Mozart and Haydn and was a master in martial arts (which helped when after his benefactor died, he moved to England and made a living as a master fencer), Fetler says.
The program also includes pieces by Mozart and Francois Gossec.
If you go
If you go
What: Rochester Chamber Orchestra’s season opener.
When: 3 p.m. next Sunday.
Where: Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.
Cost: $30 ($20 for seniors, $10 for students).
For information: (585) 734-6163 or rochesterchamberorchestra.org.
Other concerts this week
Other concerts this week
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Appalachian Spring” with guest conductor Larry Rachleff and featuring Concertmaster Julia Athayde. Added to the program was a tribute to the late Douglas Lowry, dean of the Eastman School of Music who died from cancer earlier this month. The composer’s Fanfare from Flora will join pieces by Barber, Copland, Piazolla and Falla. The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Tickets are $15 to $75 ($10 for students). Call (585) 454-2100.
Tetzlaff Quartet will play works by Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven at 8 p.m. Tuesday as part of the Eastman Ranlet Series at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call (585) 454-2100 or go to esm.rochester.edu.
Penfield Symphony Orchestra will perform “Revel in Rachmaninoff” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Penfield High School, 25 High School Drive. Tickets are $14 (free for students). Call (585) 872-0774.
Il Giardino d’Amore from Krakow, Poland, a sister city of Rochester, will perfrom in a free concert at 3 p.m. next Sunday in Linehan Chapel at Nazareth College’s Golisano Academic Center, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford. Call (585) 275-9898 or go to naz.edu.
Other free concerts this week: Jazz great Bill Holman joins Eastman Jazz Ensemble and New Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Thursday in Kilbourn Hall; Eastman Wind Orchestra at 8 p.m. Monday at Eastman Theatre; Eastman School Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Eastman Theatre; Ad Hoc Chamber Ensemble as part of the Live from Hochstein Concert Series at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at Hochstein Performance Hall. Demons, with violinist Margaret Leenhouts, pianist Kevin Nitsch, clarinetist Marcy Bacon and soprano Amy Cochrane at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Nazareth’s Wilmot Hall; Spooktacular IV with the University of Rochester Brass Choir at 8 p.m. Friday in Strong Auditorium on UR’s River Campus; Halloween Spooktacular by Nazareth ensembles in Wilmot Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; the Azzimato Winds in the Eastman at St. Michael’s Series at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church; and the Hochstein Sinfonia and Philharmonia at 7 p.m. next Sunday at Hochstein.