Early music takes centerstage this weekend

05:00 AM, Nov 04, 2013

Christopher Wilke will be performing at Musica Spei's Rochester Early Music Festival. (Photo provided by Musica Spei)/

Written By Staff reports

Next weekend will be dominated by two big concerts highlighting Rochester’s unusually large and accomplished early music community.

• At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Musica Spei presents its annual Rochester Early Music Festival at St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave. The concert will be PRISM style, which means performers won’t be on a central stage but will be throughout the sanctuary. Performances include Christopher Wilke playing a Weiss sonata on the 13-course lute; Christopher Haritatos taking a night’s leave from the RPO season to trade his modern cello for its baroque predecessor for Domenico Gabrielli’s Ricercar Secondo; Haritatos and his wife, baroque violinist Boel Gidholm, who lead Publick Musick together, for a Corelli sonata; chamber choir Voce and St. Louis Church organist Stephanie Honz are newcomers this year; and Bonnie Choi on harpsichord for a Bach sonata. Tickets are $15 ($13 in advance, $5 for students) and available at Parkleigh or MusicaSpei.org. Call (585) 241-9761.

• At 4 p.m. next Sunday at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Pegasus Early Music will presents a concert highlighting female composers, including nuns and courtiers. Featured will be the music of Barbara Strozzi, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Francesca Caccini and Isabella Leonarda. Performers include soprano Laura Heimes, violinists Dongmyung Ahn and Daniel Lee, gamba player Emily Walhout, harpsichordist Michael Beattie and Pegasus leader Deborah Fox on theorbo. A pre-concert talk begins at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors, $10 for college students, free for youths) and available at (585) 703-3990, go to PegasusEarlyMusic.org or Parkleigh.

A free sneak peek of the Pegasus concert will be part of the Live from Hochstein Concert Series at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at 50 N. Plymouth Ave.

• Also on the schedule this week is a Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Philharmonics Series concert with guest conductor Christoph Campestrini, musical director of the Oper Klosterneuburg Festival outside Vienna, and Eastman School of Music’s Barry Snyder on piano. Featured during the concerts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., will be Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss: Divertimento, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $15 to $89 ($10 for students). (585) 454-2100 or go to rpo.org.

• The Eastman Faculty Artist Series continues with jazz trumpeter Clay Jenkins at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hatch Recital Hall, 433 E. Main St. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Perinton Concert Band’s Salute to Veterans is at 8 p.m. Friday at Minerva Deland School, 140 Hurlburt Road, Fairport. Tickets: $7 ($5 for seniors, $3 for students, $20 for families). Go to perintonconcertband.org.

Free this week

Brighton Symphony plays at 3 p.m. today at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Winton Road, Brighton; the Eastman Trombone Choir at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 S. Clinton Ave.; Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Golisano Academic Center’s Linehan Chapel; and A Concert of Remembrance with the chancel choirs of Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St., joined by a band for The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday.