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Music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Ratcliff

21 Apr, 2021 12:10 PM — 21 Apr, 2021 12:50 PM   
Event summary
Pianist Cary Ratcliff – with guest Robert Simonds on violin – performs music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff, along with his own compositions. The concert will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM (no live audience).
Event details

Pianist Cary Ratcliff – with guest Robert Simonds on violin – performs music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff, along with his own compositions. Known as a composer of choral, orchestral, chamber music, art song, and opera, Ratcliff also is keyboardist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Madrigalia chamber choir. Robert Simonds is Principal Second Violin with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The program begins with several works by Chopin and Rachmaninov, composers who were extraordinary pianists. Their work opened up beautiful new ways of writing for the instrument.

Ratcliff’s newly penned overture on his early opera “Ellis Island” is set during the second great wave of immigration, as the United States opened its doors to Southern and Eastern Europeans around the beginning of the 19th century. His opera is influenced by the music of many cultures.

We are in the midst of another massive human migration, as people leave their lands, suffering from war or climate catastrophes, in search of a place of refuge, a place for themselves on this earth. Ratcliff’s piano solo “Refuge” was born of recent images of millions of humans on the move. It tries to capture the obsessive hope that drives people to travel for weeks or years and brave treacherous straights for themselves and their families.

The final portion of the program recognizes the losses that many have experienced this past year. The bittersweetness of Chopin Nocturnes, and a new solo by Ratcliff entitled “Goodbye,” offer some consolation.

The Hochstein School’s lunchtime Live from Hochstein concert series will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM and hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami.

Listen to the concert online at https://www.classical915.org/.

To read the program notes and artists' bios, click here.

Please note that because of health and safety guidelines during the pandemic, the spring concert series will be broadcast without a live audience in the Performance Hall.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have provided continuous underwriting of the Live from Hochstein Broadcast & Concert Series since 1993. Live from Hochstein is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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    21 Apr, 2021 12:10 PM — 21 Apr, 2021 12:50 PM
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