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ROCmusic Transforming Lives through Music

ROCmusic is a community based partnership, designed to introduce classical music to students in the city of Rochester. The program is based on the El Sistema model, which focuses on using music as a tool for social change, working primarily with children that have access to the fewest resources and have the greatest need. The program began here in Rochester as a partnership between the Eastman School of Music, the Eastman Community Music School, the Hochstein School of Music, the city of Rochester, the Rochester City School District and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The lessons are provided free of charge to students that live in the city of Rochester from grades 1-12, regardless of their musical background. The instruction takes place in three levels from the most basic, singing simple songs and learning the recorder, to beginning string instruction and the more advanced string orchestra. Several times each year, the public is invited to the David F. Gantt Community Center to hear the students perform in concert. What they witness is much more than just the music that these students have learned. As teachers and parents have noticed, the impact of the program can be seen in the progress students have made in their school work, in their attitude and in the relationships they have formed with each other and with teachers. The result of this collaboration is perhaps best summed up in the meaning of the acronym that gives ROCmusic its name: Responsibility, Opportunity, Community. To learn more, please visit:
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Sir Neville Marriner, RIP

(15 April 1924—2 October 2016)

Marriner was born in Lincoln, England, and studied at the Royal College of Music and the Paris Conservatoire. He played the violin in the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Martin String Quartet and London Symphony Orchestra, playing with the last two for 13 years. He later formed the Jacobean Ensemble with Thurston Dart before going to Hancock, Maine, in the United States to study conducting with Pierre Monteux at his school there. In 1958, he founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra and recorded copiously with them. Marriner was the first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, from 1969 to 1978. From 1979 to 1986, he was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. He was principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1989. Marriner recorded for various labels, including Argo, L'Oiseau Lyre, Philips and EMI Classics. His recorded repertoire ranges from the baroque era to 20th century British music, as well as opera. Among his recordings are two CDs of British music for Philips Classics with Julian Lloyd Webber, including acclaimed performances of Benjamin Britten's Cello Symphony and Sir William Walton's Cello Concerto. Marriner also supervised the Mozart selections for the soundtrack of the 1984 film Amadeus. He was chairman of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra until 1992, when he was succeeded by Malcolm Latchem. Marriner held the title of Life President. He was the father of the clarinettist Andrew Marriner, principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra.

VIDEO: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded by the now legendary conductor Sir Neville Marriner in 1958. Watch to find out a little more about Sir Neville and his relationship with the Academy, whilst enjoying the Academy's performance of the opening to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner in April 2014. Read more about Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy at:


Bruckner Symphony No.5 in B flat major

The Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major (WAB 105) of Anton Bruckner was written in 1875–1876, with a few minor changes over the next few years. It was first performed in public on two pianos by Joseph Schalk and Franz Zottmann on 20 April 1887 at the Bösendorfersaal in Vienna. The first orchestral performance - in a non-authenticated version ('Schalk-version'), a.o. with a changed orchestration in a Wagnerian fashion and with omitting 122 bars of the finale - was conducted by Franz Schalk in Graz on 8 April 1894 (Bruckner was sick and unable to attend: he never heard this symphony performed by an orchestra). It was dedicated to Karl von Stremayr, minister of education in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The symphony is sometimes referred to as the "Tragic", "Church of Faith", or "Pizzicato" symphony. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Bruckner Symphony No.5 in B flat major 00:00 1. Introduction. Adagio - Allegro 20:50 2. Adagio. Sehr langsam 39:38 3. Scherzo- Molto vivace (Schnell) - Trio. Im gleichen Tempo 53:08 4. Finale. Adagio - Allegro moderato Giuseppe Sinopoli , Conductor Staatskapelle Dresden


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Alirio Díaz (12 November 1923 – 5 July 2016) Venezuelan classical guitari

Alirio Díaz was one of the most prominent composer-guitarists of his country. A guitar competition named Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Alirio Díaz has been held in his honor in Caracas and other cities in Venezuela (the April 2006 contest was held in Carora). Many compositions have been dedicated to Díaz including Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo's Invocación y Danza. In 1961, Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo's piece Invocación y Danza, dedicated to Alirio Díaz, won the First Prize at the Coupe International de Guitare awarded by the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF). In turn, Díaz obliged and the next year performed this very difficult solo piece. It has also been recorded by Díaz. This was the first of many compositions subsequently dedicated to Alirio Díaz. Alirio Díaz performed all over the world combining baroque music with the works of modern Latin American composers, such as Lauro, Sojo and Barrios Mangoré. He teached in Rome and performed in concert with his son Senio. During the European winter, he used to return to Venezuela to his native town, La Candelaria. WIKIPEDIA

MAHLER, Kondrashin

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is not only Mahler’s longest work, but is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire. A typical performance lasts between 90 and 105 minutes. The six-movement piece is regarded as one of Mahler’s greatest, and has been recorded by all of the major orchestras. This recording of Mahler’s 3rd symphony was taken in Moscow, 1961, and features contralto Valentina Levko as well as the Ladies of the Moscow State Choir and Children’s Choir. Alongside Mahler’s work is Prokofiev’s October, Cantata Op 74, in a recording taken in Moscow in 1966. Both of these works feature the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Kirill Kondrashin. VIDEO: Great presentation of the legendary american conductor Leonard Bernstein, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Christa Ludwig (contralto solo), the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Boys Choir playing the Symphony No. 3 of Gustav Mahler, at 1973.


The Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky between November 1874 and February 1875. It was revised in the summer of 1879 and again in December 1888. The first version received heavy criticism from Nikolai Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky's desired pianist. Rubinstein later repudiated his previous accusations and became a fervent champion of the work. It is one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky's compositions and among the best known of all piano concerto. Also on this CD: Russian Piano Concertos
Concertos by Rimsky-Korsakov, Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergi Prokofiev a re-issue of MSR CLASSICS.
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young people join together in music

Music Unites is a national charity with the mission to raise academic and lifetime achievement for at-risk public school students through the support and creation of unique music education partnerships and programs. We currently provide free after-school music programs to youth through school-based partnerships, along with special monthly workshops designed in alignment with standards for career and college readiness. Read More here ››

Five Things You Did Not Know About BEETHOVEN

Beethoven: Five facts you probably didn't know about the composer.

From his unhappy love life to when he was actually born - here are the surprising facts about the German classical virtuoso's life ....