Musica Spei presents the 14th Annual Rochester Early Music Festival

by MusicaSpei ~ November 6th, 2014. Filed under: Event, Group Description.

2014 Rochester Early Music Festival

Sponsored by Musica Spei (Music of Hope)

Friday, November 14, 2014

7:30 p.m., St. Anne Church

1600 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester

followed by a reception for artists and audience

The Fourteenth Annual Rochester Early Music Festival will feature well-known artists and rising talents  presenting a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Highlights will include:

  • Lutenist Paul O’Dette leading The Eastman Collegium Musicum
  • The newly formed duo Bedlam performing sixteenth-century Scottish songs
  • Christel Thielmann and The Eastman Collegium Viol Consort playing works by Byrd and Morley
  • Baroque cellist Glenna Curren with the prelude to J. S. Bach’s Fourth Cello Suite
  • The Genesee Valley Children’s Choir, directed by Amy Cochrane, accompanied by Julie Covach, singing music of Bach and L’Estocarte
  • Boel Gidholm and Christopher Haritatos playing selections for baroque violin and cello
  • Christopher Wilke with the debut of his newly restored 13-course lute

Festival organizer Musica Spei will present a variety of a capella choral works.  For this festival, Musica Spei will also collaborate with The Genesee Valley Children’s Choir on a Russian-language piece by Bortniansky.  Musica Spei will also collaborate with The Publick Music and with organist T. Woolard Harris to present variations on the haunting melody Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern.

WXXI-FM’s classical-music morning host Brenda Tremblay will be the master of ceremonies for the concert, which concludes with a reception for artists and audience.

General admission tickets ($13 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for students) are available at Parkleigh and online at For further information, call 585-241-9761 or visit

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