Live from Hochstein: Romantic Cello Music from Poland

Live from Hochstein: Romantic Cello Music from Poland

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:10pm - 12:50pm

Cellist Natasha Farny

Cellist Natasha Farny and pianist Anne Kissel visit to play romantic cello music from Poland.

WXXI and Hochstein School of Music and Dance present Romantic Cello Music from Poland with Natasha Farny and Anne Kissel on May 13th at 12:10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and streaming online at

American cellist Natasha Farny performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Her playing has been described with the terms “beauty and strength” (Buffalo News), “eloquence” (Sunday Post-Journal) and “music … with dozens of subtle flavors” (WNED public radio). Recent sonata recitals include appearances in several coastal capitals of Brazil, the Czech Republic, Chicago, Florida, New York City, and Washington State, and concerto performances of works by Schumann, Haydn and Martinů.

Natasha Farny has appeared with the Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Greeley Symphony Orchestra, as well as regional orchestras in Fredonia and Orchard Park, NY and Erie, PA. As a new music player, Natasha Farny works actively with living composers through her trio ANA, a soprano-cello-piano collaboration.  She was the recipient of an Encore Grant from the American Composer’s Forum in 2010 with resulting performances that included concerts in Buffalo and at New York City’s Bargemusic series.

Praised by the Boston Globe for her “subtlety and insight,” pianist Anne Kissel is sought after as a chamber musician and song recitalist. A frequent performer of new music, Kissel has premiered works by composers such as Libby Larsen, Ned Rorem, and Daniel Pinkham and has been heard in Boston’s Jordan Hall, live on Boston’s WGBH, at the American Music Center in Boulder, Colorado, throughout the southern United States, and in Germany. Kissel is a cofounder and frequent performer with the Florestan Recital Project, whose recent programs have included an American Vanguard Festival featuring premieres by composers Thea Musgrave and Stephen Paulus, and a festival of the complete songs of Samuel Barber presented at Tufts University. Kissel has been a member of Boston’s Radius Ensemble, an innovative chamber group performing works from the traditional to the cutting edge, and has performed with Opera Boston’s contemporary opera festival Opera Unlimited, at Rochester’s Women in Music Festival, at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, Boston’s Goethe Institute, and at the Gorki Theater, Berlin. She can be heard performing works of Daniel Pinkham on the Arsis label, and on the first volume of The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham, recently released by Florestan Records.

Hosted by Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami, Live from Hochstein is the longest running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. Broadcast live from the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 North Plymouth Ave. in Rochester), the series presents performances by some of the finest artists from the Rochester area’s musical community. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour.

Live from Hochstein repeats that same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and streaming online at

To learn more about the series, and to see a complete schedule of performances, visit