The latest chapter in the long-time, mutually fruitful relationship between Rochester composers and Rochester musicians will unfold, Sunday evening, when First Muse presents its opening concert of the season. "Joys and Litanies: A Local Perspective" spotlights chamber music written during the past 20 years by three of Rochester's most talented composers, performed by nine talented local musicians. Cary Ratcliff is the pianist in his own work "Voyage" (with new RPO principal trombone David Bruestle) and "Gitanjali Dances: Five Joys" (with flutist Rebecca Gilbert). Ratcliff also joins Gilbert and cellist Mimi Hwang for "Cold Litanies" by Eastman professor David Liptak. And clarinetist William Amsel and the Amenda Quartet join in for James Willey's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. First Muse will donate 25 percent of the concert's ticket revenue to the First Unitarian Church Honduran Task Force.
"Joys and Litanies" will be performed on Sunday, September 24, at First Unitarian Church, 220 South Winton Road. 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $5 students; $30 family maximum. firstmuse.org.