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Mission Statement

The mission of the David Hochstein Memorial Music School is to provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities
with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement.


 
 

 

Music matters. Making music matters more.

The Hochstein School, founded in commemoration of genius and dedicated to providing access to opportunity, is a vibrant community of musicians, dancers, and supporters who choose to come together in this historic and inspiring place to develop in themselves, and in each other, the ability to speak and communicate through the making of music and dance. We do this with the conviction that music nurtures, enriches, and energizes every human life, and that the joy of making music, and all the expressive arts that it inspires, holds the key to creating a better world.

 

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
An Afternoon with Lidia Bastianich
Event summary
Join WXXI for an afternoon with renowned, Emmy-winning TV Host, restaurateur, chef, and author Lidia Bastianich.
Event details

WXXI’s Evan Dawson talks with Lidia about her recently published memoir, My American Dream. She'll also discuss her perspectives on food, farming, and what she has learned as she has traveled around the country for her long-running PBS special, Lidia Celebrates America. The event will also highlight the work Lidia and WXXI have been doing with veterans. Members of our local veterans community will join Evan and Lidia on stage for a discussion on how food and farming can help build stronger community connections.

Tickets are $15. More information at https://www.wxxi.org/highlights/2018/08/afternoon-lidia-bastianich.

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    30 Sep, 2018 PM 2:00 — 30 Sep, 2018 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
An Evening with the New York State Ballet
Event summary
Celebrate the New York State Ballet's 6th season with a performance featuring excerpts from critically acclaimed past productions and celebrated ballet favorites.
Event details

The performance is followed by a champagne reception to meet everyone at New York State Ballet. Tickets are $20. More information at http://www.newyorkstateballet.org/

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    06 Oct, 2018 PM 7:30 — 06 Oct, 2018 PM 9:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
07Oct
07Oct
RPO: Zest of Czech
Event summary
Ward Stare conducts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist Lars Kirvan. Program includes music by Smetana, Dvořák, and Janacek.
Event details

Ward Stare, conductor
Lars Kirvan, cello

 

SMETANA Bartered Bride Overture
DVOŘÁK Silent Woods
JANACEK Lachian Dances
           3. Blacksmith’s Dance
           5. Country Bumpkin Dance (Celadensky)
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor

Tickets are $24-$38. More information at www.rpo.org.

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    07 Oct, 2018 PM 2:00 — 07 Oct, 2018 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Event summary
Featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Chelsea Tipton, conductor. The program includes Rossini’s Overture to "The Barber of Seville" and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

This free weekly "brown-bag" concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

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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    10 Oct, 2018 PM 12:10 — 10 Oct, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
RPO: Dr. Seuss’s "The Sneetches"
Event summary
Dr. Seuss’s timeless children’s tale about important life lessons on tolerance, diversity, and compromise comes to vivid life with Lorenzo Palomo’s original score and narrator.
Event details

Tickets are $10 child, $20 adult. More information at http://rpo.org/event/dr-seusss-the-sneetches/

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    14 Oct, 2018 PM 2:00 — 14 Oct, 2018 PM 3:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Love Songs for South America
Event summary
Featuring Ken Luk, guitar; Wan-Ling Chuang, double bass. The program features music related to a love theme by Brazilian composers Villa-Lobos and Pixinguinha, as well tango music by Piazzolla. The duo will also play a charming violin-guitar duet by Paganini.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

The weekly concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

 

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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    17 Oct, 2018 PM 12:10 — 17 Oct, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
20Oct
20Oct
Hochstein5K 2018
Event summary
Join, Run/Walk, or Donate! Support our Hochstein5K team at ROCtoberfest at Genesee Valley Park on Saturday, October 20, 2018!
Event details

Run/Walk: http://yellowjacketracing.com/races/roctoberfest 

Donate or Join or Fundraising Team: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/hochstein-5k    

Almost 100 years ago, our community rallied around the desire to build a community music school that would provide educational opportunities for everyone no matter their age, ability, or socioeconomic status. Today, The Hochstein School welcomes over 3,500 people of all ages for music, dance, and art therapy opportunities each year. 

If you are unfamiliar with Hochstein, the core of our mission is to offer tuition assistance for those in need -- providing equal access to our community.  During the 2017-2018 school year, Hochstein awarded $312,266 in need-based assistance to almost half of our students.  This is an increase of more than $40,000 compared to previous years.  Help us to continue to grow this vital program for 2018-2019!

We would like to invite you to join Hochstein in fulfilling its mission. By supporting Hochstein, you create opportunities for… 

  • a preschooler from an inner-city neighborhood, so he can come to Hochstein and learn not only about music and dance, but also how to work with others in a supportive environment; 
  • an adult with autism to have access to our music lab and learn new ways to communicate; 
  • a senior citizen with Alzheimer’s to hold on to fond memories and experience joy through song; 
  • music and dance students with great potential from families with limited resources to have the chance to develop and excel in the arts and throughout their education. 


By supporting our Hochstein5K effort, you are building a vibrant and inclusive arts community within Rochester.

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    20 Oct, 2018 — 20 Oct, 2018
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Junior Wind Symphony Concert
Event summary
The Hochstein Junior Wind Symphony, directed by John Rolland, presents its fall concert of wind band music. Hochstein’s Junior Wind Symphony features wind, percussion, and brass players in grades 7 and 8. The ensemble meets for six weeks in September and October to prepare music for this fall concert.
Event details

The concert is free and open to the public.

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    20 Oct, 2018 PM 7:30 — 20 Oct, 2018 PM 9:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Finger Lakes Concert Band Fall Concert
Event summary
Under the direction of Gregory Kane, the Finger Lakes Concert Band brings together instrumentalists from around the Finger Lakes region to perform a wide variety of exciting music for wind instruments. The ensemble includes adult instrumentalists and advanced high school students.
Event details

General admission tickets are $5, free for students 18 or under. More details to come ...

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    21 Oct, 2018 PM 3:00 — 21 Oct, 2018 PM 4:30
Canandaigua Middle School
Live from Hochstein – Piano Trios by Arensky and Piazzolla
Event summary
The program includes selections by Anton Arensky and Astor Piazzolla. Featuring Eri Noda, violin; Jennifer Carpenter, cello; and Yi-Wen Chang, piano.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

The weekly concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

 

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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    24 Oct, 2018 PM 12:10 — 24 Oct, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein Philharmonia & Sinfonia Joint Concert
Event summary
Musicians in Hochstein’s Philharmonia (grades 6-11) and Sinfonia (grades 4-9) orchestral ensembles give a joint fall concert. The concert is free and open to the public.
Event details

More details to come...

  • Time
    28 Oct, 2018 PM 2:00 — 28 Oct, 2018 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – A Taste of Baroque Italy
Event summary
Featuring Trio Speranza: Anna Griffis, violin; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; and Jason Moy, harpsichord.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

The weekly concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

 

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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    31 Oct, 2018 PM 12:10 — 31 Oct, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Voices of Autumn Recital
Event summary
Voices of Autumn features Hochstein Youth Singers and Hochstein Singers, directed by Maryellen Giese, along with soloists from the Hochstein’s voice studios.
Event details

The concert is free and open to the public.

More details to come ...

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    01 Nov, 2018 PM 6:30 — 01 Nov, 2018 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Music of Douglas, Piazzolla, and Previn
Event summary
Featuring The Classy-Jazz Trio: Ramon Ricker, soprano saxophone; Nancy Boone-Bahr, baritone saxophone; and Yi-Wen Chang, piano.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

The weekly concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

 

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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    07 Nov, 2018 PM 12:10 — 07 Nov, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
If All Rochester Wrote the Same Song
Event summary
IARWTSS is an annual songwriting challenge and show. This year's title is "I'm a Fool for this Town."
Event details

Rochester area songwriters are encouraged to write a song on this year's theme: "I'm a Fool for this Town." The deadline for entries is September 16. An anonymous panel will choose their top 20 songs out of all those submitted to be rehearsed and performed with the house band at the gala party and performance. 

For more information, visit https://rochestersongs.com/. Tickets will be available at Record Archive, The Bop Shop, and through Brown Paper Tickets.

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    10 Nov, 2018 PM 7:00 — 10 Nov, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Concertino Strings Fall Concert
Event summary
Members of Hochstein’s Concertino Strings – violin, viola, cello, and bass students in grades 1-5 – perform their fall concert, directed by Marcos Kreutzer.
Event details

The concert is free and open to the public.

 

More details to come...

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    11 Nov, 2018 PM 1:00 — 11 Nov, 2018 PM 1:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra - Fall Concert
Event summary
The Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO), directed by Casey Springstead, performs its fall concert with works by Bernstein, Ravel, Bruch, Berlioz, and Tchaikovsky.
Event details

The program includes Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, selections from Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Bruch’s Kol Nidrei (with Tigran Vardanyan as violin soloist), Berlioz’s Rakoczy March from The Damnation of Faust, and the last two movements of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The Ravel and Bruch works are in honor of the end of World War I (the concert falls on the 100th anniversary of the armistice) and the 100th anniversary of David Hochstein’s death.

Tickets are $5 general admission at the door.

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    11 Nov, 2018 PM 3:00 — 11 Nov, 2018 PM 5:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Brahms’ Sextet for Strings
Event summary
Featuring Brahms’ Sextet for Strings in G Major, Op. 36, performed by Molly McDonald and Eri Noda, violin; Olita Strazds Povero and Aika Ito, viola; Cora Swenson Lee and Jennifer Carpenter, cello.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

The weekly concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

 

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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    14 Nov, 2018 PM 12:10 — 14 Nov, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
RPO: Sectional Highlights
Event summary
Ward Stare conducts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in music of Susator, Mozart, and Shostakovich.
Event details

SUSATOR  Danserye for Brass and Percussion
MOZART  Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major, K. 375 for woodwinds
SHOSTAKOVICH/BARSHAI  Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Strings

Tickets are $24-$38. More information at http://rpo.org/event/sectional-highlights/

 

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    18 Nov, 2018 PM 2:00 — 18 Nov, 2018 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Event summary
Happy Thanksgiving!
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    21 Nov, 2018 — 21 Nov, 2018
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Live from Hochstein – Holiday Music for Horns
Event summary
Featuring the Eastman Horn Choir; W. Peter Kurau, director. Celebrate the season with brass music performed by musicians from the Eastman School of Music.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

The weekly concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

 

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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    28 Nov, 2018 PM 12:10 — 28 Nov, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Madrigalia: A Cup of Good Cheer
Event summary
Featuring Madrigalia; Cary Ratcliff, artistic director. Our annual celebration of the holiday season with the choral chamber ensemble Madrigalia.
Event details

Hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM, Live from Hochstein is the longest-running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. 

The weekly concert series gives downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music by outstanding musicians, including soloists, duets, and small ensembles.

 

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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    05 Dec, 2018 PM 12:10 — 05 Dec, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
07Dec
07Dec
Holiday Prism Concert
Event summary
Hochstein ensembles perform a holiday concert in the Prism format. Performers set up in different parts of the Performance Hall and the performance runs continuously for about an hour with applause held until the very end.
Event details

The concert is free and open to the public.

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    07 Dec, 2018 PM 7:00 — 07 Dec, 2018 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Holiday Concert of Young Voices
Event summary
Young singers in Hochstein’s choral program—Hochstein Singers and Youth Singers, directed by Maryellen Giese, and the Hochstein Little Singers, directed by Grace Adams—will be featured in this free afternoon concert.
Event details

The concert is free and open to the public. A reception follows the concert.

More details to come ...

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    08 Dec, 2018 PM 3:00 — 08 Dec, 2018 PM 4:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
RPO: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Event summary
The RPO performs Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, as well as music by Clarke, Boyce, Handel, and Mendelssohn.
Event details

Conductor TBD
Rebecca Gilbert, 
flute 
Joanna Bassett, flute
Juliana Athayde, violin 

CLARK(ARRWOODPrince of Denmark’s March
BOYCSymphony No. 1 in B-flat Major
HANDEConcerto a due cori, No. 2, HWV 333 in F Major
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major
MENDELSSOHString Symphony No. 10 In B Minor

Tickets are $24-$38. For more information, visit http://rpo.org/event/brandenburg-concerto-no-4/

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    09 Dec, 2018 PM 2:00 — 09 Dec, 2018 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
HochStrings Holiday Concert
Event summary
The HochStrings Adult Chamber Orchestra, directed by Pia Liptak, performs a program of seasonal music.
Event details

This concert is free and open to the public.

More details to come ...

  • Time
    14 Dec, 2018 PM 5:45 — 14 Dec, 2018 PM 6:30
Hochstein Chapel
Rochester Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert
Event details

The concert features the Flower City Pride Band and the Rochettes and will include the popular audience sing-along.  The repertoire is a balance of sacred & secular.

Tickets are $10 child (under 12) and $20 adult. for more information, visit https://thergmc.org/concert-%26-events

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    15 Dec, 2018 PM 7:30 — 15 Dec, 2018 PM 9:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Finger Lakes Concert Band Holiday Concert
Event summary
Under the direction of Gregory Kane, the Finger Lakes Concert Band brings together instrumentalists from around the Finger Lakes region to perform a wide variety of exciting music.
Event details

General admission tickets are $5, free for students 18 or under.

More details to come...

  • Time
    16 Dec, 2018 PM 3:00 — 16 Dec, 2018 PM 4:30
Canandaigua Academy
SCMR: Mozart in France
Event summary
The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester presents a concert featuring the music of Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Lili Boulanger, and Guillaume Connesson.
Event details

Mozart Trio E Flat Major for Piano, Clarinet and Viola, K. 498 “Kegelstatt”
Saint-Saëns Oboe Sonata
Lili Boulanger Nocturne et Cortege 
Guillaume Connesson Sextuor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Double Bass and Piano (1998)

Erik Behr, oboe
Kenneth Grant, clarinet
Federico Agostini, violin
Marc Anderson, viola
Fred Dole, double bass
Elinor Freer, piano
Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano
Hochstein Student Ensemble

Pre-Concert Talk with the Artistic Directors and musicians begins 30 minutes before scheduled concert time.

Tickets are $35 ($150 for 5-concert season). For more information, visit https://www.chambermusicrochester.org/concerts/2018/12/16/mozart-in-france 

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    16 Dec, 2018 PM 4:00 — 16 Dec, 2018 PM 5:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
20Jan
20Jan
Musical Mystery Tour!
Event summary
Hochstein is delighted to invite families to our annual winter open house! Enjoy an afternoon filled with fun at our Musical Mystery Tour.
Event details

Highlights include:

  • an instrument petting zoo
  • interactive music and dance sessions;
  • crafts and Music and Art Therapy activities;
  • performances by Hochstein ensembles;
  • and a huge drum circle!

The Musical Mystery Tour sends children on a scavenger hunt for dance and music clues scattered throughout the historic Hochstein building, while the exceptional Hochstein faculty guide young gumshoes through the music, dance, and craft activities. Families can explore our offerings, learn more about the school, and even register for individual lessons and winter class sessions.

Tickets: Pricing for the Musical Mystery tour is $3 per child, $5 per adult, and a maximum of $10 per family. Children 2 and under are admitted free of charge.

 

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    20 Jan, 2019 PM 2:00 — 20 Jan, 2019 PM 4:00
The Hochstein School
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Event summary
Support Hochstein by making purchases at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618.
Event details

Drop by from 1:00 to 5:00 pm as Hochstein musicians will be performing during this time. A percentage of the net sale, on this day, will be contributed to Hochstein.

Check back for a PDF of the voucher to use to make your purchase. Online sales count too. Some restrictions apply.

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    27 Jan, 2019 PM 1:00 — 27 Jan, 2019 PM 5:00
Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza
Golden Link presents An Evening with Judy Collins
Event summary
This special Golden Link concert features Judy Collins, who has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.
Event details

In the 1960s, Judy Collins evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” is in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Ticket prices are $40-$70, with discounts for Golden Link members. Reserved seating tickets are available at https://www.goldenlink.org/concert_judycollins_190309 and in person and by phone at the RPO Box Office at 585-454-2100.

Founded in 1971, the Golden Link Folk Singing Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk music in the Rochester area.

  • Time
    09 Mar, 2019 PM 7:30 — 09 Mar, 2019 PM 9:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
2019 Honors Convocation
Event summary
Hochstein showcases the Merit Scholarship winners in grades 5-12 in this special student performance concert.
Event details

The scholarship winners were selected during auditions that were held February–March 2019. More details to come.

  • Time
    31 May, 2019 PM 7:00 — 31 May, 2019 PM 9:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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