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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. They 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
21Jan
21Jan
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

MMT-20170115_04049_w...Highlights include:

  • an instrument petting zoo
  • interactive sessions of music FUNdamentals and creative movement;
  • 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.

This event is supported by Wegmans Food Markets.

  • Time
    21 Jan, 2018 PM 2:00 — 21 Jan, 2018 PM 4:00
Hochstein School of Music & Dance
Spotlight on Faculty – Navigating Schubert’s Chamber Music
Event summary
Music of Schubert featuring Molly Werts McDonald, violin; Eri Noda, violin; Aika Ito, viola; Daniel Ketter, cello; and Cora Swenson Lee, cello.
Event details

This Spotlight on Faculty concert will explore two masterworks of the chamber music repertoire – Schubert’s Quartetsatz in C Minor and String Quintet in C Major. Schubert is well known as a song composer, and these works include some beautiful and memorable melodies.

For his string quintet, Schubert used a rare combination of instruments: two violins, viola, and two cellos. The second cello creates fullness and depth beyond the capabilities of a string quartet, which hopefully will be apparent with the string quartet and quintet presented side by side. The musicians will guide the audience through the quintet with a musical map, helping to navigate this large and complex work of music.

These five musicians have played together many times throughout the years, but this is their first time playing all together as a quintet and they are excited to share some of their favorite chamber works with the audience.

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.

This event is supported by Wegmans Food Markets.

  • Time
    26 Jan, 2018 PM 7:00 — 26 Jan, 2018 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Event summary
Support Hochstein by making purchases at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Drop by from 12:00 to 5:00 pm as Hochstein musicians - chamber music ensembles, Suzuki groups, etc. - will be performing during this time.
Event details

A percentage of the net sale, on this day, will be contributed to Hochstein. Click here for a printable PDF of the voucher to use to make your purchase. Online sales count too. Use the Bookfair ID #12198370. Some restrictions apply.

 

  • Time
    28 Jan, 2018 PM 12:00 — 28 Jan, 2018 PM 5:00
Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza
HYSO & Philharmonia in Concert
Event summary
Musicians from the 75-member Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Casey Springstead, and Hochstein Philharmonia, directed by John Fetter, perform a joint concert.
Event details

Phil-Fetter_20161030...Musicians from the 75-member Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Casey Springstead, and Philharmonia, directed by John Fetter, perform a joint concert.

In the first half, Philharmonia performs Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Sibelius’ Finlandia, and Suite from the Star Wars Epic, parts I and II, by John Williams.

Then, the HYSO takes the stage to perform Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide; “Anitra's Dance” from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, with HYSO Conductor Apprentice Raymond Feng; Back to the Future Suite for Orchestra by Silvestri; and Suite No. 2 from De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat. Hochstein Concerto Competition winner Amy Feng performs the first movement of Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor.

Tickets at the door: $5 general admission.

  • Time
    04 Feb, 2018 PM 2:00 — 04 Feb, 2018 PM 4:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spotlight on Faculty – By the Numbers
Event summary
Works for one to six players concluding with Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds. Featuring Fem Vindar: Julie Smith, flute; Terry Smith, oboe; Marcy Bacon, clarinet; Kirsta Rodean, bassoon; Colleen Wolf, horn; with Doleen Hood, piano.
Event details

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.
 

This event is supported by Wegmans Food Markets.

  • Time
    09 Feb, 2018 PM 7:00 — 09 Feb, 2018 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Youth Wind Symphony Concert
Event summary
The Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony, directed by John Rolland, performs their winter concert of wind band music.
Event details

The program includes Slava! – as a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 100 this year – Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, Kilimanjaro: An African Portrait by Robert Washburn, a wind band arrangement of the choral work “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, and “Apollo Unleashed” from Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 2.

Hochstein’s Youth Wind Symphony features woodwind, percussion, and brass players in grades 9–12. The ensemble meets for six weeks in January and February to prepare music for this concert. This concert is free and open to the public.

  • Time
    10 Feb, 2018 PM 7:30 — 10 Feb, 2018 PM 8:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Chamber for the Pantry
Event summary
This special performance by Hochstein’s Chamber Music Connection ensembles benefits the Brighton Food Depot’s Backpack Program, which supplies 100 bags of kid-friendly items each month to needy children at several Rochester City schools.
Event details

During the concert, student piano and string ensembles will perform classical music. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Brighton Food Depot’s pantry.

Specific kid-friendly items needed: vegetables, spaghetti sauce, boxed pasta, low-sugar cereal, peanut butter, jelly, mac-n-cheese, entree (any canned food with meat), canned fruit, and soup.

  • Time
    15 Feb, 2018 PM 7:00 — 15 Feb, 2018 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Rochester Oratorio Society - Frederick Douglass at 200
Event summary
Statesman, orator, business and civic leader, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass made his home in Rochester for a generation. With this performance, the Rochester Oratorio Society mounts a Bicentennial commemoration of his life through readings, re-enactment, and music.
Event details

Renowned Douglass re-enactor and Nazareth College faculty member Dr. David Anderson offers renditions of some of Douglass’s most revered writings between sections from American composer Kirke Mechem’s settings entitled Songs of the Slave, from his opera, John Brown. Students from Rochester Public School #12, who memorize Douglass passages yearly, will recite them for the ROS audience.

The featured work on the program is The Emancipation Oratorio by world-renowned Geneseo composer Glenn McClure, which the Society commissioned and premiered in 2013. This exciting and moving piece combines texts by Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Harper, and contemporary slave narratives in music employing Western instruments, African percussion, and Western New York folk instruments. The Rochester East High School Choir joins the ROS to close the program in rousing fashion with the gospel tune "Lord I’m free," by New York composer, Steve Dobrogosz. 

For tickets and more information, visit the Rochester Oratorio Society website.

  • Time
    16 Feb, 2018 PM 7:30 — 16 Feb, 2018 PM 9:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Landmark Society 80th Anniversary Evening of Performing Arts
Event summary
Celebrate the Landmark Society's 80th Anniversary year with an evening of performing arts in one of Rochester’s most historically significant buildings, featuring two of our city’s world-renowned artistic groups, and one of our up-and-coming stars.
Event details

This special, collaborative concert in the Performance Hall of the Hochstein School of Music & Dance will be the first time that PUSH Physical Theatre and The Ying Quartet have appeared on the same stage, and they will be sharing it with this year’s recipient of the Eastman School of Music’s William Warfield Scholarship, Jonathan Rhodes.

Proceeds go to The Landmark Society's Preservation Grant Fund, helping facilitate historic rehab projects that catalyze positive change in communities across a nine-county service area centered on Rochester, NY.

For tickets and more information, visit the Landmark Society website.

  • Time
    23 Feb, 2018 PM 7:00 — 23 Feb, 2018 PM 9:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Sinfonia & Concertino Strings in Concert
Event summary
Musicians in Hochstein’s Sinfonia (grades 4-9, John Fetter, director), and Concertino Strings (grades 1-5, Marcos Kreutzer, director) orchestral ensembles give a free joint afternoon concert. This concert is free and open to the public.
  • Time
    04 Mar, 2018 PM 2:00 — 04 Mar, 2018 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spotlight on Faculty – Romancing the Baritone
Event summary
Music of McMichael, Merrill, Rutkowski, and Previn, featuring Nancy Boone-Bahr, baritone saxophone; with Ramon Ricker, soprano saxophone; Chisato Eda Marling, soprano saxophone; Chris Doser, tenor saxophone; Barbara Brown, alto saxophone; and Yi-Wen Chang, piano.
Event details

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.
 

This event is supported by Wegmans Food Markets.

  • Time
    16 Mar, 2018 PM 7:00 — 16 Mar, 2018 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
28Apr
28Apr
Pavlo in Concert
Event summary
Hot off the heels of his PBS-TV concert smash hit, "Live in Kastoria," Pavlo will perform music from his extensive catalogue.
Event details

Pavlo is known for bringing every audience to their feet. Enjoy a night of incredible musicianship, laughter, storytelling, and, of course, the infamous Guitar Give-Away! As most fans are aware, Pavlo gives away the very guitar he performs with every night to a lucky audience member.

Over the span of his 20-year career, this internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer, and songwriter has released 11 albums of his own music, plus two collaborative projects, including 2015’s Guitarradas with Remigio Pereira and 2009’s Trifecta with fellow guitar masters Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez.

Tickets are $40 for general orchestra level or general balcony seating. For more information, visit www.pavlo.com.

  • Time
    28 Apr, 2018 PM 8:00 — 28 Apr, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spotlight on Faculty – Rhythm, Rag, and Reminiscence
Event summary
100 years of American music for piano and strings, featuring Pia Liptak, violin; Leah Kettelkamp, viola; Jennifer Carpenter, cello; and Yi-Wen Chang, piano.
Event details

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.

This event is supported by Wegmans Food Markets.

  • Time
    04 May, 2018 PM 7:00 — 04 May, 2018 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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