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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
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.
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    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
Live from Hochstein – Superb String Soloists from Eastman
Event summary
Featuring Eastman Performer’s Certificate students from the Strings/Harp/Guitar Department
Event details

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    21 Mar, 2018 PM 12:10 — 21 Mar, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Rochester Gay Men's Chorus - "Two Boys Kissing"
Event summary
In collaboration with Blackfriars Theatre, this is an "engaging piece of choral theatre" dealing with themes of family, first love, identity, bravery, and loss.
Event details

Based on David Leviathan’s Lambda Literary Award winning book, Joshua Shank’s Two Boys Kissing tells the stories of two gay teenagers who attempt to break the world record for the longest kiss, another couple falling in love, and a teen whose sexual orientation is discovered by his conservative parents.

Called an “engaging piece of choral theatre,” Two Boys Kissing will feature actors in collaboration with Blackfriars Theatre as the characters and narrators. The work “is for anyone who's fallen in love, for anyone who's been hurt by love, for anyone who has lost a loved one, and for anyone who still believes in love and still believes in hope.”

For tickets and more information, visit the RGMC website.

  • Time
    24 Mar, 2018 PM 7:30 — 24 Mar, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – RPO Marimba Band
Event summary
Featuring the RPO Marimba Band
Event details

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    28 Mar, 2018 PM 12:10 — 28 Mar, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Event summary
Spring Recess, No Live from Hochstein concert today
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    04 Apr, 2018 — 04 Apr, 2018
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Ensemble Perihipsous: Farcical and Funereal Papa Haydn
Event summary
For its spring concert, Ensemble Perihipsous - Rochester's period orchestra - presents two symphonies reflecting the dual theatrical masks of comedy and tragedy.
Event details

Symphony No. 44, "Trauer" (Funeral), is an exciting and stormy work, the second movement of which Haydn desired be part of his own funeral. Symphony No. 60, "Il distratto" (The Distracted One), is filled with comedic twists and turns, conveying the forgetfulness of the absent-minded character of the play for which the music was composed. Cellist Beiliang Zhu will be the featured soloist in Haydn's vibrant Cello Concerto in C Major.

Doors open at 6:30 pm; pre-concert presentation on Haydn at 7:00 pm.

For tickets and more information, visit https://www.ensembleperihipsous.org/performances.

  • Time
    07 Apr, 2018 PM 8:00 — 07 Apr, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Mikhail Kopelman, Stefan Reuss, and Rebecca Penneys
Event summary
Featuring Mikhail Kopelman, violin; Stefan Reuss, cello; Rebecca Penneys, piano
Event details

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    11 Apr, 2018 PM 12:10 — 11 Apr, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Hochstein Merit Scholarship Winners
Event summary
Featuring Hochstein Merit Scholarship Winners: Michael Blum, piano, and Jacqueline Hager, cello
Event details

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    18 Apr, 2018 PM 12:10 — 18 Apr, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Event summary
Hochstein has served people of all ages, musical abilities, and means since our founding in 1920. This event showcases Hochstein's ongoing commitment to making need-based scholarships available to those in the Greater Rochester area.
Event details

Opening a Window…  

One warm spring afternoon sometime around 1906, Rochester arts patron Emily Sibley Watson heard a young David Hochstein practicing violin through an open window at her neighbor’s home. She became his benefactor, ensuring that he received the finest training available. This is the genesis of what would later become the Hochstein School of Music & Dance as we know it – providing people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement.

Join us on April 21 as we raise funds for Hochstein’s need-based scholarship program and continue opening new “windows” for those who come to Hochstein today. 

Monroe Golf Club (155 Golf Avenue, Pittsford, NY 14534)
Black tie optional.

More information at http://hochstein.org/Support/Gala
Please contact Cynthia Pacia with inquiries at 585-454-4403 x23 or cynthia.pacia@hochstein.org.

Click here to register for the event or to reserve a table.

  • Time
    21 Apr, 2018 PM 6:00 — 21 Apr, 2018 PM 9:30
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Live from Hochstein – Publick Musick
Event summary
The period-instrument ensemble Publick Musick performs one of Mozart's greatest masterpieces for chamber ensemble, the String Quintet in C major, K. 515.
Event details

Featuring Cynthia Roberts, violin; Boel Gidholm, violin; Daniel Elyar, viola; Alissa Smith, viola; and Christopher Haritatos, cello.

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    25 Apr, 2018 PM 12:10 — 25 Apr, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
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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
Live from Hochstein – Antara Winds
Event summary
Antara Winds perform music of Mahler, Ewazen, and Ligeti.
Event details

The Antara Winds is Diane Smith, flute; Judith Ricker, oboe; Margaret Quackenbush, clarinet; Natalya Rose Vrbsky, bassoon; and Nikolette LaBonte, horn.

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    02 May, 2018 PM 12:10 — 02 May, 2018 PM 12:50
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
Live from Hochstein – Syncopated Sounds from 1920s Germany
Event summary
Pianist Tony Caramia performs music of Perl, Schulhoff, Gruenberg, and Hindemith.
Event details

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    09 May, 2018 PM 12:10 — 09 May, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Eastman Cello Ensemble
Event summary
Featuring Eastman Cello Ensemble
Event details

Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. The 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.

  • Time
    16 May, 2018 PM 12:10 — 16 May, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Rochester Gay Men's Chorus - "Back to Broadway"
Event summary
Feel the infectious beats and neon lights of New York City as the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus takes you on a trip to Broadway for their 35th Anniversary!
Event details

Featuring crowd favorites from musicals such as HairsprayRent, and Newsies. The RGMC will also be joined by Rochester’s own Kasha Davis.

For tickets and more information, visit the RGMC website.

  • Time
    16 Jun, 2018 PM 7:30 — 16 Jun, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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