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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
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

Anton Arensky was a Russian composer of the 19th century, who composed, among many other works, this lyrical and charming Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor. His main influences were his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Schumann. He was a professor at the Moscow Conservatory and had Scriabin and Rachmaninoff among his students.

The concert also includes the winter movement of Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which incorporates quotes from Vivaldi’s “Summer” – since when it’s winter here, it’s summer in Argentina. Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His music revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.

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.

  • Time
    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 ...

  • Time
    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.

  • Time
    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.

  • Time
    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...

  • Time
    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), Rakoczy March from Berlioz’sThe 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.

  • Time
    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.

  • Time
    14 Nov, 2018 PM 12:10 — 14 Nov, 2018 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spotlight on Faculty – A Century of Chamber Music
Event summary
This Spotlight on Faculty concert features works for duo, trio, and quartet from 1914 to today. The program includes music by Zoltan Kodaly, Zachary Cairns, and Paul Schoenfield.
Event details

Featuring: Molly McDonald, violin; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; Aika Ito, viola; Zach Stern, saxophone; Gloria Engle, piano      

This Spotlight on Faculty concert features works for duo, trio, and quartet from 1914 to today. The program explores the creative means through which composers have reached outside of the Western art music tradition in order to enrich their musical voices. The works featured on this program – Zoltan Kodaly’s Duo Sonata for violin and cello, Zachary Cairns’ Passing Through for string trio and alto sax, and Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music piano trio – demonstrate the ways in which composers throughout the last century have infused classical chamber music with elements of folk music and jazz.

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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    15 Nov, 2018 PM 7:00 — 15 Nov, 2018 PM 8:00
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/

 

  • Time
    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.

  • Time
    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.

  • Time
    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.

  • Time
    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 ...

  • Time
    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/

  • Time
    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

  • Time
    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.

 

  • Time
    20 Jan, 2019 PM 2:00 — 20 Jan, 2019 PM 4:00
The Hochstein School
Spotlight on Faculty – All-in-One
Event summary
During the 19th century, piano transcriptions became an important way to bring large-scale works to the general public. In this concert, we will hear transcriptions of symphony, opera, concerto, and an orchestral work all performed on a single piano.
Event details

Selections include Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin," Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Romance from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Ravel’s "La Valse."

Featuring: Yi-Wen Chang, piano        

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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    25 Jan, 2019 PM 7:00 — 25 Jan, 2019 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.
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
Spotlight on Faculty – Jive for Five: The American Brass Quintet Sound
Event summary
The Plymouth Brass – featuring Hochstein faculty members Patrick Corvington, trumpet; Colleen Wolf, horn; Ben David Aaronson, trombone; Jeremy Stoner, tuba; and former faculty member Roy Smith, trumpet – perform music for brass quintet.
Event details

This mash-up of American music features composers who use both classical and jazz idioms in their writing. This is a unique listening experience as the quintet explores classical, jazz, and Dixieland music that creates the American brass quintet sound. The program includes works by Ewazen, Jones, Balmages, Nagle, Ellington, and Pollack.

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

Featuring: Plymouth Brass Quintet: Patrick Corvington and Roy Smith, trumpets; Colleen Wolf, horn; Ben David Aronson, trombone; Jeremy Stoner, tuba        

 

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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    15 Feb, 2019 PM 7:00 — 15 Feb, 2019 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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
Spotlight on Faculty – Passionate Spring
Event summary
Members of the Hochstein String Faculty perform this celebration of music with a Romantic flair.
Event details

The program includes Arnold Bax’s expansive Harp Quintet; Three Tangos by Piazzolla, full of dramatic and intriguing expressions; Mark O’Connor’s joyful Appalachian Waltz; and selections from Dohnanyi’s evocative Serenade, Dvořák’s unusual Terzetto, and Glinka’s operatic Sextet.

Featuring: Eri Noda, violin; Marcos Kreutzer, violin; Pia Liptak, violin; Katie Worley, violin; Heather Misula, violin; Megan Kemp, viola; Olita Povero, viola; Michelle Walker, viola; Kathleen Murphy Kemp, cello; Jennifer Carpenter, cello; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; Wan Ling Chuang, bass; Grace Wong, harp; Yi-Wen Chang, piano        

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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    29 Mar, 2019 PM 7:00 — 29 Mar, 2019 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spotlight on Faculty – Baroque Strings
Event summary
This program of Baroque music includes works by Vivaldi, O'Carolan, Corbetta, and Couperin.
Event details

The program includes two works by Vivaldi – his Concerto in D Major, written for lute but performed here on guitar, and his Double Concerto in G Major (normally performed on two mandolins, but performed here on guitars). Turlough O'Carolan was a blind Celtic harper, composer, and singer and is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. His Concerto – here for cello and guitar – is probably his most famous composition and was inspired by the music of Corelli. The program also includes O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, Corbetta’s Suite in C Major, and Couperin’s Pieces en Concert.

Featuring: Timothy Shannon, guitar; Warner Iverson, guitar; Shannon Nance, violin; Molly Werts McDonald, violin; Olita Povero, viola; Kathleen Murphy Kemp, cello; Joseph Werner, harpsichord        

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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    03 May, 2019 PM 7:00 — 03 May, 2019 PM 8:00
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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