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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
2018 Honors Convocation
Event summary
Hochstein showcases the 13 Merit Scholarship winners in grades 5-12 and two Honors Certificate Program graduates in this special student performance concert.
Event details

The scholarship winners were selected during auditions that were held January–March 2018. There will be a reception after the concert to celebrate the performers.

 

Merit Scholarship Winners

Grades 5-6

• Dorothy Pund Allen Memorial Scholarship: Shreya Bhattacharya of Penfield, violin; grade 5, Cobbles Elementary School; student of Marcos Kreutzer

• Walter J. Holloran Memorial Scholarship: Erica Liu of Rochester, violin; grade 5, Harley School; student of Marcos Kreutzer

• Lillian Taylor Hubbard Memorial Scholarship: Aaron Sheu of Rochester, violin; grade 5, St. Louis School; student of Marcos Kreutzer

 

Grades 7-8

• David Romig Memorial Scholarship: Thomas DeFisher of Williamson, piano; grade 8, Williamson Middle School; student of Paula Bobb

• Knights of Pythias Memorial Scholarship: Luke Pisani of Rochester, piano; grade 7, homeschooled; student of Gary Palmer

• Christina & Diana Wang Memorial Scholarship: Amy Feng of Pittsford, cello; grade 8, Calkins Road Middle School; student of Kathleen Murphy Kemp

 

Grades 9-10

• Christina & Diana Wang Memorial Scholarship: Felix Huang of Webster, cello; grade 9, Webster Schroeder High School; student of Kathleen Murphy Kemp

• Knights of Pythias Memorial Scholarship: Isaac Pollock of Rochester, guitar; grade 9, homeschooled; student of Tim Shannon

• Donald Yungkurth Memorial Scholarship: Agathya Visveswaran of Brighton, guitar; grade 10, Brighton High School; student of John Wiesenthal

 

Grades 11-12

• Sidney & Ruth Salzman Memorial Scholarship: Michael Blum of Penfield, piano; grade 12, homeschooled; student of Gary Palmer

• Christina & Diana Wang Memorial Scholarship: Jacqueline Hager of Brighton, cello; grade 11, Brighton High School; student of Kathleen Murphy Kemp

• Dorothy Pund Allen Memorial Scholarship: Nikhil Damani of Pittsford, violin; grade 12, Pittsford Sutherland High School; student of Pia Liptak

• Sydney & Pearl Rubin Memorial Scholarship: Erin Allen of Pittsford, viola; grade 11, Harley School; student of Olita Povero

 

Honors Certificate Program Graduates

Amelia Snyder of Irondequoit, saxophone; grade 12, Irondequoit High School; student of Nancy Boone-Bahr

Nikhil Damani of Pittsford, violin; grade 12, Pittsford Sutherland High School; student of Pia Liptak

 

Honorable Mention

Aden Bany Ata of Pittsford, violin; grade 7, Calkins Road Middle School; student of Pia Liptak

Ji-Mi Jang of Pittsford; grade 10, Pittsford Mendon High School; student of Kathleen Murphy Kemp

Amelia Snyder of Irondequoit, saxophone; grade 12, Irondequoit High School; student of Nancy Boone-Bahr

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    01 Jun, 2018 PM 7:00 — 01 Jun, 2018 PM 8:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spring 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 program includes “Nursery Rhyme Nonsense;” the English folk song “Little Fox” with accompaniment by Dr. Margaret Quackenbush on clarinet; a Ladino song celebrating springtime; “It Takes a Village,” adapted from a West African saying and accompanied with djembe drum; a song set to the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson; “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” made famous by Ella Fitzgerald; Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band;“ and Pentatonix’s arrangement of “Take Me Home.”

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    02 Jun, 2018 PM 3:00 — 02 Jun, 2018 PM 4:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Event summary
Under the direction of Gregory Kane, the Finger Lakes Concert Band brings together instrumentalists from around the Finger Lakes region – ages 15 to 90 – to perform a wide variety of exciting wind band music.
Event details

The group closes out their 2017-18 concert season with a program entitled “Spiritoso!” The program will feature A Jubilant Overture, reflecting the joy of Spring and the exuberance of youth, by Alfred Reed; Ticheli’s joyful Sun Dance; the forever interesting Variations on America by Charles Ives; and more.

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

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    03 Jun, 2018 PM 3:00 — 03 Jun, 2018 PM 5:00
Canandaigua Academy
04Jun
04Jun
Event details

More information to come ...

  • Time
    04 Jun, 2018 PM 7:00 — 04 Jun, 2018 PM 8:00
Hilda D. Taylor Recital Hall
Hochstein at High Falls: The Dady Brothers
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring The Dady Brothers
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Western New York’s favorite troubadours, The Dady Brothers are a musical duo who have been performing and winning the hearts of crowds professionally for more than 40 years. John and Joe Dady’s music transcends genres and generations by melding American folk roots and Irish traditional influences into an amalgam of sound that is uniquely their own. Highly skilled players and singers, they have performed well over 5,000 shows at concert halls, schools, music festivals, and nightclubs from Alaska to Ireland, the Caribbean to Nova Scotia. Their instruments include guitar, four- and five-string banjo, pennywhistle, ukulele, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, concertina, and the uilleann pipes. www.dadybros.com

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Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon.

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    07 Jun, 2018 PM 12:10 — 07 Jun, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
09Jun
09Jun
Event summary
Students take the stage in this free afternoon performance celebrating Hochstein’s unique and diverse dance department, which includes ballet, tap, modern, and Latin dance.
Event details

At Hochstein, the emphasis is on the educational experience and the joy of dance, led by teachers specifically trained to work with children.

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    09 Jun, 2018 PM 2:30 — 09 Jun, 2018 PM 4:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein at High Falls: Madeleine McQueen
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring Madeleine McQueen
Event details

Location: Special concert on campus at Monroe Community College, 321 State Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. 

Madeleine McQueen cuts through her own tunes with a powerful voice, weaving poetic lyrics with unique melodies that envelope each song she pens. Her musical influences range from Nirvana and Florence Welch to Amy Winehouse and Joni Mitchell. City Newspaper says, “Madeleine McQueen projects spiritually and soulfully with a beguiling innocence and resolve over a bed of pop-rock splendor and sparkle.” For this concert, she will be joined by Will Smillie, guitar; Dylan Niver, drums; and Mike Wall, bass. http://madeleinemcqueen.com

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Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon.

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    14 Jun, 2018 PM 12:10 — 14 Jun, 2018 PM 12:50
Monroe Community College Downtown Campus
HochStrings Spring Concert
Event summary
The HochStrings Adult Chamber Orchestra, directed by Pia Liptak, performs a concert of string music.
Event details

The program includes the theme song from the Italian movie Cinema Paradiso, Russian serenades, a Czech lullaby by the concentration camp composer Ilse Weber, To a Wild Rose by American composer Edward McDowell, and selections from Handel’s Water Music.

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    15 Jun, 2018 PM 5:45 — 15 Jun, 2018 PM 6:30
Hochstein Chapel
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.

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    16 Jun, 2018 PM 7:30 — 16 Jun, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein at High Falls: Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Note: This concert is part of the 2018 Make Music Day Rochester celebration.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Collectively and individually, the Bradley Brothers have performed for 30 years across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers is the brainchild of singer and guitarist Todd Bradley, who has painstakingly studied the works of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa, and Baden Powell, among others. Mark Bradley (sax and vocals), Julio Pabon (percussion), and Brian Williams (bass) are in demand throughout the Rochester area as sidemen and session players. Pianist and trumpeter Scott Bradley is a songwriter whose work with the Bill Tiberio Band can be heard on local and internet jazz stations. www.facebook.com/bradleybrothersmusic

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Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon.

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    21 Jun, 2018 PM 12:10 — 21 Jun, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
Hochstein at High Falls: The White Hots
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring The White Hots.
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Named for one of Rochester’s gastronomic specialties, The White Hots are a blues, swing, and jazz group who perform everything from mellow instrumental music to swing dances with a full band. Musicians and music critics rave about them, dancers swing to them, and people who just like interesting music love their live shows and CDs. The band includes Tina Albright, vocals; Ted Mosher, bass; Aleksandar Disljenkovic, guitar; Steve Greene, guitar; Bill Blind, percussion. www.thewhitehots.com

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Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon.

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    28 Jun, 2018 PM 12:10 — 28 Jun, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
Hochstein at High Falls: Watkins & the Rapiers
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring Watkins & the Rapiers.
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Watkins & the Rapiers play an eclectic mix of acoustic music incorporating echoes of Cajun, country, jug band music, reggae, soul, and swing. The band’s repertoire includes more than 60 quirky original songs written by band members, as well as covers of songs by artists as diverse as The Band, Travelling Wilburys, Steve Earle, and Colorblind James, among others. The band has been rocking out in the Greater Rochester area since January 1996, when the band was formed on a lark to fill an empty performance slot at the Rose & Crown Pub. The band includes Scott Regan, Kerry Regan, Tom Whitmore, Marty York, Steve Piper, and Rick McRae. www.rapiers.org

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Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon. 

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    12 Jul, 2018 PM 12:10 — 12 Jul, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
Hochstein at High Falls: Hanna & the Blue Hearts
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring Hanna & the Blue Hearts.
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Hanna and the Blue Hearts channel a wide variety of the blues, from pre-war styles to ‘50s and ‘60s Chicago blues to boogie-woogie, as well as influences from jazz and swing. People often use the expression ‘tickling the ivories,’ but if you see the way Hanna plays, it’s anything but tickling. Her solid left hand reflects on those traditional blues masters’ rocking and shuffling bass patterns, while her right hand grooves along, dancing all over those 88s, and also adding her sultry voice. She is joined by guitarist Aleks Disljenkovic, organist Gian Carlo Cervone, and drummer Tony Hiler. http://hearhanna.com/blue_hearts.shtml

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Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon. 

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    19 Jul, 2018 PM 12:10 — 19 Jul, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
 Hochstein at High Falls: Mambo Kings
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring the Mambo Kings.
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Together since 1995, the Mambo Kings are enjoying great success as Upstate New York’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble, and have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation. They have appeared in Pops concerts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Baltimore, Vancouver, Detroit, Dallas, Naples (FL), and Portland (OR), The band consists of Mambo Kings’ musical director and pianist Richard DeLaney, percussionist Freddy Colón, saxophonist John Viavattine, bassist Hector Diaz, and percussionist Tony Padilla. www.mambokingdom.com

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Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon. 

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    26 Jul, 2018 PM 12:10 — 26 Jul, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
Hochstein at High Falls: Hypnotic Clambake
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring Hypnotic Clambake
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Originally from Boston, MA, Hypnotic Clambake is now based in Western NY and performs throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This award-winning group puts on some of the most eclectic live music shows around, everything from polkas and tangos to zydeco and klezmer, mixed with a twist of lime to create their unique sound. Full of irresistible grooves and lyrics, their music explores life, robots, the daily grind, hope, refrigerators, and the integrity of humanity. The band includes Maury Rosenberg, accordion/keyboards; JoAnn Vaccaro, guitar; Chris Reynolds, bass; Tim Hull, tenor sax/clarinet; and Mark Phillips, drums. http://hypnoticclambake.com

Here’s a video preview

Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon.

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    02 Aug, 2018 PM 12:10 — 02 Aug, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
Hochstein at High Falls: Crooked North Duo
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring the Crooked North Duo.
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

The Crooked North is an all-acoustic original Americana band that features some of the top bluegrass players in the area. They capture the high energy of a new generation of modern bluegrass, the gritty soul of great American songwriting, and the Rust Belt ethos of their Western New York home. Their music features virtuosic instrumental jams, tight harmony singing, and compelling original songs. The band has played clubs and festivals across New York State, including Brantling Bluegrass Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. This concert features Ben Proctor on banjo, dobro, and vocals and Rita Proctor on vocals and mandolin. https://thecrookednorth.com

Here’s a video preview

Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon. 

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    09 Aug, 2018 PM 12:10 — 09 Aug, 2018 PM 12:50
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
Hochstein at High Falls: Genesee Johnny
Event summary
Join us for a free lunchtime concert in High Falls, featuring Genesee Johnny.
Event details

Location: Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge, 104 Platt Street, Rochester. Click here for a map.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at one of the many area restaurants. New this year: the rain location is at MCC’s downtown campus and in the event of rain, the change in venue will be announced via social media.

Genesee Johnny (a.k.a. John R. Sacheli) takes Mississippi Delta blues and incorporates Chicago and modern blues, as well as folk, early country and rock ‘n’ roll, and some original songs as well for his unique brand of Genesee delta blues. Harmonica ace Tim Brinduse adds his soulful harp and vocals; Dan Lopata brings the low end on upright bass and occasional backing vocals. Their debut album, National Grid, was released in August 2014. http://geneseejohnny.wixsite.com/geneseejohnny

Here’s a video preview

Hochstein at High Falls concerts are presented by High Falls Business Association, The Hochstein School, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC).

The concerts are sponsored by a number of local organizations, including SEI Group, Stantec, The Mills at High Falls, Norry Management Corporation, LMT Technology Solutions, Fina’s Catering and Café, LaBella Associates, The Cabot Group, The Zoghlin Group, Entercom Communications, and Avalon.

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    16 Aug, 2018 PM 12:10 — 16 Aug, 2018 PM 12:10
Granite Mills Park, High Falls
11Sep
11Sep
Whose Live, Anyway?
Event summary
It’s like Whose Line Anyway, only it’s Whose LIVE Anyway. Enjoy a completely improvised 90-minute show of games, scenes and songs that will tickle not only your funny bone, but every bone in your body. Bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage!
Event details

Starring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Joel Murray and Bob Derkach.

For tickets, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3380742.

  • Time
    11 Sep, 2018 PM 8:00 — 11 Sep, 2018 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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