HOC Loves ROC 2016
HOC loves ROC

About HOC Loves ROC

HOC Loves ROC is a midwinter festival bringing the gift of music and dance to the Rochester community. Events take place every day, with over 90% of these events free of charge. Included in the 2016 HOC Loves ROC were performances, workshops, and open rehearsals at the historic Hochstein School and intimate concerts and presentations in coffee houses, cafés, nursing homes, and bookstores throughout Rochester and its surrounding neighborhoods.

“We wish to show how much we at Hochstein appreciate and love Rochester by bringing the gift of music and dance to area residents, inviting them to our classrooms and Performance Hall and also to venues in their hometowns,” said Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Quackenbush, president & executive director of Hochstein.

For two years, Hochstein has presented HOC Loves ROC as part of the school's ongoing mission to serve Rochester by providing dance and music instruction to anyone who is interested, as well as by presenting free and low-cost concerts by world-class artists throughout the year.

See below for a full list of the 2016 HOC Loves ROC schedule of events:




Time and fee

Friday, Jan 29

Hochstein Performance Hall

50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester

Spotlight on Faculty: InVerse
Music by Walker, Roxburgh, Ratcliff, and Coleman paired with poetry by William Wordsworth, Rabindranath Tagore, Langston Hughes, and others.
Featuring the Telos Trio: Rita George Simmons, flute; Debbie Grohman, clarinet; and Willie LaFavor, piano.
Also featuring William Scott, poetry reader.
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$5 per person,

$10 per family

Saturday, Jan 30

Hochstein School of Music & Dance

50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester

Little Singers & Youth Singers Open House

Ever wonder what our Hochstein choral singers do in rehearsals? Join Alice Pratt and the Little Singers (K-3rd grade) at 9:15 or Maryellen Giese and the Youth Singers (4th-12th grade) at 10:00 to hear a sneak preview of their next concert’s repertoire!



Hochstein School of Music & Dance

Room 11

Open Mic & Open Stage w/dancers

All Hochstein students are welcome to share their musical progress at Hochstein’s Open Mic sessions. Sit in to hear what our students are working on.  Dancers will be showcasing their own choreography and works-in-progress.



Hochstein Performance Hall

Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony in Concert
Directed by John Rolland, high school-aged wind, brass, and percussion students perform a program of "Pieces of Pieces," featuring single movements from a wide variety of multi-movement works. This colorful concert features movements by Reed, Holst, H. Owen Reed, Ticheli, Brahms, and Smith.
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Sunday, Jan 31

Barnes & Noble

3349 Monroe Ave., Pittsford

Barnes & Noble Bookfair 
Suzuki Strings & Chamber Ensembles

Instrumentalists from Hochstein’s Chamber Music Connection program as well as Suzuki classes and other ensembles present an exciting variety of music! Come and enjoy a taste of the many kinds of ensemble music-making that go on at the Hochstein School while you browse books and more. Purchases on 1/31/16, in store or online, benefit Hochstein. Download the purchase voucher here

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Monday, Feb 1

Brickstone at St. John’s

Wintergarden Atrium

1325 Elmwood Ave., Rochester

Beethoven & Brownies

Three talented high school violin, cello, and piano trios perform three well-known Beethoven Piano Trios—with a sweet brownie snack reception to follow! The students in these ensembles meet weekly with their coach, pianist Doleen Hood. This concert is open to all members of the public including residents of Brickstone at St. John’s.

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Tuesday, Feb 2

St. Ann’s Cherry Ridge Nursing Home

900 Cherry Ridge Blvd., Webster

“For the Love of Music”

The Webster Senior Singers, directed by Hochstein Expressive Arts faculty Shannon O’Leary, perform a short concert for residents of St. Ann’s Cherry Ridge. Residents are then invited to join in with the Senior Singers for a sing-along portion.

This concert is private to residents.



Pizzeria FAVO

3400 Monroe Ave., Pittsford

Hochstein EXPRESS Community Classes

Open Mic & Art

Join us for a lunch break filled with music and art at Pizzeria FAVO! Students from Hochstein EXPRESS Community Classes (HECC) will be singing some of their favorite songs as the restaurant displays some of the original artwork they have created together.



Wed, Feb 3The Little Theatre CafeHochstein Scholarship Flute Quartet

Join the scholarship flute quartet, under the direction of Julie Smith, in the intimate setting of The Little Theatre Cafe. The quartet will be performing pieces by McMichael, Kuhlau, and Reiche.



Thursday, Feb 4

Press Coffee

480 E. Main Street, Rochester

Songwriters’ Circle

Hochstein faculty members Maria Battista-Hancock, Dave Chisholm, and Meg Williams share their original compositions in this evening of new music. Join them as they present music of varying styles, creating a mix of polished and spontaneous musical moments that emerge live before the audience.



Friday, Feb 5Hochstein Performance Hall

50 N. Plymouth Ave.
Open Rehearsal with Dick DeLaney and the Hochstein Jazz Ensemble

Student musicians in the Hochstein Jazz Ensemble swing on the big stage during this open rehearsal. Family, friends, and members of the community are invited to watch the players, including pianist and ensemble director Dick DeLaney of the Mambo Kings, as they explore a wealth of great jazz from straight-ahead standards to adventurous bop tunes. The ensemble includes piano, saxophones, bass, guitar, drums, and violin.

6:00 pm


SUNY Brockport Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage

180 Holley St, Brockport

TRIO… She Wrote

An all-female trio of Hochstein’s faculty (Pia Liptak, violin; Joan Kinsella, cello; Doleen Hood, piano) honors female composers by playing the music of Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beach, and Elifrida Andrée. Offering a survey of beautifully expressive music through three centuries, the concert reminds us that with so few female composers receiving recognition—even today—they are all trailblazers.


$16 general,
$11 seniors, Brockport faculty/staff/
$8.50 students

Saturday, Feb 6

Hochstein Performance Hall

Chamber Music Connection Master Class

The Hochstein Chamber Music Connection program presents a master class with Joseph Werner, principal pianist with the RPO and Piano Department Co-Chair, and Stefan Reuss, former RPO principal cellist. Selected students will be coached by these experts while the public is invited to watch and enjoy the music!



 Hochstein School

50 N. Plymouth Ave.
FuturPointe Dance - Observation and Participation!

Observe: FuturPointe Dance artists perform collages of their Reggae Ballet Movement Language to the dub & instrumental music of Bob Marley (in honor of his birthday)
Participate: in conversation about new choreography & two works in progress


Hochstein Recital Hall

50 N. Plymouth Ave.

Suzuki Graduation Recital

See the Suzuki Method in action as our young Suzuki students play a graduation recital. This recital marks their progress into a new level.




Feb 7

Pearce Memorial Church

4322 Buffalo Rd., North Chili

Service Music from the Hochstein Flute Quartet

Student flutists from the Chamber Music Connection program perform prelude and service music for the Pearce Memorial Church worship service.



Hochstein Performance Hall

Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra & Hochstein Philharmonia in Concert
Hochstein's two most advanced orchestras join together for a winter concert of gorgeous symphonic repertoire.
The HYSO, directed by Casey Springstead, offers selections from Briccialdi, Broughton, Finzi, Copland,
and Tchaikovsky. The Philharmonia, directed by Matt Osika, plays music from von Suppé, Brahms, Desplat, Doyle,Hooper, and Williams.
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$5 per person