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The mission of The Hochstein 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.


 
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Live from Hochstein – Hochstein Merit Scholarship Winners
Event summary
Featuring Noah Busch, violin; Lillian Brickman, guitar; and Julian Chumacero, violin, performing music by Villa-Lobos, Bach, Franck, Bloch, and more.
Event details

Winners of the 2024 Hochstein Merit Scholarships perform. Hochstein teachers nominate students for merit scholarships and auditions take place in February and March. The scholarships are organized in four categories for various age levels of music students, with the top scholarship level winners for grades 11-12 performing in concert. 

This concert features Noah Busch of Brighton, a sophomore at Brighton High School and a violin student of Pia Liptak; Lillian Brickman of Brighton, a junior at School of the Arts and a guitar student of Tim Shannon; and Julian Chumacero of Victor, a senior at Victor Senior High School and a violin student of Pia Liptak.

Noah Busch performs Man dreaming butterfly dreaming man for violin and piano by contemporary composer Bonnie Miksch. Guitarist Lillian Brickman will play selections from Preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos and J.S. Bach, along with Berceuse and Trio by Napoleon Coste. Julian Chumacero performs the first movement of Cesar Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major and Ernest Bloch’s Suite No. 1 for Solo Violin.

 

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live. Listen to the concert on WXXI Classical at 91.5 FM, 90.3 FM, or online at https://www.wxxiclassical.org. Listen to an encore broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM at 10:00 pm the day of the concert.

Please note that only bottled water is allowed in the newly renovated hall. PLEASE do not attend any activity at Hochstein if you are not feeling 100% healthy.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously provided continuous underwriting of the Live from Hochstein Broadcast & Concert Series since 1993. 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    17 Apr, 2024 PM 12:10 — 17 Apr, 2024 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
RPO OrKIDStra: Our Planet, Our Home
Event summary
Celebrate Earth Day with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra!
Event details

Jherrard Hardeman, conductor 
 

Experience the musical majesty of our planet and all its beauty while appreciating our responsibility to protect our home. Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Pre-concert activities will start 1 hour before the show. (Activities are free for ticket holders and take place at Hochstein)

Tickets: $20 adults, $10 kids. For tickets and more information, visit:

https://rpo.org/event/our-planet-our-home/

  • Time
    21 Apr, 2024 PM 2:00 — 21 Apr, 2024 PM 3:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Cordancia Chamber Orchestra: Frost and Forest
Event summary
Featuring Cordancia Chamber Orchestra; Evan Meccarello, conductor and artistic director; Sophia Klin, violin, performing music by Mabel Daniels, Piazzolla, and Ravel.
Event details

Drawing on the theme of nature, the forest, and winter melting into spring, Cordancia performs Deep Forest by American composer Mabel Daniels, who was inspired by the woods at the MacDowell Colony artist retreat in New Hampshire, and “Winter” and “Spring” from Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

The program concludes with selections from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. Each of the five movements illustrate fairy tales, including Tom Thumb who leaves a trail of breadcrumbs to find his way back in the forest and one that depicts a fairy garden.

Formed in 2009 by violinist Pia Liptak and oboist Kathleen Suher, Cordancia Chamber Orchestra performs classical music concerts throughout the year at various locations in the greater Rochester area. Its award-winning programming blends eclectic, vibrant, and lesser-known music with traditional classical repertoire. The full chamber orchestra consists of up to 40 talented performers who are brought together from many areas of the Rochester community. 

Winner of the senior division of Cordancia’s Nico Toscano Young Musician Competition, guest soloist Sophia Klin is a 2023 graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She performs as a violinist around the region with ensembles such as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, and more. She joined the ROCmusic faculty in 2023 as a violin instructor.

 

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live. Listen to the concert on WXXI Classical at 91.5 FM, 90.3 FM, or online at https://www.wxxiclassical.org. Listen to an encore broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM at 10:00 pm the day of the concert.

Please note that only bottled water is allowed in the newly renovated hall. PLEASE do not attend any activity at Hochstein if you are not feeling 100% healthy.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously provided continuous underwriting of the Live from Hochstein Broadcast & Concert Series since 1993. 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    24 Apr, 2024 PM 12:10 — 24 Apr, 2024 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Presberg Ensembles Concert
Event summary
This special event highlights the excellence of Hochstein’s students and faculty and includes ensembles from various Hochstein programs, including the Hochstein Youth Singers, directed by Maryellen Giese; chamber groups; and guitar ensembles, led by John Wiesenthal.
Event details

The concert is named in memory of Dr. Max Presberg, a Hochstein student in his youth, a former board member, and a long-time supporter and friend of Hochstein. The concert is free.

 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    27 Apr, 2024 PM 2:00 — 27 Apr, 2024 PM 3:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Vertex Saxophone Quartet: In the Groove
Event summary
Featuring Chisato Eda Marling, soprano saxophone; Barbara Brown, alto saxophone; Erik Piazza, tenor saxophone; Nancy Boone-Bahr, baritone saxophone.
Event details

Join the Vertex Saxophone Quartet for an eclectic program featuring music that moves and grooves!

The Vertex Saxophone Quartet is a unique and versatile group of saxophonists who are active performers and educators in the Rochester, NY area. Founded in 2009, the Vertex Saxophone Quartet has performed in schools, churches, and formal concert locations and for special events in the greater Rochester area and is equally at home in the classical, jazz, and popular styles of music.

 

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live. Listen to the concert on WXXI Classical at 91.5 FM, 90.3 FM, or online at https://www.wxxiclassical.org. Listen to an encore broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM at 10:00 pm the day of the concert.

Please note that only bottled water is allowed in the newly renovated hall. PLEASE do not attend any activity at Hochstein if you are not feeling 100% healthy.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously provided continuous underwriting of the Live from Hochstein Broadcast & Concert Series since 1993. 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    01 May, 2024 PM 12:10 — 01 May, 2024 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spotlight on Faculty – Celebration of the Piano
Event summary
One of Spotlight on Faculty’s most popular concerts returns!
Event details

Celebrate the piano with works for one to four pianos and two to 16 hands, and a whole lot of fun with members of Hochstein’s piano faculty.

Featuring the Hochstein Piano Department: Jamilya Arzanesh, Paula Rodney Bobb, Yi-Wen Chang, Willie LaFavor, Gary Palmer (Co-Chair), E-Na Song, Joseph Werner (Co-Chair), and Oleksandra Yurchenko.

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. Concerts are free to Hochstein students/families, faculty, and staff. The concert lasts about an hour, and is followed by a “meet the artists” reception.

 

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

 
  • Time
    02 May, 2024 PM 7:00 — 02 May, 2024 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Philharmonia, Sinfonia, and Concertino Strings Spring Concert (w/livestream)
Event summary
Musicians in Hochstein’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Sinfonia Strings, and Concertino Strings give a free joint concert.
Event details

Hochstein’s Philharmonia Orchestra (grades 6-11) is directed by John Fetter and Matt Osika, Sinfonia Strings (grades 4-9) is directed by John Fetter and Terry Smith, and Concertino Strings (grades 1-5) is directed by Marcos Kreutzer.

This concert will be livestreamed on Hochstein’s YouTube channel for those not able to attend the concert in person. Link to come.

To receive livestreaming alerts, subscribe to our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/hochsteinschool.

 

The Hochstein Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs are supported in part by the Louise Alfreda Hill Memorial Fund.

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    05 May, 2024 PM 2:00 — 05 May, 2024 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Timeless Melodies: Brahms, Kreisler, Beach, Schoenfeld
Event summary
Featuring Koki Tanaka, violin, and E-Na Song, piano.
Event details

Emotions are personal feelings. Koki Tanaka and E-Na Song will guide you through a journey of romantic pieces to showcase the variety of emotions that music can evoke. 

Brahms’ short piece Sonatensatz is particularly energetic, filled with a multitude of emotions. Fritz Kreisler was a master of expression on his violin, and Three Old Viennese Dances show a subtle performer’s personal touch. 

Amy Beach’s Romance introduces fluid lyricism and even more heightened emotions of late romantics. She was known for her expressive melodies and sophisticated harmonies.

Paul Shoenfeld's Four Souvenirs is a modern take on classical folk or popular music genre. All four movements – Samba, Tango, Tin Pan Alley, and Square Dance – require virtuosity of both violin and piano, and the music will take you briefly to a jazz club where you can sit back and enjoy the different mood from the previous pieces you just heard.

Born in Korea, Dr. E-Na Song is a concert pianist, collaborative pianist, and educator. As an active performer, she has performed throughout the US, Poland, Spain, Austria, and Korea. Dr. Song is an adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology and Roberts Wesleyan University and on the piano faculty of The Hochstein School and Roberts Community Music School. 

Born in Japan, later moving to the United States, Dr. Koki Tanaka started playing the violin at age 6 and made his debut at age 18 at Benaroya Hall, performing with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and University of Washington, he has given solo recitals at Eastman School of Music, SUNY Brockport, George Eastman House, and Nazareth University.

 

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live. Listen to the concert on WXXI Classical at 91.5 FM, 90.3 FM, or online at https://www.wxxiclassical.org. Listen to an encore broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM at 10:00 pm the day of the concert.

Please note that only bottled water is allowed in the newly renovated hall. PLEASE do not attend any activity at Hochstein if you are not feeling 100% healthy.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously provided continuous underwriting of the Live from Hochstein Broadcast & Concert Series since 1993. 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    08 May, 2024 PM 12:10 — 08 May, 2024 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert (w/livestream)
Event summary
The Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Casey Springstead, performs their spring concert.
Event details

Tickets at the door: $5 general admission.

This concert will be livestreamed on Hochstein’s YouTube channel for those not able to attend the concert in person. Link to come.

To receive livestreaming alerts, subscribe to our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/hochsteinschool.

 

The Hochstein Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs are supported in part by the Louise Alfreda Hill Memorial Fund.

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    12 May, 2024 PM 2:00 — 12 May, 2024 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Antara Winds
Event summary
Featuring Antara Winds: Diane Smith, flute; Judith Ricker, oboe; Margaret Quackenbush, clarinet; Blaire Koerner, bassoon; and W. Peter Kurau, horn.
Event details

Founded in 1982, Antara Winds have appeared regularly on Live from Hochstein and have performed extensively throughout the Greater Rochester area including appearances with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Perinton Concert Band, and Society for Chamber Music in Rochester.  

Antara Winds delights in bringing audiences the music of contemporary composers. They have premiered two works written specifically for Antara: Verne Reynolds’ Antara Music (2003), and Libby Larsen’s Blue Windows: After Marc Chagall (2005). 

 

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live. Listen to the concert on WXXI Classical at 91.5 FM, 90.3 FM, or online at https://www.wxxiclassical.org. Listen to an encore broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM at 10:00 pm the day of the concert.

Please note that only bottled water is allowed in the newly renovated hall. PLEASE do not attend any activity at Hochstein if you are not feeling 100% healthy.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously provided continuous underwriting of the Live from Hochstein Broadcast & Concert Series since 1993. 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    15 May, 2024 PM 12:10 — 15 May, 2024 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
RPO OrKIDStra: Orchestral Olympics
Event summary
Prepare to take home the gold, silver, or bronze as your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs music that MOVES.
Event details

Jherrard Hardeman, conductor

Put on your favorite team colors or jersey and experience all the pulse-pounding rhythms from the wide world of symphonic sports. For fans of all ages, no equipment required!

Pre-concert activities will start 1 hour before the show. (Activities are free for ticket holders and take place at Hochstein)

Tickets: $20 adults, $10 kids. For tickets and more information, visit:
https://rpo.org/event/orchestral-olympics/

 

  • Time
    19 May, 2024 PM 2:00 — 19 May, 2024 PM 3:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
2024 Honors Convocation (w/livestream)
Event summary
Hochstein showcases the Merit Scholarship winners in grades 5-12 in this special student performance concert.
Event details

Candidates for completion of the Honors Certificate Program will also be recognized.

 

This concert will be livestreamed on Hochstein’s YouTube channel for those not able to attend the concert in person. Link to come.

To receive livestreaming alerts, subscribe to our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/hochsteinschool.

 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    31 May, 2024 PM 7:00 — 31 May, 2024 PM 8:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spring Concert of Young Voices (w/livestream)
Event summary
Young singers in Hochstein’s choral program will be featured in this free afternoon concert.
Event details

Maryellen Giese directs Hochstein Singers and Youth Singers with Jonathan Thomas Madden, Assistant Director and Composer in Residence, and Yasuko Kelly, Accompanist. Shana Kohler directs Hochstein Little Singers with Jamilya Arzanesh, Accompanist.

This concert will be livestreamed on Hochstein’s YouTube channel for those not able to attend the concert in person. Link to come.

To receive livestreaming alerts, subscribe to our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/hochsteinschool.

 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    01 Jun, 2024 PM 3:00 — 01 Jun, 2024 PM 4:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
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Spring Dance Showcase
Event summary
Students take the stage in this free afternoon performance celebrating Hochstein’s unique and diverse dance department.
Event details

At Hochstein, the emphasis is on the educational experience and the joy of dance, led by teachers who are experts in their particular style of dance.

 

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    07 Jun, 2024 PM 6:30 — 07 Jun, 2024 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
HochStrings Spring Concert
Event summary
The HochStrings Adult Chamber Orchestra, directed by Pia Liptak, performs a free concert of string music.
Event details

Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Hochstein programs are also made possible by the Monroe County Legislature; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive.

  • Time
    14 Jun, 2024 PM 6:00 — 14 Jun, 2024 PM 7:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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As an organization that deeply values diversity, The Hochstein School stands in solidarity with all marginalized communities who are targeted with microaggressions of hate and with violence. We denounce any injustices perpetrated towards them. We are committed to speaking out against all forms of racism and bigotry and will continue our work in bringing unity and inclusiveness to all - at Hochstein and throughout our community.

 

 

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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