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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Ratcliff
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Pianist Cary Ratcliff – with guest Robert Simonds on violin – performs music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff, along with his own compositions. The concert will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM (no live audience).
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Pianist Cary Ratcliff – with guest Robert Simonds on violin – performs music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff, along with his own compositions. Known as a composer of choral, orchestral, chamber music, art song, and opera, Ratcliff also is keyboardist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Madrigalia chamber choir. Robert Simonds is Principal Second Violin with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The program begins with several works by Chopin and Rachmaninov, composers who were extraordinary pianists. Their work opened up beautiful new ways of writing for the instrument.

Ratcliff’s newly penned overture on his early opera “Ellis Island” is set during the second great wave of immigration, as the United States opened its doors to Southern and Eastern Europeans around the beginning of the 19th century. His opera is influenced by the music of many cultures.

We are in the midst of another massive human migration, as people leave their lands, suffering from war or climate catastrophes, in search of a place of refuge, a place for themselves on this earth. Ratcliff’s piano solo “Refuge” was born of recent images of millions of humans on the move. It tries to capture the obsessive hope that drives people to travel for weeks or years and brave treacherous straights for themselves and their families.

The final portion of the program recognizes the losses that many have experienced this past year. The bittersweetness of Chopin Nocturnes, and a new solo by Ratcliff entitled “Goodbye,” offer some consolation.

The Hochstein School’s lunchtime Live from Hochstein concert series will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM and hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami.

Listen to the concert online at https://www.classical915.org/.

To read the program notes and artists' bios, click here.

Please note that because of health and safety guidelines during the pandemic, the spring concert series will be broadcast without a live audience in the Performance Hall.

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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    21 Apr, 2021 PM 12:10 — 21 Apr, 2021 PM 12:50
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Live from Hochstein – A Trio of Trios: Music of Debussy, Mozart, and Piazzolla
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Violinist YooJin Jang, cellist Mimi Hwang, and pianist Elinor Freer in a concert broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM (no live audience).
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Violinist YooJin Jang, cellist Mimi Hwang, and pianist Elinor Freer join forces for a program featuring a mature work by Mozart, the Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548, contrasted with a very youthful work by Claude Debussy, the first movement of his Piano Trio in G Major, written when he was just 18 years old. Complementing those two works will be the evocative “Spring” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla.

Applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances,” violinist YooJin Jang is a winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition and First Prize winner of the 2016 Sendai International Music Competition. She has a busy itinerary of international recital and concerto engagements – and two new recordings – and is currently assistant professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music.

Mimi Hwang, cello, was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and top prizewinner of the Evian International String Quartet Competition. She has performed with the Tokyo, Ying, Colorado, and Ciompi quartets as well as with the Peabody Trio, Raphael Hillyer, Laurence Lesser, and Michael Tree. Currently, Mimi serves on the chamber music faculty at the Eastman School of Music.

Pianist Elinor Freer has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, Mexico, and China. A prizewinner in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the American Pianists Association Auditions, she has been the recipient of numerous awards. She currently serves as on the chamber music faculty at the Eastman School of Music.

The Hochstein School’s lunchtime Live from Hochstein concert series will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM and hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami.

Listen to the concert online at https://www.classical915.org/.

Please note that because of health and safety guidelines during the pandemic, the spring concert series will be broadcast without a live audience in the Performance Hall.

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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    28 Apr, 2021 PM 12:10 — 28 Apr, 2021 PM 12:50
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Live from Hochstein – Hochstein Faculty Cello Quartet
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The Hochstein Faculty Cello Quartet features Jennifer Carpenter, John Delmonico, Kathleen Murphy Kemp, and Natalie Spehar. This concert will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM (no live audience).
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Celebrate spring with the Hochstein Faculty Cello Quartet, featuring Jennifer Carpenter, John Delmonico, Kathleen Murphy Kemp, and Natalie Spehar. The program includes music ranging from Bach to Metallica, along with works by Goltermann, Dvořák, Lodge, and Piazzolla. Bridge’s “Spring Song” was arranged by cellist and Eastman alum Michael Kauffman. There will be a Slavonic dance, a tango, a rag, and a beautiful serenade. This concert includes some of the performers’ favorites and all the works sound wonderful with cello quartet. 

The Hochstein School’s lunchtime Live from Hochstein concert series will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM and hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami.

Listen to the concert online at https://www.classical915.org/.

Please note that because of health and safety guidelines during the pandemic, the spring concert series will be broadcast without a live audience in the Performance Hall.

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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    05 May, 2021 PM 12:10 — 05 May, 2021 PM 12:50
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Live from Hochstein – Hochstein Merit Scholarship Winners
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A concert with the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Merit Scholarships: Joshua Fugate, violin; Katherine Huang, flute; Sean Li, piano; and Isaac Pollock, guitar. Broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM (no live audience).
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Winners of the 2020 and 2021 Merit Scholarships perform. They include Joshua Fugate, violin; Katherine Huang, flute; Sean Li, piano; and Isaac Pollock, guitar.

The Hochstein School’s lunchtime Live from Hochstein concert series will be broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5/90.3 FM and hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami.

Listen to the concert online at https://www.classical915.org/.

Please note that because of health and safety guidelines during the pandemic, the spring concert series will be broadcast without a live audience in the Performance Hall.

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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    12 May, 2021 PM 12:10 — 12 May, 2021 PM 12:50
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31May
31May
Memorial Day
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There are no lessons or classes on Monday, May 31, 2021.
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    31 May, 2021 — 31 May, 2021
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21Jun
21Jun
Last day of classes
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The last day of regularly scheduled lessons and classes is Monday, June 21, 2021. The school is open Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23 from 9:00 am-9:00 pm for rescheduled lessons.
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    21 Jun, 2021 — 21 Jun, 2021
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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.

 

 

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.


 
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