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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Listen to Your Mother!
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The critically acclaimed and powerful event Listen To Your Mother is back for its sixth Rochester season. Join us for a night of enjoyment, inspiration, and connection. Livestream ticket option is available.
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With live readings by local writers and performers, this show celebrates motherhood and Mother's Day. This event will be a magical way to celebrate mothers with your loved ones.

Proceeds benefit the Society for the Protection and Care of Children. Find out more information about our performers, sponsors, and the event itself at www.rocthemic.org. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

A live-stream ticket option is also available. Tickets at the door are $25, if availability permits.

Event is ASL interpreted, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Please be prepared to wear a mask.

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    09 Oct, 2021 PM 7:30 — 09 Oct, 2021 PM 9:30
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Live from Hochstein – Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: 19th Century Opera Favorites
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The RPO with Andreas Delfs, conductor, performs orchestral selections and audience favorites from some beloved operas.
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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with Andreas Delfs, conductor, performs a program featuring orchestral selections and audience favorites from some beloved operas, including Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Andreas Delfs joined the RPO as Music Director in 2021 and is widely recognized as both a successful, hands-on orchestra builder and as an imaginative and inspiring music director. His passionate and dramatic interpretations of the late romantic repertoire have drawn critical acclaim, reflecting a constantly evolving artistic maturity marked by the insight, depth, and integrity he brings to the podium.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    13 Oct, 2021 PM 12:10 — 13 Oct, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Junior Wind Symphony Fall Concert
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    16 Oct, 2021 PM 7:30 — 16 Oct, 2021 PM 8:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Jacob Ertl: The Pianist Speaks
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Pianist Jacob Ertl performs works by Liszt, Schubert, Missy Mazzoli, and Radiohead.
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Pianist Jacob Ertl, in his solo recital “The Pianist Speaks,” explores music that communicates compelling and provocative themes steeped in social justice, equality, and the journey of life through choice and consequence. His program includes Liszt’s Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata, a movement from Schubert’s Sonata in A major, Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos by Missy Mazzoli, and No Surprises by Radiohead (as transcribed by Christopher O’Riley).

Ertl has performed extensively in the United States and throughout Canada, China, France, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Serbia, and Spain. Performance highlights include solo recital debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and Chicago radio’s “Live from WFMT” concert series. A sought-after performer, teacher, and adjudicator, Ertl currently serves as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Associate Professor of Piano, and Performance Program Director at the Nazareth College School 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 on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    20 Oct, 2021 PM 12:10 — 20 Oct, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein Philharmonia & Sinfonia Joint Concert
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    24 Oct, 2021 PM 2:00 — 24 Oct, 2021 PM 3:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – RPO Marimba Band
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The RPO Marimba Band performs their own arrangements of Latin, pop, and jazz tunes on a wide array of melodic percussion instruments.
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Described as “one of the Rochester area’s unique and notable treasures” (SUNY Brockport’s The Stylus), the RPO Marimba Band was established in 1979 and is comprised of members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s current percussion section. The RPO Marimba Band performs their own arrangements of Latin, pop, and jazz tunes on a wide array of melodic percussion instruments such as marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, steel drum, and drum set. 

Since their formation, the RPO Marimba Band has performed in venues throughout Western New York. The musicians include Andrew Bockman, Anthony Calabrese, Tom Nanni, Kyle Peters, Kristen Shiner McGuire, and Brian Stotz.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    27 Oct, 2021 PM 12:10 — 27 Oct, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
29Oct
29Oct
Whose Live Anyway?
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If you are a Whose Line? fan, get ready for the same relentless laughter that you grew to love, but without the commercial breaks! If you are new to improv comedy, then you are in for a show unlike anything you have ever seen before.
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Prepare to laugh until you cry when four of the worlds most masterful improv artists take you on the high wire act of comedic acrobatics. The rapid-fire wit and non-stop jokes will have your sides splitting and begging for mercy and also begging for more. Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops, both seen on ABCs Whose Line Is It Anyway? are joined by Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray.

This particular style of improvisational comedy is rife with countless gags, one-liners, hilarious games and even songs so good you will hardly believe they were made up on the spot. The teamwork and trust that it takes to perform a show with no script is apparent, but when the best of the best do it, they do it effortlessly. Watch them build entire scenes, characters, and storylines right before your eyes as they take you on a white-knuckle ride through endless chuckles.

For tickets and more information, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5216425.

Masks may be required for the audience, subject to local health regulations on October 29.

 

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    29 Oct, 2021 PM 8:00 — 29 Oct, 2021 PM 10:00
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RPO OrKIDStra: Halloween Tricks & Treats
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Bring your ghouls and goblins for a frightfully fun time with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra! Conductor Kalena Bovell has some surprise musical treats in store, so join us for spine-tingling and hauntingly fun time. Costumes are strongly encouraged!
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SOLD OUT!

Pre-concert kids’ activities (Chapel) begin at 1:00 pm.

The safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and volunteers is the RPO's highest priority. Proof of vaccination (with photo ID) and masks will be required for this performance. Before purchasing tickets please be aware of all our safety protocols (https://rpo.org/protocols/). Capacity has been limited to allow for socially distanced seating. Please follow the ushers’ seating instructions.

Concert information at https://rpo.org/event/halloween-tricks-and-treats/.

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    31 Oct, 2021 PM 2:00 — 31 Oct, 2021 PM 3:00
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Live from Hochstein – Rosa Boemia plays Brazilian Choro
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Rosa Boemia plays the fast-paced, joyous, and virtuosic style of Brazilian music known as choro.
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The trio Rosa Boemia presents a program of Brazilian choro music that features works by composers such as Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, and Waldyr Azevedo, among others. Translated as “Bohemian Rose,” Rosa Boemia features Ken Luk on bandolim (a Brazilian mandolin), Bernardo Marcondes Rodrigues on guitar, and Darien Lamen on pandeiro (a Brazilian hand drum).

Choro (pronounced SHOH-roh) is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre – the precursor to samba and bossa nova – that originated in Rio de Janeiro in the late 19th century. The music blends African rhythms and European harmonies and form, with opportunities for improvisation. Many choro tunes are fast-paced, joyous, and virtuosic.

Rosa Boemia was formed in 2019 and has performed at Alfred University, Little Theatre Cafe, Bop Shop Records, Rochester Fringe Festival, and Eastman’s summer concert series.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    03 Nov, 2021 PM 12:10 — 03 Nov, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Voices of Autumn Recital
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    04 Nov, 2021 PM 6:30 — 04 Nov, 2021 PM 7:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – The Browning-Krug Duo
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RPO musicians Grace Browning (harp) and Benjamin Krug (cello) perform music from opera scores to Billy Joel.
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Recently engaged RPO musicians Grace Browning (harp) and Benjamin Krug (cello) return to the beautiful Hochstein stage for their debut performance together on the radio waves. When the pandemic began, Browning and Krug began making music in their living room, playing concerts over Zoom, in backyards, and at vaccination centers. Missing the sounds of their beloved orchestra, they began transcribing everything they could get their hands on – from opera scores to music by Billy Joel and everything in between – and discovered a new world of musical possibilities. 

Praised for his “directness of expression” (Rochester City Newspaper), Benjamin Krug is a tenured cellist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Suzuki cello instructor at The Hochstein School.  In recent summers, he has performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, and Finger Lakes Opera.

Appearing for the third time on WXXI's Live from Hochstein in the past year, Grace Browning has quickly established herself as a versatile ensemble harpist, dynamic soloist, and community-building teaching artist. Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic worlds, Grace joined the RPO as Principal Harpist in 2017 and performs with the Santa Fe Opera every summer since her appointment in 2015. She can be heard on both ensemble’s GRAMMY award-winning albums: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and American Rapture.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    10 Nov, 2021 PM 12:10 — 10 Nov, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Concertino Strings Fall Concert
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    14 Nov, 2021 PM 1:00 — 14 Nov, 2021 PM 2:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
14Nov
14Nov
HYSO Fall Concert
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    14 Nov, 2021 PM 3:00 — 14 Nov, 2021 PM 4:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Ekstasis Duo: From the Shadows
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Natasha Farny, cello, and Eliran Avni, piano, perform music by Alma Mahler, Lili Boulanger, George Walker, and more.
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The Ekstasis Duo – featuring Natasha Farny, cello, and Eliran Avni, piano – is thrilled to return to Live from Hochstein. Their new program features luscious Romantic Viennese music from a student/teacher pairing, Alexander Zemlinsky and Alma Mahler; a dynamic sonata movement by George Walker (the first African American composer to win a Pulitzer); a charming nocturne by Lili Boulanger (the first woman to win the Rome Prize); and a blockbuster sonata by Dutch composer Henriette Bosmans. These compositions fell into obscurity, but since they are grand slam works, they may soon become your favorites.

The Ekstasis Duo performs music for cello and piano and their mission is to create compelling programming celebrating masterpieces alongside the secret jewels of lesser-known works. With a focus on storytelling that pinpoints an aspect of the human condition or creates an atmosphere through sound, their concerts offer solo and chamber music works, and occasionally incorporate multimedia, readings, video, and visual art.

Since their debut in 2018, The Ekstasis Duo has appeared on distinguished series such as New York City’s Merkin Hall and Eastman’s Morning Chamber Music Series. During the summer of 2020, the duo recorded music for their upcoming debut CD, Women’s Voices, projected for release in 2021.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

 

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    17 Nov, 2021 PM 12:10 — 17 Nov, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
HochStrings Fall Concert
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    19 Nov, 2021 PM 5:45 — 19 Nov, 2021 PM 6:45
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – 2021 David Hochstein Recital Competition Winners Recital
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Featuring the winners of the 2021 David Hochstein Recital Competition. Pre-recorded – no live concert this week. 
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Pre-recorded – no live concert this week. 

The winners of the 2021 David Hochstein Recital Competition are Katherine Huang, flute; Luke Pisani, violin; and Margaret Bauman, piano. This performance was recorded in concert in Hochstein Performance Hall on May 28, 2021.

Since 1991, The Hochstein School has commemorated the life of David Hochstein – Rochester native and gifted violinist and composer – with a yearly competition open to advanced students in grades 10-12 in the nine-county region surrounding Rochester.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    24 Nov, 2021 PM 12:10 — 24 Nov, 2021 PM 12:50
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Live from Hochstein – Eastman Horn Choir: A Cornucopia of Holiday Delights
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Heralding the holidays with the Eastman Horn Choir – W. Peter Kurau, director – featuring hornists from the Eastman School of Music.
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The Eastman Horn Choir was founded in 1968 by Verne Reynolds and from its inception the Choir’s mission has been to provide an expanded ensemble experience for horn students, to acquaint them with the breadth of quality repertoire within our musical culture, and to encourage contemporary composers to create original works for multiple horns.

In addition to performing an annual holiday concert at Hochstein, the Choir has been featured on the Eastman at Washington Square series, in a biennial tribute to St. Hubert (patron saint of the hunt, from which the horn derives much of its repertoire), in a formal concert in the Eastman Theatre, and on the Music at St. Andrew’s and Music at St. John’s series.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    01 Dec, 2021 PM 12:10 — 01 Dec, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Expressive Arts Holiday Showcases
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    02 Dec, 2021 PM 5:00 — 02 Dec, 2021 PM 7:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Live from Hochstein – Madrigalia: A Cup of Good Cheer
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Our annual celebration of the holiday season with the choral chamber ensemble Madrigalia; Cary Ratcliff, artistic director.
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Since 1975, Madrigalia has distinguished itself as one of the finest chamber choirs in all of Rochester and western New York. The ensemble is known for its quality performances of unique repertoire spanning over six centuries. Cary Ratcliff was appointed Madrigalia’s Artistic Director in 2014, and since that time the group has produced two recordings, collaborated with local and international artists, and premiered new works.

Madrigalia’s expansive interpretation of the December holidays includes celebrations both sparkling and thoughtful, meditations on Christmas, Hanukkah, winter, and words of hope.

The Hochstein School’s free noontime Live from Hochstein concert series will be hosted by WXXI Classical’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical. Listen to the concert at WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, or online at https://www.classical915.org/.

* Proof of vaccination is required for audience members (children age 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). All patrons will be required to wear masks. Please refrain from bringing food/drink into the hall so that we can all remain masked.

See the full safety protocols at https://hochstein.org/Calendar/Live-from-Hochstein.

Sidney and Barbara Sobel have generously 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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    08 Dec, 2021 PM 12:10 — 08 Dec, 2021 PM 12:50
Hochstein Performance Hall
Expressive Arts Holiday Showcases
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    09 Dec, 2021 PM 4:00 — 09 Dec, 2021 PM 6:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Holiday Prism Concert
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    10 Dec, 2021 PM 7:00 — 10 Dec, 2021 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Holiday Concert of Young Voices
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    11 Dec, 2021 PM 3:00 — 11 Dec, 2021 PM 4:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
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Save the date - more info coming.
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    23 Jan, 2022 PM 12:00 — 23 Jan, 2022 PM 5:00
Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza
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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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