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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. 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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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
HochStrings Holiday Concert
Event summary
The HochStrings Adult Chamber Orchestra, directed by Pia Liptak, performs a program of seasonal music.
Event details

The program includes “Trepak” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, romantic themes by Schubert, music of The Beatles, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and Sibelius’ Finlandia, sometimes referred to as “A Song of Peace.”

This concert is free and open to the public.

 

  • Time
    14 Dec, 2018 PM 5:45 — 14 Dec, 2018 PM 6:30
Hochstein Chapel
Rochester Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert
Event details

The concert features the Flower City Pride Band and the Rochettes and will include the popular audience sing-along.  The repertoire is a balance of sacred & secular and includes: Born, Born in Bethlehem; Cantate Domino; Gesu Bambino; Gloucestershire Wassail; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Here We Come a-Wassailing; Home for the Holidays; It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year; The Little Drummer Boy; Prayer of the Children; Shepherds Awake!; While Shepherds Watched Their Sleep.

Tickets are $10 child (under 12) and $20 adult. For more information, visit https://thergmc.org/concert-%26-events

  • Time
    15 Dec, 2018 PM 7:30 — 15 Dec, 2018 PM 9:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
FLCB and FLSO Holiday Concert
Event summary
The Finger Lakes Concert Band (FLCB), under the direction of Gregory Kane, and the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra (FLSO), directed by Shade Zajac, present a special joint concert featuring traditional and contemporary holiday classics.
Event details

The program includes Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and A Christmas Festival, German Carol Festival, Hanukkah Holiday, In Dulci Jubilo, Coventry Carol, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and selections from The Nutcracker.

The Finger Lakes Concert Band brings together instrumentalists from around the Finger Lakes region to perform a wide variety of exciting music. 

The Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra was formed in the fall of 1971 and is comprised of a very diverse group including professionals of many vocations, musicians, and students in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes areas.

General admission tickets are $8, free for students 18 or under.

 

  • Time
    16 Dec, 2018 PM 3:00 — 16 Dec, 2018 PM 4:30
Canandaigua Academy
SCMR: Mozart in France
Event summary
The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester presents a concert featuring the music of Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Lili Boulanger, and Guillaume Connesson.
Event details

Mozart Trio E Flat Major for Piano, Clarinet and Viola, K. 498 “Kegelstatt”
Saint-Saëns Oboe Sonata
Lili Boulanger Nocturne et Cortege 
Guillaume Connesson Sextuor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Double Bass and Piano (1998)

Erik Behr, oboe
Kenneth Grant, clarinet
Federico Agostini, violin
Marc Anderson, viola
Fred Dole, double bass
Elinor Freer, piano
Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano
Hochstein Student Ensemble

Pre-Concert Talk with the Artistic Directors and musicians begins 30 minutes before scheduled concert time.

Tickets are $35 ($150 for 5-concert season). For more information, visit https://www.chambermusicrochester.org/concerts/2018/12/16/mozart-in-france 

  • Time
    16 Dec, 2018 PM 4:00 — 16 Dec, 2018 PM 5:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
02Jan
20Dec
Event summary
There are no regularly scheduled lessons or classes Thursday, December 20, 2018 through Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
  • Time
    20 Dec, 2018 — 02 Jan, 2019
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Hochstein Alumni Orchestra Ninth Annual Winter Concert
Event summary
Former Hochstein students return to Rochester to present a free concert. The 40-member Hochstein Alumni Orchestra is directed by Evan Meccarello.
Event details

The program includes Debussy’s Petite Suite, the first movement of Korngold’s Violin Concerto with soloist Gabrielle Monachino, and two Argentine tangos: “El Choclo” by Angel Villoldo and Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango.”

The concert is open to the public, with donations accepted to benefit Hochstein. A reception follows the concert.

Sponsored by

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    05 Jan, 2019 PM 8:00 — 05 Jan, 2019 PM 9:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein Rock Bands at Lovin’ Cup
Event summary
Hochstein’s student rock bands, coached by Music Lab Director Dave Chisholm, perform at the Lovin’ Cup in Henrietta.
Event details

Expect to hear performances of songs written by Nirvana, The Killers, Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, The Wallflowers, Muse, Royal Blood, and more!

Lovin’ Cup: 300 Park Point Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

  • Time
    13 Jan, 2019 PM 6:30 — 13 Jan, 2019 PM 8:00
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20Jan
20Jan
Musical Mystery Tour!
Event summary
Hochstein is delighted to invite families to our annual winter open house! Enjoy an afternoon filled with fun at our Musical Mystery Tour.
Event details

Highlights include:

  • an instrument petting zoo
  • interactive music and dance sessions;
  • crafts and Music and Art Therapy activities;
  • performances by Hochstein ensembles;
  • and a huge drum circle!

The Musical Mystery Tour sends children on a scavenger hunt for dance and music clues scattered throughout the historic Hochstein building, while the exceptional Hochstein faculty guide young gumshoes through the music, dance, and craft activities. Families can explore our offerings, learn more about the school, and even register for individual lessons and winter class sessions.

Tickets: Pricing for the Musical Mystery tour is $3 per child, $5 per adult, and a maximum of $10 per family. Children 2 and under are admitted free of charge.

 

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  • Time
    20 Jan, 2019 PM 2:00 — 20 Jan, 2019 PM 4:00
The Hochstein School
Event summary
There are no regularly scheduled lessons or classes on Monday, January 21, 2019.
  • Time
    21 Jan, 2019 — 21 Jan, 2019
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Spotlight on Faculty – All-in-One
Event summary
During the 19th century, piano transcriptions became an important way to bring large-scale works to the general public. In this concert, we will hear transcriptions of symphony, opera, concerto, and an orchestral work all performed on a single piano.
Event details

Selections include Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin," Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Romance from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Ravel’s "La Valse."

Featuring: Yi-Wen Chang, piano        

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

 

Sponsored in part by 

Sardone Robinson and Associates CPAs

 

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    25 Jan, 2019 PM 7:00 — 25 Jan, 2019 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Event summary
Support Hochstein by making purchases at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618.
Event details

Drop by from 1:00 to 5:00 pm as Hochstein musicians will be performing during this time. A percentage of the net sale, on this day, will be contributed to Hochstein.

Check back for a PDF of the voucher to use to make your purchase. Online sales count too. Some restrictions apply.

  • Time
    27 Jan, 2019 PM 1:00 — 27 Jan, 2019 PM 5:00
Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza
HYSO & Philharmonia in Concert
Event summary
Musicians from the 75-member Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Casey Springstead, and Philharmonia, directed by John Fetter, perform a joint concert.
Event details

One of the winners of the Hochstein Concerto Competition will perform.

Tickets at the door: $5 general admission. More details to come.

  • Time
    03 Feb, 2019 PM 2:00 — 03 Feb, 2019 PM 4:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Youth Wind Symphony Concert
Event summary
The Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony, directed by John Rolland, presents a winter concert of wind band music.
Event details

Hochstein’s Youth Wind Symphony features wind, percussion, and brass players in grades 9–12. The ensemble meets for six weeks in January and February to prepare music for this concert.

This concert is free and open to the public.

  • Time
    09 Feb, 2019 PM 7:30 — 09 Feb, 2019 PM 9:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Spotlight on Faculty – Jive for Five: The American Brass Quintet Sound
Event summary
The Plymouth Brass – featuring Hochstein faculty members Patrick Corvington, trumpet; Colleen Wolf, horn; Ben David Aaronson, trombone; Jeremy Stoner, tuba; and former faculty member Roy Smith, trumpet – perform music for brass quintet.
Event details

This mash-up of American music features composers who use both classical and jazz idioms in their writing. This is a unique listening experience as the quintet explores classical, jazz, and Dixieland music that creates the American brass quintet sound. The program includes works by Ewazen, Jones, Balmages, Nagle, Ellington, and Pollack.

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

Featuring: Plymouth Brass Quintet: Patrick Corvington and Roy Smith, trumpets; Colleen Wolf, horn; Ben David Aronson, trombone; Jeremy Stoner, tuba        

 

Sponsored in part by 

Sardone Robinson and Associates CPAs

 

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    15 Feb, 2019 PM 7:00 — 15 Feb, 2019 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
23Feb
18Feb
Event summary
There are no regularly scheduled lessons or classes on Monday, February 18, 2019 through Saturday, February 23, 2019.
  • Time
    18 Feb, 2019 — 23 Feb, 2019
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Sinfonia & Concertino Strings in Concert
Event summary
Musicians in Hochstein’s Sinfonia (grades 4-9, John Fetter, director; Matt Osika, Assistant Director), and Concertino Strings (grades 1-5, Marcos Kreutzer, director) orchestral ensembles give a free joint afternoon concert.
Event details

This concert is free and open to the public.

  • Time
    03 Mar, 2019 PM 2:00 — 03 Mar, 2019 PM 3:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Cordancia Chamber Orchestra: Music from Eastern Europe
Event summary
Cordancia plays music from Eastern Europe
Event details

Doors open at 6:30 pm for the 7:00 concert. General admission seating. For more information, visit http://www.cordancia.org/events

  • Time
    03 Mar, 2019 PM 7:00 — 03 Mar, 2019 PM 8:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
08Mar
08Mar
Paula Poundstone
Event summary
With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country's pre-eminent comedians.
Event details

Paula Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net. There's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.

Poundstone is recognized on Comedy Central's list of The 100 Best Standup Comics of All Time. She is a regular panelist on NPR's #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and she is included in innumerable lists, documentaries, and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time.

Doors open at 7:00 pm. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3820668 and for more information, see Poundstone's website www.paulapoundstone.com.

If available, tickets will be sold at the door by credit or debit card only.

  • Time
    08 Mar, 2019 PM 8:00 — 08 Mar, 2019 PM 10:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Golden Link presents An Evening with Judy Collins
Event summary
This special Golden Link concert features Judy Collins, who has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.
Event details

In the 1960s, Judy Collins evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” is in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Ticket prices are $40-$70, with discounts for Golden Link members. Purchase reserved seating tickets through the Golden Link website at https://www.goldenlink.org/concert_judycollins_190309 and in person and by phone at the RPO Box Office at 585-454-2100.

Founded in 1971, the Golden Link Folk Singing Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk music in the Rochester area.

  • Time
    09 Mar, 2019 PM 7:30 — 09 Mar, 2019 PM 9:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Hochstein Percussion Ensemble
Event summary
The Hochstein Percussion Ensemble will explore repertoire for percussion instruments including snare drum, keyboard, timpani, and drum set, among many others.
Event details

Join us for this performance by talented young percussionists from the greater Rochester area. Free and open to the public.

  • Time
    20 Mar, 2019 PM 7:30 — 20 Mar, 2019 PM 8:30
Hochstein Performance Hall
Voices of Spring Recital
Event summary
This free concert features 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.
  • Time
    21 Mar, 2019 PM 6:30 — 21 Mar, 2019 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
Finger Lakes Concert Band: Winter Concert
Event summary
Under the direction of Gregory Kane, the Finger Lakes Concert Band brings together instrumentalists from around the Finger Lakes region to perform a wide variety of exciting music.
Event details

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

  • Time
    24 Mar, 2019 PM 3:00 — 24 Mar, 2019 PM 4:30
Canandaigua Academy
Spotlight on Faculty – Passionate Spring
Event summary
Members of the Hochstein String Faculty perform this celebration of music with a Romantic flair.
Event details

The program includes Arnold Bax’s expansive Harp Quintet; Three Tangos by Piazzolla, full of dramatic and intriguing expressions; Mark O’Connor’s joyful Appalachian Waltz; and selections from Dohnanyi’s evocative Serenade, Dvořák’s unusual Terzetto, and Glinka’s operatic Sextet.

Featuring: Eri Noda, violin; Marcos Kreutzer, violin; Pia Liptak, violin; Katie Worley, violin; Heather Misula, violin; Megan Kemp, viola; Olita Povero, viola; Michelle Walker, viola; Kathleen Murphy Kemp, cello; Jennifer Carpenter, cello; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; Wan Ling Chuang, bass; Grace Wong, harp; Yi-Wen Chang, piano        

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

 

Sponsored in part by 

Sardone Robinson and Associates CPAs

 

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    29 Mar, 2019 PM 7:00 — 29 Mar, 2019 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
20Apr
15Apr
Event summary
There are no regularly scheduled lessons or classes on Monday, April 15, 2019 through Saturday, April 20, 2019.
  • Time
    15 Apr, 2019 — 20 Apr, 2019
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Spotlight on Faculty – Baroque Strings
Event summary
This program of Baroque music includes works by Vivaldi, O'Carolan, Corbetta, and Couperin.
Event details

The program includes two works by Vivaldi – his Concerto in D Major, written for lute but performed here on guitar, and his Double Concerto in G Major (normally performed on two mandolins, but performed here on guitars). Turlough O'Carolan was a blind Celtic harper, composer, and singer and is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. His Concerto – here for cello and guitar – is probably his most famous composition and was inspired by the music of Corelli. The program also includes O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, Corbetta’s Suite in C Major, and Couperin’s Pieces en Concert.

Featuring: Timothy Shannon, guitar; Warner Iverson, guitar; Shannon Nance, violin; Molly Werts McDonald, violin; Olita Povero, viola; Kathleen Murphy Kemp, cello; Joseph Werner, harpsichord        

Admission at the door is $10 per person, with a $20 family maximum. A “meet the artists” reception follows the concert.

 

Sponsored in part by 

Sardone Robinson and Associates CPAs

The Spotlight on Faculty concert series is generously supported by Hochstein donors. It 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.

Thank you to Wegmans Food Markets for their support of our community events.
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  • Time
    03 May, 2019 PM 7:00 — 03 May, 2019 PM 8:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
27May
27May
Event summary
There are no regularly scheduled lessons or classes on Monday, May 27, 2019.
  • Time
    27 May, 2019 — 27 May, 2019
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2019 Honors Convocation
Event summary
Hochstein showcases the Merit Scholarship winners in grades 5-12 in this special student performance concert.
Event details

The scholarship winners were selected during auditions that were held February–March 2019. More details to come.

  • Time
    31 May, 2019 PM 7:00 — 31 May, 2019 PM 9:00
Hochstein Performance Hall
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