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Hochstein School of Music & Dance presents HOC Loves ROC—a 10-day festival that brings music and dance to the community

Student and faculty performances include a world premiere plus many free concerts


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — If there are two things the Rochester community loves, it’s the arts and festivals. Hochstein School of Music & Dance has blended these favorites for a 10-day, mid-winter festival titled HOC Loves ROC, spanning Friday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 8. This first-time community-wide event involves hundreds of students and faculty members from Hochstein, with performances at the school as well as throughout the county at area centers, churches, and businesses.

Most of these musical and dance performances will be free to the public. Events include a drum circle at The Strong, a guitar ensemble at Hart’s Local Grocers, West African dance at Roberts Wesleyan College, and a world premiere performance at Hochstein.  

“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.

The HOC Loves ROC festival will feature performances by adult and young student musicians and dancers as well as Hochstein’s renowned faculty. Genres of performances range from classical to jazz to rock.

A featured highlight will be the world premiere of “Stone Soup: A Tale Retold,” a performance on Feb. 7 that will blend the storytelling aspects of dance, music and magic to relay the famous French tale to audience members both young and old. It was created by Sarah Andreacchi, Hochstein dance department co-chair, and is sponsored by kidsoutandabout.com.



HOC loves ROC Schedule


Friday, Jan. 30

12:30 to 1:15 p.m. HOC loves ROC kickoff

“Jazzy Lunchtime!" with the Dick DeLaney Trio and vocalist Maria Battista-Hancock in the City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St., Rochester. Featured will be a reading of a city proclamation of this day being “HOC Loves ROC Day.” FREE admission.


7 to 8 p.m. FuturPointe Dance open rehearsal

Experience an up-close, interactive, high-energy look at the dance process with Hochstein’s new dance company-in-residence at Hochstein dance studios, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. Rochester. FREE admission.


Saturday, Jan. 31

9 to 10 a.m. Hochstein Little Singers open rehearsal

Parents and children are welcome to attend this open session with our dedicated group of fun-loving singers age kindergarten through third grade. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. FREE admission.


10:15 to 11 a.m. Youth Singers open rehearsal

This chorus, comprised of enthusiastic 4th through 12th graders, invites you sing along or just sit back and listen and enjoy. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. FREE admission.


7:30 p.m. Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony in concert

A public concert featuring Hochstein’s Senior High School Wind Ensemble, comprised of woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 9 through12. John Rolland, Music Director. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. FREE admission.


Sunday, Feb. 1

1 to 4 p.m. Performances by student ensembles

Performances by Suzuki Strings and various chamber ensembles will take place throughout the afternoon at Barnes & Noble, 3349 Monroe Ave., Pittsford. FREE admission.


9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Hochstein Honors Flute Choir

Music with church services at Pearce Memorial Church, 4322 Buffalo Road, North Chili, with the Honors Flute Choir performing prelude and offertory at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. FREE admission.


Monday, Feb. 2

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Expressive Arts Sing-a-Long Open House

St. Ann’s Heart & Home at the Cathedral at 287 Flower City Park, Rochester. FREE Admission.


6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guest artist Adrianne Santucci and West African dance/drumming

Adrianne Santucci, Hochstein Dance Faculty, will be a guest artist in the Intro to Dance class at Roberts Wesleyan College, presenting interactive demos of traditional West African dance/drumming. The public is invited to this event in Cox Hall, Roberts Cultural Life Center, 2301Westside Drive, North Chili. FREE admission.


Tues, Feb. 3

11 to 11:45 a.m. Expressive Arts Sing-a-Long Open House

Webster Senior Center Chorus at Cranberry Landing Legacy in Irondequoit. FREE admission.


7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Hochstein Adult Guitar Ensemble

This longstanding ensemble will be performing a variety of songs from various cultures Hart's Local Grocers, 10 Winthrop Street, Rochester. FREE admission.


Wednesday, Feb. 4

10 to 10:45 a.m. “Make a Dance” for preschoolers

Preschoolers and their grown-ups can join Hochstein dance department co-chair Sarah Andreacchi for an exciting, interactive session of movement and dance creation. Fisher Meeting Room, Pittsford Library, 24 State St., Pittsford. No registration required. FREE admission.


10 a.m. “Meet Me at Hochstein!” Sing-a-Long

The Hochstein Expressive Arts Department joins with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a sing-a-long concert. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. FREE admission.


3 p.m. Expressive Arts romantic concert in honor of Valentine’s Day

A concert with audience participation led by Hochstein’s Expressive Arts staff. The Gables at Brighton, 2001 Clinton Avenue South, Rochester. FREE admission.


6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Hochstein Scholarship Flute choir

Performance at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester. FREE admission.


Thursday, Feb. 5

1 p.m. Expressive Arts presents “Jewish Traditions: A Musical Conversation”

Public event at Congregation Beth Hakneses Hachodosh, 19 Saint Regis Drive North, Rochester. FREE admission.


7 p.m. Spotlight on Faculty “Celebration of the Piano: III”

Ten pianists, 20 hands, four pianos and a whole lot of fun with the Piano Department faculty, including Gary Palmer, Doleen Hood, Paula Bobb, Yi-Wen Chang, Richard DeLaney, Lourdes Santiesteban, Susan Bouche-Pillon, Joseph Werner, Willie La Favor, and Olexa Yurchenko. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. Admission is $5 ($10 family max and free to Hochstein families). Underwritten by Ed and Jillian Pritchard Fiandach, with additional support by New York Life Insurance.



Friday, Feb. 6

10 a.m. Expressive Arts presents “All You Need Is Love”

An interactive performance and concert featuring Hochstein Express adult day program led by Maria Battista-Hancock. The Friendly Home, 3156 East Ave., Brighton. FREE admission.


2 p.m. Expressive Arts presents romantic songs

Performance of romantic songs with audience participation, featuring Hannah & Gloria and Hochstein’s Expressive Arts team. Episcopal Senior Life, 505 Mt. Hope, Rochester. FREE admission.


5 to 7 p.m. Jazz Combos and Trios

Hochstein jazz combos present jazz standards plus three violin/piano/cello trios of Hochstein’s Chamber Music Connection present Beethoven at the Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave., Rochester. FREE admission.


6 to 6:30 p.m. ROC Music and Suzuki students

Hochstein ROC Music and Suzuki students in concert. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. FREE admission.


Saturday, Feb. 7

6:30 p.m. World premiere! “Stone Soup: A Tale Retold”

Stone Soup: A Tale Retold is retelling of the favorite French tale — using dance, music and magic — about a selfish community tricked into working together. Free soup reception with the performers to follow. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. Admission is $5 ($10 family max).


7 p.m. School of Rock band

A mix of classics and original tunes performed by Hochstein School of Rock band, coached by Dave Chisholm. Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St., Rochester. FREE admission.


Sunday, Feb. 8

1:30 to 3 p.m. Expressive Arts drum circle

Interactive drum circle with Hochstein’s Expressive Arts staff and interns presenting non-stop music-making fun. National Museum of Play at The Strong, 1 Manhattan Square Drive, Rochester. Included with museum admission.


7 p.m. Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia

Concert featuring Concerto Competition winner Oliver Lindblom and also a performance of Aaron Copland’s 1945 classic “Lincoln Portrait.” Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. Admission is $5.


Calendar Information

HOC Loves ROC: A first-time, 10-day event involving performances by hundreds of students and faculty members from Hochstein, performing at various venues throughout the community.


Location: Various venues throughout Monroe County, including Hochstein


Dates: Friday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015


About Hochstein School of Music & Dance

At Hochstein, our mission is simple: to provide excellent music and dance instruction to anyone who is interested - regardless of age, level of skill, background, or ability to pay. We aim to nurture and inspire each individual, and to welcome all to our community of musicians, dancers, and audiences.


Since 1920, Hochstein School of Music & Dance has served as Rochester’s Community School of the Arts—welcoming, nurturing, and challenging students of all ages and levels of skill, regardless of ability to pay. Thanks to the school’s exceptional 140-member faculty, Hochstein annually serves as many as 4,000 students in the school’s Music & Dance and Music Therapy Programs, located at the central Rochester campus (which boasts the elegant Performance Hall).


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