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Live from Hochstein

Seasonal, Wednesdays 12:10 to 12:50pm, rpt 9 to 10 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at wxxi.org

Hosted by Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami, Live from Hochstein is the longest running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. Broadcast live from the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 North Plymouth Ave. in Rochester), the series presents performances by some of the finest artists from the Rochester area’s musical community. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour.  The season also includes the annual Hochstein Recital Winners Concert.

Cellist Stefan Reuss recently stopped by WXXI's studios to discuss his experiences playing chamber music at the Rochester Academy of Medicine for twenty years, in a trio that includes pianist Rebecca Penneys and violinist Mikhail Kopelman. We also discussed the trio's upcoming performance this week on Live from Hochstein

Among the old beautiful buildings that line East Avenue, you can find the Rochester Academy of Medicine – a place that has been a resource for the medical community for many years, as well as more recently a host for various community events, including “salon” piano trio concerts.  

The salon at 1441 East Avenue is a room that holds about a hundred people . It would be a big living room for most homes, but it’s a rather intimate space for a concert. That is something cellist Stefan Reuss has come to appreciate over the years:

Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami is a series of lunchtime concerts by some of the finest artists in our area broadcast live from Hochstein Performance Hall. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour. You can also hear an encore broadcast of Live from Hochstein later the same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5. You can listen online here to selected past episodes of the lunchtime concert series Live from Hochstein.  

The annual David Hochstein Recital Competition recognizes outstanding musicianship and performance skills of advanced student musicians in grades 10-12 who reside in the nine-county region surrounding Greater Rochester. The students who win this competition perform at a recital at Hochstein each spring.

This year's winners are clarinetist David Kim, violinist Chie Xu, and pianist Raymond Feng. 

The choir Madrigalia standing together near a piano
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Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami is a series of lunchtime concerts by some of the finest artists in our area broadcast live from Hochstein Performance Hall. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour. You can also hear an encore broadcast of Live from Hochstein later the same day at 10 p.m.

Stephanie Marsh

It's been a great season of Live from Hochstein - with everything from Brahms to brass, world premieres, wind quintet favorites, and Radiohead played by the Eastman Cello Ensemble (along with music by David Liptak, Caleb Burhans, and Arvo Pärt. You can hear this season finale show here: 


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On Wednesday, March 29th, 3D artist, animator and educator Ted Gordon was visiting Rochester and was in the audience for Live from Hochstein.  Brenda Tremblay was hosting that day and the featured artists were the Telos Trio (Rita George Simmons, flute; Debbie Grohman, clarinet; Willie LaFavor, piano). 

Gordon had with him a tablet equipped with a program that allows him to sketch life drawings.  We are honored to share Ted's depictions of Brenda and the Telos Trio here.

Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami is back with a whole new season of performances by some of the finest artists in our area broadcast live from Hochstein Performance Hall. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour. Live from Hochstein repeats that same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

All of the music from this season of Live from Hochstein is now available to stream on demand at the links below. Enjoy!

March 22nd: Brass Music that Tells a Story
David Bamonte, trumpet; Mark Kellogg, trombone; Priscilla Yuen, piano
Featuring music of Blacher, Ewazen, and Brahms.


The annual David Hochstein Recital Competition recognizes outstanding musicianship and performance skills of advanced student musicians in grades 10-12 who reside in the nine-county region surrounding Greater Rochester.  The students who win this competition perform at a recital at Hochstein each spring. 

This year’s winners are oboist Riesa Cassano, cellist Benjamin Doane, and pianist Jonathan Madden.  

The choir Madrigalia standing together near a piano
madrigalia.org

Live from Hochstein with host Mona Seghatoleslami is back with a whole new season of performances by some of the finest artists in our area broadcast live from Hochstein Performance Hall. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students, and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour. Live from Hochstein repeats that same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5.
 


The season kicks off with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Daniel Meyer on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12:10 p.m. You can attend these concerts in person at Hochstein, listen to them on the radio on WXXI Classical 91.5, or stream them right here on our website. Here's the full schedule: 

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