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Avenue Blackbox Theatre receives Alicia Keys' piano for its music program

Sep 3, 2020

A piano previously owned, played, and signed by Grammy-winning musician Alicia Keys is making its way to its new home at The Avenue Blackbox Theatre on Joseph Avenue.

Fellow musician and Rochester native Andy Nahas successfully bid on the cerulean blue Boston 126E upright piano, designed by Steinway & Sons, at an auction to benefit the charity MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which received $35,000 in the sale, to go toward lessening the pandemic’s financial toll on individuals in the music industry.

The Hochstein School has been a center for learning music and dance in Rochester now for 100 years.

Hear the stories and music that connect this community school to the history of our city over the past century - from its origins as a settlement school to teach music to immigrant children in Rochester, through years of growth and development to suit the changing needs of Rochester’s communities, to its role today as a place to learn and experience music, dance, and more.

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There have been so many creative responses to keeping people connected to arts and music while we are remaining physically separated. In fact, it's even getting a little difficult to keep track of all the amazing concerts and events happening now online. Here are a few things for you to bookmark to stay connected with online music, arts, and community events. 

Susan B. at the symphony

Jan 31, 2020

This year’s observances of Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday celebration and the centenary of the 19th Amendment are momentous events, but at first glance they may not seem to inspire musical celebrations. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is prepared to prove otherwise this weekend and next.

“These are significant milestones,” Stare says, “and in planning this season we definitely wanted to make note of them.”

In 2011, Concentus Women's Chorus gave us the gift of music for our fourth Holiday Backstage Pass.  Eight years later, they return to our studios for another holiday performance, and with a new Music Director. Join our seasonal celebration Wednesday, December 18 at 1 PM. The show repeats on Sunday, December 22 at 1 PM.

You can read more about Concentus and the passing of the baton in David Raymond's City Paper article.  

The University of Rochester

City newspaper writer Daniel Kushner writes about a weathered book of 17 songs which includes the “Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass,” recently acquired by the University of Rochester.  The song's music was written by  English composer and abolitionist Julia Griffiths who met Douglass in England in 1847.  It could be the only copy in the United States.