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The Hochstein School

While David Hochstein is not, like most of our Musicians of Rochester, someone you can meet as part of Rochester's musical community today, his legacy continues to have an impact on our lives. As we commemorate Memorial Day, I wanted to share the story of this young musician who gave his life in service to his country. 

David Hochstein was born in 1892, and grew up on Joseph Avenue. His father, Jacob, was a highly educated Russian-Jewish immigrant who spoke six languages and ran a print shop out of their house. Jacob was David’s first violin teacher, but soon passed him on to other more knowledgeable musicians from Rochester’s European immigrant community.

Join us for Harpy Hour as we celebrate music and The Hochstein School's 100th anniversary.

While Live from Hochstein is on hold while can't gather in person, we have been revisiting past programs on the radio on Wednesdays, including highlights during the noon hour with Julia Figueras, and full programs at 9pm.

Our featured highlight over lunch this Wednesday comes from the intriguing, international trio Syrinx XXII, who played on Live from Hochstein this past fall.  They also took the time during that visit to meet with the local chapter of the American Recorder Society and stop by our studio for some conversation.

I was able to catch up with Katharine over email, and she collected and shared some stories of how they have been doing since they visited us in Rochester. 

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.

Stream this radio special on-demand now online here: 

https://www.classical915.org/topic/performance-rochester

Each April, Classical 91.5 celebrates the wealth of musical ensembles in the greater Rochester region with Performance Rochester. This year, we are particularly honored to share these concerts with our listeners in support of the many  groups, and the talented musicians that have had to cancel performances.  Each day you will hear chamber and orchestral music by Rochester’s finest ensembles recorded in our city’s concert halls, churches and schools. So it is in this spirit of joining together to get through this, that we present Performance Rochester 2020.  Read more... 

Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux returns to Rochester

Mar 12, 2020
Tyler Boye

NOTE: This performance has been canceled, with hopes to reschedule for a later date. More from The Hochstein School on their cancelations here.

Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux’s career reflects the versatility (and the portability) of his instrument. He’s apt to show up anywhere, from a symphony orchestra concert to NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concert series, from teaching at the venerated Curtis Institute of Music to giving online lessons.

The Hochstein School has made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend all on-site programming. This include the Live from Hochstein programs that are normally broadcast on WXXI.  WXXI Classical 91.5 is broadcasting selections from previous Live from Hochstein programs as part of the music over lunch on Wednesdays and share complete encore broadcasts on Wednesday nights at 9pm.

March 25th, 9pm:  French music for cello and piano with the Ekstasis Duo, originally broadcast March 20, 2019

April 1st, 9pm: The Sibley Chamber Players and Brahms, originally broadcast April 12, 2017

April 8th, noon and 9pm: Hochstein at 100 - Music and stories from The Hochstein School's one hundred year history.

April 15th, 9pm: Antara Winds, originally broadcast March 27, 2019

April 22nd, 9pm: Then and Now: We Compose, with pianist Yi-Wen Chang, originally broadcast 11/15/2017

April 29th, 9pm: Chamber Music for Two, with Duo Semplice and the Janus Duo, originally broadcast November 1st, 2017

May 6, 9pm: A Grand European Tour with Trio Speranza (Anna Griffis, violin; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; Jason Moy, harpsichord), originally broadcast October 31st, 2018

May 13, 9pm: Mikhail Kopelman, violin; Stefan Reuss, cello; Rebecca Penneys, piano (The Academy Trio), originally broadcast April 11, 2018

Spotlight on Music Therapy in Rochester

Jan 21, 2020
https://hochstein.org/Expressive-Arts

Music Therapy has been shown to benefit people of all ages and abilities. It can improve cognitive, social, mental, physical and emotional needs. 

An organization in our own community is doing much to provide assistance and programs for those who would benefit from these services. The Expressive Arts Program at The Hochstein School, under the direction of Jennifer Phillips, has been providing services in the Rochester area for more than 40 years. Today we highlight the work they are doing.

The winners of this year’s David Hochstein Recital Competition were Andrew Guo, a Frisbee-playing violinist who edits his school newspaper, and Sam Reeder, a track-running clarinetist and mathematician who has created his own language. 

You can hear them on the radio Wednesday November 27th, at noon (and again at 10pm) as Live from Hochstein takes a break for the Thanksgiving week holiday. They were recorded in concert at The Hochstein School on May 10th 2019 by Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions.

Aaron Winters

Syrinx XXII is a trio with an unusual, perhaps unique, combination of instruments: flutes, recorders, and piano.

They visited Rochester this week to perform on our lunchtime concert series Live from Hochstein, along with a few other performances throughout the region.  What a discovery! The way that they blend the wide range of tones and textures of their instruments into sweet and surprising music.  You can listen to that show here online. 

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