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  When she was a kid, Beata Moon just wanted to fit in.  Born in North Dakota and raised in Indiana, she found that being Korean-American set her apart.  So did her prodigious talent at the piano.

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.

HomeStage: David and Maya Temperley

Aug 18, 2020

David Temperley is a professor at the Eastman School of Music, and writes classical pieces inspired by pop music...he also writes pop music inspired by classical music. Check out his latest book, "The Musical Language of Rock." Maya Temperley is a pianist and a piano teacher; she's also director of sponsored programs and government affairs at St. John Fisher College.

They're in their HomeStage to play one of David's compositions for you.


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How many keyboard instruments can you name? Exploring Music can name at least 15 different types to start with! Tune in to learn and listen to stories and music on 2/3, Monday 7:00 PM

  Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 Presents...The Competition, a movie where competitors in a classical piano competition (played by Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving ) fall in love, Saturday September 28th at The Little Theatre.

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The Washington Post took an interest in a Rochester public art project created by Shawn Dunwoody.  Read the article here.

A rare gift: Music prodigy Rachel Flowers

Jan 17, 2019

When Rachel Flowers was born 15 weeks premature in 1993, she weighed just one and a half pounds. She lost her vision three months later due to a condition called retinopathy of prematurity. 

But when you talk to Rachel today, there's no sense of loss, disability, or limitations. The 25-year old music prodigy's world is vast and full of potential. By the time she was 4 years old, Rachel was playing Bach fugues on the piano seemingly with little effort. 

Now, with a flourishing music career, she composes her own songs and has befriended and sometimes performs with artists who have inspired her: Arturo Sandoval, Carl Palmer and Dweezil Zappa. 

Treat yourself to some beautiful piano trios by Russian romantic Anton Arensky and tango-inspired Astor Piazzolla on Live from Hochstein October 24th with violinist Eri Noda, cellist Jennifer Carpenter, and pianist Yi-Wen Chang.

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

A classical pianist and teacher at the Hochstein School has found a unique way to conquer her lifelong struggle with performance anxiety.

"The thing is, I love to play the piano,” said Paula Bobb at her home in Brighton. “I love to play the piano...it just fed my soul.”

She loves it so much she was willing to endure years of crippling stage fright every time she performed in public, starting when she was just five-and-a-half years old.

No matter how long or hard she practiced, or how prepared she felt, Paula just could not shake the anxiety.

To hear a concert by pianist Tony Caramia is to hear beautiful and unexpected music. He follows his intuition, chance, a ravenous curiosity and a good ear into some wonderful musical discoveries, that open up new worlds for listeners – as well as for the students he teaches at Eastman. 

On Live from Hochstein this afternoon, Caramia is playing music that stands out for its lovely harmonies – and playful energy -  in a program called “Syncopated Sounds from Germany.” Listen above to hear him introduce you to Ernest Fischer, Erwin Schulhoff, Lothar Perl, and others.  

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