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Making the case for performing arts center at Parcel 5

Sep 19, 2017

Those behind a proposal to put a performing arts center and residential tower at Parcel 5 say it will be an economic engine for downtown.

"Years ago in Rochester, we built Midtown, and that changed for many years how people perceived downtown.  This is the next step and it's going to reinvigorate downtown Rochester,"

said Arnie Rothschild, Board Chair and CEO with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. 

He and Morgan Communities CEO Bob Morgan outlined their plan for a new theater and residential tower at today's Rochester Rotary Club Luncheon.


The Memorial Art Gallery is exploring new ways to create provocative portraits of subjects, and in its current exhibition, it’s using video. The MAG is partnering with renowned video artist Charles Atlas on a video installation called “Here she is...v1,” featuring iconic drag performer Lady Bunny.

We discuss the exhibit and talk about the impact of the moving image. Our guests:

  • Charles Atlas, film and video artist
  • Jonathan Binstock, director of the Memorial Art Gallery
  • John Hanhardt, consulting senior curator of media arts at the Memorial Art Gallery
  • Douglas Crimp, professor of art history at the University of Rochester

One of the world's best-known opera stars, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has announced that she will never sing in public again — bringing a long, storied career to a close.

Eastman grad waiting out the rains in Texas

Aug 29, 2017

An Eastman School of Music grad is staying put in her Sugar Land, Texas home, as the rains from Harvey continue to pelt the area.

Violinist Emily Osinski says she's in one of the few neighborhoods that isn't underwater right now.

And she's in a voluntary evacuation zone.

"(It's) less than a mile from a mandatory evacuation zone.  A little scary.  We actually tried to evacuate yesterday.  We got all of our stuff packed into the car and then we started looking at the roads and realized there's absolutely no way out," she said.

World-renowned composer David Maslanka died Sunday evening at his home in Missoula. During his career, Maslanka composed over 150 musical works, including 50 pieces for wind ensemble, eight symphonies and 17 concertos.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has started to look for a new President and CEO.

WXXI News has learned that Ralph Craviso, originally brought on as an interim president and CEO for the Orchestra in the fall of 2015, is working to transition out of that role and help the RPO find his replacement.

Craviso’s title changed last year, with the word ‘interim’ removed from his position. At that time, he told us the board had effectively stopped looking for a replacement, while he continued to work on a plan to shore up the orchestra’s financial stability.

The finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition, a competition for singing actors, are this Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.  The Daytime Round, the major portion of the competition, runs 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM.  The Evening Round, during which winners are announced and prizes are awarded, takes place from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, also in Kilbourn Hall.

Sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, the Lenya Competition has grown exponentially from its first years in the late 1990’s when it was composed primarily of Eastman School students, to a larger and highly competitive international competition.  In honor of this year, the 20th year of the competition, cash prizes have been increased to $20,000 for the First Prize Winner and $15,000 for the Second Prize Winner.  A distinguished panel of judges adjudicates, including  Tony award-winning actor and singer Shuler Hensley, renowned stage director Anne Bogart, and Broadway music director and conductor Rob Berman.  Special guest of honor this year is soprano Teresa Stratas, who has a long association with the Lenya Competition.  (read more)


In the middle of National Poetry Month, we spend some time with poets and their work. We discuss upcoming events, and we talk about poetry's place in the classroom.

  • Craig Morgan Teicher, author of the collection of poems, The Trembling Answers
  • Banke Awopetu, author of Always Want More, and budding poet
  • Albert Abonado, poet and director of adult programs at Writers & Books

Guitarist Raphaella Smits has been visiting Rochester for a few days to teach and perform, including a free concert tonight (7:30pm, Red Room, 1010 East Avenue, Rochester)

On this tour, she is playing music from her most recent album, which is particularly special to her because it marks her 60th birthday.  It’s all music that she has known since she was a young student – but feels that now is the right time for her to play it. 

Decca/Andrew Eccles

Say it ain't so, Renée!  

Beloved singer (and Rochester icon) Renée Fleming is saying farewell to staged opera with a performance of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier this spring. But of course, that doesn't mean she's done with music. She'll be singing concerts, continuing her work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as their Creative Consultant, and more.

Read all about it in the New York Times

UPDATE: Not so fast, says Renée Fleming in an interview with NPR! She also says she still likes the New York Times article, despite that one misunderstanding.

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