WXXI Local Stories
Thu December 6, 2007
Composer's "Goops and Hula Hoops" premieres at Hochstein
By Brenda Tremblay
Rochester, NY – The New York State Music Fund was established to help local musicians create and perform new music. The fund was created when investigations into the practice of "payola" or "pay for play" by major recording and broadcasting companies were resolved by the State Attorney general. Some of the money landed here in Rochester, at WXXI, the Eastman School of Music, and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. This Saturday afternoon, an audience in the Hochstein Performance Hall will hear the premiere of a new piece commissioned with money from that Fund. The piece, by Rochester composer Cary Ratcliff, is called "Goops and Hula Hoops." The 20 minute work is based on a poem about the Goops, fictitious creatures with gross table manners. WXXI's Brenda Tremblay reports.