Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu has been named the new Artist in Residence for the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester for the organization's 2016-2017 season.

Officials say Nakamatsu will be available to the chamber music group for repertoire and performer discussions. He will also be a spokesperson for the organization when he is in town, and will perform with the chamber music society at a gala concert that will conclude the 40th anniversary season.

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has extended an order preventing construction at the storied Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater.

State Supreme Court Judge Frank Sedita said at a hearing Monday he needs more information before determining if the work is major reconstruction or minor restoration.

He extended a temporary restraining order for another week.

The case pits preservationists against the administration of the western New York education and arts retreat.

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MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The fight over the future of the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater is moving to a courtroom.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon in the case that pits preservationists against the administration of the western New York education and arts retreat.

A group called the Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater and five property owners filed a lawsuit Jan. 22 seeking to block the institution's plans to demolish and rebuild the 122-year-old amphitheater.

A judge issued a temporary restraining order last week.

Organizers of a collection to send water to Flint, Michigan drew an overwhelming response from the community yesterday.

"Water that is currently running in their sinks, in their tubs and in their hospitals is orange,” said Olivia West of a group that calls itself ‘Champions of Change’. “It has high levels of lead from the metal from the pipes, and so, we just wanted to help, because no one should be subjected to those kinds of water conditions."

The producers of this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have announced the first four headliners for the event which takes place June 24th to July 2nd.

They include: singers Grace Potter and Erykah Badu, keyboardist and composer Chick Corea, and trumpeter Chris Botti.

Potter will perform on opening night, Friday June 24th; Badu on Saturday, June 25th.

Officials at Hobart and William Smith Colleges this weekend are officially taking the wraps off a new performing arts center.

It’s called the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, named after college president Mark Gearan, and it brings together music, dance, theater and other programs all under one roof.

Chris Button is the college’s associate director for planning and construction. He  the new 65,000 square foot facility will provide a more cohesive experience.

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The Rochester-based modern dance company led by Jamaican choreographer Garth Fagan has some new leadership.

"I think it's just the greatest news for us," says Fagan.

The new Executive Director is Karen Brown, or KB. She's a former professor of dance and principal ballerina at the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

She says she's excited about her new position.

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The Eastman School of Music is working with several partners to get Rochester City School District students and their families inside Kodak Hall.

In collaboration with the school district, RG&E, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and the Rochester Education Foundation, over 400 tickets will be made available to their ongoing Eastman Presents Concert Series.

Dean Jamal Rossi says these programs provide a great opportunity for these kids.

MLK Celebration at URMC

Jan 18, 2016
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The University of Rochester Medical Center hosted its 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration today.

The theme was "Fighting for Economic Justice," and several members of the local healthcare workers union were in attendance.

Jerald Drain chairs the hospital's healthcare workers union.

He says Dr. King not only fought for civil rights, but was a champion fighter for the union.

"If we give out an honest day's work, then we should get an honest day's pay that's competitive."