Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Lineup for Jazz Fest 16 announced

Mar 21, 2017

The lineup has been announced for this summer's 16th annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

It features over 15 hundred artists from around the world in over 325 shows at 19 venues.

Producer John Nugent says one new wrinkle this year is personalized Club Passes, complete with a patron's name and photo.

"We're going to require everyone to do that now because, it's for security, in case you lose it. We've had a lot of people that forget their pass or lose it.  We can issue another one because we have it in the system with their photo on it," he said.


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $185,000 has been awarded to establish a Brewing Microenterprise Program, beginning with four local businesses that will create 16 jobs.

75 people originally expressed interest in the ‘Brew IN Livingston' competition; eventually 15 finalists went through a business boot camp, which was a course that focused on the formation of a brewery business.

The federal budget proposed by President Donald Trump would make cuts in a number of programs, including those that fund the arts and the humanities.

Bruce Barnes says eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would have a “tremendous negative effect” on the George Eastman Museum.

Barnes is director of that world-renowned photography museum on East Avenue, and he says grants from those federal agencies have helped that museum immensely.


The proposal from the Rochester Broadway Theater League for a performing arts center is getting a major boost. RBTL Chairman Arnie Rothschild confirms that Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano has committed $25 million toward their proposal.

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Even with the wintry weather, the 40th annual Rochester St. Patrick’s Day parade went on as scheduled on Saturday.

There had been some questions raised about whether it should be postponed, not only because of the weather, but because of what some people have been dealing with in terms of cleanup from last Wednesday’s wind storm.

But the parade was held, with organizers saying it would be more difficult to try and reschedule it.


AUBURN, N.Y. (AP)  The newly designated Harriet Tubman national historic site in central New York has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy a rare photograph of the 19th century abolitionist. 

Swann Galleries in New York City said earlier this year it would offer the photo for sale at its Manhattan auction house on March 30. Experts say the newly discovered photo of the Maryland-born Underground Railroad hero was taken in Auburn, New York, in the late 1860s. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state of New York is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage with the launch of a website and events throughout the state.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday introduced the website to kick off Women's History Month.

Randy Gorbman

Hundreds of people watched the Academy Awards in style Sunday night in Rochester, while also helping out a good cause.

This was the second year in a row the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, which used to be known as Theater on the Ridge, has hosted a gala to benefit a local charity. Last year it was the American Heart Association, this year it was the United Way of Greater Rochester.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees. There are six of them, including:

-Samuel Adler, a celebrated classical composer and Eastman School of Music professor from 1966 to 1995

-Joe Beard, blues guitarist and vocalist and member of the Son of House band

-Gary Lewis, the 1960s hitmaker with Gary Lewis and the Playboys who now lives in the Rochester area

-“Uncle” Roger McCall, radio DJ and supporter of Rochester’s local music scene

Erich Camping / RPO

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is coming off a year which saw strong growth in ticket sales, while it is still working to overcome its financial weaknesses.

That according to RPO President and CEO Ralph Craviso who says the orchestra had a deficit $2.2 million in the fiscal year that ended last August. But he says bills were paid with the help of the orchestra’s endowment, and he says the RPO is transitioning to a more stable financial situation.