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9:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Genesee Brewery Lights Up Beer Keg Christmas Tree

The Genesee Brewery held a special kind of Christmas tree lighting outside its Brew House on Cataract Street Thursday night. The “tree” is made up of 300 empty stainless steel kegs, trimmed with lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.

The two-story keg tree was used to also unveil Genesee’s new holiday Tap It Forward social investment beer, which is a salted caramel chocolate porter. A portion of the proceeds of the beer sales will be donated to the GardenAerial FlourGarden project, which is an urban garden at Brown’s Race.

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Arts & Culture
10:27 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Renee Fleming To Perform For A Royal Couple

Opera singer Renee Fleming, who grew up in Churchville, will get to perform for visiting British Royals William and Kate on Tuesday night.

The soprano is scheduled to perform at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art at a scholarship fundraiser for the University of St. Andrews. That is the Scottish university where Kate and William met.

Fleming was recommended for the performance by Sting, who was originally scheduled to perform but had to drop out due to his Broadway commitments.

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Arts & Culture
9:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Jazz Fest Adds 2nd Diana Krall Show

Organizers of  the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have added a second show with jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. It will be held June 19th at 4:00 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The 8:00 p.m. show quickly sold out last week.

Krall also played to a sold-out show at the festival in 2012. Krall’s performance next year is part of her “Wallflower World Tour, “ which is conjunction with a album to be released in February.

Several more headliners are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Eastman Musicians Receive Grammy Nominations

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute at the Eastman School of Music, and Eastman alumnus and mastering engineer Robert (Bob) Ludwig have received nominations in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards competition. Both are previous Grammy award winners.

This year, O’Dette is a nominee in the Best Opera Recording Category. Ludwig received a total of four nominations, two each in the Album of the Year and in the Best Engineered Album Non-Classical categories.

An internationally respected performer and scholar of Baroque and Renaissance music,  O’Dette garnered his sixth Grammy nomination.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The Strong Museum Opens "Play Pals" Exhibit

The Strong Museum is opening its “Play Pals” exhibit this weekend, a display that provides an interactive look at dolls, action figures and other toys through American History.

Play Pals is phase three of a five-phase project to transform the Strong Museum's second floor into "America at Play," which is an interactive look at the history of play in America.

The weekend celebration includes participation by a children’s performer who’s been getting some national attention.

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Arts & Culture
8:08 am
Fri December 5, 2014

State Canal System Added To State & National Historic Registers

Cox-Budlong House in Scottsville
Credit nysparks.com

The 450-mile long New York State Barge Canal System has been added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. That system extends over 18 counties and encompasses 23,000 acres. The canal corridor was among seven projects this week that received New York State Preservation Awards.

Another 22 properties and districs have been nominated to be listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

In our region, that includes:

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bills Backers Back Bills Move Out of Toronto

Bills Backers of Rochester on Facebook

Having the Buffalo Bills end their series of games is Toronto comes as good news for many Bills fans in western New York.

That includes the president of the Buffalo Bills Backers of Rochester, Susan Gemmett.

She says she's happy the Bills experiment in Toronto is over, because the Bills will get a home game back, and they won't have to play a game at what appeared to be a neutral site.

Gemmett says the Bills got better support when they had to play in Detroit last month when their game was snowed out in Buffalo.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Diana Krall Concert In Rochester Sells Out

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is still six months away, but a concert for one of the headliners has already sold out.

Organizers say that tickets to the Diana Krall concert at the Eastman Theatre on June 19th, the opening night of the festival, have sold out.

Krall also played to a sold-out show at the festival in 2012. Krall’s performance next year is part of her “Wallflower World Tour, “ which is conjunction with a album to be released in February.

Several more headliners are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Upcoming Production Of Handel's Messiah Dedicated To The Memory Of Derrick Smith

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra says its upcoming production of Handel's Messiah will be dedicated to the memory of Derrick Smith.  Smith was a well known local baritone singer who performed with the chamber orchestra many times as well as a variety of other local organizations.  

Smith, who died last month at the age of 56, was a longtime faculty member of the Eastman Community Music School and Nazareth College.

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra's performance of Handel's Messiah is scheduled for the evening of December 7 at Hochstein Performance Hall.

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Arts & Culture
8:34 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Shoe Drive Reaches 25,000 Pairs

Ten year old Traci Weinstein from Irondequoit saw people who needed shoes in her homeland of Guatemala and worked to solve the problem.

"A ten year old starts something, and then a community gets behind it,” said co-organizer Pat Waring of Irondequoit. “How did we do this in 90 days?"

How did Traci Weinstein gather more than 25,000 pairs of shoes since Labor Day? One pair at a time.

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