Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

A 17 year old virtuoso from Silver Springs, Maryland has won the top prize in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. 

Brian Le was awarded the prize on Saturday after performing the first movement Allegro maestoso of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Neil Varon.

Museum's First Building Is Going Up

Jul 17, 2015
Finger Lakes Museum

The first building for the Finger Lakes Museum is going up along Sugar Creek and Keuka Lake in Branchport.

Executive Director Natalie Payne and it's drawing a crowd of people who want to watch the craftsmen work.

"They just pound things in with just hammers and mallets and so forth. The only really motorized item that they use is this big crane. So, it's pretty neat to see."

First Street Light Festival in Rochester

Jul 17, 2015
Rachel Y. DeGuzman

Organizers are calling A Street Light Festival a spectacular multi-disciplinary light infused exhibition.

And it makes its Rochester debut this weekend at the Village Gate.

It celebrates some of the strengths of Rochester, according to the festival's founder and executive director, Rachel DeGuzman.

"Why Rochester?  Rochester is the photonics and optics -- which is light -- capital of the country and we also are very strong in arts and culture and those are two integral components of the celebration."

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Rochester City Council on Tuesday evening approved moving ahead with a feasibility study on a downtown performing arts center. The vote was 7 to 1, with Councilwoman Carolee Conklin casting the only opposing vote.

The study would cost $211,000.  The city and Monroe County would each chip in $30,000; $100,000 would come from the state, and reportedly, about $50,000 would likely come from the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.

Fringe Festival '15 Announced

Jul 14, 2015

The 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival promises to be bigger, better, and more "unordinary" than ever.

That's the word from organizers of the event who unveiled the lineup Tuesday.

There will be 500 performances at more than 25 venues in downtown Rochester between September 17th and September 26th.

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As Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council members talked on Monday evening about the mayor’s request for funding a study on a performing arts center, Warren told them the county is willing to help out with the cost.

Warren originally proposed a $211,000 study funding with $100,000 in state money and the city picking up $111,000.  Warren now says that Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks plans to put $81,000 toward the study, which would reduce the city’s share to $30,000.

The 47th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival in Rochester brought the crowds under sunny skies and warm temps on Saturday and more of the same is expected on Sunday.

Recognizing artists in a variety of mediums, this year’s Festival places a focus on musical arts.

The festival features  hundreds of artists, four stages of continuous live music and the Emerging Artists Expo. Organizers say it  is one of the largest all volunteer run festivals in the country.

Rolling Stones And Bills Welcome Fans

Jul 11, 2015

The long awaited return of The Rolling Stones to western New York is finally upon us.

The Rolling Stones will Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday night, and their hosts, the Bills want fans to have fun and be responsible.

US Women’s National Soccer Team

New York City hosted a parade today for the US Women's World Cup soccer team.

Pittsford native Abby Wambach was on the lead float in the parade, joined by several of her teammates and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Tens of thousands of people lined the parade route.

Speaking at a ceremony after the parade, Wambach thanked her teammates and the fans, saying they couldn't have done it without them.

"This absolutely will go down as one of, if not the best thing I have ever been a part of in my life!"

Joni Monroe is retiring as Executive Director of the Community Design Center Rochester, a position she has held for the last 12 years.

Monroe is a founding member of the organization, which is a non-profit organization that provides design assistance for neighborhoods and towns. The group is dedicated to promoting healthy, sustainable communities, and also organizes the annual Reshaping Rochester series.