Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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The Eastman School of Music's Phiharmonia is teaming up with some prestigious alumnae in a New York City production this fall.

The student orchestra will take the stage with at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. They're performing a modern opera drawn from the letters of Georgia O'Keeffe, the American artist.

The composition was written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Eastman graduate Kevin Puts, who wrote it to be performed specifically by a fellow Eastman alum, renowned soprano Renee Fleming.

Genesee Country Village & Museum is announcing the retirement of President and CEO Peter Arnold.

He will retire in June and remain as a consultant to the organization for the rest of the year.

Arnold joined the organization in 2007.

Board of Trustees Vice Chairman and development executive Elizabeth "Becky" Wehle has been appointed Interim President, a role which she will serve through at least year-end while a national search goes on for Arnold's successor.

The museum is entering its 40th year.

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The Rochester Music Hall of Fame held its  fifth annual induction ceremony and show Sunday night at the Eastman Theatre.                

The 2016 inductees spanned several musical genres, including jazz, musical theater, classical, and punk rock.

The inductees are:

·      Pee Wee Ellis, acclaimed saxophonist and musical director/band leader for James Brown and Van Morrison

·      Howard Hanson, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and

40-year director of Eastman School of Music

George Eastman Museum

Actor Michael Keaton will receive the George Eastman Award, the highest honor from Rochester’s George Eastman Museum.

A star in many films including Night Shift, Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice and Batman Returns will receive the honor June 9th in the Dryden Theatre.

The George Eastman Award has gone to many film legends including Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, James Stewart and most recently Michael Douglas.

It was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.

On the eve of Earth Day, the second annual Fast Forward Film Festival will screen 16 short films at The Little Theater Thursday night.

The finalists were chosen from hundreds of entries to the festival, which uses the art of film to raise awareness about the environment.  Ten finalists are in the adult category and 6 are in the youth category, which is new this year.

The screening tonight starts at 6 p.m., and a gala is planned for Saturday night at the George Eastman Museum from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A program that has been in Rochester for  a decade now to help increase diversity in the sport of rowing is ending.

Founder of  Cross Currents Minority Rowing, Lydia Boddie-Rice says the program is not ending because of any problems, but rather because it's been so successful.

Over the last ten years, she says more than 5,000 youths and adults have been part of this program which got started with a conversation with officials at the Genesee Waterways Center which offers various types of rowing, kayaking and other activities.

The deadline is approaching for the annual 6x6 fundraiser that is held by the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, also known as “RoCo.“

The deadline to submit artworks is Sunday at 5pm.  The exhibition is now in its ninth year, and people submitting artworks have ranged from local celebrities,  including those in politics, education and the media, to submissions by nationally known artists such as composer Philip Glass.

Each artwork has to be six square inches. They are signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously.

The Eastman School of Music has announced the 2016-2017 Eastman Presents concert series lineup, featuring a variety of renowned musicians and performers.

The season kicks off with Break of Reality, a cello rock ensemble on September 29th

Broadway star Kelli O’Hara on October 26th

Eastman Philharmonia with Eastman alumna Renée Fleming on November 12th

Singer Joyce DiDonato with II Pom d’Oro on December 12th

Broadway star Norm Lewis on January 27th, 2017

Poster for 118th Lilac Festival Unveiled

Apr 5, 2016

The official 2016 Rochester Lilac Festival poster has been unveiled.

Artist Diane Elmslie has created what she calls a symbolic paper collage poster for this year's 118th annual festival, now less than four weeks away.

This year's 10-day event features acres of lilacs, along with a home and garden show, arts and crafts, educational seminars, charity events, wine tastings and a brew fest.

There will also music and over 40 food vendors.

The Lilac Festival runs May 6th to the 15th in Highland Park.

Abby Wambach Issues Public Apology After DUII Arrest

Apr 4, 2016

One expert on crisis communication says Abby Wambach did the right thing by offering a public apology on Facebook following her DUI arrest over the weekend.

Kim Allen is managing partner, public relations, at Dixon Schwabl.

"Because if you don't say anything, then others fill in the blanks, and you don't get to own the message."

Wambach, arrested Sunday for DUII in Portland, issued a statement on Facebook: