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Coming up on Connections: Friday, March 15

Mar 15, 2019

First hour: How local students are participating in "Fridays for Future"

Second hour: Discussing the 2019 Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductees, and what it means to honor Rochester's music scene

Students from more than 100 countries are holding strikes, protests, and climate-change related events today as part of “Fridays for Future,” a movement that demands world leaders take action on global warming. The movement was initiated by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Students in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area are participating the in the events. We sit down with some of them to hear their priorities for climate action. In studio:

  • Liam Smith, student at Brighton High School
  • Hridesh Singh, student at Brighton High School and member of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
  • Thomas Neumaier, student at the Harley School
  • Tess Begley, student at the Harley School

Then in our second hour, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame recently announced its 2019 class. This year’s inductees include Emmy-winning composer Jack Allocco, Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine, and folk singer Christine Lavin. The Hall also has a new home at 25 Gibbs Street, which will host events and educational programs throughout the year. The announcement of this year’s inductees came with pushback from some local music critics, who say the Hall’s board members aren’t considering key players in Rochester’s music scene, and instead, choosing to honor big names with tenuous connections to Rochester. This hour, we discuss how inductees are selected, how the Hall of Fame has evolved throughout the years, and what it means to honor Rochester’s music scene. In studio:

  • Jack Whittier, president of the board of directors for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Tracy Kroft, vice president of the board of directors for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Jerry Falzone, board member for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Frank De Blase, music critic for CITY Newspaper
  • Chuck Campbell, member of the Campbell Brothers (Class of 2018)