Arts & Life

Arts and culture

Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr are at the very center of the musical life in Rochester. Juliana is the concert master for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Erik is the principal oboist. The couple are also co-artistic directors of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester. They've taken some time to perform for you on HomeStage!

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The man who was the founder of the Finger Lakes Museum has died.

John Adamski died Saturday at home in Dansville with his family by his side. Adamski was battling cancer, he was 77.

The Finger Lakes Museum in Branchport, Yates County, is a work in progress and something the Rochester-area native was working on for the last dozen years.

Pittsford taking a stand against racism

Jul 10, 2020

Pittsford residents gathered Friday on Main Street in the village for a “Stand-up Against Racism” event.

Jen Canning, one of the organizers, says stickers pertaining to a white supremacy group were found in the village in May and again in June in front of the Town Hall. Canning says she was disappointed the town didn't act sooner to counteract that message, so she went to the Town Hall with her own Black Lives Matter sign.

Jazz festival won't happen in 2020

Jul 10, 2020
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The producers of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival announced Friday that the festival won't be held in 2020.

In a news release, producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent said because of the coronavirus pandemic, the nine-day festival "will be postponed to June 18-26, 2021."

HomeStage: Taurus Savant

Jul 10, 2020

Taurus Savant is a singer-songwriter and producer who has a way with words and melody. He's also an advocate for the arts in Rochester. And all this, is just a small sample of his talents.

On this HomeStage, Taurus sings a song he wrote and produced titled "Hit the Ground."


The George Eastman Museum  will reopen to the public on Sunday, July 19, at 11 a.m.

The museum, which has been closed since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was unable to open when Phase IV began in the Finger Lakes due to the ongoing construction of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. Some other area museums opened back up, with some restrictions, in late June.

The museum will be open for museum members only on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., before opening to the general public on Sunday, July 19.

What a voice Cinnamon Jones has. She's been all over the world, and we're lucky to have her talents here in Rochester. She's on HomeStage to thank the workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic and has a song that, she says, is "pretty raw."


Longtime local film critic Jack Garner has died. The Democrat & Chronicle, where Garner worked for decades, says he died Sunday at the age of 75.

Garner’s wife, Bonnie, was quoted in the D&C saying they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary next month and they were planning to take international trips after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this year, Garner was elected an Honorary Trustee of WXXI and The Little Theatre (which is operated by WXXI).

Young people offer up solutions to racism

Jul 4, 2020

This weekend, a local organization dedicated to building strong children and ending systems of exploitation and oppression, announced the winners of a blog contest in which young people were asked to come up with remedies to racism.

The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, which is made up of direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and fellow abolitionist Booker T. Washington, ran the contest and hosted a webinar with the winners on Saturday.

Anonymous Willpower can be described as New Orleans punk or alternative blues. No matter how they're described, we think you'll enjoy their HomeStage performance!