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WXXI has been informed by RTDNA, the Radio Television Digital News Association, that it is a regional winner in this year’s Edward R. Murrow Awards.

courtesy of The Campbell Brothers

Darick Campbell, one of the trio of brothers who made up the scintillating Rochester sacred-steel band The Campbell Brothers, has died.

The band announced the news Monday morning on Facebook that Campbell had passed away in Atlanta, where he lived. No cause of death was given.

Together with his older brothers Chuck and Phillip, and his nephew Carlton, The Campbell Brothers emerged from the closeted world of their church to take their sound across the United States, Europe, Africa and even China.

Kearstin Piper Brown is not only an announcer on Classical 91.5, she's also an opera singer. She was scheduled to sing in a new opera at Lincoln Center before the shutdown happened. So now, she's performing for you on HomeStage.

Rochester Music Hall of Fame

Faced with too many uncertainties due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony and concert has been moved to April 25, 2021 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

“We just couldn’t do it,” Hall of Fame Board President Jack Whittier said. “I’m really bummed about this.

“Everything was changing so fast, we couldn’t believe it. And it’s changing week to week.”

There's a new album out by The Heavy Love Trust's titled "Always Kinda Nothing". Check it out on your favorite streaming platform. 

To mark the release, we've got The Heavy Love Trust's Benton Sillick with us on HomeStage to play the only song he's written during quarantine.

Final Hill Cumorah Pageant delayed until 2021

Apr 30, 2020
File photo/Hill Cumorah Pageant

This season was going to be the last for the Hill Cumorah Pageant, but it's yet another arts-related casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

The final season instead will run in July 2021, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday.

In a statement, pageant president Neil Pitts said now "'just isn't the time" to hold an event that attracts thousands of people to the Palmyra area.

HomeStage: Yellow Kite

Apr 29, 2020

Have you ever loved someone that had emotional and anger issues? That was the motivation behind the song "Shrine" by Yellow Kite. Check it out on this edition of HomeStage!


Following Monday’s news from the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival that it is shooting for an Oct. 2-10 rescheduling of the event, the festival announced Tuesday that two of the shows slated for June at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre have confirmed new dates at the venue.

The alt-country singer-songwriter trio of Puss N Boots, featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper, will play 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra is rescheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at Eastman Theatre.

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Kiss Rochester’s summer festival season goodbye -- and what the event schedule looks like for autumn is uncertain.

City spokesperson Justin Roj said a moratorium has been placed on issuing permits for special events through at least the end of August, and that festival organizers are being told they should feel free to start planning for the fall.

But the future remains murky for some events, especially those that rely on city sponsorships, and the largest festivals, which typically require a permit from the state Health Department.


Rochester's powerhouse soul singer, Danielle Ponder, has already emerged from thousands of hopeful entries to catch the ears of National Public Radio's Tiny Desk Concert song contest.

Her song, "Poor Man's Pain," is one of eight video performances chosen by NPR to highlight this week as the competition's Sunday-night entry deadline nears. Ponder's performance, wrote NPR's Elle Mannion is, "anthemic while compassionate, soulful while bold and strong."