Rochester City Ballet


There was never any doubt that the Rochester Music Hall of Fame class of 2020, with five new names to be celebrated at the April induction concert, would belong to The Dady Brothers.

Few musicians here have been so highly regarded, and for as long, as the traditional folk duo. They played coffeehouses and taverns and shared stages with Pete Seeger, Tommy Makem, The Clancy Brothers and Ani DiFranco. Going back to 1979, John and Joe Dady released 11 albums as a duo, and one solo album a piece.

When you think "David Bowie," you probably immediately think "ballet." No? Well, the Rochester City Ballet is working to bring new people to their performances, and they're not afraid to take risks. David Bowie, U2, and eventually, Pink Floyd and the Beatles.

The company's upcoming "Ballet on the Edge" performances will include one of the first new works set to Bowie's music since his death in January. We talk about bringing new audiences to artistic institutions like the ballet, and how Bowie's work, in particular, will be represented. Our guests:

  • David Palmer, artistic director of the Rochester City Ballet
  • Kelly Moeller, Rochester City Ballet company member
  • John Covach, director of the University of Rochester's Institute for Popular Music

Children with autism are getting a performance specially tailored to their needs. The Rochester City Ballet is performing The Ugly Duckling in a way that is aimed at children with autism, or other disabilities that can cause sensory disturbances (see the study guide below).

Our panelists explain how they've done it, and we talk about the impact of inclusion in the art world. Our guests:

  • Jimmy Orrante, choreographer, The Ugly Duckling
  • Nichole Gantshar, executive director, Rochester City Ballet
  • Laura Silverman, Ph.D., assistant professor, neurodevelopmental and behavioral pediatrics, UR Medicine
  • Chris Tryon, child life specialist, Golisano Children’s Hospital, UR Medicine
  • Natalie Tryon, teenager who lives with autism
  • Lisa Carling, director of accessibility programs, Theatre Development Fund, National Autism Theater Initiative

No Control (trailer)

First hour: No Control: A documentary about the gun control debate

Second hour: Sensory-friendly ballet for children with autism


The holidays carry a number of traditions, and in Rochester one is the Nutcracker ballet.

"When I heard that the Nutcracker was performed with live music and a world-class orchestra like the Rochester Philharmonic, I just knew it would be a perfect match," said Rochester Community Ballet Executive Director Nichole Gantshar.

She knows the Rochester Nutcracker is a unique Thanksgiving tradition here.