Arts & Life

Arts & Life is one of our news focuses at WXXI. From harnessing the musical knowledge from reporters like Jeff Spevak, Brenda Tremblay, Julia Figueras, and Mona Seghatoleslami, to our television products that focus on various lifestyles and the arts, WXXI is the place to turn for arts & life news.

While there is no live, in-person music happening, WXXI is still bringing the artists you love to you - to your home, from the artists homes in our new series HomeStage.

Along with the coverage you'll find here, here's some of our other arts & life features:

Live programs on Classical 91.5 FM

Open Tunings with Scott Regan on WRUR 88.5 FM

Find events around town from the CITY events calendar

Movies and events at The Little Theatre

Showcasing artists on Arts in Focus

Proposed New York and federal policy changes could impact area nonprofit organizations.

One possible change in nonprofit regulations would be limiting the amount of money the state doles out for administrative costs.

A task force under Governor Andrew Cuomo recommends diminishing those expenses over time.

Rochester Music Hall Of Fame Announces Inductees

Feb 29, 2012

Chuck Mangione, Cab Calloway and Jeff Tyzik are among the headliners named in the inaugural class of inductees into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

Also on the list was announced Tuesday: flautist Doriot Anthony Dwyer, opera singer Jenny Lind, drummer Joe English, composer Charles Strouse, guitarist Gene Cornish, and 19th century performance venue Corinthian Hall.

Fringe Festival Coming to Rochester in September

Feb 27, 2012

A new arts festival is coming to Downtown Rochester this fall.

The First Niagara Fringe Festival gives area artists and performers the chance to showcase their talents at a variety of venues in Rochester’s East End.

The Effort to Preserve Arts Funding for Rochester

Feb 18, 2012

WXXI's Steve Dawe interviews Sarah Lentini, President & CEO of the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester about the impact of the proposed state budget on Rochester's arts community.

Local Arts Leaders Lobby to Restore State Funding

Feb 15, 2012

Arts organizations are facing more cuts in state aid and they’re lobbying Albany to try and get some funding restored.

Sarah Lentini, President and CEO of the Rochester Arts and Cultural Council, says Governor Cuomo's budget proposal includes a 10% cut in funding for the arts. She says that follows a nearly 30% reduction over the past four years.

Understanding Filmmaking

Feb 4, 2012

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp talks with RIT's Skip Battaglia and Derek Reis of The Little Theatre about a program designed to increase understanding of films by taking you behind-the-scenes of movies like "The Artist", as well as some homegrown productions.

Enlightened Earth Exhibit

Feb 4, 2012

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp visits the Enlightened Earth exhibit at the Nazareth College Arts Center. The diverse collection features the work of artist-slash-educators who help make Upstate New York a national leader in the development of ceramic arts.

A local singing group has been invited to perform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The Rochester Association of Performing Arts says the ROC City Singers are one of only two groups invited to represent the United States during the American Musical Salute at the upcoming games.

Roc City Singers consists of 24 high school and college singers and dancers from the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

The group will need to raise some 115-thousand dollars, however, to make the trip to the Olympics.

WXXI President Norm Silverstein and Little Theatre and WXXI Board Member Mark Cleary discuss the new partnership between Rochester’s public broadcasting organization and the region’s principal venue for the showing of independent film, the Little Theatre on WXXI-AM's 1370 Connection.

Click the audio player above to listen to a portion of the interview with WXXI's Bob Smith on 1370 Connection Friday, January 6, 2012.

You can also listen to the full interview.

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On Saturday, January 7th, an audience will hear the premiere of a new piece by young composer Andrew Maskiell. It's the first he's conceived for orchestra, and one he didn't expect to write.

Click the audio player to hear the story from WXXI's Brenda Tremblay.