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

International Viola Congress in Rochester

May 30, 2012

The 40th Annual International Viola Congress opens Wednesday at the Eastman School of Music.

Hundreds of violists from all over the world have gathered for a week of concerts, lecture demonstrations and panel discussions.

In the opening concert, violist Atar Arad will be playing his own composition, “Epitaph.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Arad talk with WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami about how he began writing the piece as a remembrance of the Israeli athletes who were killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Video of High School's Wegmans Musical Online

May 21, 2012

Students at a Massachusetts High School have demonstrated their love for Wegmans with a live musical – and now you can watch some of the highlights online.

Performers from Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA created the show with their drama teacher’s guidance.

Northborough welcomed Massachusetts’ first Wegmans store this past October.  The grocery chain helped the production by sending props for the production including Wegmans signs, shirts, hats and  two Wegmans shopping carts.

Saturday Night Live has always had a stealthily big heart. You can see it when the hosts people really like get hugs from everyone at the end of a show, and you can see it when people come back for guest appearances, and you've certainly seen it in some well-known moments in which the show says goodbye. That includes genuinely sad moments like the night Steve Martin hosted the show hours after Gilda Radner died, as well as considerably lighter fare like singing "So Long, Farewell" when Phil Hartman was leaving.

A Rochester film production company has reached an exclusive worldwide distribution deal.

"Second-Story Man" was filmed in and around Rochester two years ago.

Scott Lancer, the film’s producer, says it's a psychological thriller. Lancer says financing for movie projects is always the most difficult, longest part of the process and filming in Rochester during the winter presented some continuity problems.

National TV Program Visits Sculptor Albert Paley

May 11, 2012

The popular national television program "Craft in America" came to Rochester to record world renowned sculptor Albert Paley at work in his studio.

The television crew captured video for a future program expected to air nationally  sometime this Fall. "Craft in America" airs Sundays at 2:00 p.m. here in Rochester on WXXI-TV.

Paley is presenting the 2nd Annual  Gateway to healing Art Showcase & Auction to benefit the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Saturday, May 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the RIT University Gallery in Booth Hall.

When author and illustrator Maurice Sendak entered the world of children's books, it was a very safe place. Stories were sweet and simple and set in a world without disorder. But Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, broke with that tradition. In Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak explored the darker side of childhood. Upstairs in young Max's bedroom, a jungle grows, and he sails off to a land of monsters.

Greece Athena High School senior Michael Leadbetter is being honored with the 2012 Presidential Scholar of the Arts award.

The program recognizes high school students for their grades, artistic achievement as well as community involvement and leadership among other criteria.

“It was honestly very surprising but it feels great. It's just surreal to be recognized on a national level,” Leadbetter said.

He was selected from 3,300 applicants nationwide and he's the only recipient from the Rochester area.

WXXI's Steve Dawe interviews Karl LaPorta and Cecilia Calloway about the inaugural induction ceremony for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame held Sunday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. at The Eastman Theatre.

LaPorta is the organizer of the event and Calloway is the daughter of Rochester native and music legend Cab Calloway. Cecilia Calloway spoke on her family's behalf at the ceremony and performed a medley of her father's music.

Among the other inductees are Chuck Mangione, Jeff Tyzik, George Eastman, Gene Cornish, Charles Strouse and more.

Courtesy: Susan Meiselas

Several of the finest photographers in the world are in Rochester for a special project documenting life here.

The House of Pictures photo project features ten photographers from world renowned Magnum Photos fanning out across Rochester to produce a comprehensive photographic survey of the city and its people

Dick Clark, Legendary Producer, Has Died

Apr 18, 2012

Dick Clark, the legendary television producer who became a national icon with American Bandstand in 1950s, has died. He was 82.

Clark, known as the the "world's oldest teenager," produced American Bandstand for over 30 years.

"The original American Bandstand was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna," the AP writes.