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

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.

Good News Series: "School of Rock" at Work

Dec 27, 2011

A music education program called “M-5 Rocks” is a kind of “school of rock” for employees of the telecommunications firm M-5 Networks.

It's 4 o’clock on a Thursday. And instead of sitting in front of computer screens, a group of office workers from M5 Networks is gearing up for band practice.

“The great thing about this program is that you’re required to learn something new,” says Myriah Marsh who is filling in on vocals today. For the M5 Rocks program, she’s learning how to play the bass. “I have small hands so they don’t really want to cooperate with me.” 

Good News Series: Museum of Kids Art

Dec 27, 2011

It has been a difficult year for the director of the Museum of Kids Art on Webster Avenue in the city. She faced legal charges related to the mishandling of a small portion of a federal grant, and the non-profit lost some money because of that.

Richard Gere to Accept Award Here in Rochester

Dec 23, 2011

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film will bring Richard Gere to Rochester in February.

Gere will be honored with the George Eastman Award for his contributions to the art of film as well as his humanitarian work to promote health and education in Tibet.

The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.  In accepting it, Gere will join the ranks of film legends such as Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, and Meryl Streep.

Need to Know Rochester: Garth Fagan's Madiba

Nov 28, 2011

In this Special Edition of Need to Know Rochester, WXXI News Director Julie Philipp interviews renowned dance pioneer Garth Fagan and Norwood "PJ" Pennewell about their newest productions -- being debuted in Rochester the week of November 28, 2011.