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HomeStage

It will be a while until live music is scheduled regularly at our local venues. Until then, we have artists performing from their homes so you can enjoy a show in yours. Welcome to HomeStage.

In this edition of HomeStage, we'll visit a different kind of home.

Peter DuBois is the director of music and organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester. They have been streaming their Sunday services online since March.

Benjamin Krug has been playing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for 13 seasons.

Watch them perform "A Song Without Words" by Craig Phillips, an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music.

HomeStage: Erin Hannigan

Nov 17, 2020

This HomeStage performance comes all the way from the Lone Star State.

Oboist Erin Hannigan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and she played in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Now she's the principal oboist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Erin loves animals and has always had rescue dogs. But she wanted to do more. She and photographer Teresa Berg joined forces to create Artists for Animals. They have raised tens of thousands of dollars for animal shelters in northern Texas, with concerts, galas, community outreach, and even cute calendars.

One secret about Erin: Even though she's a dog lover, she also rescued a Siamese kitten named Gabby.

On this week’s HomeStage, she performs a piece called “Jimson Weed,” composed by Alyssa Morris.

HomeStage: Yi-Wen Chang

Nov 10, 2020

Pianist Yi-Wen Chang is a sensitive and thoughtful musician who is one of the teachers at The Hochstein School.

She performs around the world as a soloist and concert pianist and she's a regular favorite on the Live from Hochstein lunchtime concert series.

Here she performs two original compositions, written during the pandemic shutdowns.

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Danielle Ponder and her band -- Avis Reese, Derek Bennett, Levi Bennet and Jonathan Sheffer -- are on the stage at The Little Theater. In front of them are 280 seats, virtually all of them empty.

This is not the gig from hell. This is the COVID-19 reality.

HomeStage: Womba Africa

Oct 13, 2020

Drum and dance group Womba Africa's name means "We are coming," as in, We are coming to you with something new, something exciting. Get ready.

The group faced multiple obstacles to come from Ghana, and they have a vision to promote West African music and culture and to empower indigenous cultural groups to also share their heritage through preforming arts.

HomeStage: Dylan Dowdle

Sep 25, 2020

Dylan Dowdle is a student and a full time chef in Geneva, but that doesn't get in the way of his music. Before the shutdowns, Dylan and his guitar could be found playing bar gigs around the city.

He has a new EP out this week, "Dylan Love." You can find it on dylanlove.bandcamp.com.

HomeStage: Sally Louise

Sep 14, 2020

Sally Louise originally moved to Rochester to study at the Eastman School of Music, but as the spring term wound down and the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up, she decided it was time for a change.

The classically trained soprano is now a full time singer/songwriter, and her single "Bodily Exile" is now available on digital platforms.

HomeStage: Duo Purla

Sep 2, 2020

Shannon Reilly and Tom Torrisi are Duo Purla, and they miss performing live. They've done virtual performance, and they're doing another one...here on HomeStage. This song is a collaboration with Buffalo-based composer Edgar Girtain.

You may have seen Paul Nunes perform at the Little Cafe...or you may have seen him perform children's music as Vincent Nunes. 

His latest project is the P.V. Nunes Band and we're happy to have Paul and the band on HomeStage!

David Temperley is a professor at the Eastman School of Music, and writes classical pieces inspired by pop music...he also writes pop music inspired by classical music. Check out his latest book, "The Musical Language of Rock." Maya Temperley is a pianist and a piano teacher; she's also director of sponsored programs and government affairs at St. John Fisher College.

They're in their HomeStage to play one of David's compositions for you.

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