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Hochstein Partners with Lithuanian Music School for First-of-Its-Kind Live Event

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Feb 02, 2014
Rochester, NY
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In a first-of-its-kind event, musicians from the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO) in Rochester, NY, performed live on February 2 in a simultaneous transmission, live-streaming, trans-Atlantic concert with musicans from the Alytus Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra in Alytus, Lithuania. Alytus is an offical sister city of Rochester.

The Hochstein students performed live on stage, while at the same time, the Lithuanian students were shown live on a projection screen; in Lithuania, the Hochstein students were shown on the screen for a live Lithuanian audience. More than 150 student musicians participated.

Event organizer and Alytus-Rochester Sister Cities Arts and Culture chairperson Jolanda Chesonis said, “this concert is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the people of our two communities to build new relationships and strengthen our bonds of friendship and cultural understanding. And what better way than to showcase our talented young musicians and their respective schools.” 

“We are so honored to be asked to join this very special trans-Atlantic performance,” said Casey Springstead, director of the HYSO. “The HYSO will benefit tremendously from sharing a concert with our counterparts in Alytus, and I think we will quickly realize that we have much more in common with the Lithuanian musicians than we have differences. This promises to be a concert we will remember for a long time.”


About Hochstein School of Music and Dance
Founded in 1920 as a memorial to a young concert violinist who was killed in WWI, the David Hochstein Memorial Music School (known as Hochstein School of Music & Dance)  provides comprehensive music and dance training to all interested persons. Instruction is offered in all orchestral instruments, piano, voice, harp, percussion, and guitar.  Chamber music, orchestras and wind bands, choirs, and jazz combos offer ensemble opportunities to students of various skills and experience levels. Suzuki strings and flute and Orff-Schulwerk are offered for young learners, and music theory/history classes provide musicianship training to children and adults. Dance instruction in ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, Caribbean-Latin, African, and creative movement is offered at beginning and advanced levels, and a scholarship  dance ensemble offers regular performance opportunities. The music therapy department provides specially tailored services to physically, developmentally and emotionally challenged students. Summer programs include a musical theatre workshop and week-long arts camps for children (and often adults) interested in guitar, flute, chamber music, jazz,  percussion, and orchestra. More than 3,900 students are served annually in music, dance and music therapy programs, onsite and in the community.  In addition to serving Greater Rochester, the School’s extension program in Canandaigua has provided music, dance, and music therapy programs for residents of the Finger Lakes region since 2007.

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Pictured Above: Hochstein students perform live with students from the Alytus Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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