Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festval


Tickets on Sale Friday January 25!!
Rochester, NY – January 22, 2013 – Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced five headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 12th Edition, which will be held June 21-29. Tickets go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at

Tickets are from $40 to $125 and go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at Tickets will also be on sale for one day only at the Kodak Hall Oval Lobby Box Office, located at the corner of Gibbs and Main Streets in Rochester, on Friday January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. John Nugent will be overseeing box office operations. There is a $7 service charge for all headliner tickets. To have printed tickets mailed to you, the service charge is $9.

The fastest way to order tickets is online at with the festival’s e-ticketing system. Customers who don’t have computer access may order by calling 585-454-2060.

An Afternoon of Musical Creativity at the Central Library

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Alice Kay Kanack, inventor of the Creative Ability Development method of teaching children musical improvisation, author of several music books, and director of the Kanack School of Music, will bring a group of her students for two programs filled with the joy of music.

Ms. Kanack is a frequent lecturer at conferences and festivals across the U.S. and Canada, and has presented her methods to audiences in Australia, France and Japan.  The concerts given by her students are powerful, inspiring, beautiful, and completely improvised.

“Musical Improvisation for Children” starts at 11:30 in the children’s room with a musical performance of the story “The Three Little Pigs” and a chance for children to try some hands-on musical improvisation.

From 1:00 -2:00 in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Alice Kanack and her tour group will present “Improvisation without Inhibition” a lecture and performance that demonstrates the importance of developing the creative part of the brain.Ms. kanack will demonstrate methods for developing comfort with improvisation, and talk about current brain research that supports these methods.

A book signing will follow the performance with copies of Alice Kay Kanack’s books available for purchase.

To register for “Improvisation without Inhibition,”  call the Arts Division at 428-8140, or register online at

Local Composer DM Stith

DM Stith

Recently WXXI radio personality Brenda Tremblay interviewed Rochester composer, musician, and graphic designer DM Stith.  Stith’s music has been used in the trailer for the motion picture “The Impossible.”  In the interview, Stith describes how  “little ditties” that he recorded as he was playing around on the piano ended up in a Hollywood movie.

Follow this link to hear the interview and to see the movie trailer

The 30 seconds of music in the trailer are just the latest of his accomplishments. Stith released his critically acclaimed first album, “Heavy Ghosts,” in 2009.  According to the review of “Heavy Ghosts” in New Musical Express, “There’s a time between sleeping and waking that’s occupied by DM Stith – weaving our sleep with hypnotic spells, wild chorals, plucked strings and primitive keys.”  In 2010, DM Stith toured with Sufjan Stevens.

His latest project is “The Revival Hour” along with JM Lapham

To find out more about DM Stith, visit his website

Stith is a graphic designer as well as a musician.  Here is one of his photographs of a local landmark cast in an eerie light.

Kodak tower of terror

Rochester’s Fringe Festival September 19-23, 2012

Welcome to the Fringe

Five days. Dozens of shows. All on display throughout Rochester. It’s a festival the likes of which Rochester has never seen before. A spectacular celebration of the performing and visual arts in the heart of Rochester’s East End, featuring world-renowned performers as well as up-and-comers.

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

The Rochester Fringe Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that connects venues, performers, artists, educational institutions and the audience. We give artists and performers the freedom to stage their own work and venues to decide their own programming. The Fringe was pioneered by several of Rochester’s premier cultural institutions, including Geva Theatre Center, the George Eastman House and Garth Fagan Dance, as well as up-and-coming groups like PUSH Physical Theatre and Method Machine. Our Board of Directors includes representatives from the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, RIT, Center for Youth, Boylan Code LLC, and Mengel Metzger Barr. Additionally, numerous colleges, government representatives, museums, galleries and philanthropic organizations have joined in enthusiastic support of Rochester’s first fringe festival.


In 1947, eight theatre groups turned up – uninvited – to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. The groups performed at venues they arranged themselves. The following year, Scottish journalist Robert Kemp coined the term “fringe festival” to describe these renegade performers. Today, there are more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide, with approximately 20 existing within the United States. Each fringe festival is a creative and economic engine for its host communities. For example, last year the Edinburgh Fringe saw 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in 258 venues lasting the entire month of August. It grosses over $100 million annually for the Scottish economy.

Donna Summer Homage

Ordinary Girl is legendary singer-songwriter Donna Summer’s delightfully candid memoir about her journey from singing in a Boston church to her unexpected reign as the Queen of Disco.


Bad girls

The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer

Remix & Early Greats

VH1 Presents Donna Summer Live & More Encore!

I’m a Rainbow

Christmas Spirit

Endless summer

The Donna Summer Anthology

BiblioPod Music Advisory

What is BiblioPod?

The Rochester Public Library Central Arts Division offers Music Advisory services to help our users find the music they love in the library’s collection. Our Advisory Panel includes music and non-music Librarians, musicians, DJs and staff who are passionate about music.

How it works…

Looking for something to listen to? Want to hear the latest release from a new band? Do you just have to get your hands on all your favorite bands CDs? Planning a reunion or anniversary and need to put together a mix of genres and artists?

The Rochester Public Library’s music advisory team is here to help.  Our team is made up of experienced librarians and local DJs and talent.

Simply fill out  form and our team will search out the music you love in the library’s collection. The more information provided, the more specific will be our recommendations. Please allow 3-4 days for a response to your request.