Douglas Lowry Photograph courtesy of ESM
The Board of Directors of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, who passed away on October second. A remarkable academic leader, conductor, composer and great friend to the Hall of Fame. Douglas Lowry (1951 – 2013)
Summer school for the kids at The Children’s School of Rochester, school No. 15 in the city offers instruction in the basic Three Rs—Reading, Riting and Rithmetic, but a new R has been added. The fourth R is Rmhf as in, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.
RMHF president Karl LaPorta with Board members Tracy Kroft and Jim Richmond gave a history lesson on local music to the kids on July 24th at the request of Curriculum and Instructional Practice Specialist, Mary Frenzel. The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation which included discussion on local luminaries such Cab Calloway and Chuck Mangione, a short video of clips taken from the Class of 2012 hall of fame induction ceremony and live musical performances by LaPorta and Richmond. Cab Calloway seems to have piqued their curiosity the most according to Frenzel, “…We already have several kids wanting to research Cab Calloway further!”
Hall of fame Board members are available for similar presentations for students of all ages. Inquires can be made on the contact page of this web site.
July 3, 2013
PRESS RELEASE Rochester Music Hall of Fame Announces Date and Place of 2013 Induction Ceremony On-line Nomination Form Now Available for Community Participation ROCHESTER, N.Y., October 7, 2012 –The Rochester Music Hall of Fame (RMHF) announced today that the 2013 Induction Ceremony will take place on Sunday April 28th at 7pm, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Last year more than 1,500 people attended the inaugural event. RMHF is a non-profit organization that recognizes those with ties to Rochester whose talents...read more
Right now, as a board member, I am feeling pride and gratitude. Pride for being part of an amazing tribute last night to Rochester’s Music Heritage. Gratitude for living in a community that really came out in support of this grassroots effort. I got this email today and it said it all for me: “Thank you so much for sending out a shout about last night’s event. Missing that would’ve been like missing Woodstock. I did miss Woodstock and I can’t forgive myself for that. Last night was historic, educational,...read more
What a night! Fifteen hundred people filled the Eastman Theatre for the first induction ceremony of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. It was a historic event, filled with tears, laughter, stories, and most importantly, music. There’s a great article on the front page of the Democrat and Chronicle with terrific pictures, so please check that out. And here is a copy of the program. Please enjoy the bios and support all our sponsors. We’ll also be posting t videos, photos and comments as soon as the dust settles a bit (and we...read more
One of our board members, Tracy, just posted this video on her Facebook page. It is a very moving video of a man in a nursing home coming to life when he listens to Cab Calloway. Once again, I was struck by the incredible power of music. For this old man, music transports him to a time of youth, hope and dreams. It brightens his eyes and lifts his spirit. For all of us in Rochester, music has been a unifying guide to who we are as a community. While we honor individual performers, what we are really honoring is the talent and work of...read more
It’s really remarkable to see a dream become reality. On April 29th, we will honor a remarkable group of people and launch in a big way the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. For three years, I have been part of this dream, working with the most dedicated bunch of people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Talk about a working Board! For many of us, this labor of love has become a second job and one we find intensely fulfilling. Now I ask all of you who love music, love Rochester and love ideas that happen when people decide to make...read more
What is the Rochester Music Hall of Fame? Why have I never heard of it before? Who’s involved with it? These are all questions that rushed into my head when I was told as part of my internship with CUSTOMERicity I would be managing the social media for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. From that point forward I learned everything I could about the Rochester Music Hall of Fame and the people involved with it. In March 2009, local musician, Karl LaPorta, wrote in the Democrat and Chronicle about his desire to have a place in the city of...read more
We had our first press conference yesterday. Local officials, sponsors and board members all talked about the inductees and the big night on April 29th. What was so cool about the press conference, however, was the stories. It seemed like everyone had stories about how music in Rochester touches their lives now and in the past. This passion for our music heritage and pride in Rochester is what has made our little band of volunteers so dedicated to making sure that Rochester has a place to honor the people, places and events that have...read more
WHEC, February 28th 2012 Rochester to induct its first class into Music Hall of Fame If you ask most people, they’ll say it’s about time. Rochester is finally getting a music hall of fame. It’s been three years in the making, but Tuesday, it was officially announced that Rochester will have a music hall of fame. This year, eight people and one “place” will be inducted. Did you know the Buffalo and Syracuse have music hall of fames? It seems only fitting that a city like Rochester would have one too. Our city has a deep musical...read more
Democrat and Chronicle, February 28th 2012 Chuck Mangione, Cab Calloway among inductees to Rochester Music Hall of Fame Eight musicians, and one piece of architecture, are the first inductees to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. The concept crept another step closer to reality when Karl LaPorta — now president of the idea that he introduced three years ago — opened a press conference Tuesday at Max of Eastman place press posing this question: Buffalo has had a music hall of fame for three decades. Syracuse has an annual music awards....read more
A quick note about tonight’s (well, it’s last night, now) Launch Party. There was a steady flow of people in the door starting right at 6:30 and going well into the evening. By the time that Prime Time Funk took the stage, the people were ready to dance! The dance floor was packed, the room was also packed, and downstairs was going well too. A lot of effort, time, talent and love went into tonight’s event. I am proud to be a part of all of it. Tracy Kroft, blogging for RMHF Share this:FacebookGooglePinterestTwitterMoreReddread more