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 have contributed to the creation of musical excellence. Currently, the organization is accepting nominations at its website www.rochestermusic.org. Participants in the April ceremony will be announced in February.
“We are looking at a diverse and rich line-up for this year’s ceremony,” said founder and board president, Karl LaPorta. “We will be formally inducting some of the people we have already announced plus new ones based on community input.”
LaPorta said he is particularly excited to be returning to Eastman Theatre. “Eastman Theatre is one of the cornerstones of music in our community, and the Eastman School of Music has been very supportive of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.”
Scores of local citizens volunteered their time last year to create the three-hour extravaganza that honored Rochester’s musical heritage through music, dance, video and speeches. Presenting Sponsor Canandaigua National Bank and other organizations and individuals make the gala possible. Volunteers and sponsors are currently being sought for the 2013 event.
Last year’s ceremony included many touching and joyful musical moments:
- The reunion of inductee Gene Cornish and his band mate Felix Cavaliere from The Rascals.
- Performances by Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Chuck Mangione with a special band put together by his brother, Gap.
- A delightful piano concert of his hits from “Bye, Bye Birdie” and “Annie” by composer Charles Strouse
- A toe-tapping rendition of Cab Callaway’s “Hi De Ho Man” by his daughter, Cecelia, and band