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Rochester Arts: Art Scene in Rochester

Rochester is one of those almost unknown arts city gems. Plus nearby Buffalo (a 75 minute drive) offers more attractions.

Rochester Arts Information

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Art Museums

George Eastman House

George Eastman House

The George Eastman House is the world’s oldest museum of photography, occupying the former residence of George Eastman, inventor of roll film and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company.  The Museum opened in 1949, and to the present day has been known for its archives of photography and motion pictures; it is also known as a leader in film preservation …more…

Theater

Bristol Valley Theater

Bristol Valley Theater (Naples, NY)

Bristol Valley Theater Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: Approximately 7 shows and 5 concerts per season
Ticket Prices: $15–$30. Discounts often available for Students, Children, and Seniors
Group Discounts: Groups of 15 or more receive discounted tickets
Subscriptions: Five-Play, Triple-Play, Vacationer’s Pass, Children’s and Senior’s Subscriptions, and the new Five + One Subscription. Must call theater to become a subscriber.

Geva Theatre Center

Geva Theatre Center

Named in 1972 for its location at the center of the “Ge-nesee Va-lley,” the Geva Theatre Center is now the cultural heart of Rochester, and one of the most widely attended theatres in New York state. Housed in a former 1868 Armory Building, Geva is indeed a ‘theatre center,’ with a thriving theatrical calendar encompassing seven mainstage productions, a Comedy Improv series, an acting …more…

Classical Music

Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music

Eastman School of Music

Recently called the “hottest music school in America” by Newsweek – and boasting a list of alumni that includes such notables as Renee Fleming, Tony Levin and Chuck Mangione – the Eastman School ranks with Berklee and the Juilliard School as a colossus of American musical education. Established in 1921 through the largesse of Eastman Kodak founder George Eastman, the school offers a full-to-bursting schedule of concerts and recitals from both students, instructors, and visiting artists throughout the school year, many of which are presented in the mammoth and ornate Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, which dates from the school’s earliest days. ...more...

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs over 140 concerts a year, reaching nearly 350,000 people through concerts, education and outreach events, yearly residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, and broadcasts on WXXI 91.5 FM. Founded by George Eastman in 1922, the orchestra continues to be a vanguard in performing new or rarely performed works as well as exciting interpretations of the …more…

Jazz

Bistro 135

Bistro 135

Bistro 135 provides some of the best food and live jazz to be found in Rochester, with New York City charm and class combined with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians.  Tuesdays and Thursdays have a very reasonable Happy Hour at the bar and generally the music for that night is there for the last hour. The entrees can run …more…

Rochester Jazz

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (Rochester, NY)

(June 22-30, 2012) Founded in 2002, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival has quickly grown into one of the largest and most highly anticipated jazz festivals in the country. Expanding from 15,000 visitors in the first year to over 180,000, the festival puts up nearly 300 concerts in dozens of venues over nine incredible days. Performers range from the expected (Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland) to the very unexpected (Steve Martin, Bonnie Raitt, Woody Allen, Frank Zappa). ...more...

Dance

Garth Fagan Dance

Garth Fagan Dance

Garth Fagan is perhaps most widely known as the Tony Award-winning choreographer for the Broadway production of Walt Disney’s The Lion King. Drawing from Afro-Caribbean techniques, American modern dance traditions, jazz and a smidgen of ballet, the Jamaican-born Fagan has developed a distinctive fusion style that is both casually loose and dynamically precise. His own company, Garth Fagan Dance, has toured the world several times …more…

Venues

Nazareth College Arts Center

Nazareth College Arts Center

Nazareth College Art Center (NCAC) is home to some of the best that Rochester’s cultural life has to offer.  It is the setting for hundreds of performances and exhibitions by students and faculty from the Art, Music and Theater departments at Nazareth College.  Rochester Children’s Theater and Bach Children’s Chorus call NCAC home, and the Center serves as the performance …more…

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Since its humble beginnings in 1957, the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) has become one of the most vital presenters of performing arts and entertainment in Rochester. Most notably, RBTL owns and manages the Auditorium Theatre, which hosts a myriad of diverse performances year-round. The M & T Bank Broadway Season features a full program of classic Broadway shows from Fall through Spring. The Theatre is also the venue of …more…

Art Museums

George Eastman House

George Eastman House

The George Eastman House is the world’s oldest museum of photography, occupying the former residence of George Eastman, inventor of roll film and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company.  The Museum opened in 1949, and to the present day has been known for its archives of photography and motion pictures; it is also known as a leader in film preservation …more…

Theater

Bristol Valley Theater

Bristol Valley Theater (Naples, NY)

Bristol Valley Theater Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: Approximately 7 shows and 5 concerts per season
Ticket Prices: $15–$30. Discounts often available for Students, Children, and Seniors
Group Discounts: Groups of 15 or more receive discounted tickets
Subscriptions: Five-Play, Triple-Play, Vacationer’s Pass, Children’s and Senior’s Subscriptions, and the new Five + One Subscription. Must call theater to become a subscriber.

Geva Theatre Center

Geva Theatre Center

Named in 1972 for its location at the center of the “Ge-nesee Va-lley,” the Geva Theatre Center is now the cultural heart of Rochester, and one of the most widely attended theatres in New York state. Housed in a former 1868 Armory Building, Geva is indeed a ‘theatre center,’ with a thriving theatrical calendar encompassing seven mainstage productions, a Comedy Improv series, an acting …more…

Classical Music

Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music

Eastman School of Music

Recently called the “hottest music school in America” by Newsweek – and boasting a list of alumni that includes such notables as Renee Fleming, Tony Levin and Chuck Mangione – the Eastman School ranks with Berklee and the Juilliard School as a colossus of American musical education. Established in 1921 through the largesse of Eastman Kodak founder George Eastman, the school offers a full-to-bursting schedule of concerts and recitals from both students, instructors, and visiting artists throughout the school year, many of which are presented in the mammoth and ornate Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, which dates from the school’s earliest days. ...more...

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs over 140 concerts a year, reaching nearly 350,000 people through concerts, education and outreach events, yearly residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, and broadcasts on WXXI 91.5 FM. Founded by George Eastman in 1922, the orchestra continues to be a vanguard in performing new or rarely performed works as well as exciting interpretations of the …more…

Jazz

Bistro 135

Bistro 135

Bistro 135 provides some of the best food and live jazz to be found in Rochester, with New York City charm and class combined with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians.  Tuesdays and Thursdays have a very reasonable Happy Hour at the bar and generally the music for that night is there for the last hour. The entrees can run …more…

Rochester Jazz

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (Rochester, NY)

(June 22-30, 2012) Founded in 2002, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival has quickly grown into one of the largest and most highly anticipated jazz festivals in the country. Expanding from 15,000 visitors in the first year to over 180,000, the festival puts up nearly 300 concerts in dozens of venues over nine incredible days. Performers range from the expected (Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland) to the very unexpected (Steve Martin, Bonnie Raitt, Woody Allen, Frank Zappa). ...more...

Dance

Garth Fagan Dance

Garth Fagan Dance

Garth Fagan is perhaps most widely known as the Tony Award-winning choreographer for the Broadway production of Walt Disney’s The Lion King. Drawing from Afro-Caribbean techniques, American modern dance traditions, jazz and a smidgen of ballet, the Jamaican-born Fagan has developed a distinctive fusion style that is both casually loose and dynamically precise. His own company, Garth Fagan Dance, has toured the world several times …more…

Venues

Nazareth College Arts Center

Nazareth College Arts Center

Nazareth College Art Center (NCAC) is home to some of the best that Rochester’s cultural life has to offer.  It is the setting for hundreds of performances and exhibitions by students and faculty from the Art, Music and Theater departments at Nazareth College.  Rochester Children’s Theater and Bach Children’s Chorus call NCAC home, and the Center serves as the performance …more…

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Since its humble beginnings in 1957, the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) has become one of the most vital presenters of performing arts and entertainment in Rochester. Most notably, RBTL owns and manages the Auditorium Theatre, which hosts a myriad of diverse performances year-round. The M & T Bank Broadway Season features a full program of classic Broadway shows from Fall through Spring. The Theatre is also the venue of …more…