Live from Hochstein: Crossing Musical Worlds

Live from Hochstein: Crossing Musical Worlds

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 12:10pm - 12:50pm

Composer and pianist Deanna Witkowski

Live from Hochstein is crossing musical worlds with pianist Deanna Witkowski playing Chopin pieces merged with improvisation and Brazilian music.

WXXI and Hochstein School of Music and Dance present Live from Hochstein with pianist Deanna Witkowski combining Chopin pieces with improvisation and Brazilian music on Wednesday May 9th at 12:10 p.m. on Classical 91.5 and 90.3.

All pieces are by Frédéric Chopin unless otherwise indicated, and are arranged by Deanna Witkowski.

Nocturne in E-flat major, Op 9, No 2
Nocturne in E minor, Op 71, No 1/Manhã de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfá)
Prelude in C minor (Op 28, No 20)/Olha Maria (A. C. Jobim/Chico Buarque/Vinicius de Moraes)
Nocturne in B major, Op 3, No 3
Prelude in E-flat minor (Op 28, No 14)

Pianist/composer/vocalist Deanna Witkowski moves with remarkable ease between multiple musical languages and cultures. Heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination” (All Music Guide), Witkowski was the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2002 and has appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. Her ever-inquisitive nature has led her to the worlds of Brazilian music, jazz, sacred, and classical music, to perform in venues ranging from jazz festivals to church sanctuaries to clubs in Rio de Janeiro, and to give radio and print interviews in Portuguese. Yet underpinning Witkowski’s musical diversity is the heart of a jazz player: a willingness to improvise, to breathe in the moment and to respond with well-honed musical reflexes. 


Live from Hochstein is the longest running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. Broadcast live from the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 North Plymouth Ave. in Rochester), the series presents performances by some of the finest artists from the Rochester area’s musical community. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour.

Live from Hochstein repeats that same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

To learn more about the series, and to see a complete schedule of performances, visit