Live from Hochstein: RPO Marimba Band

Live from Hochstein: RPO Marimba Band

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 12:10pm - 12:50pm

RPO Marimba Band

Welcome the return of spring with a lunchtime concert by the RPO Marimba Band.

WXXI and Hochstein School of Music and Dance present the RPO Marimba Band on Wednesday March 27th at 12:10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and streaming online at

Described as “one of the Rochester area’s unique and notable treasures” (SUNY Brockport The Stylus), the band was established in 1979 by Bill and Ruth Cahn and John Beck, and is comprised of members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's current Percussion Section. The band continues a half-century of tradition that was established in the 1950s by the Eastman School of Music's “Marimba Masters”.

Specializing in music written and arranged for melodic percussion instruments, the RPO Marimba Band primarily features Ragtime Xylophone pieces and novelty music from the early decades of the 20th century, many Latin and Jazz tunes, and performs on a Xylophone, two Marimbas, Vibraphone, Steel Drum, Drum Set, and various percussion instruments.

Hosted by Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami, 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, 90.3, and streaming online at

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