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Hochstein School of Music & Dance will present a new 10-day music and dance festival, HOC Loves ROC, on Friday, January 30, through Sunday, February 8. The program will highlight performances — ranging from classical, to jazz, to rock — involving hundreds of Hochstein students and faculty members, and will feature a world premiere as well as many free concerts. Performances will take place at the school (50 North Plymouth Avenue) and throughout the Rochester community.

The schedule kicks off with a "Jazzy Lunchtime" with the Dick DeLaney Trio and vocalist Maria Battista-Hancock (Friday, January 30, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at City Hall Atrium, 30 Church Street; free) and a FuturPointe Dance open rehearsal (Friday, January 30, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hochstein; free). On Saturday, a Hochstein Little Singers open rehearsal (9 to 10 a.m. at Hochstein; free) will be followed by a Hochstein Youth Singers open rehearsal (10:15 to 11 a.m. at Hochstein; free), and the Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony in concert (7:30 p.m., at Hochstein; free).

Other highlights include the Hochstein Adult Guitar Ensemble (Tuesday, February 3, 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., at Hart's Local Grocers, 10 Winthrop Street; free); Expressive Arts' romantic sing-a-long concert in honor of Valentine's Day (Wednesday, February 4, 3 p.m., at The Gables at Brighton, 2001 Clinton Avenue South; free); and the world premiere of a music and dance performance, "Stone Soup: A Tale Retold" (Saturday, February 7, 6:30 p.m., at Hochstein; free).

The majority of performances will be offered for free. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit


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