Tue October 22, 2013
art and music for health care

Health practitioners swap health care for art and music

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The O+ Festival, is an annual celebration featuring visual and performing artists from all over the world.

But the main attraction isn’t the marquee names of bands on stage or the artwork on public display; it’s the doctors they’ve come to see.  Artists are given the opportunity to receive traditional, alternative and supplementary health care and it’s all for free.

The festival kicks off on a Friday evening and runs late into Sunday night entertaining and meeting the care needs of uninsured and under insured artists.

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Mon February 13, 2012

Upstate man claims to "decode music"

Andrew Willoughby carries around intricate props to show strangers how he decoded music through a dream.
Rachel Ward WXXI

Music usually takes years to master through practice and study. But Andrew Willoughby claims he learned it all overnight – literally.

Now the Rochester resident is trying to help others do the same.

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Fri December 30, 2011

Rochester telecom firm has its own "school of rock"

Ivan Trevino of the Hochstein School of Music (right) leads band practice. M5 Networks employees are gearing up for a company-wide "battle of the bands" in May.
Zack Seward WXXI

It's 4 p.m. on a Thursday. And instead of sitting in front of office computer screens, a group of employees from M5 Networks is in the middle of band practice.

The ragtag four-piece - crammed into rented jam space in Rochester's High Falls district - is banging out Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" as an instructor from the Hochstein School of Music looks on.

The banter is friendly, the thud of the kick drum is heavy, and the song is surprisingly well played.

There's only one rule for the M5 workers: you can't play an instrument you already know how to play.

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Thu September 29, 2011

Bank donates assets from bankrupt Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

M & T Bank President Allen Naples. Naples said Thursday that the bank always intended to return the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's assets to the Syracuse community.
Emma Jacobs WRVO

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO) had planned to celebrate its 50th season this year. But by June it was facing millions of dollars in debt, and was forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The SSO relinquished its assets, with its biggest lender, M & T Bank, collecting two pianos and a collection of sheet music worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But today there was a single ray of hope for the troubled - or perhaps more realistically, defunct - orchestra.

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Fri July 1, 2011

Trail guide: Summer music beats, off the beaten path

If robots can rock out this Fourth of July, you can too.
jonoakley via Flickr

It's the Fourth of July weekend, and many of you are loading up your iPod to get you to the beach/cabin/lake.

But if you're stuck at home - or worse - stuck at the office, don't worry: the Innovation Trail team has scoured the Internet to find interactive music sites to keep you occupied this holiday weekend.  

Click on to rock out.

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