OnStage (aka On Stage) was a broadcast production of WXXI Public Television in the summer of 2007 and 2008. Some of Rochester’s best musicians hit the stage in a weekly musical series. Great performances, intimate interviews and compelling stories – all unfolded before a live audience.
Encore perfomances of the 2007 performances began Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), with a radio version encoring on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 6 p.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5 with the Dady Brothers. Hosted by WXXI-FM mid-day host and music director Julia Figueras, OnStage encored highlighted a wide range of performers from Upstate New York.
Each program presented an hour-long concert, with Figueras posing questions to the artists between their sets.
A companion Web site, http://wxxi.org/onstage, for details of the 2008 season with artist bios, videos and exclusive material on the program.
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2008-01-25 23:17:58 Overall, I enjoy the show. I get to see a variety of acts without hitting every bar in town. Most of the acts are bar bands and they work hard to play in the unfamiliar territory of a TV studio, and it seems almost unfair to them that the Jazz Fest acts are shown at the Fest, rather than being dragged to the studio for a separate performance. The format sometimes seems a bit stiff, more scripted than spontaneous, and some blame for that must go to Julia. —GaryGocek