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Henrietta Post
  • Rochester Music Hall of Fame celebrates inductees

  • The first class of inductees of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame were honored in a big way on Sunday.

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  • The first class of inductees of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame were honored in a big way on Sunday.
    The nine inductees were first announced in February. The are: classical floutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer; 19th century soprano Jenny Lind; Jeff Tyzik, who was the RPO Pops Conductor for 16 years; drummer Joe English; composer Charles Strouse; Cab Calloway; guitarist Gene Cornish; Chuck Mangione; and finally, a place - Corinthian Hall. 
    Gene Cornish was already inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland next to big names like Elvis and The Beatles, but he says there's nothing like being recognized in your home town.
    "A beautiful city like Rochester, I didn't run away from it, I had to leave it. To get the breaks you need, you have to go where the industry is," Cornish said.
    The industry has taken these artists to big places throughout the years. Some even won Grammys. Yet, no matter how high their melodies have taken them, at the end of the tune, it's all about where you came from.
    "No matter where I went, my roots are here. I never forgot it," Cornish said.
    There are actually 23 inductees. They were selected by the members of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, which is a non-proft organization made up of local musicians, business owners, community leaders, and other professionals.
    This was the first event to kick off the celebration of Rochester's finest, so we should expect even more performances in the future.
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