Extraordinary People: Alexander Pena

(WROC-TV © 10/22/2014)

Rochester is in many ways a city of the arts – and its wealth of classically-trained musicians is one reason why. One of them is violist Alexander Pena. Pena is the director of RocMusic — a non-profit that teaches music to children who live downtown.

“You cross here into the inner loop into this side of town and it’s almost a musical desert,” Pena said.

For Pena, directing RocMusic is a natural fit. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and performs regularly in the local ensemble, Sound Exchange. He proudly introduced the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra when the RPO played at the Gantt Community Center. Many of the RocMusic students and their families were in the audience.