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2015-16 Fine Arts Series

All ticket prices: $16, $11 (Senior Citizens, Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff), or $8.50 (Students), unless otherwise noted. Art exhibits are free and open to the public.

Tickets available from the Tower Fine Arts Box Office unless otherwise indicated.
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September 2015

September 3 – October 16

Sense of Place

Sense of Place: A Mixed Media Invitational

Curated by Claudia Berlinski, Professor of Art,
Youngstown State University

It is a generally held belief that a geographic location holds special feelings or perceptions for many individuals familiar with that place. Though usually positive, sometimes a place can elicit a sense of fear or dread. Sense of place need not mean one has to literally be in this spot physically; it can be brought forth when a specific place comes to mind. This exhibition allows artists to express their sense of place through various artistic techniques.

September 3 – October 16
Opening Reception: September 3, 4 – 6 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

September 11

Flower City Society Orchestra

Flower City Society Orchestra

“…an authentic experience from an earlier time” – The Ithaca Times

The Gilded Era brought us refinement, trans-Atlantic crossings on luxurious ships, shopping magnates creating their flagship stores and elegant dining salons. What these establishments all had in common were their own orchestras, playing light classical music and dance tunes of the day, as well ragtime, which reached the apex of its popularity about a century ago. The Flower City Society Orchestra evokes these ensembles with their stellar musicianship.

Friday, September 11, 7:30 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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October 2015

Through October 16

Sense of Place

Sense of Place: A Mixed Media Invitational

Curated by Claudia Berlinski, Professor of Art,
Youngstown State University

It is a generally held belief that a geographic location holds special feelings or perceptions for many individuals familiar with that place. Though usually positive, sometimes a place can elicit a sense of fear or dread. Sense of place need not mean one has to literally be in this spot physically; it can be brought forth when a specific place comes to mind. This exhibition allows artists to express their sense of place through various artistic techniques.

Through October 16

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

October 9 – 11  and  22 – 24

The Foreigner

by Larry Shue

"...one comic surprise after another." – The New Yorker
"...a sentimental, often hilarious farce, full of loopy jokes..." – The New York Times

Charlie is a shy British subject who finds himself at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia for a few days. Introduced by his friend as someone who neither understands nor speaks English, Charlie charms the locals, who end up confiding in him. Yet it is hardly the foreigner who is the stranger amongst them in this hysterical comedy!

October 9 – 11 and 22 – 24
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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October 15orchestra

Brockport College-Community Orchestra

Thursday, October 15, 7:30 pm

Seymour College Union Ballroom
$5 at the door

October 27 – December 11

The Immovable Camera

The Immovable Camera

Curated by Robert Hirsch, Tom Carpenter, Kitty Hubbard, and Ray Brewer

From its inception, the art of photography required imagemakers to bring their cameras to the subject matter. The release of the Xerox 6500 color copier in 1973 kicked those logistics to the curb. Subject matter could now be brought to the “immovable camera” at a copy center where, working with a trained operator, a new type of collaboration was fostered, and to which the genesis of self-published zines and other endeavors can be traced. 

October 27 – December 11
Opening Reception: October 27, 4 – 6 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

October 29

Stage Whispers

Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals

As part of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ alliance with Geva Theatre Center, this series of interactive panels allows attendees to discover various aspects of making theatre.

Thursday, October 29, 10 am

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Free

October 29 – 31

Dance/Hartwell

 DANCE/Hartwell

The joy and drama of dance — as well as its athleticism — become apparent as soon as the stage becomes populated. These concerts highlight diverse student choreography, often including thesis works from MFA candidates.

October 29 – 31
Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm

Hartwell Dance Theater
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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October 29, October 31 and November 1Harlequins

Harlequins Student Theatre Organization Production

Election Day by Josh Tobiessen

Thursday, October 29 and Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 1 at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Tickets: Brockport Student Government
Box Office: (585) 395-2487

October 30

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

For more than 90 years, the RPO has been one of the cornerstones of both the arts in our community and the community itself. Its commitment to Rochester, to new music and to artistic excellence is unparalleled. In addition to its annual concert, the RPO has a presence on campus throughout the year, providing course instructors and guest lecturers.

Friday, October 30, 7:30 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

PLEASE NOTE: Parking Lot G, adjacent to Tower Fine Arts Center, will NOT be available for this concert. Please plan accordingly in order to take your seats before the start time of the concert. 

Add this concert to your subscription and receive a complimentary ticket for a post-concert reception featuring wine, artisan cheeses and other delectables, catered by Garnishes. Additional tickets are $10 and will be available until October 23.

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November 2015

Through December 11

The Immovable CameraThe Immovable Camera

Curated by Robert Hirsch, Tom Carpenter, Kitty Hubbard, and Ray Brewer

From its inception, the art of photography required imagemakers to bring their cameras to the subject matter. The release of the Xerox 6500 color copier in 1973 kicked those logistics to the curb. Subject matter could now be brought to the “immovable camera” at a copy center where, working with a trained operator, a new type of collaboration was fostered, and to which the genesis of self-published zines and other endeavors can be traced. 

Through December 11
Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

November 4Music Ensembles Series

Music Ensembles Series                 

Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$5 at the door

November 6 – 7New Dancers Showcase

New Dancers Showcase

Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, 7:30 pm

Rose L. Strasser Studio, Hartwell Hall
Donations to the Friends of Brockport Dance scholarship fund accepted at the door.

November 19 – 21

Danscore

DANSCORE

When given the opportunity, as in this annual concert, the faculty from the Department of Dance proves why City Newspaper feels their work “ripples far outside Rochester’s borders.” Whether making dances that involve their outstanding students or performing themselves, these performances highlight the best in Brockport dance.

Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm
Hartwell Dance Theater

and

Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 pm
Hochstein Performance Hall
50 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester
A reception will follow this performance.
Only cash and checks will be accepted at the door for the Saturday performance.

$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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December 2015

Through December 11

The Immovable Camera

The Immovable Camera

Curated by Robert Hirsch, Tom Carpenter, Kitty Hubbard, and Ray Brewer

From its inception, the art of photography required imagemakers to bring their cameras to the subject matter. The release of the Xerox 6500 color copier in 1973 kicked those logistics to the curb. Subject matter could now be brought to the “immovable camera” at a copy center where, working with a trained operator, a new type of collaboration was fostered, and to which the genesis of self-published zines and other endeavors can be traced. 

Through December 11
Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

December 2Music Ensembles Series

Music Ensembles Series

Wednesday, December 2, 7:30 pm

Seymour College Union Gallery

$5 at the door

December 2 – 3

Dime-a-Dance

Wednesday and Thursday, December 2 and 3, 7:30 pm

Rose L. Strasser Studio, Hartwell Hall
Donations accepted at the door.

December 3

Stage Whispers

Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals

As part of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ alliance with Geva Theatre Center, this series of interactive panels allows attendees to discover various aspects of making theatre.

Thursday, December 3, 10am

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Free

December 3Orchestra

Brockport College-Community Orchestra

Thursday, December 3, 7:30 pm

Seymour College Union Ballroom
$5 at the door

December 4 – 6 and December 10 – 12

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

"All the world's a stage..."

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, As You Like It revels in love, redemption and forgiveness. The Forest of Arden is full of music and masquerading nobility, including Rosalind, one of the Bard’s strongest female characters. Where Shakespeare is concerned, is there ever “too much of a good thing”? (Yes, he coined that phrase in this play.)

December 4 – 6 and 10 – 12
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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December 6

Sounds of the SeasonSounds of the Season

with the Brockport College-Community Chorus

Celebrate the holidays with music, including a new version of the Magnificat by Stephen Shewan.

Sunday, December 6, 7:30 pm

Venue to be announced
$5 at the door

December 10 – 12

DANCE/StrasserDANCE/Strasser

Inspired by everything from world events to their own lives, our talented students set new works on their peers, meshing their choreographic vocabulary with their personal style. With the audience surrounding the works on three sides — and through post-show discussions — audience and choreographers connect in a whole different way.

December 10 – 12
Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm

Rose L. Strasser Studio, Hartwell Hall
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

Post-performance discussions follow the first and third performances.

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January 2016

January 26 – February 23

 Ann Ropp: Works On PaperAnn Ropp

Ann Ropp's colorful abstractions are gestural, highly organic and curiously biological. She describes her activity as "a continuing investigation into the sex of color." Her forms combine a relationship of sensuality and playfulness, while simultaneously exhibiting a sense of seriousness and frivolity. Ropp currently resides in Johnson City, TN.

January 26 – February 23

Opening Reception: January 26, 4 – 6 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

January 29

Carnival of the AnimalsCarnival of the Animals

A favorite of adults and children alike, Saint-Saëns’ fantasy will receive an interdisciplinary performance, including puppets, dancers and musicians as well as narration that takes us on a musical tour of the zoo!

Friday, January 29, 1 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage

 

February 2016

Through February 23

Ann Ropp

Ann Ropp: Works On Paper

Ann Ropp's colorful abstractions are gestural, highly organic and curiously biological. She describes her activity as "a continuing investigation into the sex of color." Her forms combine a relationship of sensuality and playfulness, while simultaneously exhibiting a sense of seriousness and frivolity. Ropp currently resides in Johnson City, TN.

Through February 23

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

February 5

TRIO… she wrote

An all-female trio (Pia Liptak, violin; Kathy Kemp, cello; and Doleen Hood, piano) honors female composers by playing the music of Jennifer Higdon, Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.) Beach, and Elfrida Andrée. Offering a survey of beautifully expressive Romantic music through three centuries, the concert reminds us that with so few female composers receiving recognition — even today — they are all trailblazers.

Friday, February 5, 7:30 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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February 11

Stage Whispers

Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals

As part of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ alliance with Geva Theatre Center, this series of interactive panels allows attendees to discover various aspects of making theatre.

Thrusday, February 11, 10 am

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Free

February 18 – 20

Dance Awareness Days

Thursday – Saturday, February 18 — 20

Hartwell classrooms, studios and Dance Theater
Free

Participants must be at least 16 years old.

February 26 – 28 and March 3 – 6

Vanities

by Jack Heifner

"Unnervingly funny.... Fast moving, sneakily stinging dialogue." — Newsweek

 In one of off-Broadway’s longest running plays, we meet cheerleaders Joanne, Kathy and Mary on that fateful day in 1963 when America’s innocence was lost. Five years later, these best friends are graduating from college at the dawn of social unrest and sexual revolution. When we meet the trio again in 1974, their lives may — or may not — have turned out as they expected in this bittersweet comedy.

Note alternative performance schedule:
February 26 – 28:
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm; Sunday Matinee at 2 pm

March 3 – 6:
Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

(Seating will be by general admission for these performances)

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March 2016

March 1 – 25

Eclectic

Eclectic: From the Private Collections of Department of Art Faculty

Artists make art; art historians research art. But they all observe, appreciate, and collect what strikes them as interesting… beautiful… important. This exhibition presents a wide range of significant works from historical and contemporary artists from the personal collections of the College’s Department of Art faculty. 

March 1 – 25
Opening Reception:  March 1, 4 – 6 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

March 3 – 6

Vanities

by Jack Heifner

"Unnervingly funny.... Fast moving, sneakily stinging dialogue." — Newsweek

 In one of off-Broadway’s longest running plays, we meet cheerleaders Joanne, Kathy and Mary on that fateful day in 1963 when America’s innocence was lost. Five years later, these best friends are graduating from college at the dawn of social unrest and sexual revolution. When we meet the trio again in 1974, their lives may — or may not — have turned out as they expected in this bittersweet comedy.

Note alternative performance schedule:
March 3 – 6:
Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

(Seating will be by general admission for these performances)

Click here to purchase tickets.

March 9

Sound ExChange

The Sound ExChange Project

"Stunning" – City Newspaper
"…reimagining classical music…" – (585) Magazine

They are young. They are hip. And they want to help change your mind about classical music concerts. By meshing audience engagement and 21st-century technology (and apps), this musical collective is making inroads to attracting younger audiences while being able to show off their Eastman School of Music virtuosity. Join us for a different kind of concert…and don’t leave your cell phone at home!

Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

The concert will be preceded by a master class at 5 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center.

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March 9 – 13

ACDA Logo

American College Dance Association

The Gala will present the finest choreographic works of those submitted for adjudication, representing the highest artistic and technical standards of performance and choreography throughout the Northeastern Region. There will be a limited number of general admission tickets available to the public for this concert.

Wednesday – Sunday, March 9 – 13
Various venues
and
Gala Performances on Sunday afternoon, March 13
Performance times to be announced.

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage

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March 23Music Ensembles Series

Music Ensembles Series

Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$5 at the door

 

March 23 – 25

DANCE/Strasser

DANCE/Strasser

Inspired by everything from world events to their own lives, our talented students set new works on their peers, meshing their choreographic vocabulary with their personal style. With the audience surrounding the works on three sides — and through post-show discussions — audience and choreographers connect in a whole different way.

March 23 – 25
Wednesday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm

Rose L. Strasser Studio, Hartwell Hall
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

Post-performance discussions follow the first and third performances.

Click here to purchase tickets.

March 31 – April 3Harlequins

Harlequins Student Theatre Organization Production:

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon     

Thursday – Saturday, March 31 – April 2 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 3 at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Tickets: Brockport Student Government
Box Office: (585) 395-2487

April 2016

Through April 3Harlequins

Harlequins Student Theatre Organization Production:

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon     

Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 3 at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Tickets: Brockport Student Government
Box Office: (585) 395-2487

April 7 – 9

Dance/Hartwell

DANCE/Hartwell

The joy and drama of dance — as well as its athleticism — become apparent as soon as the stage becomes populated. These concerts highlight diverse student choreography, often including thesis works from MFA candidates. 

April 7 – 9
Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm

Hartwell Dance Theater
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

Click here to purchase tickets.

April 8 – May 1Student Art Exhibit

Annual Student Art Exhibition

The pinnacle of our exhibition season, and the most anticipated by students and faculty, this is our celebration of our students’ artistic achievements for the current academic year.

April 8 – May 1
Opening Reception: April 8, 7 – 9 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

April 14

Stage Whispers

Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals

As part of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ alliance with Geva Theatre Center, this series of interactive panels allows attendees to discover various aspects of making theatre.

Thursday, April 14, 10 am

Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre
Free

April 15 – 16Chamber Ballet

Chamber Ballet Brockport

Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, 7:30 pm

Rose L. Strasser Studio
$5 at the door

April 22 – 24 and 28 – 30

Assassins

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman

“…astonishing…” – The New York Times

Sondheim, the composer and/or lyricist of such shows as West Side Story, Gypsy, Company and Into the Woods has called Assassins the most “perfect” of all his shows. This revue-like piece assembles America’s most notorious assassins as well as some of their less-accomplished compatriots. As funny as it is moving and thought-provoking, the authors don’t glorify the murders or the murderers, but simply ask “Why?” You will, too.

April 22 – 24 and 28 – 30
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee at 2 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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April 28 – May 1

Sankofa African Dance and Drum SankofaEnsemble

Color, light, rhythm and energy abound in this celebration of Afro/Caribbean culture. Master drummer and music director Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem helps propel the tradition into the future. These performances consistently sell out; act early for the best seats!

April 28 – May 1
Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee at 2 pm

Hartwell Dance Theater
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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May 2016

Through May 1Student Art Exhibit

Annual Student Art Exhibition

The pinnacle of our exhibition season, and the most anticipated by students and faculty, this is our celebration of our students’ artistic achievements for the current academic year.

Through May 1

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
Free

Gallery Hours and parking information.

Through May 1

Sankofa African Dance and Drum SankofaEnsemble

Color, light, rhythm and energy abound in this celebration of Afro/Caribbean culture. Master drummer and music director Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem helps propel the tradition into the future. These performances consistently sell out; act early for the best seats!

Sunday, May 1
Matinee at 2 pm

Hartwell Dance Theater
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

Click here to purchase tickets.

May 4Music Ensembles Series

Music Ensembles Series

Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 pm

Seymour College Union Gallery
$5 at the door

May 4 – 5

Dime-a-Dance

Wednesday and Thursday, May 4 and 5, 7:30 pm

Rose L. Strasser Studio, Hartwell Hall
Donations accepted at the door.

May 7

Bernstein

Bernstein on Broadway

featuring the Brockport College-Community Chorus

Leonard Bernstein composed only a handful of Broadway musicals, including On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide, West Side Story and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This spring, the Brockport College-Community Chorus will turn its attention to such classics as “New York, New York,” “Make Our Garden Grow,” “Tonight,” and many more classic show tunes.

Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm

Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
$16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students

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May 13Graduation Dances

Graduation Dances

Friday, May 13 at 6:30 and 8 pm

Hartwell Dance Theater
Donations to the Friends of Brockport Dance scholarship fund accepted at the door.


Last Updated 7/30/15