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February 1, 2018
>>The Antara Winds, an all-female wind ensemble, will be playing their “Across the Americas” program at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage on Friday, February 16, at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature Dvorak’s “American” Quartet, transcribed for winds, as well as Argentinian tango-master Piazzolla’s “Libertango,” and more contemporary jazz-infused works by Jeff Scott and John Steinmetz. Tickets for the concert are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>Lobby Hero tells the tale of a graveyard shift at a nice middle-class apartment building in Manhattan, when the security guard/doorman has little to do but crack wise with his boss, and try to make time with a rookie cop new to the beat. Things escalate when a murder case unfolds that embroils them all. Performances, in the Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, are February 23–25 and March 1–4. Tickets for all performances are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>For nearly 10 years, Geva Theatre Center has hosted a play-reading series, the Hornets’ Nest, which encourages dialogue not just on stage, but amongst audience members at these one-night-only events. To discuss the series and what they have learned — about theatre, and about human nature — Skip Greer, Geva’s Director of Education, will appear along with Jenni Werner, Geva’s resident dramaturg, at the Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ Stage Whispers panel on Tuesday, February 27, at 10 am in the Black Box Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public.
>>Regarding the new Southern Sampler: Contemporary Artists of the New South exhibition that he has curated, Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery director Tim Massey says that “In the Northeast, much of what is known about the American South exists as myth and stereotype. However, artists of the New South are as diverse as any other region. Their work both perpetuates and dispels myth, examines paradigms, honors cultural heritage and explores new realms.” The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will run through March 4.
>>In conjunction with the Southern Sampler exhibit, Masud Olufani, one of the artists represented in the show, will be on campus to give a lecture on Wednesday, February 21, at 7 pm in Tower Room 2203. About his work, Olufani says, “My objects aspire to be visual poems — works of art that reach beyond themselves to reveal something meaningful about the human experience. I attempt to create work which blends formal elegance, emotional integrity, and spiritual resonance.” The lecture is sponsored by the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery, a Promoting Excellence in Diversity grant, the Department of African and African American Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Art.
December 7, 2017
>>DANCE/Hartwell presents innovative work by up-and-coming choreographers within the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Dance, curated by artistic directors and faculty members Julia Burrer and Mariah Maloney. Performances are at 7:30 pm Thursday, December 7, through Saturday, December 9, in Hartwell Dance Theater. Ticket prices for all performances are $17/General; $12/Seniors, College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty, and Staff; and $9/Students and are available online, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.
>>She Kills Monsters has its final performances December 7–9. See details in our November notes below.
November 2, 2017
>>The Harlequins Student Theatre Organization will present A Girl’s Guide to Coffee, Eric Coble’s romantic comedy, on November 2–5 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre. In this delightful diversion, Alex and the rest of the denizens of the Steamed Bean Coffee House ruminate about life, love, parents, and everything else that makes the world go round. Especially Chris, the artist. Donations will gladly be accepted at the door.
>>The Department of Dance is proud to present the 14th annual New Dancers Showcase. The concerts will be held in the Rose L. Strasser Studio in Hartwell Hall, Kenyon Street, on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, at 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge, but donations to the Friends of Brockport Dance scholarship fund will be gratefully accepted at the door. The concert will feature short choreographic works by members of the Brockport dance community.
>>The two stars of Geva Theatre Center’s production of The Agitators, Cedric Mays and Madeleine Lambert, will be featured at this installment of Stage Whispers on November 9 at 10 am. Portraying two champions of social causes who had a long-standing, occasionally volatile relationship, they will discuss “A Rochester Friendship Onstage,” including how it feels to appear in a world premiere of a new work. These informal, informative chats are free and open to the public.
>>The Brockport College-Community Orchestra will play its first concert of the year in the Seymour College Union Ballroom on Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 pm. The program will include works by Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Sibelius, and “Je veux vivre,” an aria from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, featuring soprano Hailey Cammilleri. Admission to the concert is $5 at the door.
>>A girl, searching to make sense of the death of her sister, symbolically reconnects with her in an epic game of Dungeons & Dragons in Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, which runs December 1-3 and 7-9. The girl learns that not everyone is who they appear to be, that sometimes the bad guys are the good guys (and vice versa), and that souls can be lost, but never forgotten. She Kills Monsters is a salute to all the nerds amongst us… and the badasses that live within them. The production will be staged at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, and tickets are currently on sale for $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>To Jim Morris, professor of art at The College at Brockport, the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery is a wonderful place to take in an art exhibit, but it is also “a laboratory for thinking and learning. Drawing is often the first act of visual thinking by artists, architects, and designers. While methods and content vary widely — as attested to by this exhibition — the need to visualize one’s ideas remains constant.” He has curated Thinking About Drawing with an eye to presenting “ideas and processes related to drawing that are not yet familiar to our students.” The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through December 8.
October 5, 2017
>>Broadway’s longest-running thriller is coming to Brockport. Playwright Sidney Bruhl is dying to have another big fat Broadway hit. In Ira Levin’s hugely popular Deathtrap, being presented by the Department of Theatre and Music Studies, Bruhl goes to all sorts of lengths to reclaim his fame and fortune. Performances, at the Tower Fine Arts Center, are on October 6-8 and 19-21. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>It’s not too late to catch the Department of Art Alumni Exhibition, which continues through October 13. See details in our September notes below.
>>In the upcoming art exhibit Thinking About Drawing, technology takes its place alongside tradition in creating art. According to exhibit curator Jim Morris, several works have “been created with CNC (Computer Numerical Control) routers or industrial pumps to disperse inks, while one designer uses software to help scientists visualize medical processes. While methods and content vary widely — as attested to by this exhibition — the need to visualize one’s ideas remains constant.” The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opens with a reception on Tuesday, October 24, at 4 pm, and runs through December 8.
>>When he makes his first appearance with the illustrious Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on a Brockport stage on October 27, music director Ward Stare will lead an engaging program that focuses on individual sections of the orchestra. Featured are Erik Ewazen’s “Symphony for Brass,” Richard Strauss’s “Suite in B Flat Major” for woodwinds, and Antonín Dvořák’s popular “Serenade in E Major for String Orchestra.” The concert takes place at Tower Fine Arts Center, and tickets are currently on sale for $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
September 7, 2017
>>Juliana Athayde, concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, kicks off the new season with a recital on Friday, September 8, at 7:30 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center. The program will include works by Brahms, Vivaldi, Poulenc, and Prokofiev. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>Another highlight of this 50th anniversary season, the Department of Art is presenting an Alumni Exhibition. Those presenting works in this show are Trisha Koomen ’04, Christina Laurel ’09, Charity Henderson ’10, and Mary Jo Whitman ’11. Koomen, who is also a registered nurse, offered that “being a visual, conceptual artist is — I’ve come to realize — the closest I come to being myself. Being invited back here to exhibit my work feels like coming home in a way.” Most fittingly, in addition to her works in the show, Koomen’s sculpture, Vessel, constructed with glass medical vials, has been permanently installed in the lobby of Lathrop Hall on the Brockport campus, home to the Department of Nursing. The exhibit, which is free, will run through October 13 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery.
>>Everyone is dying to have a big fat Broadway hit. Especially playwright Sidney Bruhl. In Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, the hugely popular comic thriller being presented by the Department of Theatre and Music Studies, Bruhl goes to all sorts of lengths to reclaim his fame and fortune. Performances, at the Tower Fine Arts Center, are on October 6-8 and 19-21. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>In celebration of 50 years of performing arts at The College at Brockport, the “Take a Seat” campaign is a great way to celebrate your family’s name, honor or memorialize a loved one, or commemorate a special event. Create a lasting tribute by engraving a brass nameplate with your inscription of choice, which will be affixed to the arm of a theatre chair in the Hartwell Dance Theater or Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage. Your contribution will help ensure continued excellence in fine arts programming at Brockport. Visit alumni.brockport.edu/takeaseat or call Jamie Beers at (585) 395-2380.
>>The College at Brockport is a proud sponsor of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, an eclectic visual and performing arts festival held throughout Rochester’s East End each fall. This year’s festival will be held September 14–23 and will feature multiple performances by Brockport’s own:
- Associate Professor of Theatre David Bloom presents Wild Horses by Allison Gregory
- Associate Professor of Art Kitty Hubbard and Assistant Professor of Dance Tammy Carrasco present The Structure of Us
- Associate Professor of Dance James Hansen and dance alumna Heather Roffe ’08 present Merged 5
- Professor of Theatre Frank Kuhn presents Two of Mee
- Graduate student Igor Litvinchuk presents Discover India
- Associate Professor of Dance Mariah Maloney presents Julia Burrer/Mariah Maloney Intimate Works
See details and ticketing information for these and the Fringe’s 500 other events.
May 4, 2017
>>For its 2017-18 season, the Fine Arts Series will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tower Fine Arts Center and of the Departments of Art; Dance; and Theatre and Music Studies. The season will kick off with a recital by RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde on September 8. Additional season highlights include the acclaimed musical Urinetown and the ever-popular Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble. For more information, email Arts Events Manager Stuart Soloway.
>>Students graduating from the Department of Dance this month will present their final performances as Brockport students in a show known simply as Graduation Dances, Friday, May 12, at 7:30 pm in the Hartwell Dance Theater. A reception will follow in the lobby.
>>A reminder that the Brockport College-Community Chorus will present “Irish Spring” on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage. See details in our April notes below.
>>The annual student art show, this year entitled Susurrus, continues through Sunday, May 7, in the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery. It is free and open to the public. See details in our April notes below.
April 6, 2017
>>The pinnacle of the exhibition season is the annual student art show, this year entitled Susurrus. A project of the Gallery Management class, the exhibit highlights the Department of Art’s students’ artistic successes throughout the current academic year. This year, they will welcome Sarah Sutton, assistant professor of art at Ithaca College, as its juror. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run from April 16 through May 7, with an opening reception on Friday, April 14, from 7 to 9 pm. Gallery hours are: Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 4 pm.
>>David Lindsay-Abaire’s Wonder of the World brings the Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ season to an end. The wild and wacky comedy focuses on Cass, who runs away to examine what her life has become after discovering that her husband is doing strange things with the heads of Barbie® dolls. On her way to potentially throwing herself over Niagara Falls, she encounters a suicidal alcoholic, a lovelorn boat captain, inept private eyes, and a clown of a therapist. There are plenty of shenanigans in this play, which The New York Times called “exceedingly whimsical.” Performances of Wonder of the World will take place in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage on April 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 at 7:30 pm. There is also a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, April 23, which will be ASL interpreted for the hearing impaired.
>>The always-popular Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble returns for four performances on Thursday, April 27, through Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 30, at 2 pm. Sarah Zehnder and Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem are co-artistic directors, and they promise a vibrant, energetic evening of Afro-Caribbean dance and music, enhanced with a piece set on Brockport dancers by guest artist M’Bemba Bangoura. The showings take place in the Hartwell Dance Theater. Tickets sell out early; act now!
>>The finale for the Fine Arts Series will be the Brockport College-Community Chorus’ concert entitled “Irish Spring,” a celebration of everything Irish. The concert will feature dances choreographed by MFA candidate Briana Kelly, and will be accompanied, in part, by members of the Rochester Irish Musicians Association. The Chorus will perform such favorites as “Auld Lang Syne,” “Danny Boy,” and “Red is the Rose,” and will conclude with the sentimental “The Parting Glass.” The concert takes place on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.
Tickets for all the above performances are $17/General, $12/Senior Citizens, Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students. They are available online at http://fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787.
March 2, 2017
>>DANCE/Strasser takes advantage of the College’s unique Rose L. Strasser Studio, in which the dancers are surrounded by the audience on three sides. A highlight of this spring’s concert is Jessica Moore’s MFA thesis, “We Are AmalgamNation,” which is inspired by Native American movement — as a means to honor her indigenous heritage — and is also a commentary on the culture’s erasure by western forces. Performances are March 2 – 4 at 7:30 pm in the Strasser Studio in Hartwell Hall. Tickets are $17/General, $12/Senior Citizens, Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students. They are available online at http://fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787.
>>On March 30 – April 1, DANCE/Hartwell will share works from undergraduate choreographers, as well as MFA candidates. Their dances are drawn from the world in which we live, and their views on social issues can be a motivation to all of us. Catch these bodies in motion at 7:30 pm on all three evenings in Hartwell Dance Theater. Tickets are $17/General, $12/Senior Citizens, Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students and are available online at http://fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787.
>>It has been marketed as a toy for more than half a century, but as a mathematical tool, the Spirograph® (or something very much like it) has been around since the 1880s. And now it is going to be celebrated by an international roster of artists invited to take part in The Great Spirograph® Challenge, the upcoming exhibition at the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery. Many of the artists have taken the familiar geometric shapes resulting from their work with their Spirograph® and incorporated them into their own imagery. The show will run from March 7 through April 2, 2017, and is free and open to the public, including the opening reception on March 7 at 4 pm. (The Gallery will be closed for academic break from March 11 through 19.)
>>Flute and guitar duos had their first appearances during the time of the ancient Greeks. As the 18th century gave way to the 19th, they gained even more popularity, especially as composers began writing pieces specifically for the small ensemble. On March 24, the Rubio Duo will favor audiences with classical favorites from centuries ago, as well as more contemporary sounds from the likes of jazz legend Chick Corea. Their concert, in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17/General, $12/Senior Citizens, Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students and can be purchased online at http://fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.
February 2, 2017
>>Did you know the Fine Arts Series is on Facebook? Like the page to stay apprised of the latest event news, ticket sales, and occasional discounts.
>>The tenth biennial Festival of Ten will be performed on February 24 – 26 and March 2 – 4 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage. This audience favorite includes 10 ten-minute plays culled from an international search. The March 4 performance will include a visit from eight* of the playwrights, many of whom will be seeing the first full productions of their plays, which run the gamut from emotional dramas to broad comedies. Yes, all that in just 10 minutes each. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students. *Number of playwrights subject to change.
>>In the 17th and 18th centuries, when the royal courts of Europe employed court composers and musicians, they also had a sort of “Baroque Idol” in the form of keyboard duels. Edoardo Bellotti, associate professor of organ, harpsichord, and improvisation at the Eastman School of Music, will recreate some of the more famous duels, including music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Scarlatti. The concert takes on Friday, February 3, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>The faculty of the Department of Art at The College at Brockport is comprised of practicing artists who exhibit nationally and internationally. In the current Faculty Exhibition, they are presenting their most recent works which encompass a variety of media. Jennifer Hecker, a longtime faculty member, will be exhibiting some of her works that involve glass, including “Water Fall.” Her fascination with working with glass has been going on for several years. To her, the transparency and fluidity that glass possesses “suggests water. Water is, of course, essential for life.” As is art. The exhibit, which is free, will run through February 26 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery.
December 1, 2016
>>On Sunday, December 4, at 7:30 pm, the Brockport College-Community Chorus will ring in the holiday season with a Handel’s Messiah Sing-In. Bring your score and join the fun at the First Presbyterian Church, 35 State Street. $5 at the door.
>>“Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals” is a series of interactive panels, allowing attendees to discover various aspects of making theatre. On December 8 at 10 am, we will welcome Christopher Mannelli, the new executive director of Geva Theatre Center, who will be discussing the ins and outs of running a regional theatre in a city that appreciates the arts as much as Rochester. The talk will take place in the Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, and is free and open to the public.
>>The brothers in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West are definitely more Cain and Abel than the Brady Bunch. Though it is darkly comic, “the play is nasty and earthy and gritty,” according to Richard St George, professor of theatre and director of the production. The brothers bicker about a variety of subjects, mostly mundane, but occasionally life-altering. The Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ production of this third entry in McDonagh’s Leenane trilogy runs from December 2–4 and 8–10 in the Tower Fine Arts Mainstage. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
November 3, 2016
>>The Department of Theatre and Music Studies is proud of its participation in this year’s Farm Theater College Collaboration Project. Your Wings Have Eyes, by Micheline Auger, is the result of the playwright’s conversations with Brockport students, as well as with students at two other institutions. The drama takes place at a point in their lives when boys and girls mature into men and women. But as they grow up, they face the realities of a world that deals with each gender differently, sometimes with substantial consequences. The play will have its world premiere in three performances in the Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, on November 11 at 7:30 pm, and on November 12 at 2 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>DANSCORE brings the finest in modern dance to Western New York, including works made by several New York City–based guest artists. Our nationally renowned faculty sets pieces on their talented students for three performances: two at Brockport (November 17 and 18) and one in Rochester, at Hochstein Performance Hall on November 19, all at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>The Red Creek Duo will give a lecture/demonstration on Monday, November 21, at 6:30 pm, in Room 120 in Tower Fine Arts Center, as part of the Music Appreciation class taught by RPO musician Margaret Leenhouts. The violin and guitar duo will present an eclectic program of tangos and classical duos, showing the many musical possibilities of arranging and composing for small ensembles. Admission is free.
>>In its current edition, the Monroe and Vicinity Biennial is hosting the 85th Anniversary Annual Exhibition of the Print Club of Rochester through December 9. This juried show will bring the diversity of styles, methodologies, and outstanding technical skills that are representative of the club’s membership to the fore. Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday: 1 to 4 pm. (The Gallery will be closed from November 23 to 27.) Admission is free.
October 6, 2016
>>Continuing its longstanding partnership with the College, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage Friday, October 28, at 7:30 pm, presenting The Sounds of Shakespeare: Music Inspired by the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. Tickets are $17; $12 for senior citizens and Brockport alumni, faculty, and staff; or $9 for students.
>>The family of dance major Christina Gorman, who passed away in 2014, has raised funds to dedicate the Christina Gorman Dressing Room in Hartwell Hall at the DANCE/Hartwell performance on October 29.
>>This fall, the Department of Theatre and Music Studies presents two plays written specifically for college actors, with close collaboration between the playwrights and students. Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids, which tackles sexual assault and the looming role of social media, runs October 7-9 and 20-22, and the world premiere of Micheline Auger’s Your Wings Have Eyes, a tale of youth, trust, betrayal, fear and self-realization, runs November 11-12.