News and Updates
2015-2016 PRESS RELEASES
Now you see him….award-winning illusionist Bill Blagg to appear at Nazareth College Arts Center April 30
The Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The award-winning illusionist has delighted audiences around the country with his high-energy, interactive show featuring large-scale magic and illusions.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
“Unbelievable!” –USA Today
“A Side-Splitting Spectacular!” –Chicago Tribune
“Houdini Times Ten!” –NBC
Audiences loved his magical talents, quick wit, and off-the-cuff personality on NBC, CBS, and FOX, and now illusionist Bill Blagg has taken his high-energy, interactive show on the road.
Fans and critics alike have hailed Blagg for his unique style of magic and illusion. No cliché tricks with playing cards or rabbits here—Blagg prefers to thrill audiences with incredible illusions such as instantly teleporting across theaters, squishing his body from six-feet to six-inches tall, passing through the blades of an industrial fan, and flying through the air on the world’s only hover board. His action-packed show also features random audience volunteers floating in mid-air while others vanish at a moment’s notice.
Blagg received his first professional magic book from his great-grandfather, which eventually led to building magic props with his dad. But his big break came when he won a prestigious magic competition at 18 in the Magic Capital of the World (Colon, Michigan)—making him the youngest contestant to ever win the event, and allowing him to join the ranks of his idols, including Las Vegas’s very own master magician, Lance Burton.
Today, Blagg is one of the country’s top touring illusionists. His theatrical brand of magic leaves audiences in disbelief, and has earned him standing ovations nationwide.
Single tickets to The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! are $20-$50. For tickets call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.
The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm and 11am until curtain time on performance days.
The Arts Center is a non-profit institution. The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2015-2016 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank. The Arts Center wishes to thank Drs. Dawn and Jacques Lipson for their ongoing support. The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! is sponsored by Jim and Flower Leo and Larry and Nancy Peckham.
The Nazareth College Music Department and Rochester Lyric Opera welcome composer John Musto for five-day residency
Public events to include Vocal Master Class, Composer’s Forum, and live performance of Musto’s comic opera, Bastianello!
The Nazareth College Music Department and Rochester Lyric Opera (RLO) and will welcome composer and pianist John Musto to Rochester April 19–23, 2016 for a five-day residency. Community events surrounding Musto’s residency will include a Vocal Master Class and Composer’s Forum, culminating in a live production of Musto’s comic opera, Bastianello featuring featuring Nazareth and RLO artists.
Musto will work with Nazareth students and alumnae in the Vocal Master Class and Composers Forum, both of which are free and open to the public at Nazareth College. The opera performance is a ticketed event at RLO's Lyric Theatre.
Composer/pianist John Musto is considered one of the most versatile musicians alive, with works and performances encompassing nearly all genres: orchestral and operatic, solo, chamber and vocal, concerti, and music for film and television, with inspirations including jazz, ragtime and blues. Musto’s vocal music ranges from a series of operas — Volpone, Later the Same Evening, Bastianello, and The Inspector — to a catalogue of art songs.
Musto was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his orchestral song cycle Dove Sta Amore, and is a recipient of two Emmy awards, two CINE Awards, a Rockefeller Fellowship at Bellagio, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and a Distinguished Alumnus award from the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently on the faculty of the Graduate Center at CUNY.
The Nazareth College Music Department/Rochester Lyric Opera residency with John Musto will include the following events, which are open to the public:
Vocal Master Class with John Musto featuring his vocal works: Tuesday, April 19, 4–6 p.m., Nazareth College’s Wilmot Recital Hall, free and open to the public; performers include current Nazareth voice students and alumni.
Composer’s Forum: Thursday, April 21, 4–6 p.m., room A72, Nazareth College Arts Center, free and open to the public.
Performance of the opera Bastianello (John Musto, composer; Mark Campbell, librettist): Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Rochester Lyric Opera’s Lyric Theatre; Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $5 student rush; Tickets available at the Rochester Lyric Opera Box Office, 585-738-5995 or rochesterlyricopera.org.
Sung in English, Musto’s comic opera, Bastianello, was composed in collaboration with librettist Mark Campbell for five singers and a chamber orchestra. Set in the 1700s, Bastianello tells the story of the beautiful but moody Amadora who, on her wedding day, goes to the wine cellar to bring up more wine for her celebration. Once she opens the cask, her joy turns to despair as she realizes she will never again be as happy as at that moment. Her father and mother-in-law soon join Amadora in weeping at life’s cruelty. When her new husband, Luciano, finds his entire family in tears next to a now-empty cask of wine, he explodes in rage and deserts his new wife on their wedding night, only to return after finding six people as foolish as his family.
The Bastianello artistic team, cast, and production team consist of RLO and Nazareth College-affiliated artists: Susan Cotroneo (Eustacia), Amy Cochrane (Ortensia), Katie Hannigan (Amadora), Kimberly Upcraft (Ettalina), Jessica Best (Stelladora), Matthew Valverde (Bastianello the Younger), Robert Zimmerman (Lambent), Mario Martinez (Bastianello the Elder), Keith Brown (Ippolito/Frediano/Lino), Zachary James (Luciano), JJ Hudson (stage director), Gabrielle LeBare (assistant stage manager), and David Hult (concert master). Jared Chase will conduct the performance of Bastianello.
Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department presents Grease for one weekend only, April 15–17
Three-time Tony Award-nominated musical remains among the world’s most popular after 45 years!
The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department and Theatre League are pleased to present Grease – the three-time Tony Award-nominated musical about 10 working-class high school seniors, that is as popular today as when it premiered in 1971 – as the fourth and final show in the department’s 2015-2016 production season. The show will run for one weekend only: April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m.; in the Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center.
The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department offers the only B.F.A degree in musical theatre in Rochester. The program is a pre-professional degree that integrates voice, acting, and dance taught by theatre professionals, Nazareth faculty, and visiting guest artists in a rigorous environment. Nazareth’s collaboration with the three-stage Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival enhances training and learning opportunities and creates an intensive professional track training program that rivals many national programs.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
“A lively and funny musical – as well as the dancingest one in town. It’s a winner...the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm. The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it.” —New York Daily News
A 1971 musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and named after the 1950s American working-class youth dubbed “greasers” (because of the boys’ greased-back hairstyles), Grease is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, and follows 10 working-class teenagers as they navigate peer pressure, politics, and love. The duck-tailed, hot-rodding Burger Palace Boys and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers evoke the look and sound of a generation. Led by head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski, the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “Summer Nights,” and more, all recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.
Grease has been successful on both stage and screen, and by the time it closed in 1980 the show’s 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history. The stage production has been nominated for three Tony Awards (1972 for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, 1994 for Best Revival of a Musical, and 2008 for Best Revival of a Musical), and remains Broadway’s 15th longest-running show.
CAST AND CREW
Nazareth’s production of Grease is directed by New York City-based dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Lori Leshner, with Corinne Aquilina, director of the Nazareth College musical theatre program, serving as music director. Other faculty members include Emily Stork – First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival lighting designer – as lighting designer; Allen Shannon as scenic designer; and Yuanting Zhao as costume designer.
The cast includes Nazareth College students Kaitie Buckert (Sandy); Matt Combs (Kenickie); John Connors (Johnny Casino); Michaela Groth (Marty); Seth Hatch (Doody); Anna Kostakis (Frenchy); Janna Kozloski (Patty); Alexus Maxam (Mrs. Lynch); Emily Mullin (Rizzo); Ged Owen (Sonny); Meghan Palmer (Cha-Cha); Grant Richards (Teen Angel); Mike Schuetz (Vince Fontaine); Justin Smith (Eugene); Peter Smith (Roger); Abby Voss (Jan); and Olivia Bauso, Erich Bonitz, Anastasia Pembrook, Abby Prem, Chris Salvaggio, Regan Stacey, and Jacob Smith in the chorus. Joe Bach plays Danny.
The student crew is made up of Josh Feldman (stage manager); Nolan Todd and Katja Stavenhagen (assistant stage managers); Grant Richards (dance captain); and Briar Rose Murphy (props).
The orchestra consists of Nazareth College pianist Anthony Bisbano; Nazareth College Music Department students Nick Sutton (tenor sax), Dylan Niver (drums), and Sean Power (electric bass); as well as Austen Wahl (guitar) from the Eastman School of Music.
General admission tickets to Grease are $19-$20, and all students receive half-price tickets at the door with valid school ID. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.
The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus, at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday- Friday, 11am – 5pm, and for one hour prior to curtain time for Nazareth College Theatre Arts and Dance Department performances.
Nazareth College Art Department opens annual Undergraduate Student Art Show beginning March 29
The department will host the corresponding Artists Reception and annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 6–8 p.m.
The exhibit showcases some of the Nazareth College Art students' finest work! Both galleries are filled with hundreds of pieces in a variety of media and styles, including acrylics, ceramics, charcoals, illustrations, jewelry, oils, photography, prints, and more.
Some pieces will be available for purchase.
Participating students are: Navaira Aslam, Sarah Berg, Ashley Bills, Emily Borden, Ashley Miehele Bowen, Abbey Brothers, Jia Hui Chi, Kelly Clancy, Jenna Consiglio, Madeline Corsaro, Alexis Darbyshire, Megan Deuel, Dave DiPrimo, Staphania Dolgopolova, Chloe Dudla, Blake Ellis, Afiya Farrell, Brittany Friedrich, Shannon Gage, Carrie Gilbert, Claire Gleason, Jeffrey Green, Brett Hake, Adriana Henry, Jeongok Heo, Katherine Himics, Olivia Hoover, Brenda Killacky-Jones, Amanda Kessler, Tara Kleehammer, Sarah Klocke, Kris Kodweis, Allison Krolak, Abby Lamark, Casey Lucas, Christina Lundberg, Claire Malboeuf, Erin Maloney, Elizabeth Manion, Leah Marvin, Victoria May, Hannah McDonald, Sarah Mongeau, Sheila Moonan, Joey Navedo, Kristina Netti, McKenzie Newman, Sabrina Nussbaumer, Corynn O'Connor, Kayleigh Olive, Steven Osso-Carbonaro, Arianna Palmer, Lauren Palmer, Kai Peplar, Ariel Pirwitz, Maria Posato, Andrew Post, Siena Pullinzi, Xiaoyi (Scarlett) Qu, Emily Richmond, Amanda Riekstins, Donna Robinson, Talia Ryan, Haley Saba, Mythra Saidian, Jessica Santilli, Elizabeth Scherer, Kim Schlosser, Karey Schmergel, Carolyn Schneider, Alexandra Smith, Briana Smith, Steven Soltysik, Sarah Speer, Maegwin Struble-Albrecht, Jiani Su, Kathryn Svensen, Emily Teator, Sean Tiernan, Austin Van Vorst, Suzanne Vandivert, Wenjia Wang, Madeleine Waring, Emily Wickus, Kip Williams, Rachel Williamson, Amanda Wilmier, Kasey Winder, Caleb Winters, Ashley Wistner, Rachel Wittels, and Elizabeth Wright.