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Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present I Love You Because, a modern-day musical love story

Play features all-student cast and crew; runs April November 14-23!

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present I Love You Because, a modern-day musical romance, as the second production of their 2014-2015 Season. The show will run November 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m.; and November 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., in Studio A48 at Nazareth College Arts Center.

THE PRODUCTION

A modern-day musical love story that is loosely based on the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I Love You Because is set in New York City. It tells the story of a young, uptight greeting card writer whose life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.

The production features lyrics by Ryan Cunningham and is set to music by Joshua Salzman. At the time the team began work on I Love You Because, one was about to get engaged and the other was recently single. When friend suggested they read Austen’s novel, they were struck by its depiction of love. “We began…updating the piece…and inserting our own experiences until I Love You Because took on a life and a story of its own,” the authors’ press materials state. “However, what remains of Pride and Prejudice is what attracted us to the story in the first place; the notion that in order to find love you must move past your preconceived notions of what love is going to be for you and embrace all of its surprises, both good and bad. Because it's easy to say, ‘I love you anyway, but hard and all the more rewarding to say, ‘I love you because’.”

I Love You Because is directed by Rochester-based actor, director, writer, teacher, producer, and improviser, Kerry Young, who has worked locally with Shipping Dock, JCC Centerstage, Blackfriars Theatre, and the 360-365 Film Festival, and is a member of the Unleashed! Comedy Improv troupe. In addition to her theatrical pursuits, Ms. Young is a middle school enrichment teacher.

The I Love You Because cast consists of Nazareth College students: Lainey Catalino (Marcy Fitswilliams); Matthew Combs (Austin Bennet), Amanda Popielarz (Diana Bingly), Matthew Allen (Jeff Bennet), and Katie Sweeney (NYC Women & Others). Nazareth College student Crystal Dingman is the production’s stage manager, and student Qing Chang designed the costumes.

TICKETS

Tickets to I Love You Because are $18-$20. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

Nazareth College Arts Center presents Latin GRAMMY winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band November 9

Named best new children’s artist by USA Today, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band brings a fresh vibe to pop music!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The duo of Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named "THE face of kindie music" by The Washington Post, "SUPERSTARS" by Red Tricycle, "The Rolling Stones of Kids Music" by the Style Network, and People Magazine called their album "the #1 in COOLEST kid’s music! They create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical child-friendly imaginations." Audiences may also recognize the band from the summer of 2013, when their song “Falling” was featured in Coca-Cola’s summer advertising campaign.

The 60-minute performance will run without an intermission and is recommended for children of all ages and their families. Ticket holders may also participate in a pre-performance craft activity (make your own musical instrument) at 1 p.m. The pre-performance activity is free; however, pre-registration through the Box Office is required (585-389-2170).

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Married couple Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named "THE face of kindie music" by The Washington Post, "SUPERSTARS" by Red Tricycle, "The Rolling Stones of Kids Music" by the Style Network, and People Magazine called their album A Potluck "the #1 in COOLEST kids music! The sound they create has an indie music feel that’s rooted in their whimsical child-friendly imaginations."

The songs included on the band' five award-winning recordings present a musical style that is aimed at exploring all of the excitement and wonder of a young person’s life. After Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band teamed up with visual artist Micah Player, their 2011 video “Blue Bear” became a hit sensation. The song appeared on their very first EP, Luckiest Adventure, and enjoyed the #1 position on SiriusXM Satellite Radio for many weeks in 2010. By 2011, USA Today was calling them the best new band for kids. In 2012, the band released A Potluck, which People Magazine reviewed as the #1 new children’s album of the year. Their new songs enjoyed heavy radio rotation nationwide, and A Potluck earned a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, a National Parenting Publications Award, and many other kudos by year’s end.

Next, Latin GRAMMY Award-winning, ¡Fantastico!, translated the band’s hit “Blue Bear” into “Oso Azul” and re-introduced songs like “Say What?” as “¿Que Dices?” (also a #1 hit on SiriusXM). Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s Spanish language release found a new audience of parents looking to immerse their youngest listeners in bilingual music.

The year 2013 saw great commercial success for the band. Iconic brand Coca-Cola chose their song “Falling” for its national summer campaign. The duo showcased at Kindiefest, the family music conference at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; spent the summer touring, including sold-out shows at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Book Festival's Target Stage, Skirball Cultural Center, New York City's Symphony Space, and Madison Square Park; and appeared on CNN, Univision, PBS, and Sprout TV’s “Sunny Side Up Show.”

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band are also brand partners with GAP, Whole Foods, LEGO, USO, and Discmakers. They have been featured in Apartment Therapy, Los Angeles Living Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, as well as on E! TV and Style Network.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band also features a guest rotation of talented musicians including musical director Wes Switzer, multi-instrumentalist Michael Farkas (of WIYOS fame), Michael Klooster (Smashmouth), Kurtis Keber, Deacon Marrquin, and Gee Rabe.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band is on the fringe of anything that speaks to kids and families alike. Their music brings crafty, smart lyrics with a fresh pop feel. Like Zooglobble states, “It'll take you all of about 15 minutes to become a fan of Lucky Diaz.”

TICKETS

Tickets for Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band are $17 and $20. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2014-2015 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank; Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester; and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The performance by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam band is sponsored by Barbara and John Lovenheim.

Continuity: The Nazareth College Art Department Alumni Exhibit opens in the Arts Center Gallery November 7

 The Nazareth College Department of Art will present Continuity: The Nazareth College Art Department Alumni Exhibit, featuring works by more than 60 artists, from November 7-December 6, 2014, with an opening reception Friday, November 7, from 5-7 p.m.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Continuity: The Nazareth College Art Department Alumni Exhibit, featuring works by more than 60 artists who are alumni of the Nazareth College Department of Art, opens in the Arts Center Gallery on November 7. The exhibit was organized by Nazareth College Department of Art professor, Lynn Duggan.

The diverse exhibit includes architecture, ceramics, chalk, drawings, digital work, fiber art, illustrations, jewelry, linocuts, metalwork, mixed media, new media, paintings, pastels, photography, reliefs, sculpture, wood cuts, and more. “There is no theme to the exhibit, except for the common denominator of the Nazareth College Art Department,” Duggan comments. “Many talented people have passed through this department and these works are a reflection of that.”

Participating artists are Beth Bailey, Kimberly Bellavia, Laura Boland, Kathleen Bolin, Darren Thomas Brennessel, Ann Marie Buchau, Mike Carroll, Kelly Clancy, Mary K. Cloonan, Donna DeTraglia Colebeck, Brittany Ann Cool, Duncan Crawford, Mary Goldman Crowe, Ashley Kukula Cuevas, Luke Dangler, Elissa DeChick, Constance A. Dodge, Amanda Donovan, Elena Dubas, Jamie Franki, Thomas Galambos, Jennifer Green, Sherri Hamilton, Kathleen Hanney, Barbara Harris, Mary Herbst, Christine D’Amour Holden, Nancy Anne Holowka, William Holowka, Josh Horowitz, Sarah Jezsu, Samantha J. Johnson, Amanda Kessler, Caitlyn Knepka, Phyllis Kloda, Sara Lalik, Renée Simone-Lee, Margaret LeJeune, Alyssa Lindstrom, Sean Lounsberry, Mark Maddalina, Kristin Malone, Paolo Marino, Linda Davison Mathues, Sue Egan-Mongiovi, Mary Pat O’Brien, Corynn O’Connor, Kayleigh Olive, Keng Nio Lolly Ong, Dr. Allan Pascuzzi, Chris Pelletier, Irving Pudetti, Kelly Craig-Recktenwald, Mike Reilly, Jim Quinn, Mary Quinn, Cathleen Ryan, Kelsey Schmid, Kevin Sharpe, Diane Smith Sheckells, Greg Smith, Adele Tierney, Carol Townsend, Peter Veitch, Rose Welch, Jillian Wheaton, and Joyce Wynes.

Gallery hours are: Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-8pm. For additional information, visit naz.edu/art/arts-center-gallery or call the automated information line: 585-389-5073.

Nazareth College Arts Center presents Hotel California — the only band officially authorized to perform the music of the Eagles — November 1

A Salute to the Eagles delights with faithful reproductions of the award-winning super group’s timeless hits!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The only show that has been officially authorized to perform the music of the Eagles, Hotel California consists of talented musicians who faithfully reproduce the super group’s original studio recordings.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Founded 30 years ago following the breakup of the Eagles, Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles is the only show that is officially authorized to perform the music of the Eagles.

Comprised of five musicians with extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Grammy Award-winning super group’s studio recordings, in a performance that transcends the boundaries of rock, R&B, and country, and brings back the memories and sounds that defined a generation.

More than a tribute show, Hotel California delivers a live concert (without wigs or mimicry) that incorporates the performers’ vocal harmonies and authentic instrumentation—including specialty instruments—on timeless mega-hits like “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” “One of These Nights,” and, of course, “Hotel California,” as well as solo works by Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. The show has toured throughout the Unites States and Canada.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

The five musicians that make up Hotel California have shared billing with dozens of artists, including Trace Adkins, Chicago, Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Tower of Power, Charlie Daniels, Sugar Ray, Lyle Lovitt, Three Dog Night, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett, Boston, LeAnn Rimes, Greg Allman, Dwight Yoakam, and more.

DICKY LEE (vocals; mandolin; pedal steel; harmonicas; lead, rhythm, slide, acoustic, electric guitars) has shared the stage with groups such as Boston and Van Halen. Among his many credits are several major motion pictures. A true veteran in the industry, Dicky Lee has toured extensively and recorded in some of the finest studios in the world.

PHIL (drums, percussion) has done everything from clubs to major label recording to touring. He has been signed to five major labels, signing his first recording contract at age 17; recorded two CDs with the legendary band Mastedon; and worked on movie soundtracks including the 80's classic, St Elmo's Fire. Phil has studied with some of the top drum teachers in the industry and held long-term endorsement deals with drum and stick manufacturers.

SCOTT (vocals, bass, special effects) has shared stage time with such notables as WAR, The Commodores, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Wayne Cochran, and The Diamonds. His early career highlights include RCA recording artist Gypsy, and producing the Breakheart Pass Band. Scott studied music at Moorhead State University, and is a software engineer and a degreed tax accountant. In the late 1990s he combined his knowledge of the music business, computer programming, and accounting, into a software product that has gained worldwide success. He resides in Nevada and is the first called for many of the groups performing on the world famous Las Vegas strip.

STEVE (vocals; banjo; lead, rhythm, acoustic, double-neck, 12-string guitars) credits the inventor of the accordion for his eventual inspiration and desperate need to take up guitar at age 10. His six-string career started with his first public playing and singing performance in sixth grade, pounding out “If I Had a Hammer” for his excited fellow classmates. Born and raised in Downey, California, Steve has performed at numerous coffee houses, concerts, and recording sessions. He has opened for the Little River Band, Dave Mason, Randy Meisner (Eagles), Kenny Rankin, Richie Furay, and 38 Special. He also is an accomplished songwriter.

WADE (vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitars, percussion) has been fascinated with music and singing since childhood. He began performing in school and church choirs, and at the age of 23 his musical career took off as the lead vocalist for the original band Croox. Throughout the '80s and '90s, Wade performed up and down the Pacific Coast opening for such legends as Huey Lewis and the News and WAR. He also performed for many San Francisco Bay-area radio stations.

TICKETS

Tickets to Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles are $20-$50. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2014-2015 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank; Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester; and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles is sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo and Drs. Dawn and Jacques Lipson.

Nazareth College Department of Music presents annual Halloween Spooktacular benefit concert on October 25

Faculty and student ensembles join forces to benefit Pittsford Food Cupboard!

The Nazareth College Department of Music’s 2014-2015 Concert Series continues with its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall. The concert will feature faculty and student performers, multiple readings of spooky short stories, and a performance by a local children’s chorus. In the spirit of Halloween, guests are encouraged to dress in costume and join the musicians for a post-concert reception. In addition, donations will be accepted for the Pittsford Food Cupboard. This event is free and open to the public; families are welcome.

RELATED STORY: The Nazareth College Department of Music will accept donations for the Pittsford Food Cupboard at Halloween Spooktacular. Most-needed items include hearty soups and chowders; canned fruit; canned and shelf-stable milk products; peanut butter; jelly; pasta noodles (not spaghetti); pasta sauces; pancake, cake, and brownie mixes; jello or pudding mixes; tuna; canned chicken; boxed or canned potatoes; baked or refried beans; hot and cold cereals; and macaroni and cheese.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Event organizer Dr. Bonnie Choi, Nazareth College Department of Music, welcomes back the Halloween Spooktacular, an annual charitable event.

“Our students and faculty are excited to collaborate and present a Halloween program, but our main purpose is to collect donations for the Pittsford Food Cupboard,” she explained. “We are planning a fun, family evening and hope that people will come out in support of our neighbors in need.”

The concert will feature faculty and student performances interspersed with spooky short stories read by Nazareth College faculty. The evening will also feature a performance by the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir.

The Halloween Spooktacular program consists of:

  • Toccata in D minor: J.S. Bach (1685-1750); Bruce Frank, organ

  • Finale (allegro di molto) from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847); Genesee Valley Children’s Choir directed by Amy Cochrane; accompanied by Kevin Nitsch, piano

  • Night on Bald Mountain: Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881); Linda Boianova & Kevin Nitsch, piano

  • Morbid Obsession arr. Anastasia Polashenski; Affinity Quartet

  • Der Erlkönig: Franz Schubert (1797-1828); Joe Finetti; Linda Boianova, piano

  • Psycho: Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975); Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra directed by Nancy Strelau

  • Nightmare Fantasy Rag: William Albright (1891-1971); Linda Boianova, piano

In the spirit of Halloween, guests are encouraged to dress in costume and join the musicians for a post-concert reception; the musicians will also perform in costume.

Nazareth College students participating in Halloween Spooktacular are:

  • Affinity Quartet: Brad Steiger (Soprano Saxophone), Savannah Gill (Alto Saxophone), Nick Napoli (Tenor Saxophone), Anastasia Polashenski (Bari Saxophone)

  • Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra Violin I: Alexandra Bruno, Andrea Peters, Tera Catallo, Camen Hunn, Kevin Goddard, Alex Goettel, Ibrahim Stungurys, Katelin Benini, Evie Boughton, Sarah Ramey

  • Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra Viola: Christian Drew, Giovanni Magagnoli, Zac Lijewski, Andrea Peters, Danielle Santoro, Kaysea Scott, Lauren Rye

  • Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra Cello: Alexandra Barna, Jessica Stroupe, Gabrielle Lebihan, Shade Zajac, David Hauck

  • Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra Double Bass: Sean Power, Jacob Brooks, Rachel Heberling

  • Event Planner: Anastasia Polashenski

  • Lights: Camen Hunn

  • Publicity and Marketing: Correna Keatley

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Play features all-student cast and crew; runs October 17-26!

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present William Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the first production of their 2014-2015 Season. The show will run October 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 8 p.m.; and October 19 and 26 at 2 p.m., in the Callahan Theatre at Nazareth College Arts Center.

THE PRODUCTION

The shortest and one of the darkest and most powerful tragedies in William Shakespeare’s canon, “The Scottish Play” is so notorious for the belief that it is cursed that one cannot say its name in a theater space without courting disaster, a superstition in keeping with Macbeth’s backdrop steeped in paganism and prophecy.

Most likely written between 1599 and 1606 and based on Holinshed’s Chronicles (1587)—a history of England, Scotland, and Ireland—Macbeth tells the story of a Scottish general who receives a prophecy from three witches that he will become King of Scotland. Driven by ambition and emboldened by his wife, Macbeth murders the sitting King and takes the throne. A guilty, paranoid, tyrannical ruler, he is forced to commit more murders to elude suspicion. The subsequent bloodbath—and civil war—lead Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into madness and, ultimately, death.

Under the direction of Nazareth College associate professor of Theatre Arts/Acting & History, Matt Ames, the production stays true to the play’s pagan elements, as well as its themes of corruption, deceit, and bloodlust. “Shakespeare's shortest tragedy plays out like a freight train full of blood and lies barreling down the tracks sans brakes to its inevitable, fated conclusion,” Ames said, when asked to describe the production. “The pursuit of power—political, emotional, and physical—can be enough to drive one mad, and Macbeth and his spouse perhaps discover that too late.”

The Macbeth cast consists of Nazareth College students Grant Richards (DUNCAN, Old Siward, Old Man, Murderer, Procession King, Guest); K. Cody Hunt (MALCOLM, Murderer, Procession King); Seth Hatch (Donalbain, Menteth, Doctor, Murderer, Lord, Procession King, Lord/Banquet Guest); Francis V. Grunfeld (Macbeth); Hannah Karpenko (BANQUO, Cathness, Seyton); Shane Heidecker (MACDUFF, Captain, Procession King); Ged Owen (LENNOX, Procession King, Porter); Alexus Maxam-Micciche (ROSS, Young Siward, Procession King, Macbeth's Servant); Jenna Delaney (ANGUS, English Doctor, King, Angus as Banquet Guest); Jessica Pappalardo (LADY MACBETH, Procession King); Kit Prelewitz (FIRST WITCH, Lady Macduff, Kitchen Servant, Servant); Allie Tabor (SECOND WITCH, Servant, Messenger); Rachel Viccaro (THIRD WITCH, Messenger, Kitchen Servant, Attendant); and Meghan Palmer (HECATE, Servant, Kitchen Servant, Gentlewoman). Nazareth College student Katie Sweeney is the production’s stage manager, and student Bella McGrath is on props.

TICKETS

Tickets to Macbeth are $13-$15. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

Nazareth College Art Department Opens Exhibit of Bronze-Cast Sculptures by Ted Aub Friday, October 3

 The Nazareth College Department of Art is pleased to present an exhibit of bronze-cast sculptures by Geneva artist Ted Aub at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery October 3-31, 2014, with an Opening Reception Friday, October 3, from 5-7 p.m.

Perhaps best known for his 800-pound sculpture of Elizabeth Blackwell (1994), the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, the majority of Aub’s work is what the artist describes as irreal, or resembling a dream. “I think of my work as a whimsical but paradoxical marriage of clarity and enigma,” Aub said in a prepared statement. “As in dreams, content seems both rational and irrational. My work often deals with dualities such as these, and the figure holds interest for me, in part, because of the metaphor imbedded in the symmetry that is the natural bifurcation of the body. The implicit line of division is emphasized by way of the mirroring of the body parts and facial features along with the prosthetic treatment of the hairstyles and other external ornamentation. If the sculpture has an air of silliness there is also an undercurrent of seriousness; my hope is that this desired confusion is also compelling.”

A Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor of art and architecture for three decades, Aub has been awarded numerous public commissions in the United States and Korea, and has exhibited extensively, including in six Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibitions at the Memorial Art Gallery; he has been a prize winner in three.

Gallery hours are: Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-8pm. For additional information, visit naz.edu/art/arts-center-gallery or call the automated information line: 585-389-5073.

Nazareth College Arts Center opens season October 2 with acclaimed U-Theatre Taiwan: Sound of the Ocean

Art meets life in a stunning performance that combines martial arts, drumming, and dance!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present U-Theatre Taiwan: Sound of the Ocean, on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. Under the direction of founder/artistic director Ruo-Yu Liu and drumming master/music director Chih-Chun Huang, the company will perform a customized version of Sound of the Ocean, its monumental work that represents the “water of life, which nourishes our souls.”

Ticket holders may attend a pre-performance lecture at 6 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center. Rochester percussionist and Nazareth College Department of Music faculty Kristen Shiner-McGuire will lead this informal overview of drumming history and culture.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“A great and complex beauty to the drumming, sounds and silence…”—The New York Times

“A synthesis of theatre, percussion, martial arts and meditation…”—The Times, London

“A prolonged percussive tone poem…”—Financial Times, London

Founded in 1988 with a focus on Zen in the art of drumming, U-Theatre Taiwan combines martial arts, drumming, and dance in an intense physical and emotional performance that is a stunning blend of both ancient and modern cultures.

Based on Laochuan Mountain an hour outside of Taipei, the company took its name from the Chinese pronunciation of the letter “U,” which is similar to the word meaning “excellence” (and which also meant “performers” in ancient China). Members of the 20-person company maintain a strict daily regimen of gymnastics, martial arts, and percussion training—interspersed with meditation—following the teachings of ancient Zen masters who advised that a true artist must combine “tao” (self improvement) with “skill” (the learning and maturity of one’s art) as the goal of their life and artistic creations. As the company has matured it has focused its training and performances on exploring two primary themes in its work: the search for the meaning of existence and the integration of art into life.

At the Arts Center, U-Theatre will perform a customized version of its monumental piece, Sound of the Ocean, representing the “water of life, which nourishes our souls.” Created by U-Theatre founder/artistic director Ruo-Yu Liu and drumming master/music director Chih-Chun Huang, Sound of the Ocean traces the journey of water from a single drop to a stream to the ocean in five distinct sections, each of which evokes a unique sensation or sound of water beat out on temple bells, gongs, and skinned drums, and accompanied by daring feats of speed and acrobatics. The work earned the troupe the Best Performance Award at the 1998 Festival d'Avignon (France), where it premiered; it has since been performed more than 120 times around the world including the Venice Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Spain’s Millenia Festival, the Sao Paulo Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Bergen International Festival, BITE: 02 at London’s Barbican International Theatre Festival, the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Moscow’s Chekhov International Theatre Festival.

ABOUT RUO-YU LIU

A leading theatrical performer in the early 1980s and a native of Taiwan, Ruo-Yu Liu (founder and artistic director) earned her M.A. in theatre arts from New York University, and was selected for a year-long master class under Polish director Jerzy Grotowski. Her year with Grotowski changed her outlook and approach to life, and clarified her understanding that a piece of theater work was the expression of “an individual’s attitude toward life.” It became her fundamental approach to performance art.

In 1988 Liu founded U-Theatre and introduced (with Mr. Huang since 1993) novel facets of drumming, meditation, and martial arts to create a series of original works integrated with a wide range of elements drawn from music, literature, drama, dance, and ritual. These aesthetic syntheses have not only added another dimension to the Taiwanese expression in modern art, they have also earned U-Theatre much acclaim and many invitations to perform internationally.

In 2008 Liu was awarded the 12th Annual Taiwan National Award for Arts: Best Art Performer.

ABOUT CHIH-CHUN HUANG

Born in Malaysia, Chih-Chun Huang (drumming master/music director) has been a drumming and martial arts practitioner for over 30 years, and is known for his mastery in synthesizing these two disciplines into a new form of performing arts.

After a number of spiritual journeys to India and Tibet—where he discovered an inner sanctuary through meditation and realized the wisdom of living in the present—he started to direct his strengths inward. His keen observations of everyday sounds and ability to transform them have enriched each performance with musical articulation that is both multi-dimensional and imbued with the energy of life.

Mr. Huang joined U-Theatre in 1993 as Drumming Master. His unconventional training regime of “meditation before drumming” has both elevated the disposition of the troupe and laid down a solid foundation for a contemporary artistic expression uniquely characteristic of U-Theatre. Prior to joining U-Theatre, Mr. Huang performed with Taipei Folk Dance Theater and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.

TICKETS

Tickets to U-Theatre Taiwan: Sound of the Ocean are $40-$70. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2014-2015 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank; Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester; and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. U-Theatre’s tour is presented with support from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China.

Nazareth College Department of Music Presents Musical Celebration of the College’s 90th anniversary

Multiple recitals feature original compositions and famous works performed by Nazareth College Department of Music faculty and students!

The Nazareth College Department of Music is pleased to present its 2014-2015 Concert Series. This season is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Nazareth College, and features concerts from trumpeter Paul Smoker; violinist Margaret Leenhouts; cellist Mimi Hwang; pianist Kevin Nitsch; Nazareth College bands conducted by Jared Chase, featuring pianist James Douthit; and many more members of the Department of Music’s talented and acclaimed faculty.

The Nazareth College Department of Music’s 2014-2015 Concert Series is a musical celebration of Nazareth College’s 90th anniversary. The College was founded in 1924. The Department of Music will present a series of concerts featuring music by various composers written in 1924 or centered around the theme opus 90.

All events are free and open to the public.

The celebratory roster includes:

MUSIC OF 1924 & 2014 | Sunday, September 21, 3 p.m. | Wilmot Recital Hall

Featuring: Paul Smoker, trumpet and Ken Filiano, bass

Smoker's description of the recital: "We’re celebrating Nazareth’s 90th birthday by playing some music from 1924 in a new light as well as some new on-the-spot improvisations (2014). Included are George and Ira Gershins’ "Fascinatin’ Rhythm" and "The Man I Love," "Tea for Two," and possibly some others from then, garnished in a new music context."

Smoker's faculty recitals are typically duos and this program with Filiano is no exception. "Ken is currently one of the best bassists/improvisers in music." he says of this year's musical partner. "I’ve done many concerts and recordings with him and he has always been great and spontaneous. I’m fortunate that I was able to get him up here from New York; he’s really in demand."

Transitions 1924: A Birth, A Death, A Premiere | Sunday, October 5, 3 p.m. | Wilmot Recital Hall

Featuring: Margaret Leenhouts, violin; Mimi Hwang, cello; and Kevin Nitsch, piano

1924 Nazareth College’s founding year, saw the birth of Henry Mancini, the loss of Gabriel Fauré and the premiere of Leos Janáček’s string quartet based on Tolstoy’s novella, The Kreutzer Sonata.

Opus 90/1924: An Anniversary Gala | Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. | Wilmot Recital Hall

Featuring: Nazareth College Department of Music Faculty performing Beethoven, Schubert, Poulenc, Nazareth, Schuman, Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Gershwin, and Dvorak.

The Roaring 20’s | Sunday, October 26, 3 p.m. | Wilmot Recital Hall

Featuring:The newly formed Rochester Chamber Winds; Jared Chase, conductor

Works written in 1924 by Goosens and Gal. Hans Gál’s style is rooted in the Austro-German musical tradition, but from the early 1920s he had developed his own musical language. His works combine romantic intensity with emotional restraint, and the chromatic harmonies and extended tonality of the pre-serial early moderns with a Schubert-like love of melody, integrated with a polyphonic texture that derives from his lifelong engagement with the works of J. S. Bach. His output was considerable: over 150 published works in virtually all genres, including, in addition to his four operas, four symphonies, four string quartets, two large-scale cantatas with orchestra, other orchestral works, chamber music and vocal works of various kinds.

Four Somethings | Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. | Linehan Chapel

Featuring: Nazareth College Wind Symphony; Jared Chase, conductor; and James Douthit, piano

A variety of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. This concert features the 90th anniversary of Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" and Krance’s transcription of "Carmina Burana."

Two pieces from David Biedenbender, written for wind symphonies, will be featured in this program: Stomp and Luminescence. According to the composer’s website, “The title, Stomp, refers to a heavy, syncopated dance with some serious attitude—picture a Saturday night jam session—in a barn—featuring a crazed country fiddle band and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers.” Also from Biendenbender’s website, “Luminescence is based on fragments from the melody "Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist" ("Rouse thyself, my weak spirit"), which was written by Johann Schop and subsequently harmonized in several settings by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is most commonly known as the Christian hymn, "Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light." It may enrich the overall musical experience, both for the ensemble and for the audience, to hear the original chorale before the piece is played.”

Nazareth College Art Department Hosting Two Exhibit Opening Receptions Friday, September 5

The Nazareth College Art Department is pleased to open two new exhibits.

 The Nazareth College 2014 Art Faculty Exhibit, on display at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery August 22-September 20, 2014, with an opening reception Friday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m., features ceramics, illustrations, metalwork, paintings, photos, prints, and sculpture by the department’s faculty. The faculty exhibit is an annual event that helps support the Arts Center Gallery’s educational mission. Gallery hours are: Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-8pm.

 GALAPAGOS: Paintings by Michael Bogin features colorful “modernist-abstraction” paintings from the artist’s Galapagos Series—which he has been working on for 12 years—in Nazareth College’s Colacino Gallery September 5-October 18, 2014, with an opening reception Friday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m. A professor of art and architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Bogin has previously been on display in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery, as well as in numerous exhibitions. Gallery hours are: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts Welcomes Corinne Aquilina as Visiting Lecturer and Musical Director

 The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Corinne Aquilina as visiting lecturer and musical director. A graduate of the College’s Department of Music, Aquilina has been resident musical director at Merry Go Round Theater in Auburn, N.Y. since 2000, and has taught at SUNY Cortland in its musical theatre B.F.A. program since 2007.

“Corinne’s wealth of experience as a music director, arranger, and performer on and off Broadway and regionally make her the ideal person to lead our growing musical theatre B.F.A. program,” said Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts chair Yuanting Zhao. “I am pleased to have Corinne share her talents and expertise with our students!”

Aquilina has played keyboard in the pit orchestra for the Broadway production Boy from Oz; worked off-Broadway as arranger/musical director for Menopause The Musical; toured nationally with Annie, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Five Guys Named Moe; and worked regionally at Arkansas Repertory Theater, Geva Theatre Center, and Syracuse Stage. Her original works include lyricist/composer for Treasure Island, which premiered at Arkansas Repertory Theater; The Littlest Witch, licensed by Steele Springs Theatrical (www.stagerights.com); and Pump N Go, which will soon be in workshop at Florida Studio Theatre.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Nazareth Theatre Arts faculty and to work with these talented music theatre students,” Aquilina said. “I’m particularly passionate about exposing students to the literary, technical, and business aspects of musical theatre, and helping them hone their skills and launch their careers!”

Aquilina earned her B.S. in music education from the Nazareth College Department of Music in 1972, did graduate work at the Eastman School of Music, and studied further at Carnegie Hall Studios. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild; the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802.

Nazareth College Arts Center announces its 2014-2015 season; tickets on sale May 15, 2014

Highlights of the 48th season include world-class dance, music, musical theatre, special events, family entertainment, and authentic international performances!

The Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present its 2014-2015 Season, which will include exciting work from the Arts Center’s local partners—Rochester City Ballet and Rochester’s own internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance—as well as a mix of visiting artists presenting world-class dance, international entertainment, family programming, music, musical theatre, and special events.

“We have a dynamic 2014-2015 roster,” says Susan Chekow Lusignan, director, Nazareth College Arts Center. “The new season offers high quality performances, our signature blend of genres, new programming concepts, multi-cultural events, a variety of pre-performance activities, and accessible pricing.”

The Nazareth College Arts Center has been Rochester's premier mid-sized performing arts venue since 1967, and also encompasses Nazareth College’s Art, Music, and Theatre Arts departments.

Discounted, subscription series tickets (for patrons selecting 5 or more shows) and full-price, single tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, May 15, 2014 via the Box Office, 585-389-2170, or online at 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 through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

Subscription prices for family shows begin at only $12; subscription prices for all other events begin at $28.

THE NAZARETH COLLEGE ARTS CENTER’s 2014-2015 SEASON

U-Theatre Taiwan: Sound of the Ocean

Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.

Pre-performance lecture: 6 p.m.

Founded in 1988 with a focus on Zen in the art of drumming, this extraordinary group from Taiwan combines martial arts, drumming, and dance in a stunning blend of ancient and modern cultures. The company explores two primary themes in its work: the search for the meaning of existence and the integration of art into life. U-Theatre Taiwan will perform a customized version of Sound of the Ocean, a monumental piece that represents the “water of life, which nourishes our souls.”

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles

Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m.

Founded 30 years ago following the breakup of the Eagles, Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles is the only show that is officially authorized to perform the music of the original super group. Comprised of five musicians with extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California faithfully reproduces the sound of the Eagles’ studio recordings, and delivers a performance that transcends the boundaries of rock, R&B, and country. With timeless mega-hits like “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” “One of These Nights,” and, of course, “Hotel California”— plus solo works by Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh—an evening with Hotel California brings back the memories and sounds that defined a generation.

Sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo, Drs. Dawn and Jacques Lipson

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.

Pre-performance activity (make your own musical instrument): 1 p.m.*

Suggested for children of all ages and their families; 60 minutes with no intermission

Winner of a Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band was also named Best New Children’s Artist by USA Today and Best Kids Band by CBS-TV. People Magazine named their CD A Potluck the “#1 Cool Kid’s Album of the year” and Coca-Cola chose their song “Falling” for the company’s national summer campaign. The group—starring lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis—combines clever lyrics with irresistibly fresh pop beats to create a catchy indie-music sound, and the songs on their five acclaimed and award-winning recordings explore the wonder and joy of childhood.

Sponsored by Barbara and John Lovenheim

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Cirque Peking

Sunday, November 16, 7 p.m.

Pre-performance lecture: 6 p.m.

Direct from Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China. The company is known worldwide for its unique and spectacular stunts that seem to defy human anatomy, physics, and gravity. Since the company’s inception in 1951, more than 200 of its artists have won gold and silver medals at national and international competitions. Audiences will be astounded by this new production.

Sponsored by Josephine M. Perini

Garth Fagan Dance

Wednesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 4, 8 p.m.

Friday, December 5, 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 6, 2 and 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Join internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance in its 44th season with two premieres by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell. “Mr. Pennewell’s dance, like the best of Mr. Fagan’s, is evidence of spiritual strength” (New York Times). Garth Fagan, recently selected as a Bill McCreary Living Legend by the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, will bring his “…astonishing…”(New York Times) company of dancers to the Nazareth College Arts Center for seven performances of premieres and revivals. Discover how “Fagan’s variations ... are gratifyingly inventive.... Divergent tempos and temperaments seized the stage at once: worlds beside worlds” (Financial Times).

Doug & Gary’s 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m.

Pre-performance activity (pirate party): 1 p.m.*

Suggested for children of all ages and their families; 60 minutes with no intermission

Ahoy, mateys! Join award-winning home-town kid-rockers Doug & Gary, the Happy Pirates, as they reunite for one day only to celebrate 25 years of performing! During the early ‘90s, Doug & Gary became household names among the 10-and-under set after performing hundreds of shows every year to thousands of “happy pirates” across the country, including two stops at the White House. Video clips from their critically acclaimed 1991 video The Adventures of Doug & Gary: The Happy Pirates (filmed at the Nazareth College Arts Center) aired regularly on Nickelodeon. The following year, Billboard magazine named the duo among the country’s top 10 children’s entertainers. Doug & Gary are sure to get your entire family singing, dancing, and laughing with their Parents’ Choice Award-winning classics like “Popcorn,” “Surfin’,” and their signature anthem, “I’m a Happy pirate.”

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

The Capitol Steps

Wednesday, December 31, 6:30 and 10 p.m.

Live jazz prior to both performances and during intermission by the Steve Greene Quartet featuring vocalist Maggie Mullen

Patrons attending the 10 p.m. performance will ring in the New Year in the theater

The Capitol Steps will return to the Arts Center for their traditional New Year’s Eve show of hilarious, politically based satire. Irreverent, unique, and adamantly bi-partisan, The Capitol Steps always provide fresh material that references current headlines. They have recorded more than 30 albums, including their latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying!, have been featured numerous times on primetime TV, and can be heard nationwide four times a year on their popular National Public Radio “Politics Takes a Holiday” specials. Don’t miss this New Year’s Eve celebration.

Sponsored by Margaret R. Colacino

Theatreworks USA: Skippyjon Jones

Saturday, January 17, 12 and 2 p.m.

Pre-performance activity (make your own animal mask): 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.*

Suggested for children ages 4+ and their families; 60 minutes with no intermission

Based on the wildly popular book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your imagination and following your dreams. The popular title was selected for a special Read Aloud Award by the Association of Booksellers for Children and was named among the Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children by the National Education Association. Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional, not-for-profit theater for family audiences, as well as one of the most honored theater companies of its kind.

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

Atlantic Theatre Company: Ivy + Bean: The Musical

Saturday, February 7, 12 and 2 p.m.

Pre-performance activity (make your own friendship bracelet): 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.*

Suggested for children ages 6+ and their families; 60 minutes with no intermission

Produced by Maximum Entertainment and the Tony Award-winning Atlantic Theatre Company, Ivy + Bean: The Musical is based on the New York Times best-selling children’s books by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackhall. The popular series explores the unexpected friendship between two very different second graders—the wild and goofy Bean and the quiet, contemplative Ivy. The original book was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book; Editor’s Choice, Best Books by Booklist; and the Best Children’s Books/Best Early Chapter Books by Kirkus Reviews. The latest title in the series ranked #3 on Amazon’s Best Books of 2013 list for ages 6–8.

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater

Saturday, February 14, 8 p.m.

Pre-performance lecture: 7 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special performance by a company from one of the most famous entertainment meccas in the world! Las Vegas’s first professional, non-profit, contemporary dance company, the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT) is best known for its extensive repertoire of neo-classical and modern ballets, its modern and highly athletic approach to movement, its unique showmanship, and its diverse styles. LVCDT’s versatile company members have danced for Cirque Du Soleil in Vegas as well as on So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars.

Swingtime! featuring The Jive Aces and The Tinseltown Jitterbugs

Saturday, February 21, 8 p.m.

Pre-performance activity (swing dance lesson): 7 p.m.*

Direct from London, Swingtime! features internationally acclaimed recording artists the Jive Aces—winners of BBC TV’s Opportunity Knocks and semi-finalists on Britain’s Got Talent—along with special guests, the Tinseltown Jitterbugs, who will bring six swing dancers to the stage. Renowned for their superior musicianship, high energy, original songs, and fresh arrangements of swing/jive/R&B classics by greats such as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., the Jive Aces will rock the house!

Sponsored by an anonymous donor

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Evita

Sunday, March 1, 7 p.m.

Pre-performance lecture: 6 p.m.

Pre-performance activity (tango lesson): 5 p.m.*

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East for presenting the most authentic and uncompromising examples of tango. The company’s all-new production, Song of Evita, was inspired by Eva Perón, the most important woman in Argentinian history. Song of Evita portrays Perón’s life using music and dance, from her humble beginnings to her prominent role as Argentina’s captivating First Lady.

Sponsored by Diana and Tom Kelly

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

Jessica Lang Dance

Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m.

Pre-performance lecture: 7 p.m.

Hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, Jessica Lang has created more than 80 works for some of the most notable companies in the United States and abroad, including a new work recently commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Lang seamlessly blends striking design elements and reinterpreted classical ballet language to create artfully crafted, emotionally engaging, contemporary works. Her company, Jessica Lang Dance, premiered to sold-out houses at Jacob’s Pillow.

Sponsored by Susan and Steven Eisinger, Helga and Paul Morgan

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m.

Hailed as “International Magicians of the Year,” as well as “Performing Arts Entertainers of the year” (six times), the Spencers have entertained audiences worldwide and remain one of the most sought-after illusion teams in the country. “Hip 21st-century entertainers” (The Dallas Morning News), their mesmerizing show boasts one of the most state-of-the-art illusion rigs in the business. Modern magic is about drama, danger, and personality, and the Spencers won’t disappoint! “The Spencers put on a show that’s equal parts Broadway production and rock concert” (Dayton [Ohio] Daily News).

Sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo, the Nazareth College Campus Activities Board, Nancy and Larry Peckham

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure

Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Pre-performance activity (dinosaur crafts): 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.*

Suggested for children ages 3+ and their families; 75 minutes including intermission

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure brings the beloved stars of the hit PBS series to the stage for the first time. This exciting original musical story features lush projected backgrounds, magical special effects that fill the theater, a full- sized replica of the Dinosaur Train, unique hybrid puppeteered characters, and an engaging live host. Through interactivity, music, and laughter, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure will have kids up and dancing in the aisles.

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

Rochester City Ballet: Peter and the Wolf

Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m.

Pre-performance activities in the lobby (ballet demonstration, coloring, crafts, and face painting): 1 p.m.*

Cast meet-and-greet after each performance Suggested for children of all ages and their families;

50 minutes with no intermission

“Boys like me aren’t afraid of wolves!” Against his grandfather’s wishes, brave peter sets out to capture a wolf. Along the way he encounters some animal friends and becomes the hero of his village. Based on the popular Russian folktale and set to Prokofiev’s world-famous score, this captivating ballet performed by the Rochester City Ballet will delight audiences of all ages, who will enjoy familiar music, vibrant costumes, and beautiful choreography.

*The pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; however pre-registration is required. Contact the Box Office to register, 585-389-2170.

ARTS CENTER TICKETS

Discounted, subscription series tickets (for patrons selecting 5 or more shows) and full-price, single tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, May 15, 2014 via the Box Office, 585-389-2170, or online at 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.

ARTS CENTER SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscribe to five or more different shows as part of the 2014-2015 Arts Center season and receive exclusive benefits:

  • 20% off single ticket prices for all Arts Center shows presented as part of the 2014–2015 season.

  • The best seats—subscribers have the first opportunity to renew for the following season.

  • Half-price tickets to Department of Theatre Arts performances.

  • The courtesy of ticket exchanges prior to curtain time.

  • One complimentary beverage coupon for each subscription purchased by July 15, 2014.

Please Note: Ticket orders will be filled in the order in which they are received. All Subscription Series events are reserved seating. All sales are final. No refunds (subscribers may exchange).

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2014-2015 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank; Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester; and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

2013-2014 PRESS RELEASES

“What is Dance?” Nazareth College Arts Center’s Dance Festival returns May 3-4, 2014

Re-imagined event features aerial artists, dancers with wheelchairs or developmental disabilities, and more; plus ever-popular Dancing on the Grass and master classes!

After a one-year hiatus, the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival returns on May 3-4, 2014. Now scheduled during the academic year to better serve Nazareth students and support the Department of Theatre Arts’ growing dance program, Dance Festival retains some of its most successful elements, including discussions with choreographers and dancers, master classes, and the popular “Dancing on the Grass.”

The Arts Center is pleased to present Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding) featuring Cordis Quartet with LehrerDance as the Festival’s headliner on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. LehrerDance last appeared at the Arts Center during the 2012 Dance Festival. Members of the company will lead a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

This year’s Dance Festival will also feature two Rochester troupes dedicated to improving the lives of its participants through dance:

Borinquen Dance Theatre will perform on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m.) on the lawn in front of the Golisano Academic Center at Nazareth College for the “Dancing on the Grass” event. This event is free and open to the public.

Heart of Dance, will perform on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. All ticket sales from this performance will benefit Heart of Dance. Members of the company will offer a master class on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in the Masters Family Community Theater (room A13), located in the lower level of the Arts Center. Space is limited and pre-registration is required through the Box Office; 585-389-2170. Company members will also lead a pre-performance lecture at 6 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

ABOUT KALEIDESCOPIKA (THE ART OF UNFOLDING)

LehrerDance returns to Rochester with the critically acclaimed Cordis Quartet and The Muse to present the dazzling sensory extravaganza, Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding). The electrifying new program combines the most thrilling elements in contemporary performing arts—athletic yet theatrical contemporary dance; cirque-type acrobatics and aerial artistry; an emotional, hypnotic, textural musical score; and a vivid, multimedia backdrop—to create a breathtaking performance with a whimsical, fairy tale aura.

Kaleidescopika features Cordis Quartet’s exhilarating music, performed live onstage amongst the dancers and aerialists. This innovative ensemble redefines contemporary chamber music by using a combination of traditional ethnic and custom-made instruments – including its one-of-a-kind electric mbira and cylinder-driven music box ¬– to create a signature sound that Billboard Magazine describes as “sparkling moments that defy classification.”

Buffalo-based LehrerDance delivers an athletically inspired performance that is influenced by both modern and jazz dance. Dance Magazine described the critically acclaimed company as: “LehrerDance took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer's strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles.”

Brooklyn-based aerial artists and circus instructors, The Muse, overlay the multi-media backdrop with Euro-whimsical and sensual cirque, which adds the finishing touches to this spectacle.

ABOUT HEART OF DANCE

Nazareth College Arts Center is delighted to welcome long-time community partner, Heart of Dance, for a unique performance that explores the question, “What is Dance?” The theme for the company’s performance is “possibilities,” in honor of Heritage Christian Services’s – where many of its dancers work and live – 30th anniversary.

Inspired by one woman with multiple physical challenges who signed the word “dance,” Heart of Dance grew into an integrated company of dancers with differing abilities ¬– including trained dancers, individuals with wheelchairs or developmental disabilities, and guest performers from throughout the Rochester area. Over the past seven years, Heart of Dance has moved audiences throughout Rochester and in Ireland. Nazareth College is excited to open its Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute in 2015, and thrilled to shine a spotlight on this company that does so much to promote wellness.

“Heart of Dance moved us to joy, to tears and joy again. I felt like I was part of the performance and it made for an incredible evening. We were together celebrating dance. I was inspired and energized.” – audience member

ABOUT BORINQUEN DANCE THEATRE

Founded in 1981, Borinquen Dance Theatre helps at-risk area youth build the desire to succeed through the discipline of dance. Borinquen provides its dancers with cultural opportunities that broaden their educational, artistic, and personal horizons, and positions them for success by fostering a dedicated work ethic and sense of discipline as they master difficult dance movements. Students express confidence and pride in their accomplishments through the performance of Puerto Rican folkloric and Latin contemporary dance, while also learning the skills necessary to succeed in school and make good decisions about health, wellness, and relationships.

Borinquen Dance has delighted audiences at festivals and on stages throughout the United States and Canada, including such venues as the International Hispanic World’s Fair.

TICKETS

The “Dancing on the Grass” performance by Borinquen Dance Theatre is free and open to the public.

Reserved seats to Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding) are $15, $25, and $40.

General admission tickets to Heart of Dance are $10 (all ticket sales benefit Heart of Dance).

For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

To register for the Heart of Dance master class, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding) is sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo and Glenna and Norman Spindelman.

Nazareth College Department of Art announces Undergraduate Award winners

Awards given in conjunction with annual Undergraduate Student Art Show!

The Nazareth College Department of Art has announced the winners of its Undergraduate Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. The awards are given in conjunction with the department’s annual Undergraduate Student Art Show.

RELATED STORY: The Nazareth College Department of Art’s annual Undergraduate Student Art Show is on display in the Arts Center Gallery March 28-April 18, 2014. The gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.

ABOUT THE AWARD WINNERS

The Nazareth College Department of Art has announced the winners of its Undergraduate Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations to all the winners:

  • Alana Page, “Balance Chimera,” ANNETTE VERNA CERAMICS AWARD
  • Danielle Brown, “Study of a Woman,” BEST DRAWING & FIGURE DRAWING AWARD
  • Wenjia Wang, “Crystal Hair Pin,” OUTSTANDING METAL & SCULPTURE AWARD
  • Claire Malboeuf, “Miley Cyrus,” OUTSTANDING ILLUSTRATION AWARD
  • Ashley Chambers, “Burton’s Green Mountain,” OUTSTANDING TYPOGRAPHY AWARD
  • Ashley Neal, “Carbon Foot Print,” OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARD
  • Rebecca Sadler, “The Monster Upstairs,” OUTSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
  • Clare Beaulieu, “Self Portrait on a Map,” MARION & ROBERT TUCKER PRINTMAKING AWARD
  • Casey Cardillo, “Self Portrait,” ALUMNI RELATIONS PAINTING AWARD
  • Dounia Ismail, “Popcorn Eating,” OUTSTANDING NEW MEDIA AWARD
  • Maureen Lebrecht, “Untitled (child),” SHELLY SWICEGOOD AWARD & JUROR’S AWARD
  • Wenjia Wang, “Body of Work,” BEST OF SHOW - SR. MAGDALEN AWARD
  • Wenjia Wang, “Dorm Day,” ART THERAPY AWARD
  • Christina Lundberg, “Untitled, vessel, copper and clay;” Randi Thomas, “Infographic of a pizza;” Sam DiStefano, “Antichrist, Saul Bass;” PRESIDENT BRAVEMAN AWARDS
  • Victoria Burchill, “Morality Tics,” NYSATA REGION 2 AWARD
  • Haley Annal, “Still Life,” NYSATA REGION 2 MENTION OF HONOR
  • Cailin Huggins, “Tea Pot #6;” Christina Lundberg, “Untitled, vessel, metal and stone;” Claire Malboeuef, “Defining Type;” Nicole Napodano, “Woman as Still Life,” and “Birra Liberta;” Patrick McIntosh, “Puss in Boots, A Russian Fairy Tale;” Wenjia Wang, “The Old House;” COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEAN DEBORAH DOOLEY PURCHASE AWARDS
  • Abbey Brothers, “Pieces;” Taylor Pagano, “The American Gentleman;” Christina Lundberg, “Untitled (angel’s wings); Wenjia Wang, “The Old House;” OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS DR. SARA VARHUS PURCHASE AWARDS
  • Clare Beaulieu “Indigenous People;” Justin McKeever, “Wilted Leather;” WILMOT LIBRARY PURCHASE AWARDS
  • Clare Beaulieu, “Self Portrait on a Map” and “Indigenous People;” Victoria VerSchneider, “Self-Portrait in Type;” Patrick McIntosh, “Blackmoor Font;” STUDENT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE PURCHASE AWARDS
  • Ariel Pirwitz, Art Education Student of the Year
  • Melanie West, Studio Art Student of the Year
  • Emily Cornish, Art History Student of the Year
  • Elizabeth Bondor, Visual Communication Design Student of the Year
  • Melanie West, Show Lead Student Organizer
  • Victoria VerSchneieder, “Coke can design: Olympics;” Ashley Neal, “Coca Cola package design” and “Carbon Footprint Infographic;” Mary Bonomo, “Coca Cola + Adopt the Arts;” Tyler Carr, “Adirondack’s High Peaks;” Nick Prytyskach, “Light Photography;” Alyssa Cullen, “Ewok Village”

ABOUT THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ART SHOW

The Nazareth College Department of Art’s annual Undergraduate Student Art Show, featuring the work of nearly 60 students, is on display in the Arts Center Gallery March 28-April 18, 2014. Collectively, the more than 150 pieces on display represent a variety of styles and media, including aquatints, ceramics, etchings, illustrations, metals, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture, and more. Some pieces are available for purchase.

The show will also utilize the New Media exhibit space within the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery. New Media exhibit spaces furnished with special equipment provide artists with new ways to create and share work. Nazareth College’s space is the region’s first academic New Media gallery.

The students on display in the Nazareth College Department of Art’s Undergraduate Student Art Show are: Haley Annal, Hannah Barrett, Clare Beaulieu, Chad Bockes, Elizabeth Bondor, Mary Bonomo, Dina Brockmann, Abbey Brothers, Danielle Brown, Victoria Burchill, Casey Cardillo, Tyler Carr, Ashley Chambers, Emily Christy, Alice Couderc, Alyssa Cullen, Sam DiStefano, Brittany Friedrich, Claire Gleason, Jeffrey Green, Katherine Himics, Kyrra Howard, Cailin Huggins, Kate Hurley, Jessica Joyce, Madalyn LaCava, Maureen Lebrecht, Christina Lundberg, Taylar Main, Claire Malboeuf, Patrick McIntosh, Justin McKeever, Desiree Moore, Nicole Napodano, Ashley Neal, Hoa Nguyen, Kayleigh Olive, Alana Page, Elizabeth Pawley, Taylor Pagano, Ariel Pirwitz, Maria Posato, Nick Prytyskach, Carlye Rizzo, Amanda Riekstins, Rebecca Sadler, Jessica Santilli, Carolyn Schneider, Victoria Shorey, Carley Stokes, Randi Thomas, Victoria VerSchneider, Megan Wade, Wenjia Wang, Melanie West, Kip Williams, Amanda Wilmier, Rachel Wittels, and Hannah Wright.

Jim Witter and his live band bring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel to Nazareth College Arts Center on Friday, April 25

Multimedia concert celebrates the music and events of a generation!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Jim Witter’s Piano Men (A Musical Journey Through the ’70s Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel) on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. Piano Men is a feel-good, multimedia evening featuring a live band and hits by two of the world’s most popular contemporary songwriters, alongside the memorable headlines, people, and events that shaped a decade!

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Jim Witter’s Piano Men (A Musical Journey Through the ’70s Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel) salutes two of the world’s most popular contemporary songwriters—Elton John and Billy Joel. This multimedia concert also brings back the memorable headlines, automobiles, people, events, toys, and TV shows that shaped a decade.

Led by singer/songwriter and Dove and Juno Award nominee Jim Witter and his live band, Piano Men is a year-by-year hit parade that delights both those who lived through the 70s and fans of the decade and its music. Performed in front of a multimedia backdrop, the show has audiences remembering where they were when Neil Armstrong took one giant step onto the moon; reliving platform shoes and paisley polyester; and longing for their Easy-Bake Ovens and Mood Rings, all while singing along to hit tunes like “Your Song,” “My Life,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Just the Way You Are.”

Witter and his band have performed Piano Men to rave reviews from critics throughout the United States and Canada. The show has also traveled overseas to Dubai, England, and Scotland, and will be making its premiere this fall in Holland.

Witter’s website describes the performance as “a musical tapestry featuring the most-loved hits of Billy Joel and Elton John. Piano Men gives us the rare opportunity to put our cares aside and to view the world once again through the eyes of our youth. You’ll laugh. You’ll cheer. You’ll sing out loud. And when you leave, you may just find a new spring in your step as you find yourself using old phrases again like ‘far out!’ or ‘sit on it!’"

ABOUT JIM WITTER

Jim Witter has been entertaining throughout the United States and Canada for more than 20 years, performing country, contemporary Christian, and the music of Billy Joel and Elton John.

As a child, Witter’s mother would play the piano with him belting out everything from The Beatles to Broadway musicals. As a young man, Witter played in clubs and bars around Southern Ontario. He met his wife Rebecca in 1985 and together they worked to promote Witter’s music. In 1990, one of his demos came to the attention of a Sony Music Canada executive. A record deal with a small independent label in Canada soon gave way to a multi-record deal with Curb Records of Nashville, home of Tim McGraw, Leanne Rimes, and Wynonna Judd. Witter has since recorded numerous records, had 10 top-10 radio hits in Canada, seven hit videos on Country Music Television, and impressive Billboard chart action in the U.S.

Witter’s music and songwriting have earned him multiple awards and nominations from the Canadian Country Music Association, the Juno Awards, and most recently the Dove Awards in Nashville, where Witter’s album Forgiveness was nominated for Inspirational Album of the year.

TICKETS

Tickets to Jim Witter’s Piano Men (A Musical Journey Through the ’70s Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel) are $30, $45, and $60. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. The performance by Jim Witter is sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present Chekhov's last full-length play, The Cherry Orchard

Play stars an all-student cast and crew, and runs April 11-19!

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present The Cherry Orchard, the fourth and final production of their 2013-2014 season. The show will run April 11, 12, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m.; and April 13 and 19 at 2 p.m., in Callahan Theatre at the Nazareth College Arts Center.

RELATED STORY: The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts has designated its 2013-2104 season a Green Season. Throughout the year, faculty and student designers and crews will use recycled and reclaimed materials as they produce sets for their four productions, which include Urinetown the Musical, An Evening of David Ives, Quilters, and The Cherry Orchard.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Written by the accomplished playwright Anton Chekhov, and later adapted by writer David Mamet, The Cherry Orchard presents a tragic story of a fading way of life, conflicting ideologies, love, and new beginnings. Chekhov’s last full-length play has enjoyed success in several countries since the day it was first performed in 1904. Although the play has commonly been produced as a tragedy, The Cherry Orchard was originally intended by Chekhov as a comedy, and that aspect has stuck with the play throughout its many productions. The show is a guaranteed thrill for theater-goers of all kinds.

"I've wanted to direct this play for a long time," says Patti Lewis Brown, Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts lecturer and the production's director. "I am so excited to bring it to the stage and to be working with this very talented student cast and crew!"

The Cherry Orchard is a deeply human comic elegy to a vanishing way of life. As the 19th century ends, a Russian aristocrat returns home to find the family estate in mortgage default. Neither she nor her brother seems capable of dealing with this devastating loss, and it is left to a former serf and family retainer to take action. Tragedy mingles with farce as they all try to fathom a world on the brink of upheaval.

The Cherry Orchard cast and production design teams consist of Nazareth College students: Matthew Allen (West Winfield, New York); Matt Combs (Marion, New York); Henry DuRocher (East Rochester, New York); Francis Grunfeld (Worcester, New York); Seth Hatch (Franklinville, New York); Hannah Karpenko (Rochester New York); Dimitar Kominovski (Webster, N.Y.); Chris Mauro (Webster, New York); Bella McGrath (Corning, New York); Ged Owen (Bartlett, New Hampshire); Meghan Palmer (Phoenix, New York); Jessica Pappalardo (Bartlett, New Hampshire); Rachel Viccaro (Middlefield, Connecticut); Kayleigh Yancey (Mechanicsville, Maryland); and Molly the dog (Worcester, New Work).

TICKETS

Tickets to The Cherry Orchard are $13-$15. 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

Japanese Taiko drummers, TAO, return to the Nazareth College Arts Center with an explosive new production Sunday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet authentic Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in a spectacle that is best enjoyed live!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present TAO: The Art of the Drum on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The internationally renowned Taiko drummers with massive appeal – whose 2012 Arts Center performance received standing ovations and rave reviews – have created a new spectacle for 2014 entitled Phoenix Rising.

Ticket holders may participate in a pre-performance drum lesson at 6 p.m. The pre-performance activity is free; however, pre-registration through the Box Office is required (585-389-2170).

“Powerful, dynamic and unique” —Time Out

“Extraordinarily talented...incomparable muscular zeal” —Chicago Tribune

THE PERFORMANCE

TAO: The Art of the Drum (also called Drum TAO) – the passionate young drum and dance ensemble that has wowed more than 6 million spectators worldwide – was formed in 1993 to share a vibrantly modern take on an authentic, traditional art form. Made up of performers who are both highly trained athletes and highly expressive artists – some have trained as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers – TAO combines athletic bodies and exquisite costumes with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography to create a spectacle of extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. As the musicians strike their massive drums and take command of the stage, critics and audiences alike marvel at their breathtaking performance; this is a show that is best enjoyed live!

Their goal of entertaining the world has taken these elite drummers to more than 500 cities in over 20 countries for performances that have included the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where TAO made its world debut in 2004 with a record-breaking 25 sold-out shows!); the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (50 sold-out shows!); and the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in Japan; as well as to concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and Israel, among others. The ensemble’s performance at Nazareth College Arts Center is part of its third, wildly popular North American tour.

The stars of TAO are an elite group of performers who live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan and reach the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study. In 2012, they began collaborating with fashion designer Junko Koshino who, in addition to couture, corporate, and sports apparel, is renowned for designing costumes for operas including Madame Butterfly and The Magic Flute, as well as the Broadway musical, Pacific Overtures.

TICKETS

Tickets to TAO: The Art of the Drum are $40, $55, and $70. Ticket holders may participate in a pre-performance drum lesson at 6 p.m.; pre-registration is required. For tickets and pre-performance activity registration, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. The performance by TAO: The Art of the Drum is sponsored by Josephine M. Perini.

Nazareth College Department of Music presents Solo Cello from Bach to Zajac, featuring Mimi Hwang performing a world premiere

Collaboration between professor and student results in a new work for solo cello!

The Nazareth College Department of Music is pleased to present Solo Cello from Bach to Zajac, featuring Mimi Hwang, as part of its 2013-2014 Faculty Recital Series, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 21, in the Wilmot Recital Hall. The performance will feature works for unaccompanied cello including the premiere of Three Colors for Solo Cello by Nazareth College student composer, Shade Zajac. This event is free and open to the public.

The Solo Cello from Bach to Zajac program will consist of:

  • Suite No. 6 by J. S. Bach

  • Suite for Solo Cello by the Spanish cellist and composer, Gaspar Cassado

  • Three Colors for Solo Cello by Shade Zajac (world premiere)

“Bach wrote six suites for solo cello, which are staples in the cello repertoire,” says Hwang of the first piece on her program. “The sixth suite was originally written for the cello piccolo, a five-stringed instrument. It is especially difficult on a standard four-stringed cello, which is missing the highest string. I chose this suite because it tends to not be performed as much as the others. I also love the joy and exuberance in this D major suite.”

Zajac – who composed the world premiere Hwang will perform at the end of the evening – is a Nazareth College cello performance major from Ithaca, has studied cello with Hwang for 2-1/2 years, and is one of the winners of the 2013-14 Concerto/Aria Competition.

“Shade is a terrific cellist and is eager to learn all there is to know about music,” Hwang enthuses. “I enjoyed hearing some of his other pieces and commissioned him to write this work. Cellists know best how to write for the instrument, and I was curious to see what he would write for me."

Offers Zajac, “When Mimi approached me to write a piece for her solo cello recital, many ideas went through my mind. I knew I wanted to do something different to add diversity to her program and really highlight her beautiful playing. There are several influences in my usual writing, but I took a different approach when composing this piece. I decided to pick a subject that would be ambiguous; I wanted each person who would be involved in the piece (composer, performer, and listener), to have a unique experience. There are three movements in the piece, which are simply put as Color 1 Color 2 and Color 3. I did this instead of labeling each movement with the color that comes to my mind so that those involved would not be influenced by my views. I hope that the listeners will be able to enjoy my work, and the wonderful artistry Mimi will bring to this piece in her own way.”

ABOUT MIMI HWANG

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, cellist Margery (Mimi) Hwang was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, first-prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and top prize winner of the Evian International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Casals Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet held the position of Wardwell Fellows at the Yale School of Music and was Quartet-in-Residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, where Hwang was on the faculty of the Department of Music. She has recorded for Verdi Records. She has also performed with the Tokyo, Ying, Colorado, and Ciompi Quartets, as well as Raphael Hillyer, Laurence Lesser, and Michael Tree. She was a member of the Peabody Trio, winners of the Naumberg Chamber Music Award. As a soloist, Hwang has performed with the Beijing Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She received her master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a bachelor’s degree with distinction at the New England Conservatory of Music, and studied with Bonnie Hampton, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, and Eleonore Schoenfeld. She was a founding member of the Cello Divas and Quartos and has appeared in the Aspen, Banff, Norfolk, Roycroft, Skaneateles, and Yellow Barn festivals.

Hwang is currently a lecturer in Music at Nazareth College, an assistant professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, and a founding member and cellist of the Amenda Quartet. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival’s Young Artists Program, a three-week summer chamber music program for talented high school student, held in Putney, Vermont. Ms. Hwang serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, where she chairs the Program-Distributions Committee. She also serves as a Trustee of the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester and lives in Brighton with her two daughters.

Award-winning dance collective and Rochester favorite, Pilobolus, returns to Nazareth College Arts Center on Saturday March 8

From music videos to car commercials to awards shows, Pilobolus has wowed audiences around the world for more than 40 years, including sold-out shows in Rochester!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Pilobolus – the award-winning, non-traditional performance collective famous for contortions that verge on gymnastics and taking movement to the extreme – on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The company’s previous shows at the Arts Center have sold out.

Members of the company will lead a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“It’s as if we’re being given a fleeting glimpse of the inner workings of the universe.” The New York Times

“Pilobolus is a mind-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers who leap, fly, intertwine and break all the rules… Audiences should expect the unexpected with Pilobolus.” NYC Newsday

Audiences around the world have enjoyed not only Pilobolus’s stage performances – which include inventive choreography that seemingly defies gravity and contortions that verge on gymnastics as the dancers build structures out of their bodies – but also their wildly popular car commercials, and their signature shadow play that captivated millions of television viewers during the 2007 Oscars presentation and in promotional spots for the United States Olympic Committee and the National Football League. Dance aficionados will also know Pilobolus as being the first collective to receive the prestigious Dance Magazine Award, which recognizes artists who have made lasting contributions to the field.

Their performance in Rochester will include a diverse mix of signature pieces alongside some of the company’s newest works. Portions of the performance may contain nudity:

AUTOMATON (2012): A collaboration with internationally renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui that questions the difference between human and machine. The piece takes place in a mirrored world that allows the audience to view multiple angles at the same time.

KOROKORO (2011): Using the atmospheric styling of international collaborator Takuya Muramatsu (Dairakudakan), Pilobolus creates a world of surreal physicality that is interested in the making and unmaking of heroes.

LICKS (2013): This collaborative work with Trish Sie is a high-octane romp, full of raw energy and berserk horseplay. Featuring 12 ropes and six dancers, the piece is at various times wild, rowdy, dangerous, sexy, and absurd. The unique soundtrack fuses infectious modern rhythms and traditional Northern Mexican border music.

OCELLUS (1972): The second work ever created by the company, Ocellus is a classic Pilobolus men’s quartet that explores the precision and grace with which bodies move when they are continually connected to one another. 

THE TRANSFORMATION (2009): A shadow piece that was created in collaboration with Steven Banks, the lead writer for the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, in which a young woman is transformed.

ABOUT PILOBOLUS

Founded in 1971 by a group of Dartmouth College students and named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed and strength, Pilobolus is world-renowned for its groundbreaking choreography and for pushing the limits of human movement. Since its inception, Pilobolus has performed its 115-plus pieces of repertory for more than 1 billion viewers in over 5,000 performances in more than 64 countries. The company has also made more than 100 television appearances, including on Oprah, Sesame Street, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, 60 Minutes, and the 2007 Academy Awards. Through collaborations with choreographers, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers, and engineers, the company has created inventive, athletic, witty performance works using the human body as a medium for expression.

Pilobolus has received the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, and a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005. Pilobolus holds the 2011 Guinness World Record for fitting the most people into a Mini Cooper (26), and in 2012, the company was nominated for a Grammy Award for a music video for OK Go’s “All is Not Lost.” Most recently, Pilobolus was honored as the first collective to receive the Dance Magazine Award, which recognizes artists who have made lasting contributions to the field.

In recent years, Pilobolus has moved beyond its roots as an avant-garde dance company to explore film, music videos, and advertising through its Pilobolus Creative Services arm. The company has also established the Pilobolus Lab, through which it teaches its creative method to individuals and institutions through workshops, master classes, residencies, and children’s programming.

TICKETS

Tickets to Pilobolus are $35, $50, and $65. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. The performance by Pilobolus is sponsored by Susan and Steven Eisinger and an anonymous donor.

Nazareth College Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to present family performances of Enamorados February 28-March 1

Original play by Candide Carrasco will be performed in English with some French, Spanish, and Italian!

The Nazareth College Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present Enamorados, an original, multilingual play by the department’s chairperson, Dr. Candide Carrasco. The show runs February 28-March 1, 2014 at 8 p.m., in Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center. Enamorados will be performed in English, with some French, Spanish, and Italian. The 80-minute performance is recommended for ages 11 and up.

Enamorados tells the story of Colin who, on his sixth birthday, lost his heart when his father abandoned him, and has refused to trust or love since. One day, while fishing with Celine, a tomboy with a speech impediment, Colin falls into the ocean and – in a fabulous underwater world – meets Prima Donna Nebulosa, a mute opera singer who enchants everyone with her constant games of charades; Krab Jack, a body builder obsessed with appearances; two mermaids, Delphine and Cleo; Swingy, the squid; Oscuro, the seahorse; and Don Reflejo Tiburon, the shark. Will they be able to teach the boy how to trust and love, or will he be lost forever?

Enamorados is a story about the pain felt by people who lose a loved one,” Carrasco explains. “It explores how the power of friendship and love can help overcome the pain of profound loss.”

Carrasco’s playwriting/directing credits extend back to 1968. His recent plays include Peau D’Ane (2007); Azur (2008); Abracadabra (2010); Barcarolle (2011); Casablanca (2012); and Diabolo (2013). Other projects include Broken Wrists, a film script for actor Jean Reno. He is currently working on De Casablanca a Hollywood, a one-man show for Reno, and Jean Reno a Biography for XO Editions Paris. A native speaker of French and Spanish, Dr. Carrasco received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Contemporary French Theater with a minor in Contemporary Latin American Literature. He has taught French and literature for 30 years.

The Enamorados cast consists of Nazareth College students (including several foreign exchange students) and faculty, as well as local actors: Sara  Sarkins (Celine), Stan  Martinelli (Colin), Robert  Phillips (Don  Reflejo, the shark), Maria  Rosaria Vitti Alexander (Dona Nebulosa), Leanne  Muehleisen (Cleo), Mary  Lawrence (Delphine), Hailey  Grove (Liana ), Allison  Adair (Ariana, the starfish), Henry  DuRocher (Swingy  the squid), Mattia  Cozzi (Jack  Krab), Annette  Ramos (Foam), Grant  Richards (Oscuro , the seahorse), and Ruben  Gomez (Neptuno).

TICKETS

Tickets to Enamorados are $12. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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 Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures performances.

Nazareth College Arts Center presents award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir in a musical celebration honoring Nelson Mandela on February 22

Emmy and Grammy award-winning choir’s 10th-anniversary tour also features selections from its newest release, Divine Decade!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The internationally renowned choir will perform selections from its newest release, Divine Decade, as well as honor the life and legacy of former South African president, Nelson Mandela.

Members of the company will attend a meet-and-greet to discuss the new album and the Choir's relationship with Nelson Mandela at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center. Admission to the meet-and-greet is included with ticket purchase.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“These absolutely thrilling singers need nothing but their voices to make dazzling music” Billboard

“The public will be blown away” Daily Sun, Johannesburg

Since 2002, the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has been bringing audiences around the world to their feet with the joy and power of authentic African gospel music and dynamic renditions of Western spirituals and pop tunes, including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Amazing Grace,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and “Walking on Sunshine.”

The choir’s performance at the Arts Center is part of a 30-city, 10th-anniversary, North American tour celebrating its Rainbow Nation – a term created by then Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa after the country’s first democratic election in 1994 – and the life and legacy of the country’s first African-American president, Nelson Mandela.

The choir will also perform songs from its newest recording, Divine Decade (released on January 28, 2014; Decca), described in its press materials as “a celebration of the ensemble’s past 10 years of artistic collaborations and accolades….a recording which showcases the wonderful diversity of the group’s style as a gospel choir that sings across all genres of music.” The release opens with an address from Tutu, and features collaborations with a wide range of guest artists including U2, Robert Plant, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Johnny Clegg; and includes such popular hits as the choir’s “Sedilaka,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” and The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.”

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE

Founded in November 2002 with the intent of sharing the inspirational power of African Gospel music, the Soweto Gospel Choir landed at the top of Billboard’s World Music Chart within three weeks of the American release of its debut album, Voices of Heaven. The group embarked on its first international tour in 2003, playing at 26 venues in Australia including sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House. That same year the choir won its first award – Australia’s prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Concert; performed a record-breaking 29 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; won the American Gospel Music Award for Best Choir; and performed in front 40,000 people (plus a worldwide television audience), at the 46664 Concert – a charity concert hosted by Mandela – in Cape Town, South Africa.

Since then, the choir has released five more CDs and two live-performance DVDs. It won the first of three Grammy Awards for its second release, Blessed, in 2007, and an Emmy Award in 2011 for ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup promotional spots. The 52-member choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall, soccer’s World Cup, and the Academy Awards; collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, and the Harlem Gospel Choir; and performed for Tutu, Mandela, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Prince Charles.

Most recently, the ensemble has been heard on the hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, and its spontaneous tribute to Mandela – filmed after the leader’s death – has been watched more than 4 million times on YouTube.

In addition to its performances, the Soweto Gospel Choir is equally well known for its charity efforts. As of January 2014, the ensemble and its audiences have raised a total of $1,587,264 for the choir’s own AIDS orphans’ foundation – Nkosi’s Haven Vukani – and the group also performs regularly for a variety of charitable organizations.

TICKETS

Tickets to the Soweto Gospel Choir are $35, $50, and $65. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T BANK, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. The performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir is sponsored by Barbara and John Lovenheim. The Soweto Gospel Choir’s 10th-anniversary tour is sponsored by South African Airways.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts’ upcoming production of Quilters includes a fundraiser for Bethany House of Rochester

Musical features all-student cast and crew, and runs February 14-23!

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present Quilters, the third production of their 2013–2014 season. The popular musical about a pioneer life will run February 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m.; and February 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., in Studio A48 at Nazareth College Arts Center. Audience members will also have the opportunity to bid on handmade quilts – including one stitched by the company – during a silent auction to benefit Bethany House of Rochester.

RELATED STORY: The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts has designated its 2013-2104 season a Green Season. Throughout the year, faculty and student designers and crews will use recycled and reclaimed materials as they produce sets for their four productions, which include Urinetown the Musical, An Evening of David Ives, Quilters, and The Cherry Orchard.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, with lyrics by Damashek, Quilters tells the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. Based on Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen’s book, The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art, the production enjoyed a brief Broadway run in 1984 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Thirty years later, the production’s popularity is largely due to its broad appeal; the show is enjoyed by American history buffs, lovers of folk music, quilters, women, storytellers, and theatregoers alike.

Rather than tell its story from start to finish, Quilters weaves a series of scenes and musical numbers depicting childhood, marriage, fires, illness, death, and more – each represented on stage by actual quilt squares – into a dramatic tableaux about the challenges and rewards of frontier life. During each performance, more than 15 beautiful quilts will be displayed on stage.

Quilters is directed by Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts professor Lindsay Reading Korth, who finds the play’s stories of strength and resilience compelling, particularly among women.

“This is such an American piece,” she explains. “I spent seven years when I was first a mother and in graduate school in Nebraska – on the prairie. It is a lonely, open countryside and, being from the East, it frightened me. In living through that initial fear I found a kind of grounding there that provided the backbone so obvious in farm wives even today. Quilters preserves the stories of women’s lives that are not written about in history books, but are apparent in the quilts they sewed and passed down through their daughters.”

The stories also touched the student cast and crew, who incorporated a fundraiser into the production to assist Rochesterians who are struggling this winter. Throughout the run of Quilters, audience members and the public will have the opportunity to bid on handmade quilts – including one stitched by company members in preparation for their roles – during a silent auction to benefit Bethany House of Rochester, which provides shelter for homeless women and children. Bids may be submitted at each performance, as well as by phone or e-mail to the Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts: 585-389-2603 or mkahl8@naz.edu.

The cast for Quilters consists of Nazareth College students: Taylor Carlson (Sarah), Ashley Squiars (Jenny), Morgan Naum (Margaret), Katie Sweeney (Lisa), Amanda Popielarz (Jody), Lainey Catalino (Jane), and Tess DeFlyer (Dana).

The production and design teams for Quilters consist of Nazareth College students: Liz Gilley (costumes), Bridget Blakley (stage manager), and Allie Tabor (assistant stage manager).

TICKETS

Tickets to Quilters are $18-$20. 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

Members of vibrant Rochester art collective reunite to present new works at Nazareth College’s Colacino Gallery

Exhibit by the Wildroot Group opens Friday, February 14, with a reception February 21!

The five members of Rochester’s Wildroot Group – including Nazareth College alumni Nancy Anne Holowka, ’78 (art history and studio art); William Holowka, ’78 (studio art); and Robert C. Whiteside, ’03 (art therapy) – will display new works in the Nazareth College Department of Art’s Colacino Gallery beginning February 14 through March 14, 2014, with an artists’ reception on Friday, February 21, 2014, from 5-8 p.m.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

The exhibit by Wildroot Group members features new works by five friends and artists who – along with their partners and spouses – founded the Wildroot Gallery in Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood. On display will be photography by Nancy Anne Holowka; collages by George Wegman; and paintings by William Holowka, Peter Monacelli, and Robert C. Whiteside.

“It is a wonderful reward to say that after the initial creation of the Wildroot Gallery in 1978, each of us has continued with our passion, producing new works for exhibits to share our evolving vision,” Whiteside states. “I believe that our original purpose was to support the arts and artists with a community-access gallery. We have all expanded on this support with our choice of careers, through teaching, supporting organizations that reflect our sincere values, as well as our support to the arts and other artists. I hope that you will share our excitement with this group exhibit, and the pleasure we share in being together with our diversities.”

The Wildroot Gallery opened in 1978 as a small, non-profit cooperative in a former barbershop on South Avenue (the artists named the gallery after a bottle of Wildroot Quinine Bouquet hair tonic the previous tenant left behind). The gallery flourished for four years, showcasing work by the group, guest artists, and neighborhood children in exhibits that often spilled outdoors onto the sidewalk.

After closing the gallery to tend to families and careers, each of the artists continued to create and show their own work. Nancy Holowka’s work has been seen in the prestigious Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery; William Holowka’s paintings have also been displayed at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition and as part of a group show at the Carborundum Museum of Ceramics; and Whiteside has exhibited his paintings in galleries around the world.

Of his own work, William Holowka says, “In my career as a graphic designer, I am fascinated by immense variations of the limited characters that are used to communicate information. My current paintings are based on my photographs of numbers, reflecting the colors, shapes, and textures that convey a distinct attitude: sophisticated to ordinary, machine manufactured to hand-done, fresh or weathered by time.”

Thirty years after closing their gallery, the Wildroot Group mounted a retrospective at the Veteran Outreach Center’s OurHouse Gallery – ironically located in the same space as the old Wildroot Gallery. The exhibit at Nazareth College’s Colacino Gallery is their third group show since.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

NANCY ANNE HOLOWKA received her B.S. in art history and studio art from Nazareth College. A former coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at the Monroe County Public Library System, she also worked as an exhibition assistant at Ward Gallery and is currently executive assistant to the director at the Memorial Art Gallery. Holowka has exhibited at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition and Clothesline Art Festival. She will be exhibiting monochromatic photographs that highlight the unexpected harmony and the unity of design to be found in everyday, yet often overlooked, objects and scenes.

WILLIAM HOLOWKA received his B.S. in studio art from Nazareth College, where he received the President’s Purchase Award. He has worked as a pictorial artist for Patrick Media Group and as a carousel horse artist at Seabreeze Amusement Park, and is currently senior preparator at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Holowka’s exhibitions include a group show at the Carborundum Museum of Ceramics in Niagara Falls and the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. William Holowka’s current series of acrylic paintings are based on his recent photographs of numbers, and illustrate the variety, design and graphic qualities of these functional characters.

PETER MONACELLI holds degrees from Monroe Community College and Empire State College. He is an adjunct member of the art department at MCC, where he was recently elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame. He has also served as art director of the Little Theatre Café Gallery and taught high school art in the Rochester City School District. Monacelli’s exhibitions include the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition; For Drawing’s Sake: Makers And Mentors at Rochester Contemporary; and a solo show, Social Art Commentary, which traveled to 10 colleges in New York state. Monacelli will be showing a group of oil painting that reflect on the beliefs and spirituality of Thomas Merton, entitled “Seven Stories.”

GEORGE WEGMAN received his B.A. from SUNY-Fredonia and M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has exhibited his work widely, including at 696 Gallery, RIT’s Bevier Gallery, the Pyramid Art Center, and Warren Phillips Fine Art (solo show). He has received awards at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition and Schweinfurth Memorial Art Gallery’s Made in New York Exhibition. Wegman will feature a series of collages in diptych format entitled “Second Chances,” that will challenge the viewer by juxtaposing found objects with acrylic paintings.

ROBERT C. WHITESIDE received his B.A. from SUNY-Fredonia, his M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a post-graduate certification in art therapy from Nazareth College. He currently serves as a creative arts therapist at the Jewish Home in Rochester and has taught fine arts at Nazareth College, Genesee Community College, and Monroe Community College. Whiteside’s other work experience includes pictorial master painter for Patrick Media Group and carousel horse artist at Seabreeze Amusement Park. Whiteside describes his recent group of paintings (oil on canvas) as “Poems in Paint.”

The Wildroot Group; February 14-March 14, 2014; Artist reception Friday, February 21, 5-8 p.m.; Colacino Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; automated info line: 585-389-5073

Rochester Children’s Theatre and Nazareth College Arts Center to present Shrek The Musical February 8 through February 17

Family production – based on the Oscar® Award-winning film – features special Valentine’s Day and school break performances!

Rochester Children’s Theatre (RCT) and Nazareth College Arts Center are pleased to present their third co-production of the 2013-2014 Season – Shrek The Musical! Performances are at 2 p.m. Saturday February 8, Sunday February 9, Saturday February 15, Sunday February 16 (final performance interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing), and Monday, February 17 during the school break. There is also a special evening performance at 7 p.m. for Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14.

The show is suggested for children ages 5+ and their families, and runs 2 hours, plus one intermission. Audience members will be able to meet the characters after each performance.

THE PERFORMANCE

Based on the Oscar® Award-winning Dreamworks film, the Rochester Children’s Theatre/Nazareth College Arts Center co-production of Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life onstage with all-new songs. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. With beloved characters including an over-zealous donkey, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and more than a dozen fairy tale misfits, Shrek The Musical is an all-ages story about what it means to be a hero.

“The musical follows the story of the first film, adds a delightful and witty score, and highlights all the favorite characters from the movie, so I've no doubt audiences are going to walk away from this one singing and dancing,” says RCT artistic director, Danny Hoskins. “And because we're translating an animated film to the stage, we are able to use a great deal of special effects, puppetry, prosthetic make-up effects, and good old fashioned theatrical magic!”

The story is part romance and part irreverent fairy tale, adds director Matthew Ames, also assistant professor in the Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts. "What I like most about Shrek is the way David Lindsay-Abaire’s script turns the traditional fairy-tale romance on its ear ... the Ogre gets the beautiful girl ... who is also an Ogre! And, if you look close enough, the piece, while terrific for kids, has an edgy, darker side as well. That makes it more complex than some other contemporary riffs on fairy tales or mythological stories."

The RCT/Arts Center co-production features music by Jeanine Tesori; book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; and is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. The cast of 25 includes: Rusty Allen (Pinocchio), George Barberi (Lord Farquaad), Jodi Beckwith (Happy People, Peter Pan, Duloc Performer, Puppeteer), Tali Beckwith-Cohen (Little Ogre, Baby Bear, Dwarf), Shannon Beel (Young Fiona, 3 Little Pigs, Duloc Performer), Nicole Cupo (Happy People, Sugar Plum Fairy, Gingy, Duloc Performer), Rory Cushman (Happy People, 3 Little Pigs, Teen Fiona, 3 Blind Mice), Peter Doyle (King Harold, Armored Guard, Thelonius, Guard, Bishop), Mandy Hassett (Happy People, 3 Little Pigs, Duloc Performer, 3 Blind Mice), Danny Hoskins (Shrek), Steve Hoskins (Happy People, Guard, Knight, Duloc Performer, Puppeteer), Lauren MacDonough (Happy People, Mama Bear, Duloc Performer), Katelyn Machnicka (Happy People, Mad Hatter, Duloc Performer, Puppeteer), Adam Marino (Happy People, Guard, Knight, Puppeteer), Laura Marron (Mama Ogre, Dragon, Duloc Performer), Marge Mattioli (Queen Lillian, Guard, Puppeteer), Chris Mauro (Big Bad Wolf, Duloc Performer), Alec Powell (Papa Ogre, Captain of the Guards, Duloc Performer, Puppeteer), Johnnie Simmons (Donkey), Mary Tiballi-Hoffman (Fiona), Lani Toyama (Happy People, Ugly Duckling, Duloc Performer, 3 Blind Mice), Madeline Wall (Papa Bear, Duloc Performer), Amanda Walter (Wicked Witch), Elizabeth West (Fairy Godmother, Duloc Performer), and Brian Ziemann (White Rabbit, Knight).

The artistic team includes Matthew Ames (director), Alan Case (musical director), Kris Ashley (choreographer), Mark Almekinder (scenic designer), Lana Momano (costume designer), Toni Elderkin (lighting designer), Crystal Ferrell (puppetry designer), Eric Johnson (stage manager), Sue Kenyon (RCT company manager), and Danny Hoskins (RCT artistic director).

TICKETS

Tickets to Shrek The Musical are $17 and $20. ($14 and $16 for Season Subscribers). For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. Rochester Children’s Theatre receives funding from Monroe County.

Nazareth College Department of Music presents Opera Triple Bill

Student production features excerpts from three short operas by Haydn, Duke, and Mozart!

The Nazareth College Department of Music’s Opera Workshop is pleased to present Opera Triple Bill at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 23; Friday, January 24; and Saturday, January 25, 2014, in the Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Nazareth College Opera Workshop is a program devoted to the performance of opera, operetta, and music theatre. Cast members are chosen by audition and present a fully staged performance. In November 2005, the workshop presented the New York State premiere of Felice by Benton Hess. Other productions have included Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Cavalli's La Calisto, and Sunday Excursion by Rochester's own Alec Wilder.

Consisting of three short operas, Opera Triple Bill is presented under the direction of Nazareth College Department of Music faculty Robert Strauss, stage director, and Linda Boianova, music director. The program will feature La Canterina by Franz Joseph Haydn, Captain Lovelock by John Duke, and The Impressario by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“Producing these three short works not only gives more students an opportunity to learn and perform a role, but also gives them the opportunity to learn about different composers' styles,” Strauss says of this year’s program. “Since we're setting them in the South from the middle to the end of the 19th century, students get the chance to experience a little history as well. And audiences will love it because these three disparate works are hysterically funny, especially as performed by these talented singers!”

A comic intermezzo representing Haydn’s first foray into operatic comedy, La Canterina involves a simple love triangle between the lead soprano, her singing master, and a wealthy, handsome young suitor, all observed by her mother, sung by Nazareth College Department of Music faculty member, Matthew Valverde. In Captain Lovelock, one of two operas composed by Duke, a wealthy, elderly widow wishes to marry a young army officer, as her daughters conspire with a marriage broker to show the old lady the folly of her plan. Mozart’s The Impresario is a comic singspiel in one act in which an aging diva and a fledgling ingénue compete for the attention of a banker and an impresario, all the while goaded on by a wannabe singer.

Continues Strauss, “These three pieces work together in a lot of ways – they are all comedies about older women with strong personalities either in conflict or cahoots with younger women with just a strong personalities. One can also almost see the influence that Haydn had upon Mozart and the influence both had on more contemporary composer John Duke. It's even possible to believe that the character of the young soprano in the Haydn becomes the older diva in the Mozart and perhaps even the old mother in the Duke.”

The cast for Opera Triple Bill consists of Nazareth College students. Appearing in La Canterina are Matthew Valverde (faculty) as Appolonia, Megan Colombo as Gasparina, Gabrielle Agostino as Don Ettore, and Casey Schmitt as Don Pelagio. Appearing in The Impresario are Catherine Sentiff as Mr. Scruples, Quinton Harvey as Mr. Bluff, Robbie Manners as Mr. Angel, Sarah Miller as Madame Goldentrill, and Hannah Teter as Mademoiselle Silverpeal. Appearing in Captain Lovelock are Reneé Ruscitto as Pernille, Gabrielle LaBare as Tererntia, Rachel Hall as Leonora, Sheralyn Fenton as Laurentia, and Alexis Scangas as Madame Kirsten.

Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery to showcase four sculptors in Insight: The Inner Nature of Things, curated by Elizabeth Lyons

Exhibit featuring Francesca Lalanne, Mahine Rattonsey, Kate Roberts, and Jennifer Schinzing opens January 24!

Curated by artist Elizabeth Lyons, Insight: The Inner Nature of Things, in the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery, will feature the work of four women sculptors with distinct styles: Francesca Lalanne, Mahine Rattonsey, Kate Roberts, and Jennifer Schinzing.

“I have selected these four artists for this exhibition based on the insightful nature of their work,” Lyons explains. “They are each passionately committed to real-life concerns that are the basis for their own understanding and, in turn, their ability to communicate the inner nature of things through sculpture. I am struck by the elegant use of material that includes steel, clay, found objects, taxidermy, paint, video, and glass; used to weave, construct, assemble, and sculpt meaning.”

FRANCESCA LALANNE was born in Miami, Florida to Haitian parents. She grew up in Port-au-Prince Haiti and, at the age of nine, moved back to the U.S., leaving behind a politically unstable environment. She attended Miami's Design Architecture High School and went on to receive a degree in Architecture and Visual Arts.

Lalanne works in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, and video. Her work is greatly informed by her experience as first-generation American woman, and explores the ambiguous nature of social issues such as religion, politics, and identity. Lalanne’s artwork typically combines the human form and architectural elements, invoking ideas such as scale, strength, void, and control. She has participated in various group exhibitions nationally and in Latin countries such as Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

MAHINE RATTONSEY studied Interior design and decoration at the Raheja College of Architecture in Mumbai, India, where she grew up. She received her B.F.A. in glass and sculpture from Columbus College of Art and Design, and her M.F.A. in glass from the School for American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Rattonsey’s flame-worked and mixed media sculpture has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the country, and her numerous honors include multiple scholarships to attend Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. Her work is included in the collection at the Burchfield Penny Art Center in Buffalo, N.Y. and the Wallace Library Collection at RIT.

Rattonsey’s artist statement: “The mirror reflects our likeness and elements of our personality. It is supposed to give us a true assessment of who we are. In examining the various aspects of individual personalities through the hand mirror, I am literally and symbolically analyzing the idea of self-image. I question whether our image of ourselves echoes the image that others have of us.”

KATE ROBERTS received her B.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Alfred University. Roberts is the recipient of numerous honors and fellowships including the Cite Internationale des Arts Fellowship Award. She studied art conservation and early Renaissance art at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. Her ceramic sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country.

Roberts’s artist statement: “My work is based on a curiosity of the nature of time. I use various materials to pipe, draw, construct, and weave issues of concern related to my development as a person and specifically a woman. I draw my inspiration from objects or ideas of ruin, whether in the form of a historical object, the architecture around me, or a personal relationship. I seek to understand the impermanent physicality of an object or idea and our relationship to it.  I choose to focus on the decay and fragility of that object or idea, and how its past existence and meaning continues to be caged in its present state.  By glamorizing the ruin much like artists of centuries past, I want to create work that not only finds beauty but also unrest in this temporal state.”

JENNIFER SCHINZING received a B.F.A. from Alfred University in 2004 with a concentration in sculpture and glass. She currently works full-time at More Fire Glass Studio, in Rochester, New York, as the studio coordinator and first assistant. Her glass and mixed media sculptural work has a significant avian influence. Her love of birds led her to hours of volunteer work at Wild Wings, a facility that houses permanently injured birds of prey. She is now on the board of directors for that facility.

Schinzing’s artist statement: “The greatest threat to birds, and all wildlife, continues to be loss and/or degradation of habitat due to human development and disturbance.” - US Fish & Wildlife.  The passion that I have for animals and the natural world has inspired me to learn taxidermy. The animal elements found in my work are road kill casualties or have died from natural and unpreventable deaths. By preserving them in the very small window of time between death and decay it forces people to see them in a more intimate and surreal setting. I place them in improbable situations, hopefully reminding the viewer of our fragile world.”

ELIZABETH LYONS is a sculptor and designer who works in glass and a range of other materials. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. Included among the numerous awards she has received is the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award in 2005. In addition, Lyons is the founder and director of More Fire Glass Studio in Rochester, NY. Since 1998, More Fire Glass Studio has provided a glassmaking facility for artists to produce their work as well as glass education programs for the community. Lyons currently resides in Rochester, where she was born, having returned after living for 10 years in New York City.

Insight: The Inner Nature of Things; January 24-March 7, 2014; artist reception January 24 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Arts Center Gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; automated info line: 585-389-5073

Nazareth College’s Colacino Gallery to showcase film-inspired collages of Mara Ahmed in a multi-media exhibit entitled This Heirloom

Exhibit opens January 15; artist reception and gallery talk January 24!

The Nazareth College Department of Art’s Colacino Gallery will host This Heirloom, a multi-media exhibition of film-inspired collages by Mara Ahmed beginning Wednesday, January 15, 2014, through February 7, with an artist’s reception on January 24 from 5.30-7.30 p.m., and an artist’s talk on January 24 at 6.30 p.m.

ABOUT THIS HEIRLOOM

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Mara Ahmed was raised in Brussels; earned Master’s degrees in business and economics in Pakistan and the United States; and enjoyed a successful career in finance. Yet art and literature were her passion and in 2004 she left her corporate job and enrolled in art classes at Nazareth College, where she studied graphic art and lithography.

In 2006, Ahmed began studying filmmaking at the Visual Studies Workshop and Rochester Institute of Technology. Her first film, The Muslims I Know, premiered at the Dryden Theatre in 2008; it was screened at the High Falls Film Festival and festivals in Washington, D.C., Toronto, and on countless university campuses. She has since formed a production company, Neelum Films, and is working on her third documentary about the Partition of India.

Ahmed’s exhibit will reflect her various passions. The artist uses computer graphics to create stunning collages that incorporate painting and photography with texturally rich fabrics from Pakistan and India. She will present these works in a multi-media exhibit that combines art and film, with a video collage set to music, including compositions by Bach, Chopin and local musician Sunny Zaman.

Ahmed’s artist statement: “My artwork draws from highly diverse materials, textures and colors to achieve a multi-layered fusion of so-called opposites – East and West, abstract and representational, male and female, emotive and cerebral, complex and manifest. The random juxtaposition of these elements and the use of painting, photography, text and fabric help me create dynamic collages. My work is intensely personal, but open to infinite interpretations and therefore a door to new ideas and ways of interacting with the world.”

Mara Ahmed, This Heirloom; January 15-February 7, 2014; Artist reception January 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Gallery Talk January 24, 6:30 p.m.; Colacino Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; automated info line: 585-389-5073

Nazareth College Arts Center presents DiNO-LIGHT, a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur adventure as seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent

Program by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater delights with electroluminescent creatures in a heartwarming story!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Corbian Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater: DiNO-LIGHT on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. Fans of NBC’s hit show, America’s Got Talent, will remember the company for its spectacular 2012 run to the semi-finals, which brought the audience and judges to their feet.

The 60-minute performance will run without an intermission and is recommended for children ages 7+ and their families, although the program will appeal to audiences of all ages who appreciate its glow-in-the-dark puppets, atmospheric music, and dance. There will be a brief question-and-answer session with the performers immediately following the show. Ticket holders may also participate in a pre-performance glow-in-the-dark craft activity at 1 p.m. The pre-performance activity is free; however, pre-registration through the Box Office is required (585-389-2170).

THE PERFORMANCE

“A wonderful hour of fantasy that combines ancient, wordless storytelling with modern technology and music.” Theater Times

"An eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen.” Broadwayworld.com

Presented by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater, DiNO-LIGHT – best described as a child-friendly ballet of fantastical animals and dinosaurs – promises to delight audiences of all ages with its electroluminescent creatures and heartwarming original tale featuring fantasy, dance, storytelling, and technologically dazzling visuals.

DiNO-LIGHT tells the story of Professor Henslow, a famous scientist with magical powers who creates a wild and primitive dinosaur in his workshop. When the two become separated, DiNO meets many creatures – including a carnivorous tyrannosaurus, a pair of friendly long-necked birds, and a school of fish; learns something new about himself and the world around him; and ultimately discovers the true meaning of love. The story comes to life when performed to atmospheric music and sound by a talented troupe of dancers/puppeteers, who suit up in black before being covered in lightwire (illuminated neon-colored wire) to conjure up the creatures appearing on the darkened stage.

Corbian Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater burst onto the American theater scene during Season 7 of NBC’s hit television show, America’s Got Talent. The company was eliminated during the semi-finals, despite receiving a standing ovation from the audience and judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and Howard Stern. “You're going to the finals," Mandel exclaimed. "That was spectacular in every sense of the word," Osbourne gushed. Stern added, "No disappointments here. … That's a million dollar act.”

The troupe has since presented its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance to audiences all over the world. It is the brainchild of creators/choreographers/directors Ian Carney and Corbin Popp, whose menagerie of life-size creatures created out of squiggles of lightwire have been described by critics as “elegant sketches,” crayon-like,” and “light drawings.”

TICKETS

Tickets to Corbian Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater: DiNO-LIGHT are $17 and $20. Ticket holders may participate in a free pre-performance glow-in-the-dark craft activity at 1 p.m.; pre-registration is required. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Nazareth College Arts Center continues popular New Year’s Eve tradition with The Capitol Steps

Troupe’s musical satire offers a fresh, bipartisan take on current headlines!

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present The Capitol Steps, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. This is the troupe’s 19th annual performance at the Arts Center.

Musical entertainment by local jazz ensemble The Steve Greene Quartet featuring vocalist Maggie Mullen will be provided prior to the performances and during each intermission in the Arts Center Fireside Lounge, located outside Callahan Theater.

Patrons attending the 10 p.m. performance will ring in the New Year in the theater. Champagne will be available for purchase.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Capitol Steps was founded in 1981 by a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the people and places that employed them by putting beltway politics and scandals to popular music. They have since been featured numerous times on prime-time TV; can be heard nationwide four times each year on their National Public Radio specials, “Politics Takes a Holiday;” and have recorded more than 33 albums.

The troupe’s formula is simple: take current events and the foibles of politicians – both national and international – and set them to recognizable pop, rock, folk, and show tunes to generate a laugh. Says founding member Elaina Newport, “Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That's what we call the two-party system.”

Audience members at this year’s Arts Center performance can expect material drawn from The Capitol Steps’ 2013 album, Fiscal Shades of Gray!, which is described on the troupe’s website as “celebrating the new bipartisan spirit in Washington.” While no topic is off limits, the troupe anticipates skewering some of the greatest political foibles of the past year, from the sequester to court fights over Obama Care and gay marriage. The evening will feature “guest appearances” by David Petraeus, Lance Armstrong, Pope Benedict XVI, Chris Christie, and the Rolling Stones. As the troupe’s publicity materials state, “If you're tired of hearing about Congressional gridlock, financial crises, or sex scandals, then you've come to the wrong place. With musical political satire poking fun at all sides of the issues, (this show is) the one new thing in Washington sure to earn bipartisan support.”

Just as 30 years ago, most current members have worked on Capitol Hill – collectively, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of combined House and Senate staff experience – and, although the troupe remains based in Washington, D.C., most shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences visiting the Capitol. They have performed for the last five Presidents and were named Best Place to Take an Out of Towner in the Washington City Paper 2013 Reader Poll.

TICKETS

The Capitol Steps often sell-out; advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested. Tickets to The Capitol Steps are $45-$75. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The performances by The Capitol Steps are sponsored by Margaret R. Colacino.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts supports TOYS FOR TOTS, culminating with a Musical Theatre Benefit on December 10

A Sparklejollytwinklejingley Holiday Winter Wonderland Extravaganza features all-student cast!

Musical theatre majors from the Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts will present A Sparklejollytwinklejingley Holiday Winter Wonderland Extravaganza. The show, which captures the holiday spirit and wraps it up neatly in one little bow, will be performed on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in the Masters Family Community Theater (room A13), located in the lower level of the Nazareth College Arts Center.

This benefit—presented by the junior class of the Nazareth College musical theatre program, under the direction of musical theatre director Don Kot--supports TOYS FOR TOTS by accepting unwrapped toys up until the performance on December 10. The TOYS FOR TOTS objective is to collect unwrapped toys during the months of October, November, and December and present them to less fortunate children in the community. The TOYS FOR TOTS toy donation box is located in front of the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office.

The family friendly performance of A Sparklejollytwinklejingley Holiday Winter Wonderland Extravaganza includes favorite holiday hits like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Santa Baby,” “Ring Them Bells,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out,” “White Christmas,” and others! The evening will also feature a reading of the classic Christmas tale “Twas The Night Before Christmas!”

With the holiday season already upon us, A Sparklejollytwinklejingley Holiday Winter Wonderland Extravaganza promises to warm the hearts of all who attend and put them in the giving mood. Avid lover of Christmas and Nazareth College junior musical theatre major, Bella McGrath, explains: “The show is very entertaining and uplifting; I encourage everyone to bring their children and experience what the holidays are all about: coming together and celebrating with the ones we love.”

Participating elves are Matt Allen (West Winfield, New York), Taylor Carlson (Buffalo, New York), Lainey Catalino (Warren, Pennsylvania), Tess DeFlyer (East Aurora, New York), Francis Grunfeld (Worcester, New York), Shane Heidecker (Oneonta, New York), Hannah Karpenko (Rochester, New York), Bella McGrath (Corning, New York), Amanda Popielarz (Hamburg, New York), Katie Sweeney (Floral Park, New York), Allie Tabor (Oneonta, New York), and Sam Vaccaro (Webster, New York).

Rochester Children’s Theatre and Nazareth College Arts Center to present The Wizard of Oz beginning December 14

Delightful musical celebrates the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous films ever made!

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the iconic film, Rochester Children’s Theatre (RCT) and Nazareth College Arts Center are pleased to present The Wizard of Oz, their second co-production of the 2013-2014 Season! Performances are at 2 p.m. Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21, and Sunday December 22 (final performance interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing); as well as 7 p.m. Friday, December 20.

The show is suggested for children ages 5+ and their families, and runs 2 hours (including one intermission). Audience members will be able to meet the characters after each performance.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Rochester Children’s Theatre/Nazareth College Arts Center co-production of The Wizard of Oz promises to be a delightful musical, true to the classic tale that inspired countless productions. Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. When a twister hits the family farm and carries her to another world, Dorothy—along with her beloved dog Toto and new friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion—travels the universe of her imagination down the fabled yellow-brick road. Along her journey, Dorothy learns how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it is to return home.

RCT and the Arts Center previously presented The Wizard of Oz in 2007, and it has been brought back by patron request.

“We’re thrilled to bring this show back, not only by popular demand from our patrons but also to be a part of the iconic musical’s 75th anniversary celebration,” said RCT artistic director, Danny Hoskins. “One of our goals is to bring families together through classic stories that reach both parents and children. What better show to do that than The Wizard of Oz? Growing up, it was a family tradition in my household—and in so many others—to share the story with the entire family. We look forward to sharing it with the Rochester community this holiday season!"  

The RCT/Arts Center production is based on the book by L. Frank Baum; adapted by Frank Gabrielson; with music and lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; and background music by Herbert Stothart. The goal of the cast, crew, and production team—under the direction of SUNY Geneseo professor of theatre, Melanie Blood—is to create a musical that looks and sounds like the famous film, and to treat the audience to some of its most popular songs, including “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” “We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.”

“The challenge for me as a director is to make a production that lives up to the images and the fond memories everyone has of the film while creating our own unique production, one that highlights the talents of our superb cast and artistic staff and the excitement of live theatre,” Blood explained. “For me, The Wizard of Oz is a terrific adventure story as well as a modern day fairy tale—the latter being what L. Frank Baum set out to write. I still remember being scared of the Wicked Witch as a child and identifying with Dorothy—the little girl who could march fearlessly down the unknown yellow brick road, make great friends and face that fearsome witch.”

The RCT/Arts Center production of The Wizard of Oz features a cast of seven adult actors cast in multiple roles: Mark Almekinder (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch), Terry Browne (Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz), Marissa Davis (Hunk/Scarecrow), Elliot Fox (Zeke/Lion), Rob Kuhn (Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard, Gregory Maddock (Hickory/Tin Man), and Esther Winter (Auntie Em/Glinda). Julia Rossi and Angela Syrett share the role of Dorothy, and 29 area children join Maya Daniels, Lauren DePuy, Meghan Halley, Rob Kellogg, Jaimi Miller, Julie Sandler, and Liam Von Berg in the ensemble.

The artistic team includes Blood (director), Steve Hoskins (musical director), Heather Stevenson (choreographer), Mark Almekinder (scenic designer), Lana Momano (costume designer), Beth LaJoie (lighting designer), Dan Roach (projection designer), Austyn Taylor and Allison Roberts (backdrop artists), D.J. Stevenson (stage manager), Sue Kenyon (RCT company manager), and Hoskins (RCT artistic director).

TICKETS

Tickets to The Wizard of Oz are $17 and $20. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. Rochester Children’s Theatre receives funding from Monroe County.

Mike Super – the only illusionist to win a live magic competition on primetime TV – to appear at Nazareth College Arts Center

“America’s favorite mystifier” invites audience members on stage to levitate, vanish, and more!

Saturday, November 23, 2013; 8 p.m.; pre-performance VIP* event 6 p.m.

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Mike Super Magic & Illusion for a family friendly performance on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. One of the most sought-after illusionists, Super is the only magician to win a live competition on primetime TV. Super’s predictions and illusions have earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Merlin Award Entertainer of the Year, and Campus Entertainer of the Year.

SPECIAL PROMOTION: Super will host a pre-show VIP* event at 6 p.m. The $75 VIP event ticket includes a Premium seat for his 8 p.m. mainstage performance; a one-hour meet-and-greet with Super featuring close-up magic; and the opportunity to receive photos and autographs. Attendees will be treated to Super’s signature headline prediction; if he fails to correctly predict a Democrat & Chronicle headline, he refunds eligible VIP event ticket purchases.

*$75 VIP event ticket required for admission; includes meet-and-greet and Premium seat for the 8 p.m. mainstage performance. Contact the Box Office to order: 585-389-2170; seating is limited. VIP event tickets are not available online.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

In his wildly popular, family friendly show, Mike Super invites audience members to join him on stage to levitate, vanish, and more! He may also lead a live game of Clue in which the audience takes part in solving a murder/mystery; he could conjure a ghost; he might bring a sheet of paper to life to move up a spectator’s arm; or he may put a chill in the air by taking control of the elements – all with his down-to-earth yet hilarious delivery, upbeat music, and special effects.

In his publicity materials, Super describes himself as having a lifelong “obsession and passion for magic.” He is the only magician to win a live magic competition on primetime TV (NBC’s hit show Phenomenon), during which he was also voted “America’s favorite mystifier.” Since emerging as magic’s newest celebrity and one of the most sought-after mystifiers just a few short years ago, Super has amazed audiences worldwide and entertained celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Regis Philbin, Kim Kardashian, and Joan Rivers. Equally impressive, he has been praised by fellow magicians, including superstar Criss Angel.

Super’s predictions and illusions have earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Merlin Award (often called the Oscar of magic, which he shares with the likes of David Copperfield; Penn and Teller; Angel; and Siegfried and Roy), Entertainer of the Year two years in a row, and Campus Entertainer of the Year.

TICKETS

Tickets to Mike Super Magic & Illusion are $20-$50. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Super will host a pre-show VIP event at 6 p.m. The $75 VIP event ticket includes a Premium seat for his 8 p.m. mainstage performance; a one-hour meet-and-greet with Super featuring close-up magic; and the opportunity to receive photos and autographs. A VIP event ticket is required for admission; contact the Box Office to order: 585-389-2170. Seating is limited. VIP event tickets are not available online.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The performance by Mike Super is sponsored by the Nazareth College Campus Activities Board and Nancy and Larry Peckham.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present An Evening of David Ives beginning November 15

Production features all-student cast and crew!

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present An Evening of David Ives, the second production of their 2013–2014 season. The show, which celebrates the Tony Award-winning playwright, David Ives, will run November 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m.; November 17 at 7 p.m.; and November 24 at 2 p.m., in Studio A48 at Nazareth College Arts Center.

RELATED STORY: The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts has designated its 2013-2104 season a Green Season. Throughout the year, faculty and student designers and crews will use recycled and reclaimed materials as they produce sets for their four productions, which include Urinetown the Musical, An Evening of David Ives, Quilters, and The Cherry Orchard.

David Ives is arguably America’s leading comic playwright. Renowned for the Tony Award-winning, Venus in Fur, he is perhaps best known for his off-the-wall short works that serve as mash-ups of farce, comedies of manners, and absurdism. The Nazareth College production features several of Ives’s wackiest works: Babel’s in Arms; Captive Audience; Degas, C’est Moi; English Made Simple; Sure Thing; The Blizzard; The Other Woman; Variations on the Death of Trotsky; and Words, Words, Words.

Karin Bowersock, artistic director of Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, New York, is directing the production. “This has been an extraordinary opportunity to work with a talented and creative student cast,” she said. “Their imaginations are setting this material, which I've loved for a long time, on fire! The mind of David Ives has kept us all on our toes!  You never know where he's going to venture next – from a spooky snow-bound cabin in the middle of nowhere to ancient Babel. You can certainly expect the unexpected!”

Because of the number of shorts being staged, different programs will be presented on alternating nights. The first program, consisting of Sure Thing; Captive Audience; Words, Words, Words; Degas, C’est Moi; Variations on the Death of Trotsky; The Blizzard; and Babel’s in Arms, will open on Friday, November 15, and also be performed on Sunday, November 17 and Saturday, November 23. The second program, consisting of Sure Thing; Captive Audience; The Other Woman; Degas, C’est Moi; Variations on the Death of Trotsky; English Made Simple; and Babel’s in Arms, will open on Saturday, November 16, and also be performed on Friday, November 22 and Sunday, November 24.

The cast and production/design teams for An Evening of David Ives consist of Nazareth College students: Drew Alexander (Ilion, New York); Samantha Jo Buckman (Fairport, New York); Emily Camaione; Elizabeth Gilley; Frances Grunfeld (Worcester, New York); Cody Hunt; Hannah Karpenko (Rochester New York); Paul Lippert; Mary Kate Lodick; and Kayla Perconti (Irondequoit, New York).

In addition, the production’s musical score will include original compositions by students Frances Grunfeld (Worcester, New York) and Nick Sherman.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Karin Bowersock has been artistic director of Bristol Valley Theater since 2003, producing over 40 productions and directing new visions of such Broadway classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, Evita, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Man of La Mancha. Prior to moving to the Finger Lakes, Bowersock lived in New York City where she co-founded No-Pants Theatre Company, producing and directing new work at venues ranging from HERE (NYC) to The Pasinger/Fabrike (Munich). While in NYC, she also was the associate for arts programs at People for The America Way (1999-2003), where projects included the biographical play Trumbo, starring with Ed Harris, Richard Dreyfus, Nathan Lane, Alec Baldwin and others. Regionally she has worked with Geva Theatre Center, The Guthrie Theater, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, and The Lied Center at Kansas University, where Origins, her adaptation of the Scopes Monkey Trial transcripts, starred Edward Asner and was aired on PBS and NPR. Other playwriting credits include Mystery Radio Theater (Geva Nextstage) and Let's Misbehave: the Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter, which premiered at BVT and has played so far in five states.

TICKETS

Tickets to An Evening of David Ives are $13-$15. 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

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Award-winning Shanghai Ballet to present classic story of love and loss in Nazareth College Arts Center’s first dance performance of season

Full corps of graceful dancers to perform The Butterfly Lovers, a story of forbidden romance akin to Romeo and Juliet!

Friday, November 15, 2013; 8 p.m.; pre-performance lecture 7 p.m.

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present the Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers, under the direction of XIN Lili, on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. One of the company’s signature titles, The Butterfly Lovers is a full-length story ballet featuring a full corps of graceful dancers, gorgeous costumes, and a story of love and loss that is often described as the Romeo and Juliet of Chinese folklore.

Members of the company will lead a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“The costumes were dazzling…the Shanghai Ballet…built to a crescendo of rapid-fire lifts and tours enl’air at the sold out …Auditorium.” Charleston Post and Courier

For more than 30 years, the award-winning Shanghai Ballet has mesmerized audiences around the world with its diverse repertoire of classical Western ballet, contemporary dance, and folk-styled Chinese national ballet.

Of the latter, The Butterfly Lovers – choreographed by company director, XIN Lili – is an audience favorite that features a full corps of graceful, classically trained dancers; gorgeous costumes; elaborate sets; and a touching story of love and loss akin to Romeo and Juliet. The ballet tells a poignant story about ill-fated romance that dates to the Tang Dynasty (618–906): two lovers, Liang and Zhu, meet at school. Because tradition discourages girls from receiving an education, Zhu has disguised herself as a young man. She falls in love with Liang, who is unaware that she is a woman or that she loves him. Through time and travels, Liang discovers the truth, the young couple falls in love, and they fight unsuccessfully against Zhu’s arranged marriage. Liang’s death devastates the soon-to-be-wed Zhu but, in the end, the lovers’ spirits turn into a pair of beautiful butterflies that fly away together, never to be separated again.

Organized in 1966 and re-named in 1979, the Shanghai Ballet originally rose to fame for its award-winning performance of the famed Chinese opera/ballet, The White-Haired Girl. The company has performed The White-Haired Girl more than 1,700 times, and introduced the story to American audiences in 2002. One of just five ballet companies in China, the Shanghai Ballet has since claimed a predominant position in international ballet circles, and distinguished itself with its unique and expressive dance language through productions of A Sigh of Love (Bertrand d’At), Swan Lake (Derek Deane), Coppelia (Pierre Lacotte), La Sylphide (Jean-Paul Gravier), The Nutcracker (Tetsutaro Shimizu), Romeo and Juliet (Derek Deane), and Serenade (George Balanchine).

In addition to performing throughout China, the Shanghai Ballet has performed in the United States, Japan, Korea, France, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

ABOUT XIN LILI

Admitted into the Shanghai Dance School, XIN Lili majored in ballet in 1973 and graduated with excellence in 1980, when she was assigned to the Shanghai Ballet and later became a principal dancer. Lili danced principal roles in classical Western ballets including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as in the famed Chinese ballet The White-Haired Girl. In 2000, she was appointed Artistic Associate, in 2001 was named Artistic Director, and in 2011 she was appointed Director.

In December 2001, Lili created and choreographed The Butterfly Lovers, which premiered in the closing ceremony of the Shanghai International Festival of Arts. In 2001, she was invited to be a jury member of the second Shanghai International Ballet Competition. In 2003, she was elected to be Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Dancers' Association. In 2004, Lili was invited to be a jury member of the Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2005, she was invited to be a jury member of the New York International Ballet Competition and the fourth Young Ballet Stars Award in Hong Kong. In 2006, she coached dancers and took part in the First Asia Pacific Ballet Festival in Korea. In 2007, Lili was invited to be a jury member of the fourth Shanghai International Ballet Competition. In 2010, she was invited to attend the 60th Anniversary of the English National Ballet and perform as the Mother in Swan Lake. In 2010, she was invited to be a jury member of the second Cape Town International Ballet Competition.

TICKETS

Tickets to Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers are $35-$65. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The performance by the Shanghai Ballet is sponsored by Drs. Dawn and Jacques Lipson and Paul and Helga Morgan.

Nazareth College Department of Music Wind Symphony presents Celebration of Life

Program features two premieres, a faculty concerto, and an original film!

The Nazareth College Department of Music’s Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Jared Chase, assistant professor/director of bands/coordinator of instrumental activities, presents Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., in the College's Linehan Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

The concert is, says Chase, “a very exiting program featuring, among other things, two premiere performances, a concerto with a Nazareth (College) faculty, and iconic images on film!”

The first piece on the program will be the premiere of Electric Vortex, a jazz-inspired work for jazz combo and wind ensemble by Nazareth College Department of Music faculty and award-winning composer, Jennifer Bellor, who has been featured in DownBeat Magazine.

The program’s second premiere will be This World Alive, a work for wind ensemble by Steve Danyew. Nazareth College was a part of a consortium of 27 colleges and universities to commission Danyew to write the piece featuring both original music and an original film projection inspired by the photography of iconic American photographer, Ansel Adams, and produced by filmmaker Cuyler Bryant.

Rounding out the concert will be Tales from the Center of the Earth, a percussion concerto featuring Nazareth College Department of Music assistant professor/ performance practice/coordinator of percussion studies, Kristen Shiner-McGuire.

The complete Celebration of Life program consists of:

  • Jennifer Bellor: Electric Vortex (premiere)
  • Steven Danyew: This World Alive (premiere) 
  • Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: Tales from the Center of the - Earth (2003) featuring Kristen Shiner McGuire, percussion
  • Morten Lauridsen: Contre Qui, Rose
  • Dan Welcher: Zion

Rochester Children’s Theatre and Nazareth College Arts Center present a fresh take on a favorite fairy tale

Regional Premiere of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale! opens November 2!

Rochester Children’s Theatre (RCT) opens its 23rd season with the regional premiere of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale! – the first of three co-productions with Nazareth College Arts Center during the 2013-2014 Season – on Saturday, November 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday, November 9 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. (final performance interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing).

The show is suggested for children ages 5+ and their families.

SPECIAL PROMOTION: Since Rapunzel is best known for her unique hair, Nazareth College Arts Center and RCT have arranged a special promotion with Pittsford’s Sweet & Sassy Salon • Spa • Celebrations on select performance days. Ticket holders to the 11 a.m. performance on Saturday, November 2 and the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 9 may have their hair braided at the Arts Center by a Sweet & Sassy stylist, then join a “braid parade” from the lobby into the theater immediately prior to the show. The styling sessions are free for ticket holders; however, appointments must be made in advance through the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office: (585-389-2170). Appointments are limited, and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Styling will be done for youth only.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Rochester Children’s Theatre/Nazareth College Arts Center co-production of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale! is a hilarious musical re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, with a pop and country score. Evil Lady Za Za schemes to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel trapped in a tower in the forest. It’s up to Sir Roderick and his hairdresser friend Edgar to rescue her with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman and a tired yet witty old dragon named Socrates.

The production is also a regional premiere.

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! is just starting to make its journey around the country, and we are proud to give it its Northeastern premiere,” says RCT artistic director, Danny Hoskins. “Promoting new and original work in children's theatre is imperative to the future of the art form, and we are thrilled to be one of the first companies to produce this new musical adaptation and to share it with our Rochester community!”

The production’s book, music, and lyrics are by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, who have been recognized for creating outstanding musicals for young audiences that have been performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The team has been named National Music Educators of the Year and received three Owen Awards for outstanding music and recording achievement. Prior to Rapunzel! Rapunzel!, they adapted such popular children’s stories as How I Became a Pirate, The Magical Adventures of Merlin, Anne of Green Gables, and Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale.

The RCT/Arts Center co-production is directed by Kerry Young, who directed last season’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. With new music and characters, Young predicts the cast and crew will have as much fun as the audience: “This show is a delight to direct – smart, funny script; great music; amazing actors; and it provides me with an enjoyable challenge – making the fairy tale/real world mash up is great fun!” Rapunzel! Rapunzel! features a cast of eight adult actors, some of whom have been cast in multiple roles: Mandy Hassett (Rapunzel), Russell Allen (Socrates), Alec Powell (Roderick), George Barberi (Edgar), Sammi Cohen (Lady Za Za), Marge Mattioli (Gypsy Woman), Lauren MacDonough (Woman 1/Queen/Ensemble), and Sam Vaccaro (Man 1/King/Ensemble).

The artistic team includes Young (director), Bob Dietch (musical director), Kris Ashley (choreographer), Mark Almekinder (scenic designer), Lana Momano (costume designer), Beth LaJoie (lighting designer), D.J. Stevenson (stage manager), Sue Kenyon (company manager), and Hoskins (RCT artistic director).

TICKETS

Tickets to Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale! are $15 and $18. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets 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.

SPECIAL PROMOTION: Ticket holders to the 11 a.m. performance on Saturday, November 2 and the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 9 may have their hair braided at the Arts Center by a stylist from Pittsford’s Sweet & Sassy Salon • Spa • Celebrations, then join a “braid parade” from the lobby into the theater immediately prior to the show. The styling sessions are free for ticket holders; however, appointments must be made in advance through the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office: (585-389-2170). Appointments are limited, and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Styling will be done for youth only.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series. Rochester Children’s Theatre receives funding from Monroe County.

Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery presents Larry Merrill: Tree as Photograph November 1 to December 8

Lyrical, large-scale photographs of trees in Rochester, Central Park, Martha’s Vineyard, and Wyoming, make the ordinary surprising!

 The exhibition Larry Merrill: Tree as Photograph, the artist’s newest body of work, will be on view at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery November 1 through December 8, 2013. The more than 30 large-scale digital prints feature trees in various parks around the Rochester area, as well as trees New York City’s Central Park, Martha’s Vineyard, and Wyoming. The images blend tree trunks into autumn leaves, turn a tree in bloom into a weightless cloud, and sometimes make an open question of which tree trunk is in front and which behind. The exhibitions and gallery are free and open to the public Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday; and Noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Larry Merrill began photographing trees in 2008 in a search for a project that was not based on privileged access to people or places. In the daily activity of walking his poodle, Tucker, Merrill began looking at the trees. “Dogs inevitably leads you to pay attention to trees,” Merrill said — and the trees rewarded his attention.

“Trees are part of everyone's experience, yet allow me to eliminate narrative, anecdote, the need for speed, and norms of composition,” Merrill explained. “They can be seen simply as trees, but with more looking they show the viewer the paradoxes of forms in space.“ His “tree” body of work is the first digital project for Merrill, who has photographed extensively in New York City and in Africa, Asia, and South America for the World Bank. Among Merrill's goals for this project: he wanted the photographs to be lyrical, not narrative; he wanted them to be accessible; and he wanted to be able to work on them every day. They are technically straightforward, although in a few there is obvious software manipulation.

“I wanted to be able to engage the aspects of photography that had been keeping me at it these many years, such as making photographs that preserve the subject matter but also use it to examine the difference between what we see and how photography can be induced to render it,” Merrill said.

The exhibition includes a variety of subsets. There is a group of images that include his dog, which has accompanied Merrill on most of his photo outings. Another is Merrill's interest in craft media and its functionality, evident in the exhibition via a six-foot-wide, cherry-framed photo screen based on Japanese screens, as well as a fireplace cover with images printed on aluminum with a teak mount. Merrill collaborated with Josh Bruner on the woodworking pieces and with Kathy D’Amanda of Millrace Design on the exhibition’s poster.

ABOUT LARRY MERRILL

Larry Merrill’s photography has always been an exploration of ways to balance the syntax of the medium with the inherent, expressive qualities of the subject. His influences include the endless formal inventions of Harry Callahan and the informal near chaos of Lee Friedlander.

Rochester-based Merrill is one of very few living American photographers to have had two solo exhibitions at George Eastman House, the most recent in 2011. He has had gallery exhibitions in New York City and San Francisco, and his work is in many significant public collections, notably the Yale Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the Johnson Museum at Cornell, the Israel Museum, and the George Eastman House.

A monograph of Merrill’s photographs taken in Manhattan were published in 2008 as the book Pedestrian Photographs by the University of Rochester Press, in conjunction with hi exhibition at Memorial Art Gallery. The book features an essay by noted author Wendell Berry.

Larry Merrill: Tree as Photograph; November 1-December 8, 2013; Artist reception November 1, 5-7 p.m.; Gallery Talk November 16, 1:30 p.m.; Arts Center Gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; automated info line: 585-389-5073

Nazareth College Department of Music presents first annual Halloween Spooktacular, an all-ages concert with a charitable purpose, on October 26

Faculty and student ensembles join forces to benefit Pittsford Food Cupboard!

The Nazareth College Department of Music’s 2013-2014 Concert Series continues with the first annual Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall. The concert will feature faculty and student performers, a dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart,” and a performance by a local children’s chorus. In the spirit of Halloween, guests are encouraged to dress in costume and join the musicians for a post-concert reception. In addition, donations will be accepted for the Pittsford Food Cupboard. This event is free and open to the public; families are welcome.

RELATED STORY: The Nazareth College Department of Music will accept donations for the Pittsford Food Cupboard at Halloween Spooktacular. Most-needed items include hearty soups and chowders; canned fruit; milk products; peanut butter; jelly; pasta noodles (not spaghetti); pasta sauces; pancake, cake, and brownie mixes; jello or pudding mixes; tuna; canned chicken; boxed or canned potatoes; baked or refried beans; hot and cold cereals; and macaroni and cheese.

Event organizer Dr. Bonnie Choi, Nazareth College Department of Music, plans to make Halloween Spooktacular an annual charitable event. “Our students and faculty are excited to collaborate and present a Halloween program, but our main purpose is to collect donations for the Pittsford Food Cupboard,” she explained. “We are planning a fun, family evening and hope that people will come out in support of our neighbors in need.”

The concert will feature faculty and student performances interspersed with an ongoing dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” prepared by Katie Ganem ’13, Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts music theater program, and featuring three actors.

The evening will also feature a performance by The Genesee Valley Children’s Choir, made up of children ages 6-12 from Livingston County, who perform a variety of classical, folk, traditional, secular, and sacred vocal literature under the direction of Amy Cochrane, a lecturer in the Nazareth College Department of Music. 

The Halloween Spooktacular program consists of:

  • Paul Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice; percussion ensemble
  • Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, “Amor volat undique;” wind ensemble and children’s chorus
  • “Mangwani Mpulele;” African Zulu song
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart;” poetry reading
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre; piano quartet
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart;” play adaptation
  • Aram Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance; piano quartet
  • Charles Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette; cello ensemble
  • Franz Liszt’s Totentanz; piano solo

In the spirit of Halloween, guests are encouraged to dress in costume and join the musicians for a post-concert reception; the musicians will also perform in costume.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present Urinetown the Musical beginning October 18

Production features all-student cast and crew!

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present Urinetown the Musical (music and lyrics by Mark Hollman; book and lyrics by Greg Kotis), the debut production of the 2013–2014 season. The show will run October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.; and October 20 and 27 at 2 p.m., in the Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center.

RELATED STORY: The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts has designated its 2013-2104 season a Green Season. Throughout the year, faculty and student designers and crews will use recycled and reclaimed materials as they produce sets for their four productions, which include Urinetown the Musical, An Evening of David Ives, Quilters, and The Cherry Orchard.

Urinetown the Musical is a comedy/satire depicting a government that has banned the usage of privately owned toilets because of a 20-year drought. The people in the production’s Gotham-like city are forced to use public bathrooms that are controlled by a single company, Urine Good Company (UGC), which receives all the profits. Out of the ensuing chaos and calamity comes one man who plans a revolution to free the people and stop UGC from continuing their evil doings. One of the funniest musicals in years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution.

Matthew Ames, Nazareth College assistant professor of theatre arts/acting and history, and a well-known actor in the Rochester area for his performances at JCC CenterStage and elsewhere, directs what he describes as “brilliant, cutting-edge musical, created by some of the great young talents of the American theater.” He describes Urinetown as “a comedy that parodizes dozens of musical theater ‘moments,’ yet there is a level of seriousness under the jokes...we as humans really ARE using resources faster than they can be renewed...like, a LOT faster.”

The Urinetown cast and production design team consists of Nazareth College students: Matthew Allen (West Winfield, New York); Bridget Blakley (Rochester, New York); Taylor Carlson (Lancaster, New York); Lainey Catalino (Warren, New York); Matt Combs (Marion, New York); John Connors (Newark, New York); Tess DeFlyer (East Aurora, New York); Henry DuRocher (East Rochester, New York); Francis Grunfeld (Worcester, New York); Seth Hatch (Franklinville, New York); Shane Heidecker (Oneonta, New York); Hannah Karpenko (Rochester New York); Adam Marino (Webster, New York); Chris Mauro (Webster, New York); Bella McGrath (Corning, New York); Morgan Naum (Syracuse, New York); Ged Owen (Bartlett, New Hampshire); Meghan Palmer (Phoenix, New York); Kayla Perconti (Irondequoit, New York); Amanda Popielarz (Hamburg, New York); Ashley Squairs (Baldwinsville, New York); Katie Sweeney (Floral Park, New York); Allison Tabor (Milford, New York); Samuel Vaccaro (Webster, New York); Amanda Walter (East Rochester, New York); and local actor Cameron Bender.

TICKETS

Tickets to Urinetown The Musical are $18-$20. 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

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Nazareth College Arts Center presents critically acclaimed family performance by Enchantment Theatre Company

Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales treats audience to a modern telling of classic tales featuring masks, puppets, and pantomime!

Saturday, October 5, 2013; 2 and 4 p.m.; pre-performance mask-making activity 1 and 3 p.m.; suggested for children ages 5+ and their families; 60 minutes with no intermission

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Enchantment Theatre Company: Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The 60-minute performance will run without an intermission and is recommended for children ages 5+ and their families. The program is also suitable for adults and seniors, who will appreciate the stunning costumes and masks, as well as stories, pantomime, and music.

Ticket holders may participate in a pre-performance mask-making activity one hour before the show. The pre-performance activity is free; however, pre-registration through the Box Office is required (585-389-2170).

THE PERFORMANCE

“It’s not just the superb design work and eye-popping special effects that make Enchantment Theatre’s shows unique. Beautifully choreographed, the company’s productions effectively mix mime and dance into a stylized ballet of color and sound that entrances both the kids and their adult companions.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia-based Enchantment Theatre Company has produced original family theater based on classic children's literature since 2000. Through its signature performance mix of masked actors in stunning costumes, pantomime, large-scale puppets, and original music, Enchantment Theatre has become known for high quality imaginative productions, which it has toured throughout the United States and Far East.

Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales introduces the audience to the storyteller heroine Scheherazade, who delights her Sultan with nightly narratives of romance and adventure: Aladdin and the mystical lamp, Sinbad’s travels to distant lands, Ali Baba and a group of thieves, and more. These magical stories featuring delightful characters – a genie, princesses, wizards, giants, a dragon, and fantastical creatures – transform the Sultan, who, by becoming the hero of each tale, discovers his capacity to forgive and love.

Although created for children, Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales will appeal to adults as well. The modern telling of classic fables about the kindness of strangers and the triumph of good over evil is set to evocative, original music inspired by famed Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who wrote the symphonic suite, Scheherazade.

TICKETS

Tickets to Enchantment Theatre Company: Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales are $17 and $20. Ticket holders may participate in a free pre-performance mask-making activity one hour before the show; pre-registration is required. For tickets and pre-performance activity registration, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170; or order tickets online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 Season are still available through the Box Office; subscribers receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices and additional benefits when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts sponsor the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series.

Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery presents new exhibition featuring emerging metal and jewelry artists

The Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery will present In Process – Emerging Artists in Metalsmithing and Jewelry, featuring nearly 20 young artists with a fresh perspective on metalsmithing and jewelry making, from Friday, September 27-October 25, 2013, with an artist reception September 27 from 5-7 p.m.

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Beginning September 27-October 25, 2013, the Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College Arts Center will also present Residuum, a collaboration between photographer Ann Lovett and artist/educator Mary Hafeli, with an artist reception September 27 from 5-7 p.m. The Colacino Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

In comments from their joint artists’ statement, Lovett and Hafeli describe the exhibit as combining “the contemporary technologies of macro photography and digital printing, and the ancient encaustic medium to explore the allure of decay and the temporality of matter that we found there. The resulting works suggest the passage of time and change on both the microcosmic and macrocosmic scale. They are reminiscent of topographical maps or planetary surfaces; they may suggest the minute, cellular structures of living things. And suspended in indeterminate time, these images float in layers of primordial substance, beeswax.”

ABOUT IN PROCESS – EMERGING ARTISTS IN METALSMITHING AND JEWELRY

In Process – Emerging Artists in Metalsmithing and Jewelry features the work of nearly 20 emerging young artists with a new vision for their medium.

 “This exhibit represents contemporary trends in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing,” said Nazareth College Department of Art professor, Lynn Duggan, who curated the exhibit based on nominations by faculty from regional colleges with jewelry and metalsmithing programs. “People are going to be very surprised by what they see. The jewelry, for example, is conceptual and very sculptural, and the sculptors used metal techniques on all sorts of different materials (including wood, tubing, fabric, resins, leather, plaster, styrofoam, tiles, ebony, and enamel) to achieve extraordinary results!”

Duggan and her academic co-curaters wanted to showcase works by young artists in the early stages of their careers. The artists on display include Jessica Armstrong, jewelry artist; Nazareth College alum Daniel DiCaprio, sculptor; Jennifer Wells-Dickerson, jewelry artist; Nazareth College alum Jaclyn Didas, jewelry artist; Kima Enerson, sculptor and jewelry artist; Holland Houdek, sculptor and jewelry artist; Tina Lazzarine, sculptor and jewelry artist; Jera Lodge, jewelry artist; Timothy McMahon, sculptor; Robert Thomas Mullen, sculptor and jewelry artist; Kyle Patnaude, sculptor; Sara Pfau, sculptor; Nicole Savoy, sculptor; Samantha Skelton, sculptor and jewelry artist; Melanie Smith, jewelry artist; Rachel Timmins, sculptor and jewelry artist; Brian Weissman, sculptor; and Logan Woodle, sculptor.

The result is a diverse exhibit.

“This region is so rich in people working with metals,” Duggan commented. “This exhibit represents a small but fascinating portion of that work.”

In Process - Emerging Artists in Metalsmithing and Jewelry; September 27-October 25, 2013; artist reception September 27, 5-7 p.m.; Arts Center Gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; automated info line: 585-389-5073

Nazareth College Department of Music presents Drums & Bugle II, featuring Paul Smoker and Phil Haynes

Duo to present new compositions and improvisations on trumpet and drums!

The Nazareth College Department of Music is pleased to present the first concert of its 2013-2014 Faculty Recital Series, Drums & Bugle II, featuring Paul Smoker (trumpet) and Phil Haynes (percussion) on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall. The performance will feature original compositions and improvisations for trumpet and drum set from the duo’s new CD, It Might Be Spring, and works from the Great American Songbook. This event is free and open to the public.

Smoker, who directs the Jazz Studies program in the Nazareth College Department of Music, and Haynes have been performing together for 34 years, having met when Haynes was one of Smoker’s students at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1979. Originally from Oregon, Haynes was “a masterful drummer,” Smoker says. “I could tell right away that he had a lot of talent.”

While at Coe, Smoker formed the Paul Smoker Trio with Haynes and bassist Ron Rohovit. Smoker and Haynes teamed up again when the Paul Smoker Notet debuted in 2003 with Haynes, guitarist Steve Salerno, and bassist Drew Gress. Having performed together for as long as they have, the two have a comfortable musical rapport.

“We trust each other; we can react instantaneously to each other,” Smoker explains. “We finish each other’s musical phrasing.”

Smoker began playing at age 10, after hearing trumpeter Harry James on the radio, and credits the school music program in his native Iowa for excellent early instruction. His high school band regularly won competitions throughout the country, and it was at the same time that Smoker began performing jazz at clubs on both sides of the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois. After decades of playing his trumpet almost daily, Smoker – who has also performed with symphonies, ballets, popular entertainers, and the circus, and was the musical director of the Miss Iowa Pageant for 13 years – is still in love with the sound of his instrument, and prefers performing live jazz above all else.

“Jazz improv has been at the core of everything I’ve done,” he says. “You play some jazz, some something else, and you never really know what’s going to happen. I love that jazz feeling. It’s very infectious and it has that thing they call ‘swing,’ which you can’t really define but is all about the relationship between the rhythm and the beat and the way you reach the audience.”

ABOUT PAUL SMOKER

PAUL SMOKER (b. 1941) - trumpet, composer, educator. “What Paul Smoker produced on his horn was unheard of in these latitudes; his complete command of his instrument allowed him to play whatever extravaganza he would think of, harmonically as well as in terms of dynamics. Styles, modes and techniques of every era of the history of music -- Baroque and Bebop, Structuralism and Storyville, Blues and Berio...To the widely discussed question about the future development of the jazz trumpet, Paul Smoker's musical concept could definitely constitute a far-reaching answer.” -- Jazz Podium

Paul Smoker studied and performed both jazz and classical music while growing up in Davenport, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa (eventually receiving a D.M.A. in trumpet) where one of his fellow students was David Sanborn. While in high school and college he played in the clubs across the Mississippi River in Rock Island and Moline, as well as Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, getting to work with Dodo Marmarosa, Buddy DeFranco, and Al Jarreau, among others. He was also a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet, touring throughout the United States, and the University of Iowa Center for New Music.

As a trumpeter, his influences include avant-garde classical sources as well as the jazz trumpet tradition, and also the saxophonists John Coltrane and Anthony Braxton. For more than 20 years taught trumpet, jazz, and 20th-century ‘classical’ music at the Universities of Iowa, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Coe College. During his tenure at Coe he founded the Paul Smoker Trio with Ron Rohovit and Phil Haynes, and they began to receive international attention, recording five albums and playing jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In late 1990 he moved to upstate New York and now concentrates on teaching, composing, and performing.

Since the mid-80’s he has made more than 50 recordings as a leader of his own groups and with Anthony Braxton, Joint Venture, Vinny Golia, Lou Grassi, Herb Robertson, Jay Rosen, Adam Lane, Burton Greene, Dom Minasi, et al. He has also worked with David Liebman, Evan Parker, Don Byron, John Tchicai, Art Pepper, Frank Rosolino, Barry Altschul, Gerry Hemingway, Ellery Eskelin, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, and others.

Smoker presently directs the jazz studies program at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and has been composer-in-residence at Rochester’s School of the Arts and Cornell University. The Paul Smoker Notet debuted in 2003 at Tonic in New York City, and includes Smoker, guitarist Steve Salerno, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Phil Haynes. Notet recordings include Live At the Bop Shop, Cool Lives, and the new Landings.

Smoker was first elected to the annual Downbeat Critics' Poll in 1986, and has been the subject of features and reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, CODA Magazine, Cadence Magazine, and many other sources, including discographies, encyclopedias, and texts.

ABOUT PHIL HAYNES

A New York-based artist for 20 years, Phil Haynes is featured on more nearly 60 LP and CD releases by numerous American and European record labels. His recording credentials include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin, and David Liebman; trumpeters Dave Douglas, Herb Robertson, and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano, and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David Kikoski, Denman Maroney, and Michelle Rosewoman; vocalists Theo Bleckman, Nick Horner, and Hank Roberts; violinist Mark Feldman; and the composers collective, Joint Venture.

Current Haynes touring ensembles include his romantic “Jazz-Grass” string band, Free Country, featuring vocalist/cellist Hank Roberts; the “tough tenor trio,” No Fast Food, with David Liebman and Drew Gress; his “power organ trio,” The Hammond Brothers; and the “classic piano trio,” a collective called Day Dream, with Steve Rudolph and Drew Gress.

Exhibitions featuring local artist C. Graham Carson and faculty art opening at Nazareth College Arts Center galleries

The Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College Arts Center will hold an exhibition of paintings by local artist C. Graham Carson beginning August 23, while the Arts Center Gallery will host its annual Faculty Show beginning August 23. Artist receptions will take place in the respective galleries Friday, September 6, from 5-7 p.m. NOTE: Both galleries will be closed Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day weekend.

ABOUT CODEX GIGAS: NEW PAINTINGS AND WORK FROM C. GRAHAM CARSON

 Since 1994, C. Graham Carson has created paintings, jewelry, sculpture, and steelwork in his Rochester-based Myrmidon Studio. He will present his paintings and assemblages – paintings with small sculptures or objects mounted to them – at Nazareth College Arts Center’s Colacino Gallery from August 23-September 20, 2013.

As a painter, Carson works with acrylics, into which he mixes stone dust; natural earth pigments; and metal dust and shavings from his studio floor. “Generally, when you look at a painting your eye sees the wall too, so it becomes its own sort of 3-D sculptural piece against a background,” he explained. “By adding objects or metal shavings, I’m creating paintings that are naturally more sculptural. Taking it another step, when I use materials that oxidize, they create their own pigments that change the painting. I really enjoy the textures and the mix of mediums this process creates.”

Carson draws his inspiration from a variety of sources. He is fascinated by anthropology, archaeology, and the history of places, and objects attached to his paintings often reflect that. “Some of my inspiration comes from numbers in history and dates,” he said. “Sometimes the influence of history is very obvious, and in other works you have to look for it. But there is always this mystery of time, place, distance, philosophy running through my work.”

A resident of Pittsford, New York, Carson has taught at Nazareth College, and is currently a full-time instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Codex Gigas: New Paintings and Work from C. Graham Carson; Nazareth College Arts Center’s Colacino Gallery; August 23-September 20, 2013; Artist reception September 6, 5-7 p.m.; Colacino Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. (closed Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1); automated info line: 585-389-5073

ABOUT THE NAZARETH COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF ART FACULTY SHOW

 The Nazareth College Department of Art Faculty Show, on display at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery August 23-September 20, 2013, features ceramics, illustrations, metalwork, paintings, photos, prints, and sculpture by the department’s faculty, including: Dr. Doot Bokelman, Associate Professor/Program Director, Art History; Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor; Lynn Duggan, Professor; Tracie Glazer, Associate Professor/Program Director, Art Education; Sherri Baker Hamilton, Assistant Professor; Mitch Messina, Professor; Ron Netsky, Professor/Chairperson, Department of Art; and Paul Porell, Assistant Professor. Several adjunct faculty may also participate in the exhibit.

The Faculty Show is an annual event that helps support the Arts Center Gallery’s educational mission.

Nazareth College Department of Art Faculty Show; Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery; August 23-September 20, 2013; Artist reception September 6, 5-7 p.m.; Arts Center Gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. (closed Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1); automated info line: 585-389-5073

Nazareth College Arts Center's 2013-2014 season

The Nazareth College Arts Center proudly presents its 2013-2014 season, featuring world-class dance, children’s theater, and international entertainment. Discounted, subscription series tickets and full-price, single tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, May 15, 2013 via the Box Office, 585-389-2170 or artscenter.naz.edu.

Honoring its long-standing, popular traditions, the Nazareth College Arts Center 2013-2014 season will include exciting work from the Arts Center’s local partners—Rochester Children’s Theatre, Rochester City Ballet, and Rochester’s own internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance—as well as a mix of visiting artists.

“Our 2013-2014 subscription season showcases the power, beauty, and magic of the performing arts,” says Susan Chekow Lusignan, director, Nazareth College Arts Center. “We’ll present spectacular contemporary dance, including two story ballets, and a multi-media production with aerial artistry; music that celebrates centuries-old Japanese traditions, African vocalists, and American and British Pop artists; family entertainment that includes dazzling electroluminescent creatures, breathtaking, large-scale puppetry, and musical storytelling from Scheherazade to Shrek; and special events, such as our long-standing tradition of offering popular political satire on New Year’s Eve, and an astonishing performance by one of the country’s most sought-after illusionists."

NAZARETH COLLEGE ARTS CENTER 2013-2014 SEASON

Enchantment Theatre Company: Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales

Enchantment Theatre Company’s original works delight audiences of all ages, with stunning costumes, masks, puppets, and pantomime. In this exquisite production, Scheherazade weaves her captivating tales for the Sultan night after night. Set to music inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov, Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales is a modern telling of these classic stories of romance and adventure—with dragons, wizards, princesses, and exotic creatures.

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale!

Rochester Children’s Theatre co-production with Nazareth College Arts Center

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

A brand new magical, musical re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale! Evil Lady Za Za schemes to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel trapped in a tower in the forest. It’s up to Sir Roderick and his hairdresser friend Edgar to rescue her with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman and a tired yet witty old dragon named Socrates. In this hilarious adventure, Princess Rapunzel may indeed find a way to escape the tower and take her rightful place on the throne, while discovering her inner strength.

Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

For more than 30 years, the award-winning Shanghai Ballet has mesmerized audiences around the world with its diverse repertoire of classical Western ballet, contemporary dance, and folk-styled Chinese national ballet. One of just five ballet companies in China, the Shanghai Ballet has claimed a predominant position and distinguished itself with its unique and expressive dance language. The Butterfly Lovers, one of the company’s signature titles, is an audience favorite and features a full corps of graceful dancers, gorgeous costumes, and a touching story of love and loss.

Sponsored by Drs. Dawn and Jacques Lipson, Paul and Helga Morgan

Mike Super Magic & Illusion

One of the most sought-after illusionists, Mike Super is the only magician to win a live magic competition on primetime TV (NBC’s hit show Phenomenon). He has amazed audiences worldwide and entertained celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Regis Philbin, Kim Kardashian, and Joan Rivers. Super’s astonishing predictions and spectacular illusions have astonished millions and earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Merlin Award, Entertainer of the Year two years in a row, and Campus Entertainer of the Year.

Sponsored by Nazareth College Campus Activities Board, Nancy and Larry Peckham

Garth Fagan Dance

Join internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance in its 43rd season, with premieres by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell, whose choreography “never loses flow or stops looking handsome” (Capitol Critics Circle). Garth Fagan—recently selected as one of “100 Irreplaceable Dance Treasures” by the Dance Heritage Coalition, sharing the list with his mentors Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, José Limón, George Balanchine, to name a few—brings his astonishing company of dancers to Nazareth College Arts Center for eight performances of premieres and revivals. Discover how “Fagan achieves a clarity of spatial architecture … [that] leaves you intuiting an entire, mysterious new world” (The New York Times).

The Wizard of Oz

Rochester Children’s Theatre co-production with Nazareth College Arts Center

By L. Frank Baum; Adapted by Frank Gabrielson; With Music and Lyrics of the MGM Motion Picture; Score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Background Music by Herbert Stothart

The classic tale that inspired countless productions comes to life in this delightful musical. Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. When a twister hits the family farm and carries her to another world, Dorothy—along with her beloved dog Toto and new friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion—travels the universe of her imagination down the fabled yellow-brick road. Along her journey, Dorothy learns how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it is to return home.

The Capitol Steps

For nearly two decades, The Capitol Steps have delighted Rochester audiences with their bipartisan political satire and song parodies of current headlines. What began as a group of Senate staffers satirizing the people and places that employed them has now become a nationally acclaimed company—they have even performed for five Presidents! The Capitol Steps have recorded more than 30 albums, including Take the Money and Run for President; have been featured numerous times on primetime TV; and can be heard nationwide four times a year on their popular National Public Radio “Politics Takes a Holiday” specials.

Sponsored by Margaret R. Colacino

CORBIAN Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater: DiNO-Light

As seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, electro-luminescent creatures light up the darkness in this heartwarming original tale that features fantasy, dance, storytelling, and technologically dazzling visuals. Professor Henslow, a famous scientist with magical powers, creates a wild and primitive dinosaur in his workshop. When the two become separated, DiNO meets many creatures, learns something new about himself and the world around him, and ultimately discovers the true meaning of love.

Rochester City Ballet’s Ballet: RCB Style

Rochester City Ballet continues to push the boundaries and expectations of ballet with exciting collaborations and cutting-edge contemporary choreography. Join RCB’s Artistic Director Jamey Leverett as the company explores “Who is Rochester City Ballet?” This unique program features the world premiere of InCantation, an exciting new work with composer Adrienne Elisha, world-renowned double-bassist James VanDemark, and all-new choreography by Jamey Leverett. The fascinating collaboration will feature VanDemark on stage with the company—an integral part of the dancing and performance. Hear and see how RCB is preserving and celebrating the beauty and significance of dance with performance excerpts from great classical ballets alongside selections from RCB’s signature contemporary repertoire.

Shrek The Musical

Rochester Children’s Theatre co-production with Nazareth College Arts Center

Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig

Shrek The Musical—based on the Oscar® Award-winning film—brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life onstage with all-new songs. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. With beloved characters including an over-zealous donkey, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and more than a dozen fairy tale misfits, this is an all-ages story about what it means to be a hero.

Soweto Gospel Choir

The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has been bringing audiences around the world to their feet with the joy and power of authentic African gospel music and dynamic renditions of Western spirituals and pop tunes, including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Amazing Grace,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and “Walking on Sunshine.” The 52-member choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall, soccer’s World Cup, and the Academy Awards; collaborated with Peter Gabriel, U2, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, and the Harlem Gospel Choir; and performed for Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Prince Charles.

Sponsored by Barbara and John Lovenheim

Pilobolus

Pilobolus is a perennial Arts Center favorite. The award-winning, non-traditional performance collective is world-renowned for contortions that verge on gymnastics; improvised, creative play on stage; and taking movement to the extreme. For more than 40 years, Pilobolus has forged collaborations with choreographers, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers, and engineers to create inventive, athletic, witty performance works using the human body as a medium for expression.

Sponsored by Susan and Steven Eisinger, an anonymous donor

TAO: The Art of the Drum

TAO’s last Arts Center performance received standing ovations and rave reviews! Athletic bodies and exquisite costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in a spectacle that has entertained more than five million at sold out shows worldwide—including the Vancouver Olympics. Critics and audiences marvel at TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina as the musicians strike their massive drums and take command of the stage. With performers who have also trained as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers, TAO offers a vibrantly modern take on an authentic, traditional art form. All new production for 2014!

Sponsored by Josephine M. Perini

Jim Witter’s Piano Men (A Musical Journey Through the ’70s Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel)

Piano Men salutes two of the world’s most popular contemporary songwriters—Elton John and Billy Joel. Led by Dove and Juno Award nominee Jim Witter and his live band, this multimedia concert also brings back the memorable headlines, automobiles, people, events, toys, and TV shows that shaped a decade. With classic hits like “Your Song,” “My Life,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Just the Way You Are,” Piano Men promises to be an entertaining evening celebrating the music of a generation.

Sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo

Rochester City Ballet’s Cinderella

A special invitation to the Ball is delivered and hilarity ensues as the evil stepmother and her daughters plan their future with the Prince. Will the Fairy Godmother step in to help Cinderella? Will the stepsisters entice the Prince with their “feminine” wiles? These questions and more will be answered when Rochester City Ballet brings this classic fairy tale to life. This family favorite, complete with gorgeous sets, brilliant costumes, exquisite dancing, and comical moments, reminds us all that dreams really can come true! Magical in its scope, RCB’s Cinderella is a visual treat for all ages—an experience that makes the beauty and artistry of ballet accessible for children and adults alike.

Dance Festival

After a one-year hiatus, the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival will return during the 2013–2014 academic year to better serve Nazareth students and support the Department of Theatre Arts’ growing dance program. The Dance Festival will continue to present programming that examines the question “What is dance?” when it returns in May 2014, featuring Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding). The Festival will also retain some of its most successful elements, including discussions with choreographers and dancers, master classes, and the popular “Dancing on the Grass” performances. Information on non-ticketed events will be posted prior to the Festival.

Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding) featuring Cordis Quartet with LehrerDance

LehrerDance returns to Rochester with the critically acclaimed Cordis Quartet to present Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding), a dazzling, sensory experience. This electrifying new work combines the most thrilling elements in contemporary performing arts—athletic yet theatrical contemporary dance; cirque-type acrobatics and aerial artistry; an emotional, hypnotic, textural musical score; and a vivid, multimedia backdrop—to create a breathtaking performance with a whimsical, fairy tale aura.

Sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo, Glenna and Norman Spindelman

NAZARETH COLLEGE ARTS CENTER TICKETS

Discounted, subscription series tickets and full-price, single tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, May 15, 2013 via the Box Office, 585-389-2170 or 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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2013-2014 subscription series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

2012-2013 PRESS RELEASES

Sherri Baker-Hamilton, Nazareth College assistant professor of art, named to Rochester Advertising Federation board

Nazareth College Department of Art Assistant Professor in Visual Communication Design, Sherri Baker-Hamilton, has been elected to the Rochester Advertising Federation (RAF) board of directors as education chair.

“This is a wonderful connection that will serve not only Nazareth College students, but all area college students,” she explains. “I will be responsible for scheduling and planning all RAF advertising and design student events, including professional portfolio reviews, speakers, a film series, and more!”

Baker-Hamilton’s two-year term runs through March, 2015.

Prior to joining Nazareth College, Baker-Hamilton held the position of Creative Director at Mirus Group, and was Senior Art Director at Martino Flynn before that. She previously held the position of adjunct lecturer in the Nazareth College Department of Art, both in advertising design and typography.

Nazareth College Department of Art presents Shared Spaces 2013, beginning May 31

Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery; May 31-June 14, 2013; Special Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 4-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 12-5 p.m.

The Nazareth College Department of Art is pleased to present Shared Spaces 2013 beginning May 31 through June 14, 2013.

Shared Spaces is an annual high school art teacher/student show, designed to celebrate the unique apprenticeship process that occurs between teacher and student. Each teacher submits one piece of his/her own work that was created within the last 3 years and selects one student to show with. To honor the concept of gallery space being equal, the work is displayed without identifying whether a teacher or a student created it.

This year’s exhibit features 53 teacher/student pairs.

Nazareth College musical theatre students cast in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Geva Theatre Center

Nazareth College is pleased to announce that four musical theatre majors from its Department of Theatre Arts have been cast in Geva Theatre Center’s 2012-2013 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Nazareth College juniors Henry DuRocher (East Rochester, New York), Chris Mauro (Webster, New York), and Ashley Squairs (Baldwinsville, New York) along with sophomore Hannah Karpenko (Rochester, New York) were cast in the production’s ensemble.

The students have been cast in multiple ensemble roles in the production, giving them an opportunity to learn from Geva’s professional cast and crew. In addition to maintaining their course loads, the four students started rehearsing at Geva in April, and will appear in up to 10 performances each week beginning May 8th.

Skip Greer, Geva Theatre Center artist in residence and director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, speaks highly of the Nazareth students and the importance of this internship opportunity. “All four interns, Hannah Karpenko, Ashley Squairs. Henry Du Rocher, and Chris Mauro gave inspired, well conceived auditions and will be superb additions to our acting company” he offers. “Theatre is built on apprenticeship, and connecting young, talented, and disciplined interns to seasoned veterans is one of our greatest joys. When we do, we’re actually touching the future.”

After being seen in several local productions at the JCC CenterStage, and RAPA, DuRocher is particularly thrilled for this opportunity. “I'm excited to be working at Geva for the first time and I'm especially excited with what I've seen of the production design.”

Mauro, who has also performed locally at RAPA, Fairport Summer Performing Arts, and Stages, echoes DuRocher’s excitement surrounding the design of the show. “From what I have seen thus far, the costumes, designs and sets are really going to be spectacular and quite magical,” he says.

Karpenko has a long history with Geva. “Geva has always been a part of my life. I attended their Summer Academy for three years in high school,” she explains. “I am a firm believer that the wonderful staff there helped to shape my artistry in an invaluable way.”

Similar to Karpenko, Squairs also has a history with Geva, having served as an intern in A Christmas Carol during the winter. “That was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and that makes me so excited for this production. This is an amazing opportunity for all of us and I'm so thankful for it.” says Squairs.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs on Geva Theatre Center’s Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage from Wednesday, May 8 through Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Nazareth College music student awarded prestigious marketing internship with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Sophomore Kristopher Sullivan to promote Center’s Chick Corea festival!

Nazareth College is pleased to announce that sophomore Kristopher Sullivan (Buffalo, New York), a music business student in the Department of Music, has been awarded a summer internship with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sullivan will work in the organization’s marketing department during the summer of 2013, assisting with high-profile events.

 “My first project will be a Chick Corea festival, a series of concerts and surrounding events May 16-18 by pianist-composer Chick Corea, including a performance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan studies jazz and classical guitar with Rochester musicians Bob Sneider and Petar Kodzas—also a Nazareth College Department of Music faculty—respectively, and is a member of the Nazareth College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Paul Smoker. He credits his dual background as a music business major and performer with helping him earn the position, which he sees as an opportunity of a lifetime.

“I can’t express how happy I am to have this experience,” he said. “Jazz at Lincoln Center is the heart of the whole jazz scene, and I plan to combine my great enthusiasm for jazz performance and my training in music business to support their goals!”

“The Nazareth College Music Department is delighted for Kristopher,” added Dr. James Douthit, chairperson. “It is an honor not only for him, but also for the Department and the College, to have a student affiliated with an organization as renowned as Jazz at Lincoln Center.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center, celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education and broadcast events for audiences of all ages.

Nazareth College Department of Art presents annual Art Education Graduate Art Show beginning May 3

Show runs May 3-May 12, 2013; Opening Reception Friday May 3, 5-8 p.m., featuring live music by Alexandra Vasilius; Arts Center Gallery is open Tuesday-Thursday 12-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 12-8 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.; automated info line: 585-389-5073

The Nazareth College Department of Art is pleased to present its annual Art Education Graduate Art Show, featuring the work of eight students: Anastasia Arriaga (exhibit director), Amanda Bucholtz, Katie Cole, Sage Cox, Danielle Keefe, Scott Martin, Melissa Salatino, and Brendan Shea.

Numerous pieces on display represent a variety of styles and media, including paintings, photography, prints, ceramics, mixed media, and more. Some pieces are available for purchase.

This exhibit is on display May 3-May 12, 2013, with an Opening Reception Friday May 3, 5-8 p.m. featuring live music by Alexandra Vasilius.

Nazareth College to create New Media exhibit space in Arts Center Gallery with grant from Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

Ron Netsky, chairperson, Nazareth College Department of Art, surveys New Media equipment in the Arts Center Gallery, purchased with a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. Nazareth College has been awarded a $33,605 grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation to create a New Media exhibit space within its Arts Center Gallery. The space will be the region’s first academic New Media gallery.

New Media exhibit spaces furnished with special equipment are used throughout the art world as artists seek ways to share their work globally without the labor and fees associated with shipping it. This grant will allow the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery to introduce digital and video formats into its exhibits, and give participating artists new levels of interactivity between themselves and their audiences.

"New Media is an exciting new frontier in the art world,” explains Ron Netsky, chairperson, Nazareth College Department of Art (pictured surveying the New Media equipment in the Arts Center Gallery). “In some cases it involves art that only exists electronically. The digital equipment we were able to purchase with the grant money will make it possible to bring cutting-edge work from around the world to Nazareth. It will also provide the means for our students to create and present works involving New Media."

The grant was obtained by former Nazareth College Gallery Director, Cathy Sweet, whose proposal states, “In addition to providing artists with new methods for creative expression, it is important to note that New Media is also helping to redefine our notion of aesthetics.”

The College will begin using the New Media exhibit space with the Department of Art's Undergraduate Show, on display March 29-April 21.

Nazareth College Arts Center presents breathtaking performance by critically acclaimed Cashore Marionettes

Beautifully constructed, and move with such realism” Los Angeles Times

Sunday May 5, 2013; 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; suggested for ages 8+; 60 minutes with no intermission

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present the Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts, on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The 60-minute performance will run without an intermission, and is recommended for children ages 8+ and their families.

The program is also suitable for adults and seniors without children, who will appreciate the beauty of the marionettes and music, as well as the emotions shared within the stories. Artists, engineers, and students of related disciplines will also appreciate the beauty and detail with which master craftsman, Joseph Cashore, constructs the marionettes.

“This collection of puppet vignettes, set to well-chosen music, is a simple but brilliant production that carries the audience through a range of feelings…this show is highly recommended even for adults who don’t happen to have kids.” Calgary Herald

A lecture/demonstration with Joseph Cashore, who has been designing and performing with his marionettes for more than 30 years, will follow the 4 p.m. performance.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Cashore Marionettes are world renowned for redefining the art of puppetry. Their program, Simple Gifts, is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life that have been set to stunning music to create an unforgettable theatrical experience. Joyous, humorous, and nostalgic, Simple Gifts celebrates the wonder and richness of life, and the hand-made marionettes are so realistic that they appear alive on stage.

Critics have called the Cashore Marionettes’ phenomenal masterworks—including a mother trying to quiet a restless infant, a spirited horse frolicking with a dragonfly, and a child flying a kite on a windy day—“a symphony of movement” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and “artistry with insight and illusion” (The Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation by puppeteer Joseph Cashore; beautiful music by composers such as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland; theatrical illusion; and artistic insight, the original vignettes that make up Simple Gifts provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it means to be human. The marionettes are engineering marvels and their quality of movement is extraordinary, and the performance explores a range of emotions with amazingly convincing characters and actions. According to the performers’ website, “A performance by the Cashore Marionettes is a celebration of life. The program consists of a collection of engaging pieces encompassing a broad range of themes, each delivered with a simplicity that expresses the essence of the moment.”

THE PUPPETEER

Joseph Cashore has been designing and performing with his marionettes for more than 30 years.

At the age of 11, Cashore fashioned his first marionette from clothespins, string, wood, and a tin can, and was astonished by the realism of its movement. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until after he graduated from college that he built his second marionette, discovering that in order to achieve the fluid motion and depth of expression he sought, he’d also have to also design his own puppet control mechanisms.

For 19 years Cashore experimented, finally achieving the subtle control that allowed him to create a puppet that was a turning point in his career and an impetus for his current productions: Maestro Janos Zelinka, a marionette that performs a violin solo so realistically and with such artistry and expression that it appears to be human.

Since 1990, Cashore has performed his moving, often humorous, works full time. He has toured Asia, Europe, and North America, performing at such notable venues as the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Cashore is also the recipient of numerous awards, including a Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship for Performance Art for artistic accomplishments; a Henson Foundation Grant to promote puppetry to adult audiences; and a Citation of Excellence from UNIMA (the International Puppetry Association), the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive. UNIMA states that such citations are “awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant, and enthrall.”

The Cashore Marionettes have also been featured in Puppetry International.

TICKETS

Tickets to Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts are $15-$18. 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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The performance by Cashore Marionettes is sponsored by Nancy and Larry Peckham.

Nazareth College Department of Art presents annual Undergraduate Art Show beginning March 29

Show runs March 29-April 21, 2013; Opening Reception Friday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.; Arts Center Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday; noon-5 p.m.; automated info line: 585-389-5073

 The Nazareth College Department of Art is pleased to present its annual Undergraduate Art Show, March 29-April 21, featuring the work of 65 students. Collectively, the more than 225 pieces on display represent a variety of styles and media, including aquatints, ceramics, etchings, illustrations, metals, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture, and more. Some pieces are available for purchase.

 The Nazareth College Undergraduate Art Show will also utilize the recently installed New Media exhibit space within the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery. New Media exhibit spaces furnished with special equipment provide artists with new ways to create and share work. Nazareth College’s space is the region’s first academic New Media gallery.

This exhibit is free and open to the public between noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays from March 29-April 21, 2013; with an Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m.

Nazareth College Department of Music Symphony Orchestra presents Alumni Back on Stage!, conducted by Nancy Strelau

Alumni and guest artists to join Orchestra on stage Friday, April 12, 2013; 7:30 p.m.

The Nazareth College Department of Music Symphony Orchestra will be joined on stage by Department of Music alumni and guest artists for Alumni Back on Stage!, Friday, April 12, 2013; 7:30 p.m., in Linehan Chapel. The program, featuring performances of classics and original compositions, including a world premiere by Tony Bisbano, will be conducted by Nazareth College Department of Music Assistant Professor and Instrumental Coordinator/Orchestra Conductor, Nancy Strelau, with David Labman on piano.

“I am always looking for new programs, and with so many talented alumni I couldn’t pass up the chance to bring them together,” Strelau explains. “This program will highlight their work as composers and soloists in a concert of old and new music, with a few surprises.”

Highlights of Alumni Back on Stage! include Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Allegro-Presto (Mvt. 4); Labman: Piano Concerto, Bold-Fiery (Mvt. 3); Tony Bisbano: Finding Me (world premiere); arr. Bisbano: Ave Maria, featuring soprano Jessica Bess; and Peter Maxwell Davies: Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, featuring guest soloist Graham Thompson on Scottish pipes.

This performance is free and open to the public.

ABOUT NANCY STRELAU

Nancy Strelau is music director and conductor of the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra, Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hochstein Virtuosi Scholarship Chamber Orchestra, and Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic. In addition, she is coordinator of the String Area and auditions coordinator of the Nazareth College Department of Music and teaches applied conducting, composition, and string pedagogy. Strelau also serves as president-elect of the New York chapter of American String Teachers Association.

Before coming to Rochester in 1986, Strelau was a violinist with the Florida Philharmonic and assistant conductor of the Miami Youth Orchestra. She was director of orchestras and string coordinator for the Penfield Central School District (1986-2000), conductor of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra (1994-2005), and co-conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra (1990-1994). She is a frequent guest conductor of high school orchestra festivals, all-county and all-state orchestras, as well as guest conductor at local and national music conferences. Strelau has received numerous awards including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians Award for Outstanding Music Educator in String Education, the Hochstein Music School Faculty Service Award, and the Richard Snook Memorial Award from the Monroe County School Music Association.

Nazareth College receives gift from renowned glass artist, Michael Taylor

“Right Place/Right Time” installed in Nazareth College Arts Center

 Nazareth College is pleased to unveil “Right Place/Right Time,” a 38-foot long, two-story wall installation generously donated to the College by artist Michael Taylor. Visitors can view this permanent installation in the foyer of the Nazareth College Arts Center.

“‘Right Place/Right Time’ is a generous gift from Michael Taylor to Nazareth College,” says Kelly E. Gagan, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Nazareth College. “Michael's work is included in public collections at Carnegie Hall and the Smithsonian, as well as internationally, and we are honored that he chose Nazareth for this installation.”

“Michael Taylor is an acclaimed artist with a national reputation, and we are proud to display his work here,” adds Susan Chekow Lusignan, Director, Nazareth College Arts Center. "The piece is a fitting addition to the Arts Center, and we are delighted to have it on permanent display.”

ABOUT RIGHT PLACE/RIGHT TIME

“Right Place/Right Time” serves as a visual interpretation of the college experience. It portrays the process from student matriculation to graduation in a linear chart format.

“The fundamental narrative of this installation represents the visual commonalities that remain constant throughout, and continue beyond, the student’s college experience,” Taylor explains. “The piece speaks of student accomplishments from the foundation years to the assertion of independence of personal interests. Each arm of the 18 objects is at a different place and a different time, corresponding to primary locations on the analogue clock and the compass. The work is ultimately about being prepared for the inevitable moment of being at the right place at the right time.”

ABOUT MICHAEL TAYLOR

Taylor’s exceptional career in visual arts and education spans 40 years. He has received many prestigious scholarships and grants, including the Fulbright-Hays Research Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship; the New York State Foundation for the Arts Grant; the New York State Council on the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship; The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant; The Thord-Gray Fellowship of the American-Scandinavian Foundation; Korean – American Cultural Exchange, Samsung/Corning Foundation Grant; Grand Prize at the International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan; the Danforth Foundation for Humanities Grant; the United States Department of Information Services, Cultural Specialist Award, Mexico; and the Portuguese -American Foundation Grant.

Taylor was head of the Glass Department at Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences in Rochester, N.Y. for 20 years, and served in the Visual Arts Department at Vanderbilt University in Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee nine years prior. For additional information, visit michaeletaylor-glass.com.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill beginning April 12

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill as the final production of its 2012-2013 season. The show runs April 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2013 at 8 p.m.; and April 14 and 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.; in the Callahan Theatre at the Nazareth College Arts Center.

The Threepenny Opera is considered to be Kurt Weill’s best-known work. It is based on The Beggar’s Opera, a piece created in 1728 by John Gay. It opened in Berlin on August 31, 1928 and has been reincarnated several times, both on and off-Broadway. The first off-Broadway production opened in 1956 and played for 2,707 performances. Most recently, it was revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2006 starring Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper. It received a nomination for Best Musical Revival.

Director Lindsay Reading Korth has expressed great enthusiasm for this piece, stating, “This is classic material… The play’s themes challenge social values that applaud profit over all other definitions of success. The play takes us on a journey through the darkest alleys inspired both by Victorian London and post WWI Berlin. The setting is bleak and raw and profit is king.” The play centers on Macheath, also known as Mack the Knife, the most terrifying criminal around. When Mack takes the young, naïve Polly Peachum for his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Peachum become active in trying to put an end to Macheath’s deceitful ways

When asked about The Threepenny Opera, several of the cast members responded adamantly about its significance. Courtney Scheer, who plays the Street Singer, explains that this material is a challenge for the actor that “gives us a change to discover layers upon layers within the material.” Cast member Chris Mauro, who will be portraying the role of Tiger Brown, speaks frankly about what the audience may expect to see. “Life isn’t always like your typical Golden Age musical where it is happy and love prevails in the end. Life is dark and bad people get off the hook sometimes. This play really proves that.” Despite its darkness and grim exterior, Bre Melino who plays Lucy Brown, is sure that this is a show worth seeing. She says, “The genius of Threepenny is that it challenges not only the actors, but the audience, forcing them to reason with the characters’ decisions and draw parallels to their own society.”

When it comes to concept and artistic vision, each production of The Threepenny Opera has run the gamut. Nazareth College’s production is no exception. Rather than setting the story in typical Victorian times, scenic and costume designer Allen Shannon has gone in a new direction, giving this production a Steam Punk theme. Steam Punk features the idea of steam-powered machinery with a flavor of the Victorian era. Lindsay Reading Korth explains, “We were searching for a look and sensibility that would capture our audience’s imagination.”

The Threepenny Opera cast consists of Nazareth College students: Taylor Carlson (Buffalo, New York), Lainey Catalino (Warren, Pennsylvania), Matthew Combs (Marion, New York), Nicole Cupo (Randolph, New Jersey), Marissa Davis (Frankfort, New York), Tess DeFlyer (East Aurora, New York), Henry DuRocher (East Rochester, New York), Chelsea Goodrich (Henrietta, New York), Francis V. Grunfeld (Worcester, New York), Seth Hatch (Franklinville, New York), Shane Heidecker (Oneonta, New York), Hannah Karpenko (Rochester, New York), Adam Marino (Webster, New York), Chris Mauro (Webster, New York), Bre Melino (Ontario, New York), Morgan Naum (Liverpool, New York), Gerald “Ged” Owen (Bartlett, New Hampshire), Kayla Perconti (Irondequoit, New York), Amanda Popielarz (Hamburg, New York), Courtney Scheer (Victor, New York), Ashley Squairs (Baldwinsville, New York), and Sam Vaccaro (Webster, New York).

The production is directed by Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts Chairperson, Lindsay Reading Korth; music directed by Nazareth musical theatre graduate, Audra Cramer; and choreographed by Department of Theatre Arts Assistant Professor of Dance, Heather Roffe. The production team is made up of Nazareth College students: Mary Katherine Lodick (Stage Manager), Jessica Pappalardo (Assistant Stage Manager), Sarah Fredendall (Assistant Stage Manager), Joshua Lau (Props Master), and Hilary Faulkner (Dance Captain).

RELATED STORY: In celebration of Weill, WXXI Classical 91.5 will present the Kurt Weill, American, series hosted by Michael Lasser on March 9, 16, and 23, and the Eastman Opera Theatre will present Weill and Hughes’ Street Scene April 4-7.

TICKETS

Tickets to The Threepenny Opera are $15-17. 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

Nazareth College Arts Center presents evocative, jazz-based choreography by critically acclaimed River North Dance Chicago

"Sexy, daring, and fluid, they lit up the stage…" The Dallas Morning News

“…a lush panorama of choreography…” Chicago Tribune

Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m.

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present River North Dance Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The critically acclaimed company led by Artistic Director Frank Chaves is known for skilled, emotive dancers; stimulating, jazz-based music; and bold, theatrical dance.

RELATED STORY: Three River North Dance Chicago company members have ties to Western New York: Hayley Meier is originally from Rochester and is a former company member of Rochester City Ballet; Melanie Manale-Hortin is originally from Oswego and is a University at Buffalo alumna; Jessica Wolfrum is originally from Buffalo and is a University at Buffalo alumna.

THE COMPANY

River North Dance Chicago was founded in 1989 and has since established itself as one of the nation's leading companies, having received both national and international critical acclaim. The Chicago Sun Times said “this is one sleek, confident, athletic, daring, versatile company,” and Germany’s Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung described them as, “young, dynamic and eager to experiment…a performance of pure zest for life. Jazz dance has not been this sexy for a long time.”

According to its press materials, River North Dance Chicago “is dedicated to the creative advancement, presentation, and preservation of jazz-based contemporary dance,” and “embodies a true flavor of ‘Americana’ in its versatile repertoire.” The company’s choreography combines athletic prowess and artistic perspective, resulting in an emotive, sensual, theatrical stage presence. Celebrated for presenting gutsy, dynamic, entertaining works that appeal to seasoned dance patrons and newcomers alike, the company delights audiences with a variety of enriching and accessible experiences that range from dramatic to lyrical and from traditional to abstract.

River North Dance Chicago is under the artistic direction of award-winning, international choreographer and teacher, Frank Chaves, who “aims for audiences to feel the complete spectrum of human emotions in a single evening, and leaves them feeling joyful and exhilarated at the end of each program,” according to the company’s press materials. Although the company’s core works are Chaves’, they are augmented with pieces by other nationally and internationally renowned choreographers.

In keeping with its vision of advancing contemporary dance, River North Dance Chicago performs throughout the United States and abroad, having participated in the IV International Ballet Festival in Cali, Columbia in 2010, and the Busan International Dance Festival in Korea in 2011; and toured Germany, Switzerland, and Russia on a 28-city tour in 2012. The company has also been the subject of three Emmy Award-winning documentaries produced in partnership with HMS Media: Reality of a Dreamer (1993), River North Rising (1999), and Every Dancer Has a Story (2009). The latter delves into the lives of the dancers, exposing the thoughtful ensemble of storytellers who focus on bonding together to share their collective experiences with audiences and each other.

TICKETS

Tickets to River North Dance Chicago are $30-$60. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Nazareth College Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to present family performances of Diabolo March 1-2

Original play by Dr. Candide Carrasco will be performed in English with some French, Spanish, and Italian!

The Nazareth College Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present Diabolo, an original, multilingual play by the department’s chairperson, Dr. Candide Carrasco. The show runs March 1-2, 2013 at 8 p.m., in Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center. Diabolo will be performed in English, with some French, Spanish, and Italian. The 80-minute performance is suggested for children ages 11+ and their families.

Diabolo tells the story of a little prince who no one understands because he is different, and a community of tiny people living on his chandelier who welcome him into their realm: Lady Maravilla, the good hearted spider; the King of Hearts; Luciernaga, a tiny firefly learning to dance; two butterflies who carry messages between the two worlds; and the mischievous Diabolo, a valiant little man who will not give up the fight to save the lost prince and his dog, Pepito, from the shadows of their palace.

Overall, Diabolo is a story about the pain felt by people who are different, and the celebration of how to overcome the darkest obstacles through friendship, love, and the search for beauty.

Diabolo was written and directed by Dr. Candide Carrasco, Nazareth College French professor and chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, whose playwriting/directing credits extend back to 1968. Recent plays include Peau D’Ane (2007); Azur (2008); Abracadabra (2010); Barcarolle (2011); and Casablanca (2012). Other projects include Broken Wrists, a film script for actor Jean Reno. He is currently working on De Casablanca a Hollywood, a one-man show for Reno, and Jean Reno a Biography for XO Editions Paris.

The Diabolo cast consists entirely of Nazareth College students: Max Gordon Wheeler (Rochester, New York), Hailey Grove (East Rochester, New York), Kelsey Andrychuk (Greece, New York), Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander (Penfield, New York), Sarah Sarkin (Ogdensburg, New York), Mary Lawrence (Ogdensburg, New York), Darrion Sands (San Diego, California), Quentin Bahuon (Rennes, France), Mathilde Lesage (Rennes, France), Emily Sebian (Clarence, New York), Sierra Morabito (Pittsford, New York), Stan Martinelli (Sodus, New York), Elizabeth Butler (Richfield Springs, New York), Dan McDonald (Nashua, New Hampshire), and Ruben Gomez (East Rochester New York).

TICKETS

Tickets to Diabolo are $12. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Nazareth College Department of Music presents Celebrating Poulenc, in honor of the quintessential French composer

Two-part program to feature works for solo piano, voice, instrumental sonatas, and chamber music!

Sunday, March 3, 2013; 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 2013; 3 p.m.

The Nazareth College Department of Music is pleased to present Celebrating Poulenc, a two-part series featuring the music of the quintessential French composer and songwriter, Francis Poulenc, at 3 p.m., Sundays, March 3 and April 7, 2013; in Wilmot Recital Hall. Both recitals are free and open to the public. The series, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Poulenc's death, will feature works for solo piano and voice, as well as instrumental sonatas and chamber music from throughout Poulenc’s career.

Celebrating Poulenc was organized by Gary Fisher, Nazareth College Department of Music Community Music Program coordinator and piano instructor, and will feature more than 10 Music Department faculty members, possible because of the variety of Poulenc’s compositions. Considered perhaps the greatest songwriter of the 20th century, he is also known for his devoutly religious choral works, such as the beloved “Gloria;” his opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites; numerous sonatas for solo instruments and piano, including violin, and clarinet; music for the ballet and theater; solo piano works; orchestral pieces; chamber music; even film scores.

“Poulenc was a clever, accessible composer – engaging for a wide variety of audiences – and we’ll capture that in these programs,” Fisher offers. “We will present an eclectic, interesting mix so that the audience may experience music that appeals to their sense of melodic beauty, their sense of humor, and their appreciation of music as both entertainment and emotional touchstone.”

Prior to the March performance, Fisher will also present a pre-recital talk, “Pourquoi Poulenc?”

Nazareth College Arts Center presents Scottish pipes, drums, and dance by the Black Watch 3rd Battalion and the Scots Guards

The most celebrated Scottish pipe and drum corps in the world to present British Isles of Wonder, new for 2013!

Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present the Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion (the Royal Regiments of Scotland) and the Band of the Scots Guards, on Friday, March 15, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. These famed pipers, drummers, and dancers from two of Scotland’s elite military regiments will present a new program entitled British Isles of Wonder, celebrating the music of Scotland, England, Ireland, and Wales. The program will also include an armed forces tribute.

RELATED STORY: In honor of the performers’ centuries-old military traditions, Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to offer 15% off select tickets for active-duty military personnel and veterans. Complete details appear with ticket information below.

THE PERFORMANCE

Members of the Scots Guards, representing Scotland in Britain’s famed Guards Division for more than three centuries, serve as the monarch’s personal troops, are among the nation’s fighting troops, and fill a famed ceremonial role. Its musical contingent, the Band of the Scots Guards, was created to instill patriotism and pride in the fighting troops, and to inspire young men to enlist. Today, the Band of the Scots Guards boasts 43 bagpipers and drummers whose duty is largely ceremonial, although they were deployed as medics in the early 1990s. The Band greeted President Obama when he visited Buckingham Palace in 2011.

Similarly, members of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion (the Royal Regiments of Scotland) have fought in major British military campaigns for centuries, including against the French at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York in 1758. The regiment is famous for its dark tartans, the red hackles in its feather bonnets, and the sound of its bagpipes as it marched into battle – played by the Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion. In time, the battalion’s music became entertainment for the Scottish clans, and Highland dancers joined the ranks of the Black Watch, now the most celebrated bagpipe band in the world.

TICKETS

Tickets to the Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion (the Royal Regiments of Scotland) and the Band of the Scots Guards are $40-$70.

MILITARY DISCOUNT: In honor of the performers’ centuries-old military tradition, Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to offer 15% off Premium and Orchestra seats for active-duty military personnel and veterans who present valid military identification. The military discount is available only for tickets purchased in person at the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office and does not include Value seats. Prior sales are excluded. The military discount cannot be combined with other offers.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts Dance Program presents MAD (Movement and Dance) Festival

Friday, February 15, 2013-Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts Dance Program will present the MAD (Movement and Dance) Festival, featuring more than 30 master classes in a variety of dance styles and movement practices, Friday, February 15, 2013-Sunday, February 17, 2013. The festival is open to area residents, age 15 and over, of all skill levels. Classes are $5 each or six for $25. Registration will occur onsite in the Upper Lobby of the Nazareth College Arts Center.

MAD Festival participants may choose classes in modern, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, salsa, tap, Afro-Caribbean, samba, improvisation, choreography, and more. Classes will be taught by local, regional, and national artists (many with Masters of Fine Arts degrees), as well as degree candidates, including members of Hip Hop company Illstyle and Peace Productions; Stephanie Fittro, Broadway dancer/performer and teaching artist; Dr. Suzanne Oliver, Alexander Technique Practitioner and Ph.D. in kinesiology; and Dr. Staffan Elgelid, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Ph.D. in physical therapy. The festival will close with a lecture-demonstration performance by the Rochester-based, modern fusion company, FuturPointe Dance, on Sunday, February 17 at 4 p.m., which is also $5 admittance and open to all ages.

For more information, including complete class schedules and registration times, visit naz.edu/theatre-arts/MAD-Festival.

Nazareth College Arts Center presents award-winning children’s puppeteers, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Audiences treated to adaptation of two beloved children’s stories in one performance: Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook!

Saturday, March 9, 2013; 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; suggested for ages 3-7; 60 minutes with no intermission

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptations of Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The 60-minute performance will feature both titles, will run without an intermission, and is recommended for children ages 3-7 and their families. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is ranked among North America’s most respected theaters for young audiences, and their adaptations of children’s literature have delighted more than five million children on four continents.

THE PERFORMANCE

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will present unique adaptations of two favorite children’s books – Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook – performed through the art of puppetry on imaginative sets with original music.

Guess How Much I Love You is an award-winning bedtime classic by author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram. It is the story of Little Nutbrown Hare, who loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop, but Big Nutbrown Hare loves him back as far as his longer arms reach and stronger legs hop. So the story goes, with a surprise at the end that has been delighting children since the book was first released in 1994. Guess How Much I Love You has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and been published in 37 languages.

In I Love My Little Storybook, written and illustrated by Anita Jeram, an eager young bunny lies on the grass and opens what is presumably his first storybook. Within minutes, the story comes alive in fascinating detail, and he is ushered into a world of enchanted forests, gentle lions, stomping giants, sleeping princesses, and more through the magic of reading.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia was founded in 1972. The company’s adaptations of children's literature have delighted more than five million young people in more than 12 countries, including South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, England, Wales, Ireland, Hong Kong, Macau, and the United States. Mermaid Theatre ranks among North America's most respected theatres for young audiences; among the awards it has received are Canadian Export Excellence Awards in recognition of contributions to culture and economy, and Best Performing Group from the Canadian Arts Presenting Association. In addition to its touring productions, Mermaid Theatre performs at the Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor, Nova Scotia; runs its Mermaid Institute of Puppetry Arts summer intensive; and provides instruction through the Mermaid Youtheatre program.

TICKETS

Tickets to Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook are $15-$18.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present Plaza Suite by Neil Simon beginning February 15

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present Plaza Suite by Neil Simon as the third production of its 2012-2013 season. The show runs February 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2013 at 8 p.m., and February 17 and 24, 2013 at 2 p.m., in Studio A48 at Nazareth College Arts Center.

Neil Simon has written more than 30 plays and several screenplays throughout his career, and is regarded as one of the best comedic playwrights of all time. His most famous works include Brighton Beach Memoirs, Lost in Yonkers, Barefoot in the Park, and his Tony Award-winning play The Odd Couple. In addition to plays, Simon is also credited as the book writer for several Broadway musicals such as Sweet Charity, The Goodbye Girl, and T_hey’re Playing Our Song_. In 1991, Simon was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed work as a playwright.

When considering Plaza Suite, Director Patti Lewis Browne says, “this early, prime Neil Simon play contains everything that has kept him one of America’s most popular playwrights for over half a century: fully rounded characters who find themselves in prickly situations and respond in unexpected ways.”

Plaza Suite tells the story of three separate couples occupying the same hotel suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Throughout the course of the show we see “one couple revisiting the same room where they honeymooned over 20 years ago, a Hollywood producer who makes the trip back to New York to find an old girlfriend, and another couple whose daughter is reluctant to come out of the bathroom on her wedding day,” explains Browne.

“The play switches back and forth between quick-paced comedy and heartbreaking simplicity,” adds cast member Zak West. Another member of the company, Matt Allen, adds that “sincere appreciation of family” is what he believes to be at the root of all the hilarity captured in this play. Simon’s innate ability to execute elements of farce while upholding the raw emotions of the characters is what makes this play so special.

Cast member Allie Tabor calls attention to Simon’s skill as a playwright stating, “It’s so well written that it makes our job easier – you can concentrate on getting to all the layers.” The witty language used by Simon and the physicality required by the piece are the only tools needed to create beautiful comedy onstage. All that the actors need concern themselves with is telling the story with honesty and conviction.

At its core, Plaza Suite captures big comedy with even bigger heart. Browne explains, “Each character is here at the Plaza hoping to find love of one kind or another and, as in all good comedies, complications ensue.” These complications, when tied together in one piece, make for an excellent evening of theatre that is sure to tickle the funny bone and touch the soul.

The Plaza Suite cast consists of Nazareth College students: Drew Alexander (Ilion, New York); Matt Allen (West Winfield, New York); Katie Ganem (Reisterstown, Maryland); Bella McGrath (Corning, New York); Katie Sweeney (Flora Park, New York); Allie Tabor (Oneonta, New York) and Zak West (Franklin, New York).

The production and design team also includes Nazareth College students: Emily Camaione (Brighton, New York) as Stage Manager; Crystal Dingman (Fairport, New York) as Assistant Stage Manager; Marissa Davis (Frankfort, New York) as Assistant Director, and David Russell (Cortland, New York) as Dramaturg.

TICKETS

Tickets to Plaza Suite are $10-$12. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Nazareth College Department of Music presents Percussive Formations – Striking Chamber Music, led by Kristen Shiner McGuire

Program features contemporary chamber works for percussion!

Sunday, February 24, 2013; 3 p.m.

The Nazareth College Department of Music is pleased to present Percussive Formations – Striking Chamber Music, on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall.

Percussive Formations – Striking Chamber Music features Nazareth College Department of Music faculty members Kristen Shiner McGuire, assistant professor in performance practice, and Anthony Calabrese, Community Music Program lecturer, on percussion. The two will be joined by Jillian Pritchard Fiandach, percussion instructor at Roberts Weslyan College and FLCC, and Matthew Witten, a Rochester-based contemporary musician on percussion; and David McGuire, composer and music professor at FLCC, on piano.

Led by Kristen Shiner McGuire, the ensemble will perform a program of contemporary percussion chamber works featuring keyboard and battery instruments, all classical in nature. Included will be “Vespertine Formations” by Christopher Deane; “Bicksa” by Thom Hasenpflug; “Bardo,” a world premiere for piano, drums, vibes, guitar, violin, and bass by David McGuire; and “Caboo," a composition Kristen Shiner McGuire wrote for the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Nazareth College Arts Center announces a one-year hiatus, redesign of Dance Festival; Festival to resume in May 2014

Nazareth College Arts Center has announced a one-year hiatus of its annual Dance Festival so that College and Arts Center officials can re-imagine the festival’s programming and timing. Originally conceived as a summer event, the newly designed festival will be held during the 2013-2014 academic calendar. The festival will resume in May 2014.

Since the launch of the first Dance Festival, the Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts has expanded its course offerings in Dance and added a fulltime Assistant Professor of Dance. Moving the annual celebration of dance to May – during the academic calendar – enables the College and the Arts Center to better serve the Nazareth students, faculty, and staff, and to better support the Department of Theatre Arts’ growing Dance program.

The 2014 Dance Festival will retain some of the most successful elements of the original version, including main-stage performances, discussions with choreographers and dancers, and master classes. The new timing will also allow continued participation by local and regional companies as part of the popular, free “Dancing on the Grass” programs.

Festival organizers will continue to present programming that encourages audiences and artists to examine the question “What is dance?”

Nazareth College Arts Center Presents Just Imagine, a critically acclaimed John Lennon tribute

Multi-media show creates an imagined Lennon performance featuring Tim Piper and a live band!

Saturday, February 23, 8 p.m.; (pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.)

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Just Imagine, on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. Just Imagine, starring Tim Piper as John Lennon, weaves spoken narrative, live music, and archival footage to create a multi-media tribute to Lennon’s life and music. Entertainment Today, Variety, LA Weekly, Las Vegas Review, and others have praised the performance, with one reviewer from KABC in Los Angeles saying, “Tim Piper is John Lennon!”

Prior to the performance, Piper will lead a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

THE PERFORMANCE

In Just Imagine, Tim Piper and the band behind him, Working Class Hero, have created an imagined final John Lennon performance by weaving together Lennon’s music, spoken narrative, and archival footage from before and after Beatlemania. According to Piper’s website, Just Imagine is America’s longest-running Beatles show.

Naturally, the score features many of Lennon’s best-loved Beatles and solo hits. What is surprising is the uncanny resemblance between Piper and the star, both in appearance and vocals. Throughout the evening, Piper’s music and dialogue create a theatrical event that appeals not only to die-hard Beatles fans, but also to music lovers and theater audiences in general. During performances, Piper often strolls through the audience with an acoustic guitar taking requests, and post-show he mingles with them, still in character.

Just Imagine serves as a theatrical biography of the man and his music, from his tumultuous childhood, to his explosion into worldwide superstardom. Piper’s exhaustive research gives the audience insights into one of the world’s most popular and enduring bands, the pressures of stardom, and Lennon’s personal relationships, as well as stories and inspiration behind his music and song writing. Few topics are off limits as Piper delves into early losses of Lennon’s mother and best friend, the breakup of his first marriage and resulting neglect of eldest son Julian, his heroin use, and his relationship with the love of his life, Yoko Ono.

THE PERFORMERS

A multi-faceted musician, actor and songwriter, Tim Piper has traveled the world performing music made famous by The Beatles. From his early teen years in Southern California, Piper played in numerous original and Top-40 cover bands, while honing his skills as a guitarist, bass player, singer, and songwriter. In addition to being a member of various Beatles tribute bands, including Revolution, Piper has distinguished himself as the pre-eminent John Lennon with roles in the CBS’ The Linda McCartney Story; E!'s John Lennon Story and Beatle Wives; and, more recently, as the singing voice of John Lennon for the NBC TV “Movie of the Week,” In His Life: The John Lennon Story. With his band, Piper has performed at numerous celebrity special events, including a pre-screening performance for the re-release debut of Yellow Submarine and the John Lennon 20th anniversary memorial gathering in Central Park.

Supporting Piper is a live band, Working Class Hero ("Working Class Hero" is a song from John Lennon's first post-Beatles solo album, 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band). The band consists of Greg Piper (musical director/producer/bass guitar), Don Butler (lead guitar), Morley Bartnoff (keyboards), and Don Poncher (drums/percussion).

Other Just Imagine crew include Casey Piper (sound), Paul Gentry (lighting design), and Steve Altman (director/writer/producer).

TICKETS

Tickets to Just Imagine are $30-$60. 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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Just Imagine is sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo, Mrs. Dawn and Dr. Jacques Lipson.

Nazareth College Department of Music presents Project Ludwig: The Piano and Cello Sonatas of Beethoven

Two-part program features five sonatas representing Beethoven’s three major creative periods!

Part I: Sunday, January 27, 2013; 3 p.m.; Part II: Friday, March 22, 2013; 7:30 p.m.

The Nazareth College Department of Music is pleased to present Project Ludwig: The Piano and Cello Sonatas of Beethoven, on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3 p.m. (Part I) and Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. (Part II), in the Wilmot Recital Hall.

Project Ludwig: The Piano and Cello Sonatas of Beethoven is a collaboration between cellist Mimi Hwang, lecturer, Nazareth College Department of Music, and pianist Elinor Freer. The musicians will perform all five of Beethoven's sonatas for piano and cello over two concerts beginning in January and continuing in March.

“While one often hears a single work of a composer on a program, Project Ludwig provides a unique opportunity for audiences to follow the span of Beethoven's musical life,” Hwang explains. “One will hear how the works are similar and related to each other, but also very different.”

Freer and Hwang have performed as a duo and in a number of chamber music groups throughout Rochester.

The recitals are free and open to the public.

Two exhibitions at Nazareth College Arts Center galleries highlight the artistry of commercial illustration and graphic design!

“Good Work!” Illustration Invitational at the Arts Center Gallery at Nazareth College runs January 18-March 1, 2013; Artist Reception Friday, January 18, 5-8 p.m.; Arts Center Gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-8pm; automated info line: 585-389-5073

“Design in the Working World: The Alumni Graphic Design Exhibit,” at Nazareth College Arts Center’s Colacino Gallery runs January 18-March 1, 2013; Artist Reception Friday, January 18, 5-8 p.m.; Colacino Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5pm; automated info line: 585-389-5073

Their work is everywhere! With advertising and packaging a part of everyday life, the work of graphic designers and illustrators is hard to avoid. It needn’t be just a utilitarian combination of words and images designed to sell, however, and the Nazareth College Department of Art is celebrating the artistry of typography, graphic design, and illustration with two new Gallery exhibits at the Nazareth College Arts Center.

The Arts Center Gallery will host an illustration invitational entitled “Good Work!” that highlights the favorite work of some of the country’s top commercial illustrators. Simultaneously, the Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College Arts Center will host “Design in the Working World: The Alumni Graphic Design Exhibit,” a showing of their best work by Nazareth College Department of Art Graphics and Illustration alumni.

Both exhibits begin Friday, January 18, 2013, with an Artist Reception from 5-8 p.m., and continue through March 1.

ABOUT "GOOD WORK!"

Visitors to “Good Work!” will be treated to the favorite works of art of 50 of the country’s top commercial illustrators. Curated by Nazareth College Department of Art Graphics and Illustration faculty Kathleen Calderwood, associate professor, and David Cowles, lecturer, the exhibit invited each participant to choose the illustration they think is their best work to date. Collectively, the pieces promote the field of illustration and create an important exhibition of top illustration artists.

Illustrators on display in “Good Work!” are Daniel Adel, Terry Allen, Tom Bachtell, Melinda Beck, Guy Billout, Juliette Borda, Steve Brodner, Lou Brooks, Calef Brown, Philip Burke, Kathy Calderwood, Dave Calver, André Carrilho, Michael Cho, David Cowles, Brian Cronin, Jose Cruz, Paul Davis, Roger DeMuth, Debbie Drechsler, Henrik Drescher, Randall Enos, Vivienne Flesher, Douglas Fraser, Drew Friedman, Milton Glaser, Eddy Guy, Danny Hellman, John Hershy, John Kascht, Stephen Kroninger, Anita Kunz, Peter Kuper, Chris Lyons, Wilson McLean, Bill Mayer, Ross MacDonald, Mark Matcho, Hanoch Piven, C.F. Payne, Chris Pyle, Robert Risko, Edel Rodriguez, Laurie Rosenwald, Richard Sala, Zina Saunders, David Sheldon, Owen Smith, Bob Staake, Nancy Stahl, Ward Sutton, Gary Taxali, Murray Tinkleman, Mark Ulrikson, Kirsten Ulve, and James Yang. The group includes award-winning artists whose work has appeared in collections and galleries throughout the world; in publications including Business Week, Esquire, Fortune, Glamour, Mad, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Playboy, People, Readers Digest, Rolling Stone, Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, and Vogue; and representing such brands as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Converse, Disney, Exxon, Frito Lay, Georgia Pacific, HBO, Hasbro, Levi Strauss, MTV, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Microsoft, Nickelodeon, Nikon, Penguin Books, Pepsi, Verizon, Virgin Records, and Warner Brothers.

ABOUT "DESIGN IN THE WORKING WORLD: THE ALUMNI GRAPHC DESIGN EXHIBIT"

“Design in the Working World: The Alumni Graphic Design Exhibit” offers viewers a reflective look at the professional work of 14 Nazareth College Department of Art Graphics and Illustration alumni who are now successful artists and designers. The exhibit was curated by Nazareth College Department of Art Graphics and Illustration faculty Catherine Haven Kirby, professor/program director, and Sherri Baker Hamilton, assistant professor.

The 14 Nazareth College graduates participating in “Design in the Working World” are Sherri Baker Hamilton, Maureen Ballatori, Matt Chatham, Luke Dangler, Maria Friske, Elena Dubas, Tom Galambos, Carl Huber, Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, Elliott Kirby, Tom Moyer, Kristen Palladino, Heidi Trost, and Nick Woyciesjes. As a group, they have worked at advertising agencies, apparel companies, banks, colleges, high schools, law firms, museums, newspapers, non-profit organizations, publishers, and as self-employed artists and designers.

Nazareth College Arts Center Presents state-of-the art illusions to a rock soundtrack with “America’s Hottest Illusionist” Jason Bishop

Award-winning illusionist features something for the whole family, from double levitations to close-up magic projected onto LCD screens!

Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m.; (pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.)

 Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present The Jason Bishop Show, on January 19, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. Bishop – “America’s Hottest Illusionist!” – is an internationally renowned, award-winning illusionist who performs cutting-edge magic to an energetic rock and pop soundtrack.

Prior to the performance, Bishop will lead a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

THE PERFORMANCE

Jason Bishop became interested in magic during his teens, studied theater in college, and merged the two when he began performing at resorts and amusement parks after graduation. As his audience grew, so did the size of his show. The Jason Bishop Show currently features sleight of hand; close-up magic projected onto LCD screens; and exclusive large illusions such as the Double Levitation, in which an assistant floats 12 feet in the air with Bishop soaring up to meet her; Plasma Illusion, which has Bishop plucking a moving object such as a ball or goldfish out of a television or phone screen; and Op-Art, which combines the optical-illusion art form with on-stage illusions.

Bishop’s assistant, Kim Hess, is as much a part of the show as the magician himself. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Hess took up baton twirling at age four, performed for 19 years, and won more than 100 awards, including first place trophies from the National/World Baton Conference at Notre Dame University. During those years, Hess also studied dance and gymnastics.

Bishop is the youngest person to win the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States Stage Award, and one of the youngest people to compete in the Society of American Magicians World-Class Competition. In 2006, he was named the Best Performing artist of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities, and in 2007, his peers recognized Bishop with the prestigious Jack Gwynne Award for Excellence in Presentation.

The Jason Bishop Show has appeared in venues around the world, including the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City; Caroline’s on Broadway; the Hollywood Magic Castle; Norwegian, Disney, and Celebrity Cruise Lines; and at theaters and performing arts centers throughout the United States.

TICKETS

Tickets to The Jason Bishop Show are $28-$50. Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2012-2013 Season are still available; subscribers receive a 20% discount when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Jason Bishop Show is sponsored by the Nazareth College Campus Activities Board.

Nazareth College Arts Center continues long-standing New Year’s Eve tradition with The Capitol Steps

Troupe’s musical satire offers a fresh, bipartisan take on current headlines!

Monday, December 31, 6:30 and 10 p.m.

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present The Capitol Steps, on Monday, December 31, 2012, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. This is their 18th annual performance at the Arts Center.

Musical entertainment by local jazz ensemble The Steve Greene Trio featuring vocalist Maggie Mullen will be provided prior to the performances and during intermission in the Arts Center Fireside Lounge, located outside Callahan Theater.

Patrons attending the 10 p.m. performance will ring in the New Year in the theater. Champagne will be available for purchase.

RELATED STORY: The Contemporary African American Printmakers exhibit, sponsored by Deborah Ronnen Fine Art in the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery, will open Monday, December 31, 2012, from 5:30-11 p.m. The exhibit was originally scheduled to close December 21.

THE TROUPE

The Capitol Steps was founded in 1981, when a group of Senate staffers set out to satirize the people and places that employed them. As their publicity materials state, “Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss, and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

The Capitol Steps have since recorded more than 32 albums, including their 2012 release Take the Money and Run for President! and their holiday release Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree; have been featured numerous times on prime-time TV; and can be heard nationwide four times each year on their National Public Radio specials, “Politics Takes a Holiday” – all to rave reviews.

Just as 30 years ago, most current troupe members have worked on Capitol Hill and, although The Capitol Steps remain based in Washington, D.C., most shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences visiting the Capitol. They have also performed for the last five Presidents.

The troupe’s formula is simple: take current events and the foibles of politicians – both national and international – and set them to recognizable pop, rock, folk, and show tunes to generate a laugh. This year, attendees can expect references to the presidential election, General Petraeus, the fiscal cliff, Secret Service indiscretions, the European Union’s money woes, and more.

TICKETS

The Capitol Steps often sell-out; advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested. Tickets to The Capitol Steps are $45-$75. Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2012-2013 Season are still available; subscribers receive a 20% discount when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The performances by The Capitol Steps are sponsored by Mr. George Scharr and Dr. Linda Rice, Margaret R. Colacino, and an Anonymous Donor.ed* and strongly emphasized text if that makes you happy.

Nazareth College music students place in 2012 Central New York-Finger Lakes National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions

Nazareth College is pleased to announce that two students from its Department of Music have placed in the 2012 Central New York-Finger Lakes National Association of Teachers of Singing (CNYFL-NATS) Student Auditions.

Sarah Miller and Quinton Harvey

Sarah Miller (Cuba, New York), soprano, a vocal performance major from the studio of Dr. Soo Yeon Kim, associate professor, won First Prize in the Junior Women category.

Quinton Harvey (Utica, New York), baritone, vocal performance and music theory double major, from the studio of Dr. Mario Martinez, associate professor and coordinator of vocal studies, won Third Prize in the Sophomore Men category.

“The competition in these events is very intense. To have two of our students receive awards is significant for the Department of Music and Nazareth College,” said Dr. James Douthit, Nazareth College Department of Music chair. “Sarah, Quinton, and the voice faculty worked extensively to prepare for this competition!”

Added Kim, “I am very proud of Sarah. She worked extremely hard to prepare for this competition. She is a talented and dedicated vocalist and I am thrilled for her.”

Martinez had similar praise for Harvey. “I couldn’t be prouder of Quinton. His talent, willingness to learn, and hard work will continue to help him succeed!”

The CNYFL-NATS Student Auditions is a regional vocal event in which voice students compete for monetary prizes and gain valuable performance experience and exposure. This year students from Ithaca College, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, Syracuse University, SUNY Oswego, and Houghton College, among other programs in the region, participated. The event took place at Ithaca College.

Miller, who placed third in the 2010 competition and competed in 2011, was one of 11 finalists in 2012. She spent last summer preparing for the October event. “Dr. Kim assigned me a difficult repertoire over the summer that she knew would challenge me for the upcoming competition,” she said. “When it was announced that I won, it didn’t sink in at first. But once it did I was excited and proud!” Miller had to celebrate her accomplishment in the car, however, as she had an already scheduled evening performance for a vocal coach from The Metropolitan Opera. She also recently received an Honorable Mention (second-place equivalent) in the New York State Music Teachers Association Empire State Competition.

Harvey also participated in 2011 and entered this year hoping to place at least third. “I look at every performance as a learning experience so I gave this my all despite being nervous at first,” he said. “I worked really hard to get here so I was happy to place, and I’m already looking forward to next year!”

Since the competition, Miller and Harvey have been selected to perform solo arias in the Nazareth College Department of Music’s upcoming performance of Bach cantata with the Nazareth College Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Mark Zeigler, on Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m. in Linehan Chapel. Admission to the event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Nazareth College Arts Center Presents renowned vocal ensemble, Anonymous 4, in a magical holiday program

Award-winning ensemble has performed on major concert series and at festivals worldwide!

Saturday, December 15, 8 p.m.; Pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Anonymous 4, on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. The group has twice been voted one of Billboard's top classical artists, and their release, American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption & Glory, was one of Amazon’s Top 100 Overall Customer Favorites across all categories.

Marjorie Roth, professor in the Nazareth College Department of Music and a scholar of music history, will lead a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

The evening’s holiday program will feature medieval and early American music. The performance’s medieval compositions will include selections from the British Isles, France, and the Iberian peninsula through the early 15th century. The evening’s American music was composed primarily in the 18th century.

THE ENSEMBLE

Anonymous 4 was founded in 1986, when four young women who had gathered for a music reading session became curious about how medieval chant and polyphony would sound when sung exclusively by women. Moved by the sound, the group took a name inspired by a medieval treatise on compositional style and music practice that was penned anonymously, and developed their first program, “Legends of St. Nicolas.” Using a combination of historic scholarship and their own performance intuition, they were able to recreate music that had been scored and preserved without reference to tempo, dynamics, or expression.

In the years since, the ensemble’s self-described “unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing” has been enjoyed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The ensemble is currently celebrating 25 years together with a North American tour featuring new works and previously recorded favorites.

Initially, Anonymous 4 explored only music from the Middle Ages, including compositions from the year 1000; the music and poetry of 12th-century abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; and 13th-century chant and polyphony from England, France, and Spain. Much this sacred music was sourced from scholarly editions or transcribed from original manuscripts, and the programs – consisting of chant, polyphonic music, and spoken and sung narrative – center around a single theme such as a saint, feast day, or liturgical service.

The ensemble’s repertoire has expanded to include Renaissance music; traditional music from the British isles; and American shape note tunes, gospel music, and folk songs. Included among the source materials for these programs are 18th – 20th-century tunebooks and hymnals, as well as folk song collections.

Anonymous 4 also commissions and performs contemporary music. Among the composers the quartet has worked with are David Lang (“love fail”), Richard Einhorn (“Voices of Light” and “A Carnival of Miracles”), Steve Reich (“Know What is Above You”), John Tavener (“The Bridegroom”), and Peter Maxwell Davies (“A Calendar of Kings”).

Anonymous 4 has recorded and toured with the Chilingirian String Quartet, Andrew Lawrence King (harp), Darol Anger (violin), Mike Marshall (mandolin, guitar), and the Mountain Goats (indie rock), featuring songs by John Darnielle with vocal arrangements for the quartet by Owen Pallett. Among their many honors and awards are France’s prestigious Diapason d'Or, Classic CD’s Disc of the Year, Classic FM’s Early Music Recording of the Year, several Gramophone Editor’s Choice awards, Italy’s Antonio Vivaldi Award, and Le Monde de la Musique’s Choc award.

THE VOCALISTS

RUTH CUNNINGHAM received a B. Mus. in Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is certified as a cross-cultural music and healing practitioner. When not singing with Anonymous 4, for whom she also does social media and tour photography, Cunningham specializes in improvisational music in liturgical and concert settings, and teaches on using the voice and music as tools for healing. Her solo album, Light and Shadow, encompasses traditional chants and her own compositions and improvisations. Her other releases include Harpmodes: Journey for Voice and Harp, Blessed by Light, and HARC: Inside Chants. She has performed and recorded with frame drummer Layne Redmond, Early Music NY, and Pomerium.

MARSHA GENENSKY is longtime singer and student of Anglo-American song with an advanced degree in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. She handles Anonymous 4’s American music research, acted as music director for American Angels and Gloryland, and contributed the American tunes for The Cherry Tree. Genensky also does the historical language pronunciation research for the ensemble’s medieval music projects. With musical friends Shira Kammen, Peter Maund, and Allison Zelles Lloyd, she recently formed Ensemble S.P.A.M., and is a regular at San Francisco Bay-area sacred harp sings. She teaches performance courses and workshops on medieval music and on Anglo-American sacred and secular song.

SUSAN HELLAUER is a native of Bronx, New York. While earning a B.A. in music as a trumpet player from Queens College (City University of New York), an increasing fascination with medieval and Renaissance vocal music led her to convert to singing, and to pursue advanced degrees in musicology from Queens College and Columbia University. Hellauer handles Anonymous 4's medieval music research, and is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Queens College, where she directs the Collegium Musicum. She has appeared as a vocal soloist with the Harp Consort, Parthenia, and the 2006 U.S. Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. She leads Chant Camp workshops throughout the United States.

JACQUELINE HORNER-KWIATEK is a mezzo-soprano soloist when not performing with Anonymous 4 or spearheading the group's new music projects. Her work has included Bach cantatas with the Washington Bach Consort, appearances at the Washington Early Music Festival with the Baltimore Consort and Armonia Nova, performances of her recital program “Leading Ladies,” and regular appearances with the viol consort Parthenia. Horner-Kwiatek has also been a soloist in several world premieres including Richard Einhorn's The Origin; The Loathly Lady and Requiem for the Titanic at St Anne's Cathedral Belfast. She is also a voice teacher and member of the faculty at the annual choral workshop Musica Deo Sacra at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

TICKETS

Tickets to Anonymous 4 are $30-$60. Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2012-2013 Season are still available; subscribers receive a 20% discount when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The performance by the Anonymous 4 is sponsored by Barbara and John Lovenheim and Larry and Nancy Peckham.

Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College Arts Center presents “Textures and Edges: Graduate Art Show of Jennifer Green”

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 13, 6 – 9 p.m.; Exhibition: Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18, 5 – 9 p.m.; Automated info line: 585-389-5073

The Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College Arts Center presents “Textures and Edges: Graduate Art Show of Jennifer Green.” Featured works include photographs, prints, woodcuts, and cardigraphs.

A graduate student in the Nazareth College Department of Art, Green describes her work as creating “a thought-provoking balance between detailed textures and looser arrangements of space. My work is generally playful and reflective of nature.”

She doesn’t title her work, preferring to challenge the viewer to interpret meaning without restrictions, although she willing to engage in conversations to explain her intentions.

“I depict imagery that challenges viewers to consider varied perspectives through a contrast between lines that create boundaries and elements of abstraction. The defined portions of my art align with societal structures that can compartmentalize or constrain a clear and open vision of each other and our environment. The expressive elements of my work represent the variations in personal interpretations of reality. I create artwork to encourage viewers to pursue personal reflection about their position and purpose in society. Ultimately, I hope my artwork inspires viewers to learn more about themselves by analyzing how they interpret my work. In this way, my artwork becomes an extension of my career as an educator.”

“The imagery I create represents the interactions between individuals and societal forces. The man-made objects I choose are symbolic of social organization that affects our perspectives. When I choose to work with representational imagery, I include textures and patterns to depict the larger theme of interconnectedness present in all of my work. Some of my work does not include any recognizable imagery. For example, one of my larger prints includes a twisting conglomeration of channels situated behind translucent stripes. The lines represent cognitive patterns that drive us through our daily rituals. The stripes indicate the forces that filter our thinking. My photography is generally focused on nature. I capture images that include lines and patterns that inspire me to rethink relationships. I am fascinated with how nature effortlessly mirrors humans with a quiet omniscience.”

“My most successful moments in art-making are when I can free myself from excessive planning and respond instinctively. But, usually it requires an excessive amount of planning to reach this point! In this way, my process is apparent in my products. I include elements of thought-out precision along with quick mark making. It is not uncommon for me to spend days working on details and then make a few quick decisions in the final moments of creation that completely alter but complete the piece.”

Nazareth College musical theatre students cast in A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center

Nazareth College is pleased to announce that four musical theatre majors from its Department of Theatre Arts have been cast in Geva Theatre Center’s 2012-2013 production of A Christmas Carol.

Nazareth College senior Jennifer Menter and juniors Morgan Naum, Kayla Perconti, and Ashley Squairs were cast in the production’s ensemble.

The students have been cast in four of the six adult female ensemble roles in the production of A Christmas Carol, giving them an opportunity to learn from Geva’s professional cast and crew. In addition, Nazareth College Department of Theatre arts alumna Meg Richardson was cast in the role of Belle, Scrooge’s former fiancée.

In addition to maintaining their course loads, the four students will rehearse at Geva beginning November 6, and will appear in up to 10 performances each week during the production’s one-month run.

Don Kot, assistant professor in professional practice/ director of musical theatre in the Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts, who also serves as Geva’s resident music director and music director for A Christmas Carol, was instrumental in the students’ casting. “Geva was looking for interns for the ensemble and I suggested our musical theatre students, who then auditioned for both the director, Mark Cuddy, and myself,” he explains. “Their casting speaks to the strong relationship the Nazareth Theatre Department and Geva have built over the years. On a more personal note, I am thrilled that these students have been given this opportunity to work alongside a team of professionals, and I’m excited to work with them in this capacity and help them prepare!”

Mark Cuddy, artistic director of Geva Theatre Center and director of A Christmas Carol, speaks highly of Nazareth College’s Theatre Arts program. “I am always impressed by the talent and craft exhibited by student actors from Nazareth College, and I am delighted that four of them will be able to join our professional cast of A Christmas Carol,” he offers. “It is clear that they receive excellent training from Don Kot of the musical theatre program, as well as from others. Geva Theatre Center is proud to already have a close relationship with Nazareth, and we look forward to an even deeper one as we continue to collaborate on training young actors.”

Adds Lindsay Reading Korth, Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts chair. "We are so proud of our students having this opportunity to intern at Geva, which is exposing them to the rigors and excellence represented by the finest theater in town. Deepening our relationship with Geva is exciting as we launch our new professional training programs with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in acting, musical theatre, and technical production.”

Although she appeared in one student performance of a 2009-2010 production of Almost, Maine on the Geva stage, this is Perconti’s first full-length professional theater run. “I didn’t expect to have an opportunity like this until after I graduated,” she says. “I’m excited and nervous at the same time, and glad to share this experience with friends and such a supportive cast!”

Naum, whose previous roles have been in school productions and community theater, adds, “This is a big step for us. We’ll be juggling a lot between school and the show, but everyone at Nazareth and Geva are helping us make it work.”

Squairs was also impressed with the commitment Geva staff members have to the student actors. “We had a costume fitting and everyone in Geva’s costume shop was so excited for us This is an amazing opportunity for all four of us, and I am so grateful to be a part of it!”

Unlike the others, Menter has professional experience, having spent last summer touring with a New York City-based dance company. Still, she realizes the unique opportunity the students have been given. “We have a chance to do what we love! And this is great to put on a resumé as we launch our careers. We are going to listen to what the director and actors tell us and learn so much.”

A Christmas Carol runs on Geva Theatre Center’s Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Nazareth College Department of Music to present The Saxophone Summit on Saturday, November 3

Collaboration is first between Nazareth College and Pennsylvania's Mansfield University!

The Nazareth College Department of Music, in collaboration with the Department of Music at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, will present The Saxophone Summit on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 4 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. An open rehearsal from 1-4 p.m. precedes the recital.

The Saxophone Summit will feature collaborative duets, quartets, and ensemble pieces prepared and performed by both school's saxophone studios. This is the first year of what organizers plan to make an annual event.

The Saxophone Summit was founded by Dr. Chisato Eda Marling, Nazareth College Department of Music lecturer, and Dr. Joseph Murphy, who serves on the faculty at Mansfield University.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon beginning November 9

Production features student cast and crew!

The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present Ordinary Days (music and lyrics by Adam Gwon) as the second production of its 2012-2013 season. The show runs November 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2012 at 8 p.m. and November 11 and 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. in Studio A48 at the Nazareth College Arts Center.

Gwon is an up-and-coming composer and lyricist; a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; and the recipient of several awards, including the Kleban, Ebb and Loewe Awards for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Harold Adamson Award, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs John Wallowitch Award.

Ordinary Days tells the story of Claire, Deb, Jason, and Warren, four young New York City residents whose lives intersect as they each struggle to understand their purpose in life – their big picture. Told entirely through song, this story aims to capture and share the belief that the most mundane occurrences can be life-changing when one is open to them. “The ordinary can really become extraordinary,” explains Don Kot, Director/Music Director of Ordinary Days and Director of the Nazareth College Music Theatre program.

“I really think this show is about relationships,” adds cast member Chris Mauro. Although all four characters seldom connect at the same time, the moments when they do prove to be the most extraordinary. It is through these small moments that the characters learn to “slow down in this fast-paced world,” he says.

Cast member Marissa Davis adds, “When I was doing research for this show, I found a beautiful quote. It reads, ‘Notice this. Fate is winking. Pay attention.’ This show is about learning to keep our heads up.”

Despite the many transitions between the characters’ respective apartments, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the crowded streets of New York, the show’s message is not lost in the fast-paced story. Cast member Nicole Cupo offers, “[The play] is beautiful in its simplicity and that’s what the show is about. It embodies its own message.”

For Kot, the message of this show can be summed up in a single lyric sung by Warren, one of its characters, “‘For beautiful to happen, the beautiful has got to be seen.’ Something isn’t beautiful all on its own….We need to be open enough to see it.”

The Ordinary Days cast consists entirely of Nazareth College students: Nicole Cupo (Randolph, New Jersey) as Deb; Marissa Davis (Frankfort, New York) as Claire; Shane Heidecker (Oneonta, New York) as Warren; and Chris Mauro (Webster, New York) as Jason.

The production and design team is also made up of Nazareth College students: Joshua Lau (Honolulu, Hawaii) as Stage Manager; Bella McGrath (Corning, New York) as Assistant Stage Manager; and Tess DeFlyer (East Aurora, New York) as Props Master.

TICKETS

Tickets to Ordinary Days are $15-$17. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: artscenter.naz.edu.

Nazareth College Arts Center to Showcase Contemporary African American Artwork

Deborah Ronnen Fine Art Presents “Contemporary African American Printmakers” at Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery

Show runs November 9-December 21, 2012; Opening Reception November 9, 5-10 p.m.; The Arts Center Gallery has special hours for this exhibit – Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; the Gallery will be closed November 22-23; Automated info line: 585-389-5073

Deborah Ronnen Fine Art is pleased to present “Contemporary African American Printmakers,” at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery. The exhibition will focus on 13 living and renowned African American artists who make printmaking a regular part of their practice.

“Contemporary African American Printmakers” includes such celebrated names as Kara Walker and Martin Puryear, as well as younger artists who have distinguished themselves as promising forces in the contemporary art world, such as Mickalene Thomas, whose solo exhibition opened at the Brooklyn Museum to great acclaim last month. Two of the participating artists are recipients of the acclaimed MacArthur Foundation (“genius”) award, a program providing unrestricted fellowships to individuals showing extraordinary creativity and dedication in their creative pursuits. Several artists are also highlighted by Art21, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating audiences on leading contemporary visual artists through books, Internet resources, public programs and its Peabody Award-winning PBS series, Art21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century.

The exhibition will include more than 30 works in a wide variety of print techniques including etching, lithography, wood block, screen print, gravure, and chine collé. The selection of work will stand as a visually stimulating panorama, and will provide an important and engaging educational tool. Along with the artwork, monitors will loop video and audio content, containing excerpts from Art21 that feature participating artists discussing their work, as well as educational descriptions of printmaking processes.

“Contemporary African American Printmakers” coincides with the Rochester premiere of Garth Fagan’s new work, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Alison Saar, the set designer for the new Fagan work, will be represented by four prints.

“Visitors to ‘Contemporary African American Printmakers’ will take away a greater understanding of this art form, and the way artists mine their heritage and race for self-expression” Ronnen offers. “The works on view range from provocative to serene, and the concurrent showing of the theater and gallery shows promises to create a didactic conversation about the many mediums in which an artist might work. I am thrilled to share work by many artists who have never been exhibited in Rochester before.

A color publication including images and a full description of each print in the exhibition will be available.

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts to present Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill beginning October 19

Production features student cast and crew!

Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill as the opening production of its 2012-2013 Season.

Performance dates and times are October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2012 at 8 p.m., and October 21 and 28, 2012 at 2 p.m., in the Callahan Theater.

Churchill, author of Cloud Nine and Top Girls, is amongst the greatest playwrights in the world and known for her experimental and feminist work.

Mad Forest tells the story of two families struggling to overcome great obstacles in the wake of the Romanian Revolution of 1989. The play’s events take place before, during, and after the overthrow of government leader Nicolae Ceausescu. Dr. Matt Ames, Nazareth College assistant professor of theatre arts/acting and history, and director of Mad Forest, explains the significance of this piece, “In an election year, some of the issues that Romanians faced under communism and in the ensuing months and years after the execution of the Ceausescu seem, to me, particularly relevant.”

For many Americans, the Romanian Revolution is not often discussed or understood. “People hear ‘It’s about the Revolution in Romania in 1989’ and have no idea what to say. I think this is because they don't understand how big a deal this was,” adds cast member Kayla Perconti. “To live in a world where everything is at stake all the time is terrifying...people grew up in these conditions, and once the Revolution was over they didn't know what to do with themselves. Imagine if your world suddenly changed overnight.”

Mad Forest is told in three acts, each one representing a specific time in the course of the Revolution. The play truly embodies the effects of the Revolution on the Romanian people, beginning with moments of silent fear and ending with utter chaos.

When asked why this story is still relevant today, cast member Katie Ganem says, “A lot of people my age do not even know this Revolution existed…we take so many things for granted in America, like our right to vote, our freedom of speech, even our grocery stores. Romanians at this time had to worry about what they said every single second of every day.”

Mad Forest reminds audiences of the difference between having choice and freedom versus fear and silence. Although the Revolution takes place in another country, the audience is likely to draw connections between the political issues in Romania in 1989, and those in today’s American society, Ames offers. “Religious freedom, free speech, redistribution of wealth…these are all issues addressed in the play, and certainly are still important to American audiences,” he states.

The Mad Forest cast consists entirely of Nazareth College students: Francis V. Grunfeld (Worcester, N.Y.), Bogdan; Matthew Allen (West Winfield, N.Y.), Gabriel; Dimitar Kominovski (Webster, N.Y.), Mihai; Drew Alexander (Ilion, N.Y.), Radu; David Russell (Cortland, N.Y.), Ianos; Tiffany Widrick (Spencerport, N.Y.), Irina; Kayla Perconti (Rochester, N.Y.), Lucia; Gloria Gambino (Hornell, N.Y.), Florina; Kimberly Pantoliano (Union Springs, N.Y.), Rodica; Jennifer Menter (Syracuse, N.Y.), Flavia; Samantha Jo Buckman (Fairport, N.Y.), Reporter One; Katie Ganem (Reisterstown, MD), Reporter Two/Fight Captain; Emily Sebian (Buffalo, N.Y.), Reporter Three; and Zak West (Franklin, N.Y.), Henry DuRocher (East Rochester, N.Y.), Hannah Karpenko (Rochester, N.Y.), and Ashley Squairs (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Ensemble.

The Mad Forest production and design team is also made up of Nazareth students: Gustave Rogers (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and Peter Fekete (Syracuse, N.Y.), dramaturgs; Morgan Naum (Liverpool, N.Y.), stage manager; and Amanda Popielarz (Hamburg, N.Y.) and Sarah Marshall (Whitesboro, N.Y.), assistant stage managers.

TICKETS

Tickets to Mad Forest are $10-$12. 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 Theatre Arts Department performances.

Nazareth College Arts Center presents Letters Home

Griffin Theatre Company’s production offers powerful readings of letters written by soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq

Friday, November 2, 7 p.m. (pre-performance lecture, 6 p.m.)

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Griffin Theatre Company’s Letters Home on Friday, November 2, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Callahan Theater.

William Massolia, Artistic Director/Founder, Griffin Theatre Company, will lead a pre-performance lecture at 6 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

A post-play discussion/Q&A session will immediately follow the performance.

THE PERFORMANCE

In 2003, The New York Times marked the 50th anniversary of the holiday President Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed Veterans’ Day (formerly known as Armistice Day) with an op-ed piece entitled “The Things They Wrote,” consisting of excerpts from letters written by five American servicemen and women who lost their lives in Iraq. Those powerful letters – as well as a subsequent collections published throughout 2003 and 2004 – led to the production of Last Letters Home, an hour-long HBO documentary by Bill Couturié about 10 U.S. soldiers killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the same time, author Frank Schaeffer began compiling correspondence from American troops serving in the Middle East – one of them being his own son – in a number of books, including Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love (2003), F_aith Of Our Sons: A Father’s Wartime Diary_ (2004), and Voices From The Front: Letters Home From America’s Military Family (2005). Collectively, these resources inspired and provided source material for Griffin Theatre Company’s production, Letters Home, adapted by William Massolia, the company’s artistic director and founder.

According to the company’s press materials, “Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. … The play, without politicizing, gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the ongoing war.”

“These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loves ones, and combat and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq,” the company’s press materials state. “One theme seems to unite their diverse voices: the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you are. [The letters] also help define for the audience patriotism and what it means to serve our country today, through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, sense of community, and brotherhood.”

As its name implies, Letters Home consists primarily of letters written by men and women serving overseas; however the production also includes several poignant letters from parents. Using minimal props and set pieces, the actors perform each letter as a dramatic monologue against a backdrop of photos and video taken directly from soldiers’ blogs, websites, and social media pages. The result is a gripping narrative about the experiences of a generation of soldiers who went to war for reasons that are still being debated.

Griffin Theatre Company’s original 2010 production of Letters Home received immediate critical acclaim and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Play. The theater has since toured the production throughout the country, including in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The performance of Letters Home at Nazareth College Arts Center was scheduled to coincide with Veterans’ Day (as closely as the company’s touring schedule would allow), which is especially important to the Nazareth College community, given its recent inclusion in the 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools. The guide ranks Nazareth in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide committed to helping veteran-students make the challenging transitions from military to academic life.

Nazareth maintains a strong commitment to its veteran students with multiple resources, such as special grants to be used toward tuition and fees, and help finding internships with vet-friendly businesses and organizations. The College’s newly opened office of veterans’ affairs, led by Coordinator of Veteran Student Enrollment and Support Services, Jeremy Bagley, provides veteran students with assistance in different areas such as figuring out complicated financial aid packages or talking about the difficulties of transitioning from the military to a classroom setting.

TICKETS

Tickets to Letters Home are $10-$40. Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2012-2013 Season are still available; subscribers receive a 20% discount when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Popular Performers Present 40 Years of Favorite Love Songs

Nazareth College Arts Center presents Michael Lasser, Cindy Miller, and Alan Jones in “Wild Again, Beguiled Again: Love Songs for Grown-ups”

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present “Wild Again, Beguiled Again: Love Songs for Grown-ups” on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 3 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall.

This special concert is in honor of Michael and Elaine Lasser, in celebration of the bequest of their popular music collection to the Lorette Wilmot Library at Nazareth College.

“Michael and Elaine’s collection is quite impressive,” says Catherine Doyle, Director of the Lorette Wilmot Library. “We appreciate the Lasser’s generosity in sharing these materials with future generations of students, as well as music lovers of all ages.”

THE PERFORMANCE

Popular Rochester performers Alan Jones (piano, vocals) and Nazareth alumnus Cindy Miller (vocals) present some of the greatest love songs from the Great American Songbook, while narrator Michael Lasser shares anecdotes and commentary about the featured songwriters and their music.

According to the trio’s press materials, “Most love songs are about young love, even first love. It’s true now, and it was true during the first half of the 20th century – the years when the Great American Songbook took form. But it’s not the whole truth. There’s also an adult sensibility at loose in our popular songs. They sing about the need for romance and passion given urgency by the sense of time passing, they approach sex with humor, and they have learned that most hearts break and then heal and then break again.”

Among the songwriters featured in “Wild Again, Beguiled Again” are Hoagy Carmichael, George and Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, Gordon Jenkins, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Kurt Weill, and Vincent Youmans.

Lasser, Miller, and Jones have appeared nationally at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Archives, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Locally, the trio has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic; at the Memorial Art Gallery, Nazareth College Arts Center, and the Jewish Community Center; and appeared on WXXI’s innovative lecture series, “WXXI Voices.”

THE PERFORMERS

Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, and critic. He and Philip Furia are co-authors of America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley, and he has a new book scheduled for publication at Christmas, 2013, America’s Songs II: From the 1890s to the Post-War Years. Since 1980, Lasser has been the host of the nationally syndicated public radio show, Fascinatin’ Rhythm. He is the winner of a 1994 Peabody Award for letting “our treasury of popular tunes speak (and sing) for itself with sparkling commentary, tracing the contributions of the composers and performers to American society.” Lasser is the former theater critic for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and for 30 years has spoken at museums and universities all over the country. In 2010, he was named a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Rollins College. He was also a major contributor to the standard reference work, American Song Lyricists, 1920-1960. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Lasser taught English in independent schools for 40 years. For additional information, visit american-song.com.

Cindy Miller warms up on arias and then sings jazz – or whatever else her audience wants. She sings every kind of song, and does it with wit, warmth, and conviction. Her engagements have ranged from intimate clubs to stadiums, she performs regularly with the Gap Mangione Big Band, and she has appeared with the Benny Goodman Tribute Band, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Central New York Jazz Ensemble. Miller is a graduate of Nazareth College and received her Master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. She performed for actress Meryl Streep when the actress received the George Eastman Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Film, appeared at the New York State Fair Celebration 2000, and was a guest soloist at the 2004 International Marine Tattoo. Miller’s New York City appearances include The Blue Note (with Gap and Chuck Mangione) and Danny's Skylight Room. She regularly receives rave revues for her cabaret acts and has released several CDs including Love You Madly and I’ve Got the Music in Me. For additional information, visit cindymiller.biz.

Alan Jones is a singer and piano player extraordinaire and is best known as a cabaret performer. He and his long-time partner, Phyl Contestable, have been guest artists with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brockport Symphony. Together they have opened for Bill Cosby, Rich Little, and Jackie Mason. They have entertained at many resorts and hotels, including Trump’s Castle in Atlantic City, The Concord Hotel, and The Royal York in Toronto. Jones and Contestable also performed a series of concerts for the 1995 Ryder Cup in Rochester, N.Y. They have released two recordings and continue to be among Western New York’s most popular entertainers. Jones is a graduate of The Capital University Conservatory of Music and earned a Master’s degree from The Eastman School of Music. His work as an educator, songwriter, arranger, and performer has gained him inclusion in Who’s Who of American Teachers.

TICKETS

Advance general admission tickets to “Wild Again, Beguiled Again: Love Songs for Grown-ups” are $25. For advance tickets, call or visit the Box Office, 585-389-2170, or order online at artscenter.naz.edu. Regular Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 11a.m.-5p.m.

General admission tickets to “Wild Again, Beguiled Again: Love Songs for Grown-ups” will also be available at the Wilmot Recital Hall door for $25 on the performance date; day-of tickets may only be purchased via check or credit card.

Street-art style paintings on display at Nazareth College Arts Center

Nazareth College Arts Center’s Colacino Gallery Hosting “Selfish Portraits,” an Exhibition by Quel Beast

Show runs September 28 - October 24; Artist reception October 4, 6-9pm; Colacino Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5pm; automated info line: 585-389-5073

The Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College Arts Center will hold an exhibition of paintings by Quel Beast beginning September 28.

Rochester native Quel Beast has made a name for himself as a New York City street artist. “I taught myself to paint by pasting my successes and failures in the streets,” he says. Indeed, his images have popped up on walls and fences throughout lower Manhattan and north Brooklyn, and are gaining a following among New York City art lovers and gallery owners.

Regardless of whether they are pasted illegally on the street or hung on a gallery wall, Quel Beast’s hand-painted portraits are best described as confrontational. “My images are borne out of the frustration and introspection that followed my recent confrontation with my own additive and self-destructive behaviors,” the artist explains. “They combine idealism with hopelessness, and juxtapose ego with self debasement.”

His current series, “Selfish Portraits,” are often painted on triangle canvases of varying sizes, but are equally likely to appear as cut-out figures, in zines, or on stickers. The raw emotions and intense expressions in these portraits come from the bold lines and bright colors the artist favors. “My style can most aptly be described as manic finger painting,” Quel Beast says. “In an age where one’s identity is carefully self-curated, I choose colorful complications over homogenization.”

Nazareth College students and faculty to perform at inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

Nazareth College is proud to be an Associate Higher Educational Partner of the 2012 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (September 19-23, 2012).

"As part of Nazareth College's commitment to our students and to our community, we are honored to be part of this inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival," says Kelly E. Gagan, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Nazareth College. "Events such as this festival make Rochester a wonderful place to live and work. They also provide students from Nazareth and all the Fringe Festival's educational partners an opportunity to use skills they are learning on campus in the real world, and to showcase their talents!"

Nazareth College departments in the performing arts will have a big presence at the first-ever First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, when students and faculty perform on stages throughout festival.

"I am delighted to see so many Nazareth artists and student-artists involved in the first Rochester Fringe Festival," says Lindsay Reading Korth, Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts chair. "Rochester is so rich in talent and I am proud that my students have this opportunity to share their excellent emerging work as performing artists with our community!"

Adds James Douthit, Nazareth College Department of Music chair, "To have so many performing arts students in the Rochester Fringe Festival is an honor to Nazareth College. I know the festival attendees will be amazed by the wealth of talent we have on our campus."

Nazareth College students, alumni and faculty will be participating in 10 Fringe Festival performances.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents (theatre): Three Nazareth College theatre and music theatre students are part of this Geva Theatre Conservatory production, which is being presented in association with “Rock the Vote.” Written by the Neo-Futurists of Chicago, this is a smart, hilarious and irreverent look at whom our country chooses as its President…and why. Each President gets a two-minute play in a surprisingly informative yet moving view of American History, with a 2012 Presidential vote by the audience at the end of each performance.

Nazareth College senior Gustave Rogers served as the dramaturg for the production. “It was an enlightening experience,” he says of his role. “I learned a lot while trying to teach others and give the actors the information they needed to convey these stories to the audience.” Rogers was so successful in his research that Geva has posted his 100-plus-page dramaturgy packet to its website for other theatres to use.

Nazareth College senior Bre Melino has been able to showcase her musical theatre talents by choreographing two numbers for plays about President Nixon and President George H. W. Bush. “In college, you don’t often get the opportunity to work with people outside your class so this has been a wonderful experience,” she offers. “It’s surreal – here I am working at a regional theatre and at the Fringe Festival.”

Courtney Scheer, also a senior, is the third Nazareth student involved with the production. In addition to acting, Scheer has written a song to highlight President Truman. “I’m really pleased and excited to be a part of it,” she says. “Being in this production has really given all of us a chance to showcase ourselves!”

Casey Jones Costello Sings the Great American Songbook (music): Nazareth College music student, Casey Jones Costello, takes the audience on a time trip through the early and mid-20th century songbook. Along with veteran Broadway musician and conductor, Craig T. Raisner, Costello croons classics and forgotten gems.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (musical theatre): 2010 Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts alumnus, Wayne Alan Dunbar, directs this rock musical, written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, which follows a post-botched-op, transsexual, East German singer on her journey to find her other half. The production Features local actors and a live band.

I Remember You: A Coffee Cabaret (music/cabaret): This cabaret details the journey of five people discovering who they are through past experiences, relationships, and cherished friendships via classic and contemporary musical theatre. The show began as a showcase for Nazareth College musical theatre students, and features alumni Scott Charles, Erin Hassett, Katie LeSuer, and Brian Ziemann, as well as current student Jennifer Menter, with Don Kot, assistant professor in professional practice/director of musical theatre, at the piano. They have already performed their cabaret, which was directed by Kot, in front of casting directors, agents, and other professionals in New York City.

“When Don informed us of our involvement in Fringe, we were ecstatic…because we knew we would be able to share the joy of theatre and what it can do for people to a whole new crowd,” LeSuer says. “It is truly a blessing to be able to share the very real moments on stage with others and I can't wait to perform in Fringe and to see everything else Fringe has to offer to the Rochester community!”

Ziemann adds, “It's been great to be featured at Fringe, and I hope this is the start of an annual tradition!”

“It’s been wonderful working with these students and bringing this cabaret to the community,” Kot says. “It’s always exciting to be involved in something new and this new festival is another asset for Rochester!”

On Tap: Original Music with Dance (music/dance): Live contemporary jazz and classical music – composed by Eastman School of Music and Nazareth College students and alumni – meets local professional dancers. Featured composers Jennifer Bellor, Matt Evans, Josh Forgét, Colin Gordon, and Aaron Staebell collaborate with dancers and choreographers, including Hannah Beach Chisholm, Alex Dugdale, Rebecca McArthur, Missy Pfohl Smith, and Courtney World.

Forgét is a composition student in the Nazareth College Department of Music. His piece, Euphoria, was composed for the alto saxophone and drum set and features fellow students Jake Wark (saxophone) and Matt Bevan-Perkins (drums). “The composition is about the hypnotic power of the moon, and the euphoric effect it has on a human subject,” Forgét offers. “Being involved in the Rochester Fringe Festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your work…and I expect that the performances will be very rewarding."

“I'm very excited for this festival,” adds Bellor, a Department of Music lecturer at Nazareth. “It is an honor to be part of something that is so big for Rochester.”

Smith (theatre): Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts senior Gloria Gambino’s original play tells the true story of Zach Smith, an infectiously positive young man who followed his dreams of becoming a US Marine. Four days into his first mission and six months into his marriage, he was killed in Afghanistan – changing his hometown of Hornell, NY forever. The play features an all-Nazareth cast.

Nazareth College senior Elizabeth Dorsey plays Kim Smith, Zach’s mother. “We all feel honored to be part of this performance,” she says. “There is an overwhelming significance to this work and it’s been great to find out who Zach was and what he did for his country.” To present the work at the inaugural Rochester Fringe Festival makes the performance that much more special, Dorsey adds. “Being part of the first festival validates what we’re doing. It’s exciting to be part of the kick-off and all this great work going on in Rochester!”

Solitude of Self: The Journey of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (theatre): Written and performed by well known local actress, Patricia Lewis, who is also a lecturer in the Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts. This production is described as a recipe for a women’s revolution: take one brilliant housewife stranded in Seneca Falls, NY, c.1848; fold in 7 children and a healthy pinch of outrage; mix with humor and passion. Let simmer. Solitude of Self is the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, friend and partner of Susan B. Anthony and the force behind the Women’s Rights Convention of 1848.

“As soon as I heard about Rochester’s Fringe Festival, I knew I had to be a part of it,” Lewis explains. “It’s going to be so exciting to see things by people I know and discover new things. The variety of this festival is astonishing…Rochester will be able to see some amazing stuff!”

Lewis will also be performing in Unleashed! Improv Presents: You Never Know, featuring Puppetrov, the Musical (comedy/musical) as a member of Unleashed! Unleased! has performed at the Toronto Improv Festival, the Baltimore Improv Festival and the prestigious North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, but this is their newest challenge: a complete musical, improvised, with puppets.

Spection: Intro/Retro (dance): Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts Assistant Professor Heather Roffe’s presentation of choreography is set to a range of music from Aretha Franklin to Tango to Meredith Monk. Celebrating irony, vulnerability, and topics of gender, technology, love and loss, the dance works span the past five years. A new piece, Hier, will be premiered – an abstract reflection on the societal constructs that divide and distance us from others and ourselves. Roffe will be joined onstage with a cast of seven dancers from throughout New York state and Ohio.

“It's an honor to be part of what I hope will be a wonderful ongoing annual festival for the arts in Rochester,” says Roffe. “My hope is that this performance will take the audience on a journey, not just of the visual and aural stimulation before them, but into their own minds and hearts, as well.”

Roffe will also be performing in Spirits Within (multidisciplinary) as a company member of FuturPointe Dance. The production features Eastman School of Music’s Stephen Kennedy improvising on the restored 1790 Christ Church organ, while dancers from FuturPointe improvise in movement and RIT Professor Marla Schweppe and 3D Digital Design students improvise graphics projected on the organ and dancers. Every performance will be different.

For tickets, visit www.rochesterfringe.com.

Award-winning sculptor to show work at Nazareth College Arts Center

Exhibition of Elizabeth Lyons Sculpture coming to the Arts Center Gallery at Nazareth College

Show runs September 28-October 28, 2012; Artist reception October 4, 6-9pm; Arts Center Gallery is open Sunday noon-5pm; and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-8pm; automated info line: (585)389-5073

The Arts Center Gallery within the Nazareth College Arts Center will host an exhibition of sculpture by artist Elizabeth Lyons beginning September 28.

Lyons is an award-winning artist and sculptor who works in glass and a range of other materials. She is the owner of Elizabeth Lyons Glass, through which she produces a design collection that includes decorative objects and chandeliers, and More Fire Glass Studio, a 4,000-square-foot glassmaking facility dedicated to the production of both design and sculptural work. Her sculptural work, which has been displayed at top New York galleries, incorporates blown and cast glass, cement, wood, metal, and found objects. She creates pieces that are beautiful and raw, polished and rough, and strong yet vulnerable.

“I am interested in the primal relationships of fire-molten glass, metal, sand-earth, wood; constructing a parallel between process and material object,” Lyons says of her work. “Each piece takes on its own qualities of light, texture and form, defining space and a sense of age and time. Contrasting blown and cast glass forms with steel, paint, and found objects broadens the vocabulary. The use of glass in my work goes beyond the beauty of the material, to emphasize the rawness of it in its most basic states: hot, cool, and cold. This elemental quality is inherent to the material and fundamental to how I use it.”

The works Lyons will exhibit at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery are excerpts from sculptural investigations that she began in 1992 and continues today.

Ritual Vessels: “The powerful traditions that integrate myth and magic were sources of inspiration for this earlier work,” Lyons says. These pieces are “vessel forms that refer to family, place, health, growth, memory, and rites of passage. In this series, glass organs, representing the pulse of life, are completed with cast bronze lids, which are symbolic of the vessels’ ritual purpose. When assembled, the components of each vessel have levels of significance that tell stories of life experiences.”

Built on their Bones: This series “recalls those who have gone before us,” Lyons explains. It is, in many ways, a reminder of and homage to “individuals and civilizations that have gone before us as we build our lives upon their remains.”

Hand Tools and Arms: This installation consists of a tool shed (or arsenal), and a collection of hand tools (or arms), and deals with the “fine line between construction and destruction,” offers Lyons. “The human power that assembles and wields these tools or weapons is an integral part of this work, which questions the ambiguous relationship between building and destroying, reconstruction and war.”

Conference: Lyons describes this work as, “a response to the anger I felt when the US bombed Iraq. [It was] a war sold to us using fear tactics, neatly packaged for our consumption with phrases like ‘Shock and Awe,’ and ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ … sexy and shiny and so far removed from reality.”

Natural Form Chandelier: This is among Lyons’ most recent work and is “inspired by the forms I have referred to for many years,” she comments. The piece is an homage to German photographer/sculptor/teacher/artist Karl Blossfeldt, known for close-up photographs of plants and living things. Of his images, Lyons says, “they have been teaching me about form for the past 3o years.”

Lyons, the daughter of artists Nathan and Joan Lyons, is a Rochester native who returned to the area after living in New York City for 10 years. She holds a BFA in sculpture and glass from Alfred University and a Masters in Art Education from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States; featured in the pages of The New York Times and Architectural Digest, among others; and is owned by top private collectors in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Lyons’ sculptural work has been represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York City. Included among the numerous awards she has received is the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award in 2004, an unrestricted grant given to women artists over age 45 who are deemed to be at a critical juncture in their lives or careers. She is one of only 150 women to have received this honor.

Nazareth College Appoints Dr. Jared Chase Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music

The Department of Music at Nazareth College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jared Chase as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music. Dr. Chase will be welcomed to the Faculty for the Fall 2012 semester by Music Department faculty, staff, and students alike.

Dr. Jared Chase Prior to Nazareth, Dr. Chase was the Director of Bands and Chair of the Department of Music at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where he directed the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Pep Band, and taught trumpet as well as courses in instrumental music and conducting. He was awarded a Burmeister grant to present research on the wind music of Gustav Mahler at the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Conference, and won the Garrett award at Bethany College for a presentation of his new edition of Reynaldo Hahn’s Le Bal de Béatrice d’Este at the College Band Directors National Conference, which is currently being performed by colleges, universities, and professional orchestras around the country.

Dr. Chase has guest conducted the United States Military Academy’s West Point Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, and the Salina Symphony; enjoys conducting musical theatre and recently led performances of the musicals Annie, Company, Willy Wonka, White Christmas, and Cabaret; and remains in demand as a conductor. He is also an accomplished trumpet player.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the faculty in the Nazareth College Department of Music this fall,” says Dr. Chase. “This department has been experiencing a tremendous amount of success lately, nearly doubling its enrollment over the past decade. I am very happy to be joining this team and I hope that I can make a positive contribution to this excellent department. My wife and I are both musicians; we met at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and are excited to be living in such a culturally rich city with so many opportunities for the arts. I am looking forward to not only being involved in the program at Nazareth, but also other organizations in the Rochester community.”

“We are delighted to have Dr. Chase join our esteemed faculty,” adds Dr. James Douthit, Department of Music Chairperson. “This is a very exciting time for music at Nazareth and we are energized by the opportunities his appointment presents.”

Nazareth College Arts Center Presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Company is recipient of The New York Times Critics Choice Award

Saturday, October 6, 8 p.m.; Pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.)

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present Complexions Contemporary Ballet on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater.

Jae Man Joo, Associate Artistic Director/Ballet Master, and Michael Moore, General Manager of the company, will lead a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center.

THE COMPANY

Founded in 1994 by Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions Contemporary Ballet champions the artistic appeal of diversity and combines the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience in its performances. “The company is really … a celebration of universality,” says Dwight Rhoden. As their press materials explain, “The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period, venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world—and all its constituent cultures—as an interrelated whole.”

Rhoden and Richardson’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic and aesthetic appeal of all things multicultural forms the cornerstone of Complexions’ approach to reinventing dance. Former members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the pair’s multifaceted resumes highlight their desire to forge unique career paths across genres and the entertainment world alike. They have performed with Cirque du Soleil and the Joffrey Ballet; appeared on E!, PBS, and VH1; worked with celebrities including Prince and Patrick Swayze, and served as choreographers for Fox Broadcasting Company’s hit series, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Based in New York City, Complexions’ reach is wide. The company includes dancers from around the world and has appeared at major international dance festivals, including Italy’s Festival of Dance (for four consecutive years), the Isle De Dance Festival in Paris, the Maison De La Dance Festival in Lyon, the Holland Dance Festival, Steps International Dance Festival in Switzerland, Lodz Biennale, Warsaw Ballet Festival, Kraków Spring Ballet Festival, the Dance Festival of Canary Islands/Spain, Le Festival des Arts de St-Sauveur/Canada, and in Korea, Spain, and Australia. Closer to home, the company has presented its extensive repertory at New York’s Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Brooklyn Academy of Music; the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans; the Paramount Theatre in Seattle; the Music Center in Los Angeles; and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. As committed to education as it is to diversity, the company offers summer intensive programs in New York, Detroit, and Dallas.

Now 18-years-old, Complexions boasts up to 20 classical and contemporary dancers and guest artists. Their repertory consists of more than 100 pieces, and the company has received numerous awards including The New York Times Critics Choice Award. Their high-energy performances are known for their flawless lifts, turns, and extensions; subtle sexuality; dynamic choreography; and eye-catching costumes.

THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

DWIGHT RHODEN (Founding Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer) has established a remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” A native of Dayton, Ohio who began dancing at age 17, Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal, and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries, and commercials throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has been a featured performer on many PBS “Great Performances” specials.

Since 1994 Rhoden’s choreography has been the lynchpin in the development of the Complexions repertory. He has been praised for his prolific body of work, visionary style, and boundary-breaking sensibility. Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, as well as numerous other companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Arizona, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Gamonet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, North Carolina Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco, Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company. He has worked with, coached, and created for some of the most diverse artists spanning the world of ballet and contemporary dance. “Rhoden’s work is post-Balanchinean choreography, a new aesthetic in movement, stage, picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview” (Dance Magazine).

Widely known as “a dancer’s choreographer,” Rhoden has worked with, coached and created for some of the most diverse artists spanning the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance. He has directed and choreographed for TV, film, theater, and live performances including “So You Think You Can Dance,” E! Entertainment’s “Tribute to Style,” and Cirque du Soleil. He has also worked with such high-profile artists as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, and Patrick Swayze.

Rhoden is the Resident Choreographer of North Carolina Dance Theatre and has lectured, taught, created works for, and served as Artist in Residence at universities around the United States including New York University, Juilliard, and The University of Mississippi, where his 2004 Racial Reconciliation Project was credited as a catalyst for dialogue in a community that has been historically divided. Rhoden is a 1998 New York Foundation for the Arts Award recipient and beneficiary of the 2001 Choo San Goh Award for Choreography. In May 2006 he received The Ailey School’s Apex Award in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.

DESMOND RICHARDSON (Founding Artistic Director/Artist-in-Residence). Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time,” Desmond Richardson is a multi-talented artist who has mastered a wide range of classical, modern, and contemporary dance genres. Praised for his powerful dancing and singular performance quality, Richardson has been the hallmark performer who has shaped the essence of the Complexions style for over a decade.

When he danced the lead role in the American Ballet Theatre’s world premiere of Othello, The New York Times described him as “one of the most majestic dancers ever to tread the Metropolitan Opera House stage.” In 1998, Richardson joined the original cast of the Broadway musical Fosse, for which he received a 1999 Tony Award nomination.

Working in television, film, and video in the United States and abroad, Richardson has performed with such musical artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna. He made his on-screen singing debut in Charles Randolph Wright’s 2005 film Preaching to the Choir, and is featured in Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi’s film One Last Dance as well as the Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Chicago. Richardson appeared in Julie Taymor’s film Across the Universe and also performed the lead role of Beowulf in her Grendel at the LA Opera and The New York State Theater.

Among his many honors are The Ailey School’s 2006 Apex Award and the prestigious 2007 Dance Magazine Award. He is also a recipient of a 1986 Presidential Scholar Award for the Arts and the NFAA Alumni award in 2009. Recently, he and Dwight Rhoden partnered with Diana Vishneva for her one-woman show, Beauty in Motion, at New York City Center, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and in Moscow, Russia. In May 2008, he was one of two dancers invited by the President of the United States to perform at the 60th Presidential Conference in Israel.

This June, Richardson appeared on the Fox television hit, “So You Think You Can Dance,” for which he choreographed a duet with Dwight Rhoden.

TICKETS

Tickets to Complexions Contemporary Ballet are $30-$60. Subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2012-2013 Season are still available; subscribers receive a 20% discount when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Two exhibitions at Nazareth College Arts Center galleries feature local artist Jim Quinn and faculty art

Selected Works, Models & Verses,” a Jim Quinn exhibition at Nazareth College Arts Center’s Colacino Gallery runs August 20-September 22, 2012; Artist reception September 7, 5-7pm; Colacino Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5pm; automated info line: (585)389-5073

Annual Faculty Show returns to the Arts Center Gallery at Nazareth College runs August 24-September 19, 2012; Artist reception September 7, 5-7pm; Arts Center Gallery is open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-5pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-8pm; automated info line: (585)389-5073

The Colacino Gallery at Nazareth College Arts Center will hold an exhibition of works by local artist Jim Quinn beginning August 20, while the Arts Center Gallery will host the annual Faculty Show beginning August 24.

ABOUT "SELECTED WORKS, MODELS & VERSES"

Ask Jim Quinn to describe his style and he will say, “I think my image making is, for the most part, straightforward and approachable enough to stand on its own. Most of my work is realism and some of it is realism with a twist.”

“The work is very personal in that some of it consists of models and subjects from my immediate community and region,” he continues. His paintings depict “family members, friends, and some of the work expresses a parallel involvement between personal/physical experiences and my theological/spiritual studies.”

Quinn has been making and exhibiting art for more than 40 years. “Selected Works, Models & Verses” highlights work from the past 20 years. The show features pieces using live models and still life subjects, and also includes “some more surreal sort of diversions into scriptural/metaphysical imagery,” Quinn says. “I did these works very slowly and deliberately and the audience will see excellent craftsmanship, very strong technical prowess, some thought-provoking contemporary religious imagery, and hopefully, a good example of a man who, when very, very young, made the decision not to give up his crayons.”

Quinn long ago gave up trying to determine why he paints. “I just do it because that’s what I do,” he explains. “The simple passion for painting itself, the striving for perfection, an incessant love of observing the play of light on objects, and pure, unadulterated craziness is what drives my work.”

This passion also drives him to connect with a younger generation. Quinn has taught art since 2001, starting at Dake Junior High School in West Irondequoit and later serving as Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Franklin Pierce University (New Hampshire) from 2006-2009. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching Life Drawing and Color and Composition at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and an Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at Nazareth College, where he teaches 2D design, painting, and drawing.

Quinn was classically trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, one of the 36 colleges inside the University of Oxford, where he received his BFA/MA or MFA Equivalent in 1974. He attended the Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1980-1981, where he studied the art and process of classical film animation. Later, he earned his New York State Teacher Certification in Art K-12 in 2000 from Roberts Wesleyan College, and an MS. Ed (Art Education) in 2003 from Nazareth College.

A resident of Williamson, NY, Quinn is married to an artist and high school art teacher, and has two daughters. He enjoys making and teaching art, making music, weight training, and small-scale farming.

ABOUT THE FACULTY SHOW

This year’s Nazareth College Department of Art Faculty show features a wide variety of artwork for display and sale by 13 faculty: Nancy Beikirch, Lecturer; Doot Bokelman, Associate Professor/Program Director, Art History; Kathy Calderwood, Associate Professor; Graham Carson, Adjunct; Lynn Duggan, Professor; Shannon Elliott, Associate Professor & Director of Art Education; Tom Golambos, Adjunct; Pat Groves, Lecturer; Sherri Baker Hamilton, Assistant Professor; Mitch Messina, Professor; Ron Netsky, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Art; Paul Porell, Assistant Professor; and Jim Quinn, Visiting Assistant Professor.

The Faculty Show is an annual event that helps support the Arts Center Gallery’s educational mission.

Nazareth College Department of Music presents Art of the Coloratura II

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3 p.m.

The Nazareth College Department of Music is pleased to present Art of the Coloratura II, on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall.

Art of the Coloratura II is a tribute recital to Dame Joan Sutherland and her signature 1960 recording, The Art of Prima Donna. Soo Yeon Kim, Nazareth College Department of Music associate professor, will discuss and present pieces from the album. The evening’s guest performer is Barbara Hull, visiting assistant professor, on trumpet for Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim. Other featured repertoires will include the Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute and “Glitter and be Gay” from Leonard Bernstein's Candide.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Nazareth College Arts Center Presents the Ultimate Drum Experience

Royal Drummers and Dancers of BurundiSaturday, September 29, 8 p.m.

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. in the Callahan Theater.

ABOUT THE DRUMMERS

Considered one of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have performed for centuries, passing their traditions and techniques down from father to son. Historically part of ceremonies and rites of passage in their central African homeland -- including births, funerals and the enthronement of kings -- the origins of their music remain shrouded in mystery.

The Royal Drummers’ signature polyrhythmic sound, known as the Burundi Beat, consists of a constant beat held by several drummers while the remaining percussionists vary their rhythms. Throughout the show the drummers – dressed in colorful robes – perform graceful yet athletic solos and choreographed dances around their instruments. The New York Times described them as “a celebration of ability.”

Having toured worldwide since the 1960s, the Royal Drummers played a key role in the genesis of world music; it was one of their performances that inspired artistic director Thomas Brooman to set up the first WOMAD festival in 1982, an event that helped spark the popularity of world music. They were featured on Joni Mitchell’s 1975 release The Hissing of Summer Lawns, influenced British rock bands of the early 1980s including Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, and have several recordings to their credit: Batimbo (Musiques Et Chants), 1991; Live at Real World, 1993; The Master Drummers of Burundi, 1994; and The Drummers of Burundi, 1999. Their last tour in 2006 resulted in sold-out performances throughout the United States and Canada. Their performance at the Nazareth College Arts Center is part of their much-anticipated 2012 North American Tour.

Despite their international acclaim, the Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi remain a tight-knit, closed ensemble connected to their nation’s rural culture. At home, their sacred music is still played as part of ceremonies that are linked to the land.

ABOUT THE DRUMS

In Burundi, drums are sacred and represent the powers of regeneration and fertility. The Royal Drummers typically feature four types of homemade drums in their performances.

Throughout the evening the percussionists rotate around the stage, playing different instruments to create continuous music – not unlike the ceremonies in their homeland, which often last an entire night and feature dozens of drummers.

The brightly painted primary drum is known as the Inkiranya and is located center stage with the drummers taking turns improvising on and around it. The large, tapered Ingoma is made from the hollowed trunk of a tree that grows only in central Burundi and is covered with a stretched animal hide; both the Ingoma and the Amashako drums establish and carry the continuous beat of the performance. Finally, the Ibishikiso drum follows the rhythm of the primary drum.

TICKETS

Tickets to the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi are $40-$70. Additionally, subscriptions to the Nazareth College Arts Center 2012-2013 Season are still available; subscribers receive a 20% discount when purchasing tickets to five or more different shows.

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.

SPONSOR INFORMATION

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The performance by the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi is sponsored by Josephine M. Perini.

2012-2013 Nazareth College Arts Center Season features fabulous family fun!

The Nazareth College Arts Center will showcase wonderful family programs, including performances of Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook, presented by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (one of the country’s most acclaimed children’s theatre companies); poignant performances of Simple Gifts, presented by the Cashore Marionettes; and three musicals presented by the Rochester Children’s Theatre: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Seussical, The Musical, and Honk!

In addition to the family programs, the Arts Center will present Internationally renowned contemporary dance from some of the most sought-after companies; a range of musical programs, from a one-man John Lennon tribute to authentic African drumming, and from sacred medieval music to the pipes and drums of an elite military group; and special events, including a remarkable illusionist and his breathtaking, state-of-the-art magic, New Year’s Eve shows with the irreverent, politically based satire of The Capitol Steps; and a powerful presentation of letters written by soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For a complete listing of the 2012-2013 Season, click here.

Tickets to the Arts Center's 2012-2013 Season are on sale now

Discounted, Subscription Series – as well as full-price, non-subscription tickets – are on sale now via the Box Office at 585-389-2170 or online.

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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please Note: Ticket orders will be filled in the order in which they are received. All events presented as part of the 2012-2013 Arts Center Season are reserved seating.

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscribe with Five! Subscribe to five or more different shows as part of the 2012-2013 Arts Center’s Season, and receive exclusive benefits:

  • Discounted prices for all Arts Center shows presented as part of the 2012-2013 season.
  • Option to purchase additional seats throughout the season at reduced subscriber prices.
  • Half-price tickets to Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts performances.
  • First opportunity to renew for the following season.
  • Invitations to Subscriber’s Choice* events.

*Subscribers Choice events: This season we will offer a drum lesson, a Salsa dance lesson, two puppet-making classes, and a class on how to draw your own comic strip. There is no additional fee for Subscribers to attend these events, however, registration through the Box Office is required: 585-389-2170.

2012-2013 Subscription Series Announced

The Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2012-2013 Subscription Series is sponsored by M&T Bank, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

2012 Dance Festival Announcement

A look at the news conference on March 27, 2012 announcing the 2012 Dance Festival, with a blockbuster lineup, including: an Overture to the Festival with Jeff Tyzik and the RPO; two-time Bessie award-winner Beth Gill; internationally acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company, and much more!

Media Contact

For media inquiries, please contact:

Mare Millow
Marketing & Publicity Manager
mmillow7@naz.edu
Phone: 585-389-2093

“The Nazareth Arts Center is one of the many cultural institutions that make Rochester a great place to live and work, and the renovated facility will benefit our entire community. When the Nazareth Arts Center succeeds, we all succeed.”

- Dan Burns, M&T Bank Regional President