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Arts center kicks up its heels for opening week

The curtain is about to rise on the new-look Nazareth College Arts Center and its 2009-10 season. Opening week will be packed with events, from the black-tie unveiling of the center itself to free activities for the community. All events will be held at the arts center and are free unless otherwise noted. Here is a roundup:

Fine Arts Gallery  Unveiling
Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m.
Nationally recognized artists Bill Stewart (ceramics) and Kathy Calderwood (paintings) live and work in Rochester. The opening of their "Midnight Oil: Stewart and Calderwood" and a reception will christen the new fine arts gallery.

Arts Center Black-Tie Unveiling 
Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Tickets required
After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the curtain will go up with Sondheim’s "Putting It Together," from "Sunday in the Park with George," performed by Rochester Children’s Theatre and Nazareth musical theater students. Rochester City Ballet will perform two pieces. Nazareth’s first commissioned dance work will be a world premiere by Garth Fagan Dance, right, and the Ying Quartet.  

Pre- and post-performance gourmet receptions with live music and the evening’s artists will be held throughout the center.

Arts Center Community Festival Day
Sept. 27, noon to 4 p.m. 
The list of area artists who will perform during the festival is long: PUSH Physical Theatre, Rochester Children’s Theatre, Writers and Books’ Slam High, Method Machine, Draper Center for Dance Education, Company B, Unleashed!, RIT/NTID Dance Company, Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, Bach Children’s Chorus, Arabesque Winds, Moquette Volante, Park Avenue Dance Company, Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble, Elle, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Nazareth College departments of theater and foreign languages, the Village Idiots and Garth Fagan Dance School. 

A Prism Concert 
Sept. 27, 7 p.m.
Callahan Theater
The concert by Nazareth’s music department will show off the college’s band, orchestra, choirs, chamber ensembles and student and faculty soloists. John Hain, who directs Nazareth’s concert band, will direct.

"Short Plays for New Americans"
Sept. 28, 4 p.m.
Room A-14
Judith Offer, a Nazareth alumna, will read from short, humorous plays she has written for performance in classrooms to bolster the English language skills of students, from non-English speakers to native-born Americans. 

"I and Me: Women’s Voice/ Women’s Image"
Sept. 29, 4 p.m.
Room A-14
MaryAnn Flynn-Bush, chairwoman of Nazareth’s psychology department, will present a lecture and slides on her research into how feminist stories and images in culture affect self-awareness. 

Borinquen Dance Theatre
Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Callahan Theater  Borinquen, a 28-year-old ensemble based in Rochester, blends Puerto Rican folkloric and Latin contemporary dance. 

Native American Spirit Dancers 
Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Callahan Theater 
Allegany River Indian Dancers and Ganondagan Spirit Dancers, above, will perform Iroquois social dancing, with emcee and lead singer William Crouse Sr.

"The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth"
Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
Callahan Theater; tickets required
Ash? Cultural Arts Center dancers and actors of New Orleans will perform a dance-theater work inspired by David Anderson’s retelling of a West African creation myth. Anderson-a visiting professor at Nazareth and local historian who performs regionally as Sankofa the storyteller-will introduce the performance.  

The work won a 2008 Big Easy Award. It combines soloists, chanters, chorus and dancers to explore the contributions the Yoruba people of West Africa have made to New Orleans and Louisiana culture and history.

"Looking East (On the Morning of the Second Coming)"
Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m.
Margaret Colacino Gallery
The exhibit will present contemporary photography by Nazareth faculty member Paul Porell.

09/18/09 (C) Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303.


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