Five-story river tribute
Airigami Balloon Adventure, a new installation by the folks behind Balloon Manor, will fill the five-story atrium of the Sibley Building from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 to Feb. 7.
Built with 40,000 compostable balloons by 60 artists and volunteers from around the world, the Journey on the Genesee will rise 50 feet. It will highlight Rochester’s river and education programs of the Seneca Park Zoo Society that explore its biodiversity, water quality and other environmental concerns.
“We are incredibly excited to recreate nature with balloons—the river, waterfalls, animals, plants—inside, in the middle of winter,” says Larry Moss, Airigami artistic director and founder. “And we’re doing it all in an environmentally sound way, generating almost no waste and composting the remains.”
Zoo exhibitions, as well as STEM activities led by the YMCA, will be part of the My Genesee Festival Feb. 6. Music, storytelling, craft projects, drumming circle and other activities will take place Jan. 30 and 31. A popping party will deflate the sculpture Feb. 7. airigamiadventure.com
RoCo’s two new shows
Colorful abstracts by Sheldon Berlyn will be on view with work by his former students during this year’s Makers & Mentors show at Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
Opening Feb. 5 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Makers & Mentors celebrates the teacher-student bond in art education in Western and Central New York. The show will include works by regional artists Russell Floersch, Juan Perdiguero, Kathleen Sherin and Gerardo Tan. They studied with Berlyn when he was a professor at SUNY Buffalo from 1962 to 1999.
An artist talk will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 6.
RoCo opens another exhibition Feb. 5. “One Cubic Foot: The Genesee River” showcases more than 60 images of the river that award-winning photographer David Liittschwager captured last August. Collaborating with Seneca Park Zoo, he set up a one-cubic-foot frame in the river and recorded everything that moved in and out. His images capture the rich biodiversity found in the Genesee. rochestercontemporary.org
Warm up with RPO
Ten years before Rochesterville was founded in 1817, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 4 at a concert in the Vienna palace of a patron. Ward Stare conducts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the rousing symphony at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Also on the program is Haydn’s Symphony No. 67 and a world premiere by prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini will perform his Flute Concerto. rpo.org
ARTS and CULTURE
The artistic directors of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester had a hard time deciding which composers to leave off the program for a German Masters concert Feb. 7.
In the end, Juliana Athayde and Eric Behr chose Mendelssohn (Songs Without Words), Mozart (String Quintet No. 4 in G minor) and Brahms (Piano Quintet, Op. 34).
“It seems almost blasphemous to leave out Beethoven, but such is the depth of great German chamber music,” Athayde says.
Athayde and Behr, musicians with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, will be joined by Eastman faculty and fellow RPO musicians Thomas Rodgers, Phillip Ying, Marc Anderson, Steven Doane and Chiao-Wen Cheng.
The 7:30 concert will be held at Hochstein Performance Hall. A preconcert talk will be held at 7, and German wines will be available for tasting during intermission. chambermusicrochester.org
With many apartments, condos and offices being added or renovated downtown, can Rochester’s economy sustain the momentum?
Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of Rochester Downtown Development Corp., will share trends in development and how they apply here at the next Tuesday Topics talk at the Central Library Feb. 2.
Sister Grace Miller, who founded House of Mercy 30 years ago, will speak in the series on Feb. 9. Miller will share how in midlife she came to her work as an advocate for poor and homeless Rochesterians and what keeps her going.
The talks will be held from 12:12 to 12:52 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium. libraryweb.org
1 The Eastman School of Music presents Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey with five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Kathleen Battle and jazz pianist Joel Martin. The program will include traditional slave spirituals interspersed with narration based on selected writings of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. It’s Jan. 30 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. esm.rochester.edu
2 The Harlem Globetrotters come to the Blue Cross Arena Friday night for their annual Rochester visit. The Globetrotters go back to the 1920s on the South Side of Chicago. Today, a new generation of stars carries on the tradition with basketball exhibitions that combine athleticism with comedy. ticketmaster.com, harlemglobetrotters.com
3 Boat enthusiasts can check out the latest boats and accessories at the annual Greater Rochester Boat Show & Sale. The event is at Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center Jan. 28 to 31. More than 300 watercraft will be on display and for sale, from cruisers and performance boats to pontoons and canoes. rochesterboatshow.com
4 The Strong Museum plans Fit Kids Day Jan. 30. Highlights include foot skills; an interactive indoor snowball fight using tissue paper snowballs; soccer tips and tricks from Wagner Soccer; snowboarding advice and more. museumofplay.org
5 Billy Hayes, whose imprisonment in Turkey inspired the 1978 film “Midnight Express,” is back in Rochester with his one-man show about his experiences. Performances of “Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes” are at Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., through Jan. 31. downstairscabaret.org
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