(585) 243-6785 info@gvartscouncil.org
Apr
23
Tue
Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday for Needles as Noon! Bring your fiber project, eat some lunch and have great conversation!

Yoga – Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginner students @ Genesee Valley Council on the ArtsYoga – Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginners @ GVCA Yoga Studio
Apr 23 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Join us for basics and more, including Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, twists, shoulder and hip openers, and back bends.
Tuesdays 4:30-4:45 pm
Session I: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Session II: April 2, 9, 23, 30 **No class 4/16**
To register call Melissa @ Genesee Valley Arts Council : 243-6785
or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max

For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.

Hamilton
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Show Schedule:
Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm & 6:30pm

Apr
24
Wed
Music at Wadsworth: Connie & Henry @ Wadsworth Library
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of acoustic music and timeless tunes at Wadsworth Library with Connie & Henry from 6:30-7:30 pm. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.
Apr
25
Thu
Yoga- beginner level: For those beginning or re-starting after some time off. @ GVCA Yoga Studio
Apr 25 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Join us for a basic yoga class, that meets you where you are. This is a more moderate class, modified with props.

Thursdays 4:30-5:45 pm

Session I: March 7, 14, 21, 28
Session II: April 4, 11, 18, 25
To register call Melissa@ Genesee Valley Arts Council: 243-6785 or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max

For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris NY~ parking in rear of building, follow signs for “New Deal Gallery”, take stairs near Gift Shop/Gallery to 2nd floor.

Class fee: 4 weeks = $40.00

Apr
26
Fri
Open Mic Performing Arts Series @ ArtWorks
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

February through November, Dansville ArtWorks hosts an Open Mic event on fourth Fridays starting at 6:30pm.

Join us to experience and participate in performance arts. This year’s lineup includes musicians, writers, poets, songwriters and more. These events are family friendly and free/open to the public. Thanks are extended to our funding partner, Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.*

Free parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the Town of North Dansville building.

February 22: Open Mic with Michael Scott Smith – original songs and storytelling in the Americana style performed on voice and guitar
March 22: Hornell Little Band in Concert – a traditional concert band performing classical and pop music and marches
April 26: Odd Combination Jazz – ensemble plays jazz and rock
May 24: The Wray Boys Do Country – duo brings the music of Ray Price, George Jones and other country artists to Dansville
June 28: Gary Peet presents The Song Writing Process – offering mostly original music on acoustic guitar and popular country and folk cover songs
July 26: Cris Riedel’s Stories for All Ages – enjoy folktales from a variety of cultures and countries
August 23: David Michael Nixon: Poetry and Songs – the artist’s poems, including those from Stephen Forgives the Stone: New and Selected Poems, interspersed with a cappella folk and country vocals
September 27: George Hochbrueckner offers The Diversity of Guitar – experience diverse styles and musical ideas
October 25: Beth Sleboda’s YUM! – one-of-a-kind blend of spoken word, vocals and instrumentals
November 22: Joe Dady and Fun with Folk – hear songs and stories from the Irish and American folk traditions

All events start at 6:30pm and free and open to the public; donations are welcome. Performances are very family friendly. Light refreshments follow the open mic session.

Want to participate in Open Mic? Following each featured artist, we open up the floor for audience members to share their talent with brief, family friendly performances: prose and poetry, vocal, instrumental, storytelling, performance art, dance and similar. Upon arriving for the event, sign up on our Check In sheet.

Apr
27
Sat
Resident Craft Club LCCNR -Special Craft Presentation @ Livingston County CNR
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a special presentation to learn a new craft. The Residents at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will do a paint and sip and create flower paintings this week with the help of Renee from Makacademy LLC. All are welcome to join us to help too, Volunteers are always needed. Craft nights are every Saturday night, Special Craft nights are provided once a month. Funding for this event is made possible from the Artists in Education Grant from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.
Annual Round & Square Dance @ York Central School
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join us for dancing to live music with Kelly’s Old Timers and the Geneseo String Band!  Are you new
to square dancing? Come early at 7:00 p.m. and learn the basic steps.  No special clothing or prior
knowledge is required. The dance is a fun evening for all ages, and a great opportunity to enjoy a
longtime local tradition. Refreshments will be available. The event is sponsored by the Genesee
Valley Council on the Arts and York Central School, and made possible by the New York State
Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.  For more
information visit our website at gvartscouncil.org, or call 585-2423-6785.

Apr
30
Tue
Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday for Needles as Noon! Bring your fiber project, eat some lunch and have great conversation!

Yoga – Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginner students @ Genesee Valley Council on the ArtsYoga – Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginners @ GVCA Yoga Studio
Apr 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Join us for basics and more, including Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, twists, shoulder and hip openers, and back bends.
Tuesdays 4:30-4:45 pm
Session I: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Session II: April 2, 9, 23, 30 **No class 4/16**
To register call Melissa @ Genesee Valley Arts Council : 243-6785
or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max

For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.

Yoga Basics and Beyond Mixed Level @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Apr 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

**Mixed Levels
For returning students – join us this winter as we return to the basics and beyond of what creates a fun, safe and supportive yoga practice for all levels: Conscious Breathing, Refined Alignment and Balanced Action.
Along with Sun Salutations, and a variety of yoga poses, we will continue to explore breathing techniques (pranayamas), visualization (dharana), short meditations (dhyana) and interweave yoga philosophy and life style into each class. Yoga is for every body, mind and heart!

** Returning students or by permission of instructor
Dates and Times:
Tuesdays: Session I January 8, 15, 22 & 29
Session II February 5, 19, 26 & March 5
*No class 2/12 *
To register call Melissa @ GVCA243-6785
or Ruth Ann@ 519-6472
Limited Space – Sign up early! 7 Students per Class Maximum
For All Yoga Classes:
Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.
#4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt Morris NY – Parking in Rear of Building, follow signs,
For “New Deal Art Gallery”, take stairs near Gift Shop/Gallery to 2nd floor
Class Fee: 4 weeks -$44.00

May
2
Thu
Yoga – Tuesdays Mixed | Thursdays Beginners @ GVCA
May 2 @ 7:02 pm – 8:02 pm

 

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts: YOGA Course Offering, Spring 2019
Holly Adams, Yoga Alliance teacher trainee
Spring into spring, the time of renewal, the return of the light, with a renewed commitment to yourself, mind, body, and heart, through yoga!
Title/Description:
Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginner students~ join us for basics and more, including Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, twists, shoulder and hip openers, and back bends.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:45 pm, Tuesdays
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Beginner Level: For those beginning a yoga practice, or re-starting after some time off~ join us for a basic class, that meets you where you are. This is a more moderate class, modified with props.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:4 pm, Thursdays
May 2, 9, 16, 23 **No class 5/30**
To register call Melissa @ Genesee Valley Arts Council: 243-6785
Or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max
For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris NY ~ parking in rear of building, follow signs for “New Deal Art Gallery”, take stairs near Gift Shop/Gallery to 2nd floor.
Class fee: 4 weeks = $40.00

May
4
Sat
Resident Craft Club LCCNR -Special Craft Presentation @ Livingston County CNR
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a special presentation to learn a new craft. The Residents at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will do a paint and sip and create flower paintings this week with the help of Renee from Makacademy LLC. All are welcome to join us to help too, Volunteers are always needed. Craft nights are every Saturday night, Special Craft nights are provided once a month. Funding for this event is made possible from the Artists in Education Grant from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.
May
7
Tue
Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
May 7 @ 12:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday for Needles as Noon! Bring your fiber project, eat some lunch and have great conversation!

Yoga – Tuesdays Mixed | Thursdays Beginners @ GVCA
May 7 @ 7:02 pm – 8:02 pm

 

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts: YOGA Course Offering, Spring 2019
Holly Adams, Yoga Alliance teacher trainee
Spring into spring, the time of renewal, the return of the light, with a renewed commitment to yourself, mind, body, and heart, through yoga!
Title/Description:
Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginner students~ join us for basics and more, including Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, twists, shoulder and hip openers, and back bends.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:45 pm, Tuesdays
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Beginner Level: For those beginning a yoga practice, or re-starting after some time off~ join us for a basic class, that meets you where you are. This is a more moderate class, modified with props.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:4 pm, Thursdays
May 2, 9, 16, 23 **No class 5/30**
To register call Melissa @ Genesee Valley Arts Council: 243-6785
Or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max
For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris NY ~ parking in rear of building, follow signs for “New Deal Art Gallery”, take stairs near Gift Shop/Gallery to 2nd floor.
Class fee: 4 weeks = $40.00

May
9
Thu
Yoga – Tuesdays Mixed | Thursdays Beginners @ GVCA
May 9 @ 7:02 pm – 8:02 pm

 

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts: YOGA Course Offering, Spring 2019
Holly Adams, Yoga Alliance teacher trainee
Spring into spring, the time of renewal, the return of the light, with a renewed commitment to yourself, mind, body, and heart, through yoga!
Title/Description:
Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginner students~ join us for basics and more, including Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, twists, shoulder and hip openers, and back bends.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:45 pm, Tuesdays
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Beginner Level: For those beginning a yoga practice, or re-starting after some time off~ join us for a basic class, that meets you where you are. This is a more moderate class, modified with props.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:4 pm, Thursdays
May 2, 9, 16, 23 **No class 5/30**
To register call Melissa @ Genesee Valley Arts Council: 243-6785
Or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max
For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris NY ~ parking in rear of building, follow signs for “New Deal Art Gallery”, take stairs near Gift Shop/Gallery to 2nd floor.
Class fee: 4 weeks = $40.00

May
11
Sat
Resident Craft Club LCCNR -Special Craft Presentation @ Livingston County CNR
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a special presentation to learn a new craft. The Residents at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will do a paint and sip and create flower paintings this week with the help of Renee from Makacademy LLC. All are welcome to join us to help too, Volunteers are always needed. Craft nights are every Saturday night, Special Craft nights are provided once a month. Funding for this event is made possible from the Artists in Education Grant from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.
May
14
Tue
Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
May 14 @ 12:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday for Needles as Noon! Bring your fiber project, eat some lunch and have great conversation!

Yoga – Tuesdays Mixed | Thursdays Beginners @ GVCA
May 14 @ 7:02 pm – 8:02 pm

 

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts: YOGA Course Offering, Spring 2019
Holly Adams, Yoga Alliance teacher trainee
Spring into spring, the time of renewal, the return of the light, with a renewed commitment to yourself, mind, body, and heart, through yoga!
Title/Description:
Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginner students~ join us for basics and more, including Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, twists, shoulder and hip openers, and back bends.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:45 pm, Tuesdays
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Beginner Level: For those beginning a yoga practice, or re-starting after some time off~ join us for a basic class, that meets you where you are. This is a more moderate class, modified with props.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:4 pm, Thursdays
May 2, 9, 16, 23 **No class 5/30**
To register call Melissa @ Genesee Valley Arts Council: 243-6785
Or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max
For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris NY ~ parking in rear of building, follow signs for “New Deal Art Gallery”, take stairs near Gift Shop/Gallery to 2nd floor.
Class fee: 4 weeks = $40.00

May
16
Thu
Yoga – Tuesdays Mixed | Thursdays Beginners @ GVCA
May 16 @ 7:02 pm – 8:02 pm

 

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts: YOGA Course Offering, Spring 2019
Holly Adams, Yoga Alliance teacher trainee
Spring into spring, the time of renewal, the return of the light, with a renewed commitment to yourself, mind, body, and heart, through yoga!
Title/Description:
Mixed Level: For returning, experienced, or physically active beginner students~ join us for basics and more, including Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, twists, shoulder and hip openers, and back bends.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:45 pm, Tuesdays
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Beginner Level: For those beginning a yoga practice, or re-starting after some time off~ join us for a basic class, that meets you where you are. This is a more moderate class, modified with props.
Dates/Time: 4:30-5:4 pm, Thursdays
May 2, 9, 16, 23 **No class 5/30**
To register call Melissa @ Genesee Valley Arts Council: 243-6785
Or email Holly at hollyberryred@aol.com
Limited space~ 7 students per class max
For all yoga classes: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Eat lightly, bring water, bring yoga mat or purchase from instructor, dress in comfortable layers.
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris NY ~ parking in rear of building, follow signs for “New Deal Art Gallery”, take stairs near Gift Shop/Gallery to 2nd floor.
Class fee: 4 weeks = $40.00

Aria (BIODANCE, fivebyfive, W. Michelle Harris, Kearstin Piper Brown)
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BIODANCE/Missy Pfohl Smith teams with media artist W. Michelle Harris, soprano Kearstin Piper Brown and chamber ensemble fivebyfive to reprise Aria
“…an absolute masterpiece.” (Rochester City News)

Rochester, NY – Lush contemporary dance, opera, and media projection and live music create a new way of seeing the majestic Lyric Theater. This 2018 panoply directed by Missy Pfohl Smith (Artistic Director, BIODANCE and Director, Institute for the Performing and Arts and the Program of Dance and Movement, University of Rochester), surprises audiences with eye-popping visuals that shed new light on opera, dance and performance. From the co-creators of the sold-out shows Anomaly and Labyrinth at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, Aria will be reprised by BIODANCE and media projection artist W. Michelle Harris (Associate Professor, RIT), with one of Rochester’s favorite chamber ensemble fivebyfive, and the magnificent soprano Kearstin Piper Brown.

“This artistic team is stellar, with W. Michelle Harris projecting unbelievable color and design on top of and behind the dancers of BIODANCE, with Kearstin Piper Brown’s magnificent voice helping us all climb into the depths of our souls, and with the sublime musicians of fivebyfive playing in a gorgeous space, the Lyric Theatre, one of Rochester’s architectural gems,” says Missy Pfohl Smith, project director and choreographer.

Aria premiered in the Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival this past September to popular and critical acclaim. Said City Newspaper, “Aria opened on Sunday to a nearly full audience. This year’s iteration of what’s come to be an annual collaboration between BIODANCE choreographer Missy Pfohl Smith and digital media artist W. Michelle Harris, every bit of the performance was an absolute masterpiece.” BIODANCE has delighted audiences and sold out Fringe shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium and Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage, and even performed for an estimated 13,000 audience members as part of Friday on the Fringe on top of the 177 foot “Tribute to Man” sculpture at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. BIODANCE is thrilled to be able to offer the encore of this special collaborative venture one more time in Rochester.

BIODANCE is committed to providing access to its work to a broad audience and will be offering a limited number of free tickets to the senior center at Community Place of Greater Rochester and to the Joseph Avenue Arts and Cultural Alliance. This event is supported by a decentralization grant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts and Livingston Arts, a member-supported organization.

Details:
Only two shows!
Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 at 8pm
Lyric Theater, 440 East Ave. Rochester, NY 14607
Tickets can be purchased online, at Wegmans, or at the door:
https://lyrictheatrerochester.org/performances-listing/2019/aria-biodance
Premium Seating $22, General Seating $15
BIODANCE website: www.biodance.org, Phone: (585)-201-1002
BIODANCE Social Media: facebook.com/BIODANCE1 and Twitter: @BIODANCE1
Parking: Parking lot across Prince St. or street parking
NOTE TO MEDIA: Interviews and photos are available upon request.

BIODANCE Dancers: Alex Alletto, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Zachary Frazee, Sarah Johnson, Nanako Horikawa Mandrino, Missy Pfohl Smith

fivebyfive: Laura Lentz (flute), Marcy Bacon (clarinet), Sungmin Shin (electric guitar), Eric J. Polenik (bass), Haeyeun Jeun (piano)
Biographies:
Choreographer, performer and collaborative artist, Missy Pfohl Smith directs the Institute for the Performing Arts and the Program of Dance and Movement at University of Rochester and is artistic director for the contemporary repertory company, BIODANCE, based in Rochester, NY. Her work has continually sold out shows at Rochester Fringe, having been called “Gorgeous…astonishing…exceptional” and “a brilliantly crafted world of beauty, melody and calmness” by Rochester City News. She enjoys creating site specific work and recently created her second evening length show crafted for a 4 story planetarium in collaboration with a media artist, dancers, musicians and a visual artist. Missy’s viola and dance work with Bridget Kinneary is expanding to include new contemporary compositions by internationally known composers. Her choreography, performance and teaching has spanned across the US and internationally, most recently in Greece, Finland and Scotland. She is certified in Bill Evans Laban/Bartenieff-based pedagogy and also teaches choreography, dance on camera and contemporary dance and social justice. Before returning to Rochester in 2004, Smith was based in NYC for 12 years and performed and taught internationally with Randy James Dance Works and Paul Mosley, as well as apprenticing for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company.

BIODANCE is a non-profit contemporary dance company founded in 2002 that collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists and is the only true repertory company in Rochester, performing work by a roster of recognized choreographers including Missy Pfohl Smith, Bill Evans, Randy James, Ivy Baldwin, Jeanne Schickler Compisi, D. Chase Angier, Laura Regna and Courtney World. BIODANCE explores social, political and environmental issues through its works always through dance, sometimes with text, film, music, and ice cream. BIODANCE interacts with and outreaches to its community members and across the country in a variety of ways through performances, workshops, benefit concerts, interactive lecture-demonstrations and classes at venues such as Geva’s Nextstage, Hochstein Concert Hall, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, MUCCC and more. Over the past eight years, BIODANCE has been providing free dance and movement workshops to the Senior Center at Community Place of Greater Rochester. Recent collaborators have included the musical artists of Sound ExChange, digital media artist W. Michelle Harris, visual artist Allen C. Topolski, and the leading choral/orchestral ensemble Rochester Oratorio Society. BIODANCE has received Community Arts Organization Grants from the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, New York State Council on the Arts and the NYS Legislature, from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, among other grants to create new work, to interact with its community and to produce various annual home performance seasons. City News chose BIODANCE two years in a row for a Best of Fringe Award in the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

W. Michelle Harris is a media artist and a New Media professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is also a member of Rochester’s WOC Art Collaborative. Her video installation work (solo and collaborative) has been shown at such diverse venues as the ACM SIGGRAPH, World Maker Faire, and INST-INT, as well as regional venues such as Gallery 74, the Baobab Cultural Center, Community Folk Art Center, Schwienfurth Memorial, and Squeaky Wheel. She has done live-mixed visuals for performances in collaboration with Juanita Suarez, fivebyfive, Dave Rivello, Reenah Golden, Sound ExChange orchestra, and most prolifically, BIODANCE. Michelle has been an ongoing collaborator with Missy Pfohl Smith and BIODANCE since 2013. She received her BS from Carnegie Mellon University, and a MPS from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (where she had the honor of interning with Troika Ranch). Harris is an associate professor teaching New Media Interactive Development at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kearstin Piper Brown is a soprano who recently made her San Francisco Opera debut covering the role of Dame Shirley in the world premiere of John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West. Recently, Ms. Brown performed with Rochester Oratorio Society in the Vaughan-Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Emancipation Oratorio. She also toured Israel as Bess in Gershwin’s masterpiece, Porgy and Bess. This season Ms. Brown will return as a guest artist with the Chaliapin Festival at the Kazan Opera Theater in Russia and in the spring, she will also begin work singing the lead role in the new opera, Promised Land: An Adirondack Folk Opera. Next season brings Ms. Brown back to the West Coast for Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and a return to San Francisco Opera to sing the Clara in Jake Heggie’s, It’s a Wonderful Life. Ms. Brown also made her debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under conductor Robert Spano in the role of the High Priestess in Aïda, and was also invited to sing concerts under the auspices of the Lebanon Symphony and Chorus, Cincinnati Opera and the Finger Lakes Opera Company. In previous seasons she was heard as Violetta with Utah Lyric Opera, Musetta with Dayton Opera, Micaëla with Arbor Opera Theater, and Clara in Porgy and Bess at the Teatro di San Carlo. She performed Euridice in Gluck’s Orpheus with Opera Memphis, and she portrayed the role of Mrs. McDowell in the world premiere of Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story by composer Adolphus Hailstork with Cincinnati Opera. She also sang with the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York as Epiphany Proudfoot in the world premiere of Mark Scearse’s Falling Angel. Ms. Brown also made her successful return to Utah Festival Opera as Bess in Porgy and Bess and Sarah in Ragtime. Ms. Brown has performed the role of Bess worldwide with Opera Kazan, Skylight Music Theatre, Dayton Opera, Virginia Opera, Utah Festival Opera and the Belarusian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Minsk. Ms. Brown starred in a gala concert Our Songs – The Music of African American Composers at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center with Opera Ebony, and the year before she was heard at Jazz at Lincoln Centerunder the auspices of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. The versatile soprano has also sung with the American Spiritual Ensemble, toured with the 3 Mo’ Divas (sister group of the 3 Mo’ Tenors), and scored an early success as Sarah in the Light Opera Works Chicago regional premiere of Ragtime, earning her a “Best Actress in a Musical” nomination from the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago. She recently made her triumphant returned to the role in with the Utah Festival Opera. Highlights of Ms. Brown’s performances as a concert soloist include an appearance at the Palais Augarten in Vienna, a gala of American music with the Moscow City Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Lebanon Symphony, a concert with the Rochester Early Music Festival, the Festival Classique’s Opera Under the Stars concert with the Residentie Orkest in The Hague and the Edison Awards Gala 2010 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, both of which were televised LIVE in the Netherlands, as well as concerts with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Cedar Rapids Chorale and Symphony, and the Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Brown is a graduate of both Spelman College and Northwestern University.

fivebyfive is a quintet based in Rochester NY, formed in 2015 with a mission to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for its instrumentation. The group performs works of today’s leading composers, supports emerging composers from around the world, and collaborates with artists across the disciplines. Through its workshops and educational concerts fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential. The winner of the 2018 Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist Program for its commissioning project for new works inspired by the stained-glass artist Judith Schaechter, fivebyfive also has received funding from New Music USA, the Decentralization Grant of New York State and the Farash Foundation. fivebyfive is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The quintet has received funding from New Music USA, The Farash Foundation and the Decentralization Grant of New York State for its programs, and actively collaborates with artists across a variety of disciplines, including poets, dancers, visual artists and musicians across the genres.

May
17
Fri
Aria (BIODANCE, fivebyfive, W. Michelle Harris, Kearstin Piper Brown)
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BIODANCE/Missy Pfohl Smith teams with media artist W. Michelle Harris, soprano Kearstin Piper Brown and chamber ensemble fivebyfive to reprise Aria
“…an absolute masterpiece.” (Rochester City News)

Rochester, NY – Lush contemporary dance, opera, and media projection and live music create a new way of seeing the majestic Lyric Theater. This 2018 panoply directed by Missy Pfohl Smith (Artistic Director, BIODANCE and Director, Institute for the Performing and Arts and the Program of Dance and Movement, University of Rochester), surprises audiences with eye-popping visuals that shed new light on opera, dance and performance. From the co-creators of the sold-out shows Anomaly and Labyrinth at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, Aria will be reprised by BIODANCE and media projection artist W. Michelle Harris (Associate Professor, RIT), with one of Rochester’s favorite chamber ensemble fivebyfive, and the magnificent soprano Kearstin Piper Brown.

“This artistic team is stellar, with W. Michelle Harris projecting unbelievable color and design on top of and behind the dancers of BIODANCE, with Kearstin Piper Brown’s magnificent voice helping us all climb into the depths of our souls, and with the sublime musicians of fivebyfive playing in a gorgeous space, the Lyric Theatre, one of Rochester’s architectural gems,” says Missy Pfohl Smith, project director and choreographer.

Aria premiered in the Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival this past September to popular and critical acclaim. Said City Newspaper, “Aria opened on Sunday to a nearly full audience. This year’s iteration of what’s come to be an annual collaboration between BIODANCE choreographer Missy Pfohl Smith and digital media artist W. Michelle Harris, every bit of the performance was an absolute masterpiece.” BIODANCE has delighted audiences and sold out Fringe shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium and Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage, and even performed for an estimated 13,000 audience members as part of Friday on the Fringe on top of the 177 foot “Tribute to Man” sculpture at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. BIODANCE is thrilled to be able to offer the encore of this special collaborative venture one more time in Rochester.

BIODANCE is committed to providing access to its work to a broad audience and will be offering a limited number of free tickets to the senior center at Community Place of Greater Rochester and to the Joseph Avenue Arts and Cultural Alliance. This event is supported by a decentralization grant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts and Livingston Arts, a member-supported organization.

Details:
Only two shows!
Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 at 8pm
Lyric Theater, 440 East Ave. Rochester, NY 14607
Tickets can be purchased online, at Wegmans, or at the door:
https://lyrictheatrerochester.org/performances-listing/2019/aria-biodance
Premium Seating $22, General Seating $15
BIODANCE website: www.biodance.org, Phone: (585)-201-1002
BIODANCE Social Media: facebook.com/BIODANCE1 and Twitter: @BIODANCE1
Parking: Parking lot across Prince St. or street parking
NOTE TO MEDIA: Interviews and photos are available upon request.

BIODANCE Dancers: Alex Alletto, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Zachary Frazee, Sarah Johnson, Nanako Horikawa Mandrino, Missy Pfohl Smith

fivebyfive: Laura Lentz (flute), Marcy Bacon (clarinet), Sungmin Shin (electric guitar), Eric J. Polenik (bass), Haeyeun Jeun (piano)
Biographies:
Choreographer, performer and collaborative artist, Missy Pfohl Smith directs the Institute for the Performing Arts and the Program of Dance and Movement at University of Rochester and is artistic director for the contemporary repertory company, BIODANCE, based in Rochester, NY. Her work has continually sold out shows at Rochester Fringe, having been called “Gorgeous…astonishing…exceptional” and “a brilliantly crafted world of beauty, melody and calmness” by Rochester City News. She enjoys creating site specific work and recently created her second evening length show crafted for a 4 story planetarium in collaboration with a media artist, dancers, musicians and a visual artist. Missy’s viola and dance work with Bridget Kinneary is expanding to include new contemporary compositions by internationally known composers. Her choreography, performance and teaching has spanned across the US and internationally, most recently in Greece, Finland and Scotland. She is certified in Bill Evans Laban/Bartenieff-based pedagogy and also teaches choreography, dance on camera and contemporary dance and social justice. Before returning to Rochester in 2004, Smith was based in NYC for 12 years and performed and taught internationally with Randy James Dance Works and Paul Mosley, as well as apprenticing for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company.

BIODANCE is a non-profit contemporary dance company founded in 2002 that collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists and is the only true repertory company in Rochester, performing work by a roster of recognized choreographers including Missy Pfohl Smith, Bill Evans, Randy James, Ivy Baldwin, Jeanne Schickler Compisi, D. Chase Angier, Laura Regna and Courtney World. BIODANCE explores social, political and environmental issues through its works always through dance, sometimes with text, film, music, and ice cream. BIODANCE interacts with and outreaches to its community members and across the country in a variety of ways through performances, workshops, benefit concerts, interactive lecture-demonstrations and classes at venues such as Geva’s Nextstage, Hochstein Concert Hall, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, MUCCC and more. Over the past eight years, BIODANCE has been providing free dance and movement workshops to the Senior Center at Community Place of Greater Rochester. Recent collaborators have included the musical artists of Sound ExChange, digital media artist W. Michelle Harris, visual artist Allen C. Topolski, and the leading choral/orchestral ensemble Rochester Oratorio Society. BIODANCE has received Community Arts Organization Grants from the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, New York State Council on the Arts and the NYS Legislature, from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, among other grants to create new work, to interact with its community and to produce various annual home performance seasons. City News chose BIODANCE two years in a row for a Best of Fringe Award in the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

W. Michelle Harris is a media artist and a New Media professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is also a member of Rochester’s WOC Art Collaborative. Her video installation work (solo and collaborative) has been shown at such diverse venues as the ACM SIGGRAPH, World Maker Faire, and INST-INT, as well as regional venues such as Gallery 74, the Baobab Cultural Center, Community Folk Art Center, Schwienfurth Memorial, and Squeaky Wheel. She has done live-mixed visuals for performances in collaboration with Juanita Suarez, fivebyfive, Dave Rivello, Reenah Golden, Sound ExChange orchestra, and most prolifically, BIODANCE. Michelle has been an ongoing collaborator with Missy Pfohl Smith and BIODANCE since 2013. She received her BS from Carnegie Mellon University, and a MPS from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (where she had the honor of interning with Troika Ranch). Harris is an associate professor teaching New Media Interactive Development at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kearstin Piper Brown is a soprano who recently made her San Francisco Opera debut covering the role of Dame Shirley in the world premiere of John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West. Recently, Ms. Brown performed with Rochester Oratorio Society in the Vaughan-Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Emancipation Oratorio. She also toured Israel as Bess in Gershwin’s masterpiece, Porgy and Bess. This season Ms. Brown will return as a guest artist with the Chaliapin Festival at the Kazan Opera Theater in Russia and in the spring, she will also begin work singing the lead role in the new opera, Promised Land: An Adirondack Folk Opera. Next season brings Ms. Brown back to the West Coast for Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and a return to San Francisco Opera to sing the Clara in Jake Heggie’s, It’s a Wonderful Life. Ms. Brown also made her debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under conductor Robert Spano in the role of the High Priestess in Aïda, and was also invited to sing concerts under the auspices of the Lebanon Symphony and Chorus, Cincinnati Opera and the Finger Lakes Opera Company. In previous seasons she was heard as Violetta with Utah Lyric Opera, Musetta with Dayton Opera, Micaëla with Arbor Opera Theater, and Clara in Porgy and Bess at the Teatro di San Carlo. She performed Euridice in Gluck’s Orpheus with Opera Memphis, and she portrayed the role of Mrs. McDowell in the world premiere of Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story by composer Adolphus Hailstork with Cincinnati Opera. She also sang with the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York as Epiphany Proudfoot in the world premiere of Mark Scearse’s Falling Angel. Ms. Brown also made her successful return to Utah Festival Opera as Bess in Porgy and Bess and Sarah in Ragtime. Ms. Brown has performed the role of Bess worldwide with Opera Kazan, Skylight Music Theatre, Dayton Opera, Virginia Opera, Utah Festival Opera and the Belarusian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Minsk. Ms. Brown starred in a gala concert Our Songs – The Music of African American Composers at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center with Opera Ebony, and the year before she was heard at Jazz at Lincoln Centerunder the auspices of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. The versatile soprano has also sung with the American Spiritual Ensemble, toured with the 3 Mo’ Divas (sister group of the 3 Mo’ Tenors), and scored an early success as Sarah in the Light Opera Works Chicago regional premiere of Ragtime, earning her a “Best Actress in a Musical” nomination from the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago. She recently made her triumphant returned to the role in with the Utah Festival Opera. Highlights of Ms. Brown’s performances as a concert soloist include an appearance at the Palais Augarten in Vienna, a gala of American music with the Moscow City Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Lebanon Symphony, a concert with the Rochester Early Music Festival, the Festival Classique’s Opera Under the Stars concert with the Residentie Orkest in The Hague and the Edison Awards Gala 2010 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, both of which were televised LIVE in the Netherlands, as well as concerts with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Cedar Rapids Chorale and Symphony, and the Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Brown is a graduate of both Spelman College and Northwestern University.

fivebyfive is a quintet based in Rochester NY, formed in 2015 with a mission to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for its instrumentation. The group performs works of today’s leading composers, supports emerging composers from around the world, and collaborates with artists across the disciplines. Through its workshops and educational concerts fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential. The winner of the 2018 Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist Program for its commissioning project for new works inspired by the stained-glass artist Judith Schaechter, fivebyfive also has received funding from New Music USA, the Decentralization Grant of New York State and the Farash Foundation. fivebyfive is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The quintet has received funding from New Music USA, The Farash Foundation and the Decentralization Grant of New York State for its programs, and actively collaborates with artists across a variety of disciplines, including poets, dancers, visual artists and musicians across the genres.

May
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Fairy Crafts
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Fairy Doors of Dansville will sponsor free craft activities at Dansville ArtWorks (153 Main St.) and Dogwood Trading Company (178 Main St.). You can also try to find all the little fairy doors downtown and in the trees of Pioneer Park (free maps available at above locations) Many Dogwood Festival activities that day too!

Off-Monroe Players Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers at the Robert F. Panara Theatre
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

 

The Gondoliers is a comic operetta by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. We have set our production in traditional style, with stripe-shirted gondoliers and full-skirted, red-and-white-rose bedecked contadini (peasant girls). Love, long-hidden secrets, possible royalty, a long-lost nurse who is the only one who knows who’s who …and a good deal of traveling across the seas “in search of” propel a typically Gilbertian plot, all accompanied by lilting, dance-inducing music.

Four performances only! Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm; Sat. May 18 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm; Sun. May 19 at 2:00 pm. Admission is FREE but please make a reservation by visiting our website: https://www.off-monroeplayers.org or by phoning: 585-232-5570.

Resident Craft Club LCCNR -Special Craft Presentation @ Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a special presentation to learn a new craft. The Residents at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will learn how to make Coasters out of tiles adding different materials to create their special designs. All are welcome to join us to help and make a coaster for yourself too! Funding for this event is from the Artists in Education Grant from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.