15th Season of Genesee Community College's Center for the Arts Kicks Off with Critically Acclaimed Visual and Performing Arts

15th Season of Genesee Community College's Center for the Arts Kicks Off with Critically Acclaimed Visual and Performing Arts
Genesee Center for the Arts is delighted to commence its 15th season with the opening of the first Lobby Gallery exhibit in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Leah Corey and Mary Ann Scarborough present their Two Unique Visions in a combined display featuring the sculptural, freeform beadwork of one artist and colorful and sumptuous silk constructions of the other. The exhibit runs August 15 – September 27, 2006 with an Artists’ Reception scheduled on Thursday, August 31 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public.

Both Corey and Scarborough responded to the Genesee Center for the Arts’ request this past spring for proposals from artists interested in exhibiting their work in the Lobby Gallery. Heath Bartel, a new member of the Center’s Fine Arts faculty, carefully reviewed an outstanding selection of proposals from artists and craftsmen who had responded to the Center’s call for work. Bartel felt that Corey and Scarborough’s work, which while representing two very different media, shared distinctive forms of traditional American craftwork, and would make a dynamic first exhibit for the season.

Leah Corey’s two- and three-dimensional beadwork uses vintage and new glass in freeform original designs that are all hand-created. Her mixed-media pieces are designed as jewelry or sculpture. Corey received her Roycroft Renaissance Mark in 2005, signifying mastership in her craft. She resides in Bath, NY.  

The silk constructions of Mary Ann Scarborough blend together old fashioned craftsmanship with contemporary, abstract imagery. Her work, which includes an overlay of silk embroidery and three-dimensional pliable objects  celebrates a combination of color and lavish fabric. She states that her effort will challenge your imagination while tempting your fingers. Scarborough resides in Holley, NY. Both artists have exhibited their work widely throughout the United States.  

“This exhibit opens our 15th season by exemplifying quality, variety and creativity. While audiences are growing accustomed to a high caliber of performances on stage, we are just as delighted to have visual artists bringing their talent and imagination to our gallery,” Maryanne Arena, director of Genesee’s Fine and Performing Arts said. “The interest and enthusiasm building throughout the community about this upcoming season is truly remarkable.” The Lobby Gallery of the Stuart Steiner Theatre is open during normal college hours.

Fall 2006 Performances at the Stuart Steiner Theatre:
  • The Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will be held on Friday, September 8th at 7:30 pm. Local audiences will enjoy the experience that has captivated and impressed spectators worldwide. Each dynamic performance features diversity and a wide appeal of repertoire that continually expands the boundaries of jazz dance. The Chicago Sun-Times states, “The choreography, fast, fluid and artfully varied in its groupings, exemplified the high energy, playfully sexy, sometimes acrobatic nature of the basic jazz dance vocabulary.” Though jazz dance is sometimes associated with tap dancing or stamping foot dance, today the art form is more a reflection of the emotions, dreams, and desires of the American people through movement and dance.    
  • Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (GJDC) began in 1962 as Dance Incorporated Chicago and eventually toured with the Bolshoi Ballet including a lineup of performances in the Soviet Union in 1974. This led to the company’s current name and the mission to develop and preserve indigenous American jazz dance reflecting our artistic expressions and life.  Today, the company has a very active outreach and education program including teaching residencies. It received the Chicago Dance Award in 2004 for the production of Ron De Jesus’ Prey.  
  • Gus Giordano, the founder of GJDC, has dedicated his life to jazz dance as a dancer, master teacher, choreographer, author, and television producer. He wrote the highly acclaimed Anthology of American Jazz Dance, and he organized the first Jazz Dance World Congress in 1990, which continues to assemble each year in locations around the world. Giordano’s 1980 television production, The Rehearsal, won an Emmy Award, a PBS Award, and the Ohio State Award. He is the recipient of the 1984 Dance Educators of America Award. His additional honors include but are not limited to: State of Illinois Governor’s Award for the Arts (1989); Ruth Page Lifetime Service to the Field Award (1993); Honorable Artist Award from Chukyo University, Japan (1995); National Spokesperson for National Dance Week (1997); Third Annual Katherine Dunham Award (1999); Heritage Award from the National Dance Association (2005); and Senior Citizen of the Year for Chicago Park District (2005).
  • Genesee Community College’s Forum Players will present a dark and enchanting tale, Dark of the Moon, from October 19th through the 21st at 7:30 pm and on October 22nd at 2:00 pm. The story is set in a small mountain village in Tennessee where John, a witch-boy, is transformed into a human to pursue the young girl that he loves.  With just one year to earn his love’s affection, he is befallen by trickery from the townspeople.   
  • You can kick off the holiday season with the Christmas Show which runs from November 30th and December 1st at 7:30 pm, also through December 2nd at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and December 3rd at 2:00 pm.  This will be another heart-warming celebration of mirth and merriment at the Genesee Center for the Arts.
  • Save the Date!  Eric Bibb, blues extraordinaire is coming to Genesee Center for the Arts on February 17th.  Further information to follow!
Tickets for events in the Stuart Steiner Theatre are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00.Tickets are on sale now and can be reserved by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814.
  • Genesee Symphony Orchestra, the “Orchestra in Residence” since 2005, introduces its 60th Anniversary Season with fall concerts in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.
-    The “Passport to Italy” will feature the GSO performing two works by Rossini (including the “William Tell” overture, which is more than you think), Respighi’s popular “Pines of Rome” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony #4, the “Italian.” This performance will be held on Sunday, October 29th at 4:00 pm.

-    The Holiday Concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet Highlights” and will be held on Sunday, December 10th at 4:00 pm.   The performance will include dancers from Elaine Zalacca’s School of Dance, Haydn’s Toy Symphony, and traditional holiday music and an audience sing-along.      

GSO tickets are $12.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $8.00 for senior citizens and can be purchased at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance is advised by stopping by Water Street Printing, 14 Water Street in Oakfield, NY, or the following locations in Batavia, NY: Thomas and Dwyer Shoes, 99 Main Street; Roxy's Music, 228 W. Main Street; or at GoArt! Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council at 201 East Main Street. The GSO website is www.geneseesymphony.com

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Editor’s Note: A press photograph of the Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago is available at the following Internet address. Photo credit: Mike Canal Photography