Genesee Center for the Arts Announces Calendar of Events for 18th Theatrical Season

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce its 18th season at the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Following on the heels of another varied and successful season, the Genesee Center for the Arts is proud to bring to the Campus a selection of artists and productions that will set the benchmark for future years.

The talent and imagination of local visual artists return to the Lobby Art Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts this fall. Housed in the lobby of the Stuart Steiner Theatre and open during normal College hours, admission to the 2009-2010 Lobby Art Gallery Season is free.
  • Pastels and Pottery. The new academic year begins with a dual exhibit highlighting Gloria Betlam: Pastels an exhibit featuring intimate and panoramic views of Western New York’s Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. Simultaneously, the Lobby Art Gallery will display Chuck Ruffino: Raku Pottery, an experiment with the textural qualities of natural objects, emphasizing natural forms. September 3 through October 13, 2009. Opening reception scheduled for Thursday, September 3 from 1:00PM-2:00PM.
  • Victor Corey: Watercolor Landscapes. The season continues with large scale watercolor paintings that capture nature and the outdoors in beautiful detail. October 15 through December 1, 2009. Opening reception scheduled for Thursday, October 15 from 1:00PM-2:00PM.
  • Batavia Photo Club. Work by local community artists will ring in the holiday season, with a wide array of photography by the members of the Batavia Photo Club. December 3 through January 25. Opening reception scheduled for Thursday, December 3 from 1:00PM-2:00PM.
Live performances at Genesee Center for the Arts start with:
  • American pianist Thomas Pandolfi visits the Genesee campus for a one-night only concert this September. Praised for his interesting and innovative programming, this prodigious virtuoso excels in a repertoire that stretches from Liszt and Chopin to Beethoven and even Gershwin. A graduate from The Juilliard School, Pandolfi has performed with orchestras and philharmonics throughout the world. For more information, visit www.ThomasPandolfi.com. One performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 12 at 8:00PM. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty/students.
  • Seasoned blues players and multi-award winning artists, singer/guitarist Fiona Boyes, standup bassist Tom “Mookie” Brill, and blues mandolin pioneer Rich Delgrosso bring their own particular influences and sensibilities to Genesee’s concert stage with their CD tour dubbed “Live From Bluesville.” Originating during a 2007 blues award ceremony, their CD “Live From Bluesville” became the Blues Critic Award-winner for “Best Live or Compilation Album” and a 2009 Blues Music Award nominee for “Acoustic Album of the Year.” For more information, visit www.fionaboyes.com, www.mookiebrill.com and www.mandolinblues.com. One performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 8:00PM. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty/students.
  • From its original production in a Berkeley, California bar to the Tony-nominated Broadway production, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange, brings a female and African-American perspective to the Stuart Steiner Theatre this October. A series of twenty poems, referred collectively as a "choreopoem," for Colored Girls… is a breakthrough portrayal of African-American women's experiences in America, combining music, poetry and dance to celebrate their unique culture, while painting a poignant portrait of their terrible struggles. Performance dates are scheduled for October 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30PM. General admission ticket prices are only $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty, and $3.00 for GCC students with a valid ID.
  • Entering its 63rd season, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra continues to present innovative programming for the enrichment of the community through high quality performances, educational opportunities, guest artists and partnerships. Concert #1 scheduled for Sunday, October 25 at 4:00PM, and Concert #2 set for Sunday, December 6 at 4:00 PM. General admission ticket prices are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens (62 & over) and $5.00 for students (18 & under and GCC students with a valid ID). Tickets are also available through GO-ART 585/343-9313, The Enchanted Florist 585/343-3922 and Roxy’s Music Store 585/343-7222. For more information, visit www.geneseesymphony.com.
  • The Genesee Center for the Arts will present the first annual Student One Acts & Cabaret, highlighting the flair and talents of current students in a variety of one act productions and live cabaret entertainment. Performance dates are scheduled for November 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30PM. General admission ticket prices are only $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty, and $3.00 for GCC students with a valid ID.
  • The primary voice of community and educational theatre in the Empire State, TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) Theatre Festival returns to the Genesee campus for their annual theatre festival of workshops, demonstrations and performances. Featuring Michael Park (from “As the World Turns”) as this year’s Festival Celebrity Chair, TANYS nurtures and supports the growth of all aspects of the craft of theatre, enriching theatrical experiences for participants and audiences across the state. For more information, visit www.tanys.org. This year’s festival runs from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22, 2009. For a schedule of performances and ticket information to the TANYS Theatre Festival, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office 585/343-0055 x6814 or the TANYS office at 585/315-7576.
The Spring 2010 Schedule at the Stuart Steiner Theatre includes:
  • The Genesee Symphony Orchestra finishes its 63rd season with two more performances. Concert #3 scheduled for Sunday, February 28 at 4:00PM and Concert #4 set for Sunday, May 2 at 4:00PM. General admission ticket prices are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens (62 & over) and $5.00 for students (18 & under and GCC students with a valid ID).
  • The Center for the Arts continues its commitment to introducing the performing arts to children, families and schools throughout the Western New York area by presenting the Frank Higgins play Anansi the Spider and the Middle Passage. The celebrated spider of African folklore springs to life in a series of action-packed, light-hearted adventures as a mother and her daughter are taken from their homeland and must search for meaning in their new lives. Performances (including special daytime school performances) are scheduled for Wednesday, March 10 through Friday March 12. A detailed list of performance times will be available shortly. General admission ticket prices are only $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty, and $3.00 for GCC students with a valid ID.
  • Wowing audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa, Chicago finally comes to Genesee Community College. A true theatrical institution, Chicago has everything that makes musical theatre great: a universal tale of fame, fortune…and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. Performance dates are scheduled for April 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30PM and Sunday, April 11, at 2:00PM. General admission ticket prices are only $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty, and $3.00 for GCC students with a valid ID.
  • From the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and under the direction of conductor Mark Davis Scatterday, the Eastman Wind Ensemble will be making their Genesee debut with a one-night only event in the spring of 2010. At the forefront of elevating wind repertory through musical recordings, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, now in its 58th year, has toured throughout North America and beyond, including Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, visit www.esm.rochester.edu/ewe. One performance is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at 7:30PM. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty/students.
For more ticket information or reservations, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email at boxoffice@genesee.edu. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only; credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.
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