Genesee Center for the Arts Announces Spring 2011 Calendar of Events

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the calendar of events for its 19th season at the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The Center for the Arts is proud to bring in a jam-packed schedule with a variety of artists and productions to the community at large.

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the calendar of events for its 19th season at the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The Center for the Arts is proud to bring in a jam-packed schedule with a variety of artists and productions to the community at large.
Live Performances in the Stuart Steiner Theatre:
The Forum Players start the spring season with the performance of In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, a modern interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel, The Scarlett Letter. The Forum Player’s production is set in a post Hurricane Katrina backdrop that follows the daily trials of Hester, an illiterate, single, homeless, African American woman who must find a way to rise above and care for her five children. Performance dates are scheduled for Thursday, February 3, 2011 through Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are: $8 adults, $5 seniors (55+) and students and GCC faculty/staff, $3 GCC students with GCC ID, and a $2 discount for GCC alumni with GCC alumni card.
The Genesee Symphony Orchestra returns to Genesee Community College with its 64th season with two performances at the Stuart Steiner Theatre: “Love Notes” on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 4 p.m., with special guest Michael Ludwig, violin, and “GSO on Broadway” on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 4 p.m., featuring the GSO 2011 String Workshop Orchestra. Ticket prices are: $12 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $5 students (18 & under or GCC students with a valid ID) or $30 family (parent plus children 12 & under) and are available at the following locations: Hi-Tek Graphics in Oakfield, Bank of Castile in LeRoy, Roxy's Music Store, GO ART!, The Enchanted Florist, and the Box Office at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Tickets are also available at the door one hour prior to the performance at the Stuart Steiner Theatre.
Two acts of musical talent and originality will perform on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 7 p.m. Tony Brown and the Faithful with opening act Swati. Tony Brown is a former member of upstate NY infamous Ozone, now touring with his band the Faithful, a gathering of experienced, eclectic musicians hailing from around the globe. Brown’s soulful, powerful voice, along with the acoustic world vibe that his band mates bring, creates a sound that mixes blues, folk, and alternative rock. Opening act Swati, a NYC native who began her musical career in the classical world, plays a twelve-string guitar that has been fitted with eight. Ticket prices are $12 adults, $10 seniors (55+), $5 students (18-) and GCC faculty/staff, $3 GCC students with GCC ID, and a $2 discount for GCC alumni with GCC alumni card.
A concert by the Genesee Chorale and Chorale Orchestra, “AElinor, the Oratorio,” is also scheduled this spring on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Words and music by Ann Reid, and conducted by Ric Jones with the Genesee Chorale and the Chorale Orchestra. Concert storyline takes place in 1147, AElinor, Countess of Poitou, Duchess of Aquitaine, and Queen of the Franks leads a band of women on the Second Crusade. There she learns about earthly love and her marriage to Louis VII, King of the Franks, is annulled. She runs off with Henry Plantagenet, a penniless lord. Six months later, the penniless lord becomes Henry II, King of England.
Developed in the Lehman Engel Workshop, Los Angeles, this project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council. Ticket prices are: $10 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $8 students (18-), $5 GCC student with GCC ID, and $18 family (parent plus children under 17). Tickets are available at the Box Office at Genesee Community College, GO ART! in Batavia, and from all Chorale members.
The Fine and Performing Arts committee is pleased to have Stone Row returning to the Stuart Steiner Theatre for one performance on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. Stone Row is a fusion of Celtic, folk, country, and rock that combines the local talent of four dynamically versatile musicians. Each band member brings to the table a whole new spin by their diversified attitudes and styles. Join us for a wonderful evening! Ticket prices are $10 adults, $8 seniors (55+), $5 students (18-), and GCC faculty/staff, $3 GCC students with GCC ID, and a $2 discount for GCC alumni with GCC alumni card.
The Genesee Center for the Arts continues its commitment to introducing performing art to children, families, and schools throughout the Western New York area with Nobody Likes Mordacious (And That’s How He Likes It), a stage fantasy by veteran children’s theatre playwright Jack Stokes. The Forum Players and local grammar-school students present the audience with a girl who needs to rescue her parents from the stratagems of a very wicked fellow. On an epic quest laced with humor, she encounters genies, shadows, monsters, and pirates, and enlists the aid of a witch-fighting guide in order to restore her family. Not everyone can be redeemed; sometimes evil is just plain evil; as always, bullies of any stripe must be confronted. These are just a few of the things Orafu learns on her quest. This show is appropriate for any audience, particularly elementary and junior-high students. Performance dates are scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2011 and Thursday, March 24, 2011, by invitation only, and one public performance on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are: $8 adults, $5 seniors (55+), students, and GCC faculty/staff, and $3 GCC students with GCC ID.
The last live performance at the Stuart Steiner Theatre this spring is Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, performed by the Forum Players. Blood Brothers is one of the longest-running musicals in London theatre, with the 1988 West End production still running. It is a musical that has a contemporary nature vs. nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins who were separated at birth. The twins' different backgrounds take them to opposite ends of the social spectrum, leading up to a tragic ending. Performance dates are scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2011 through Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 adults, $5 seniors (55+), students, and GCC faculty/staff, $3 GCC students with GCC ID, and a $2 discount for GCC alumni with GCC Alumni card.
Spring 2011 NEW Roz Steiner Art Gallery Schedule (subject to change):
The new Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery will open this spring with a GCC Fine Arts Student Show. The show is scheduled for March 1-April 5, 2011 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 3, from 1:00-2:00 PM. The exhibit highlights current student artwork in the drawing, painting, photography, 2D, 3D and Ceramics courses at GCC.
Community members and art enthusiasts should save the date for the Roz Steiner Art Gallery Grand Opening Reception, Friday April 15, 2011 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Complete details will be available soon!
The spring semester will round out with a GCC Digital Arts Student Show from May 11–June 16, 2011 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 12, from 1:00-2:00 PM.
For more ticket information or reservations, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585/343-6814 or by email at boxoffice@genesee.edu. All seating is general admission.
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 http://www.genesee.edu/

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