Genesee Arts Center Offers Entertaining Fall Schedule at Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus

Batavia, NY- The Genesee Community College Center for the Arts is prepared for another exciting year of events offering a wide range of entertainment including jazz music, graffiti art and dinner theatre. The community is enthusiastically welcome to all events which are listed in chronological order.

The Roz Steiner Art Gallery will host and display “Impromptus,” Paintings by Jonathon Langfield from August 27 – September 25, 2015. Langfield carries on the tradition of American abstraction while infusing an element of graffiti. Utilizing the ideological framework of modernism, his art is executed in a spirit of improvisation. The result is a painterly impromptu. Opening receptions are planned for Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:30 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m.

The Genesee Symphony Orchestra presents a “Fall Festival” performance on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre with S. Shade Zajac conducting. Guest soloist Raymond Feng, winner of the GSO Young Artist Competition will perform Greig’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Movement 1. The GSO hosts world-class artists and composers as well as a multitude of well-known local soloists that give audiences a professional-level musical experience. Tickets can be purchased in Batavia at the Senior Center, Roxy’s Music and GoArt, and at the Bank of Castile in LeRoy.

The Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet will take the stage on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and bring together the elemental qualities of four creative jazz musicians: the buoyant swing of Bill Chattin’s drums; the melodic pulsations of Don Messina’s bass; the oceanic depth of Charley Krachy’s tenor; and the fiery adventurousness of Kazzrie Jaxen’s piano. Honoring jazz tradition with straight-ahead swing and spontaneous improvisation, the band draws from the collective inspiration from jazz greats such as Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Bud Powell, Warne Marsh and many others. The quartet plays standard tunes, jazz lines, originals and occasional excursions into the abstract stretching the music in unique and complex directions. Tickets to the event in the Stuart Steiner Theatre are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+), students (16+) and GCC faculty/staff and $3 for GCC students with ID. GCC alum with ID will receive a $2 discount. Go to http://www.kazzriejaxenquartet.com/ for photos and further information.
Mixed media paintings by Nate Hodge will be displayed in the gallery from October 8 – November 25, 2015. The “Everything Flows” exhibit can be viewed during regular gallery hours, which are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information on all upcoming events at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery visit www.genesee.edu/gallery or www.facebook.com/gccgallery.

In November, audiences are asked to take a trip back in time to a lively Victorian musical hall for a night of dinner theatre where a distinguished ensemble of actors, the Music Hall Royale, stages its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The show tells the story of the upstanding young Edwin Drood who mysteriously disappears and is presumably murdered. But who the Dickens did it? In the end, the audience gets to decide! The dinner theatre shows will run November 12-15, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. All tickets are $30 and will include a pasta buffet dinner. The production will benefit the Mental Health Association in Genesee County and advance reservations are required.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a musical by Rupert Holmes and the original Broadway production was produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival with Joseph Papp as producer and the arrangement by TAMS-WITTMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

For ticket reservations for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, or for further information, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts box office at (585) 345-6814 or via email: boxoffice@genesee.edu. Information can also be found online at www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts or www.facebook.com/GCCTheatre.

It’s never too soon to mark your calendars for not to miss events already scheduled for 2016.
January 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.- The Rochester Rat Pack invites you to join us in the cocktail lounges of the world as we laugh and dance the night away to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Keely Smith, Etta James, Jimmy Durante, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis and the gang.

February 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.- Etta Mae - an evening of laughter with the reigning “Queen of Southern Sass” and winner of American Comedy Awards: “Stand-Up Comic of the Year.” (www.ettamae.com)

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 4 p.m.- Genesee Symphony Orchestra Mid-Winter Concert at GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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