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UofR at the 2015 Fringe Festival

logo for the Rochester Fringe Festival, presented by First Niagara

The University of Rochester is a sponsor of the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival from Thursday, September 17 to Saturday, September 26.

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University and Eastman School performers A to Z

After Hours
singers on stage After Hours, a co-ed a cappella group from the University of Rochester, will offer a night of a cappella, with covers of old classics and modern hits.
Saturday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall
Tickets: $10.00

Bach Without Borders
The relationship between musician and dancer is turned on its head during this unique, intimate performance of Bach Cello Suite #4 by violist Bridget Kinneary and dancer Missy Pfohl-Smith. Watch as the musician becomes a part of the dance and the dancer a part of the music. Discussion to follow.
Thursday, September 24, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 12 noon

RAPA at School of the Arts, Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $8.00, Students/Children: $3

BIO/DANCE and Social Justice
clasping hands with the words BIODANCE SOCIAL JUSTICE Collection of socially conscious dances from BIODANCE and guest artists.
Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 22, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23, 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Nextstage
Tickets: $12, Students: $8

Bridge Club of Death
Is it ever too late for your life to change? Jabaut takes "a comic look at euthanasia" in this one-act dramedy set in the rec room of an assisted living facility where the titular bridge club is gambling with something more sinister than clubs and diamonds.
Saturday, September 19, 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 5 p.m Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m.

Writers & Books: Performance Space
Tickets: $10.00

Cobbs Hill Consort
musician with flutes A Fringe favorite, the Cobbs Hill Consort returns with its unique acoustic ensemble featuring the Native American flute, supported by the living sounds of guitar, harp, drums and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transportive, engaging you in a journey of the heart. Performers include Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care professor Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute) and Palliative Care Division therapeutic musician Sandy Gianniny (harp). The group looks forward to sharing the gift of their healing energies and creative collaboration.
Saturday, September 20, 3:15 p.m., 7 p.m.
Lyric Theater: Prince Street Chamber
Tickets: $6.00

Christina Custode
Eastman School of Music BM/MA graduate Christina Custode brings her songs, stories and sass to the Fringe. Named Buffalo’s Best Female Vocalist numerous times and referred to as “the Carole King of her Generation,” Christina is influenced by songwriting greats like Billy Joel, Jewel and John Lennon, and brings her songs to life through engaging stories and witty banter. Think Joan Jett meets Chelsea Handler in a bar, with a piano.
Friday, September 18, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, 3 p.m.

RAPA at School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre
Tickets: $12.00

Diversity of Dance
break dancers Diversity of Dance offers a wide range of dynamic dance forms that are created, arranged, and performed by students at the University of Rochester. Celebrating African Dance, Breaking, Celtic Dance, Contemporary, Hip Hop Choreo, Step and more, this vibrant cultural expression is not to be missed. Come join this gathering of enthusiastic and diverse dancing.
Saturday, September 26, 10:30 a.m.
RAPA at School of the Arts, Allen Main Stage Theatre
Tickets: $8.00, Student: $5.00

East Side Brass Band
Come out and dance with the East Side Brass Band, a funky 8-piece New Orleans-style brass band featuring students from the Eastman School of Music! Get ready to party along to everything from pop covers, slavic dance songs, and classic second line tunes all night!
Saturday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Bernunzio Uptown Music: Main Space
Tickets: $8.00

An Exploration of Music and Light
On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Dave Rivello teams with Rochester Institute of Technology lighting artist W. Michelle Harris to explore myriad combinations of light and music.
Friday, September 18, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
Tickets: $10.00

Extreme Guitar
Guitar Music? Like you have never heard it before! Anyone who knows anything about guitars will know that "playing the guitar" can mean anything from performing a Bach prelude on a classical guitar to riffing and wailing like Eddie Van Halen. Classical guitarist Nicholas Goluses and a team of guitarists perform a variety of works including Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.
Monday, September 21, 7 p.m.
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
Tickets: $10.00

Great Vagrant
Featuring students from Eastman School of Music / University of Rochester, Great Vagrant provides an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass tunes, original songs, and indie covers.
Saturday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Bernunzio Uptown Music: Main Space
Tickets: $7.00

musicians standing in front of blackboard Muriel Rukeyser wrote, “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Inspired by the structure of our universe as revealed by science, two new musical cycles explore the microscopic stories that underlie our macroscopic reality: of subatomic particles in “Fermion Histories” and of life in “Genomic Histories.” Meanwhile, physicist Regina Demina (Large Hadron Collider at CERN) and dancer Brianna Williams visually unfold the foundations of our existence in crystalline equations and in motion through space.
Saturday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Sproull Atrium, Eastman School of Music
Tickets: $10.00

Based on poems by Rückert, Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder (1901-1904) underscores the frighteningly high infant mortality rates during the early 20th century. They have fallen dramatically over the past century but are still high in Rochester. To highlight this and child poverty rates, Table Top Opera presents a new version of Kindertotenlieder performed by members of the Eastman School of Music, accompanied by historical photographs and pictures of children who have succumbed to lack of proper care in Rochester today.
Tuesday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall
Tickets: $10.00

Valev Laube: The The Meaning of My Melody
Every story starts from somewhere, from a place or a moment that has inspired the writer. In case of music a musician, just a storyteller, presents an interpretation of the story heard. As a storyteller and in some cases also a writer, Valev Laube reveals some of his stories and explains the meaning of his music. Together we are going to explore how old folk-inspired melodies are being created and how they become from self to life. In his performance he merges the traditional music from Northern and Western Europe to contemporary interpretations and electronic instruments.
Thursday, September 24, 8:30 p.m.
Bernunzio Uptown Music: Main Space
Tickets: $8.00

Mounafayni Percussion and Dance Ensemble
musician with traditional African drum
Fringe 2015 will feature Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura and his performing group Mounafayni. Fana has been a member of the University of Rochester's teaching staff since 2011, with classes in African Dance and Drumming. Mounafayni Percussion and Dance Ensemble will be performing a new program featuring traditional mask dances from Guinea. You don't want to miss this explosive performance!
Saturday, September 29, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.

Admission: Free

Luke Metzler
Luke Metzler is an explosion of quirky pop sensibilities and catchy melodies that has entertained audiences across the northeast from Penn State to Ithaca to Boston.
Thursday, September 24, 8:30 p.m.
RAPA at School of the Arts, Ensemble Theatre
Tickets: $10.00, Seniors/Students/Veterans: $8, Children under 12: free

Robert Morris: Mysterious Landscape
This improvisational, electro-acoustic, 30-minute piece is performed live by Eastman composer, Robert Morris. The sounds and processes of nature are brought into the concert hall, with natural sounds -- birds, insects, frogs, mammals, wind, and water -- mixed together with computer-generated sounds. This projects a serene sonic environment that reflects on a peaceful relationship of humans to nature.
Sunday, September 20, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall

The Opposite of People in Q&A
actors on stage The Opposite of People (TOOP) Theatre Company from the University of Rochester would like to present a very polished staged reading of a new student written work. Q&A is an original one act play about a high school Quiz Bowl team led by Anderson Williams, a pedantic and overachieving sixteen year old. The club gets shaken up when Quinn Anderson, the new girl in school, joins the team and encourages the members to ask their own questions, not just answer other people's questions. Through club meetings and meta-dramatic interludes in a fantastical Quiz Bowl competition space, the play explores how the teenagers deal with the questions in their lives that they can't answer.
Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.
RAPA at School of the Arts, Black Box Theatre
Admission: Free

Quaternion Drifters
A comedic jazz tribute to Kurt Vonnegut led by RIT professor and a percussionist Jay Alan Jackson in collaboration with UR Dance Faculty member Anne Harris Wilcox. Under the guise of being onboard “Rift Raft,” an eco-minded showboat afloat in the mysterious "Caribbean Trapezoid," audiences will participate in a playful revue of interactive musical routines by The Quaternion Drifters.
Saturday, September 19, 8:30 p.m.
Little Theatre
Admission: Free

STEEL Double Trio
The STEEL Double Trio is comprised of a traditional jazz chordless trio: bass, drums, and a horn player. However, we have taken this traditional instrumentation and doubled it. Inspired by albums from Ornette Colman and Joshua Redman, which utilize the same instrumentation, STEEL takes classic songs like "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", traditional jazz standards by composers such as Sonny Rollins, as well as unique original compositions adapted to feature its unique instrumentation. A combination of two different traditional jazz rhythm sections allows STEEL Double Trio to create a unique dialogue that challenges traditional jazz idioms.
Monday, September 21, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 8:30 p.m.

Bernunzio Uptown Music: Main Space
Tickets: $7.00

Sticks, Strings, and Paint
musician playing cello while artist paints canvas Sticks, Strings, and Paint puts music to canvas in their unique combination of percussion, classical strings, and artists painting live to the music. Returning for a second year to Fringe, this show features Eastman-trained musicians specializing in classical, jazz, and rock idioms, performing music from a unique crossover perspective.
Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 4:30 p.m.

TheatreROCS Stage
Tickets: $15

UR Arts Bus
bus painted green Experience the arts at the University of Rochester – dance, music, theatre, visual art, spoken word and more – all aboard the UR Arts Bus, parked on Gibbs Street. See excerpts from shows, visual art exhibits, or mini concerts. Surprises will abound!
Saturday, September 19, 3 p.m.
Gibbs Street (between Main & East)
Admission: Free

Matt Witten: Himmels-Tur
Matt Witten will perform the Rochester premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s mammoth work “Himmels-Tür” (“Heaven’s Door”). This piece is extremely provocative, unusual and unique. Matt will play a 7 foot door, by “knocking, beating, battering, and drumming, while being cautious, entreating, restless, demanding, dancing, humorous, reproachful, impatient, disappointed, impudent, excited and angry.” Will the door open? What’s on the other side? You’ll have to come see for yourself.
Sunday, September 20, 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m.

Lyric Theater: Main Stage
Tickets: $10.00

The Yellowjackets

graphic of man singing, wearing a tie and yellow jacket

The University's oldest all-male a capella group, The YellowJackets, was founded in 1956. Besides the bright yellow blazers, what makes this team of young men so unique is their dedication to pursuing a variety of different musical styles.
Saturday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Gibbs Street (between Main & East)
Admission: Free