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UofR at the Fringe

September 12-22, 2018

Find about more about the University of Rochester students and faculty who will be performing at the 2018 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Dates, times and locations will be added as the schedule develops.

Faculty/Staff Shows

Michael Burritt/Eastman Percussion Ensemble performs Steve Reich Drumming (Music)

man playing wooden xylophoneThe Eastman Percussion Ensemble will perform Steve Reich's epic and revolutionary work Drumming. Come witness the exhilarating composition for percussion voices and piccolos that brought Steve Reich to the forefront of minimalism in contemporary music. Professor Russell Hartenberger, a founding member of the internationally acclaimed percussion group Nexus and an original collaborator on Drumming with Reich, will coach the ensemble for this exciting event.

John Covach/UR IPM Presents Led Zeppelin IV and UR IPM Presents The Yes Album (Music)

John Covach playing guitarThis year the Institute for Popular Music (IPM) will present two shows: Led Zeppelin IV will be performed in its entirety at 9 p.m., and The Yes Album will be performed at 7 p.m. Each show will be 60 minutes. Each show will be ticketed separately. 
Saturday, September 22, 7 p.m.

Jefferson Svengsouk/Cobbs Hill Consort (Music)

man with a variety of wooden flutesThe Cobbs Hill Consort is a unique Rochester acoustic ensemble featuring the Native American flute, supported by the living sounds of guitar, harp, drums and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transporting, engaging you in a journey of the heart. Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute) and Sandy Gianniny (harp) are members of the University of Rochester Medical Center Palliative Care Program. Steve Piper will perform on guitar. The group has played the Rochester Fringe Festival for the past three years and returns to share the gift of their healing energies and creative collaboration.

Cheryl Johnson/Lost in the Shuffle (Tap dance)

tap dancerA surefooted 'Hoofer' time-stepping through a tap dance retrospective, Cheryl Johnson will perform a ‘song & dance’ travelogue of her experiences from touring dance companies, pioneering MTV, TV specials, nightclubs, bands and musical theatre.

Dave Rivello/DRE-RED (Music)

The performance will showcase the 12-piece electric version of the Dave Rivello Ensemble. Composer and arranger Dave Rivello is director of the New Jazz Ensemble at the Eastman School of Music.

Anne Harris Wilcox/The Kitchen Revue and other Enticing Treats (Music and Dance)

A wonderful romp for all ages, The Kitchen Revue and Other Enticing Treats is an artful melting pot of music, dance, and theater. The Kitchen Revue aka: La Revue de Cuisine offers an answer to the intriguing question... what happens in the kitchen when no one is there to see? Pots and utensils begin to stir, and life and emotions burst out in full force! In Jeremy Vigil and Anne Harris Wilcox's version of Kitchen Revue, audiences witness the dancing merriment and mischief of the Sanctimonious Pot, Loving Lid, “Tempting Twirling Stick, Spineless Dishcloth, and Noble Broom!” Bohuslav Martinu's unusual instrumentation of violin, cello, trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, and piano simmer through this musical journey...with a taste of the Charleston steeped in for extra flavor. The Other Enticing Treats of this festive production include: a musical performance of Roald Dahl's classic Dirty Beasts, with narration performed by world renowned Eastman professor James VanDemark, and dance premier It All Boils Down, choreographed by Wilcox to Claude Bolling's lively Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music

Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp/Messy Little Monster (Dance)

In this collaborative work, dance makers Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp and Tammy Carrasco usher audiences into an ever-changing performance space that, as it transforms, peels back the layers of perceived understanding. This work emphasizes the construction and deconstruction of space as a metaphor for navigating the complexities of the social constructs that encase us on a daily basis. With integrated elements of movement, design, and projection, this immersive performance piece addresses the permeability and fluidity of the human condition and how building and demolishing the space marks progress for re-defining notions of singular identities. The unfixed nature of the performance space blurs the edges between audience and performers, artistic mediums, and social constructs. The boundless physicality of the performers renders humanity visible, as the dancers move with resiliency and persistence, yet are penetrable and imperfect. Questioning, challenging, and unpacking the nature of confinement and the stifled evolution of our social landscape, this piece invites the audience and the performers to hold space for one another to react, relate, resist and re-imagine.

Missy Pfohl Smith/BIODANCE, Aria (Dance, Music, Art, Projected Image)

dancers on stageLush contemporary dance, visuals, opera and media projection will create a new way of seeing the majestic Lyric Theater. This all-new, original multi-art experiment will surprise audiences with eye-popping visuals and aberrant perspectives of opera and performance, bringing the audience on a journey they will not soon forget. Performed by BIODANCE, fivebyfive chamber ensemble, media artist W. Michelle Harris, and site-specific artist Stanzi Vaubel. 
Sunday, September 16 and Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
Lyric Theater, 440 East Ave. 

Gala Tubera/Hooperellas

Circus arts and burlesque

Student Shows

Ordo Virtutum

Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum is a morality play from the twelfth century detailing a soul's temptations and confrontations with Life and the Devil with eventual salvation by the Virtues. The Soul (Anima) and the Virtues are all performed by women, with the Devil being the only male role. This show is one of the first in history to feature women, especially in roles of righteousness and importance. Hildegard von Bingen was one of the first champions for women and mysticism. The show will be performed entirely in Gregorian chant and will feature technical elements to add to the air of mysticism surrounding the show.

Eastman Ocarina Ensemble

The Eastman Ocarina Ensemble will perform arrangements from a variety of genres, including classical, video game, anime, and movie music.

Holding On through Song: A Celebration of the African-American Spiritual

A Victor 78 recording of My Lord, What a Morning, labelled as a Negro SpiritualOriginating as an oral tradition of the African-American slave, spirituals first made their way to the concert stage in the late nineteenth century through written transcriptions and arrangements. Today, arrangements of African-American spirituals are sung by choirs and soloists around the world. They are arranged for a variety of instruments and ensembles, including the symphony orchestra. In this performance, First Inversion joins forces with well-known Rochester musicians (Herb Smith, Kearstin Piper-Brown, Alan Jones, Benjamin Magruder and others depending on exact show dates) and our audience to create a unique experience combining improvised settings, new arrangements, and existing arrangements of spirituals for various configurations of choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and audience members. Words from the mouths of former slaves (as recorded in the WPA slave narratives) and Rochester's own Frederick Douglass will provide historical context and enrich our journey with this powerful music.

After Hours/A Cappella Hour

singers on stageAfter Hours, University of Rochester's premier all-gender a cappella group, will offer a night of a cappella, with covers of old classics and modern hits.

A Cappella Hour

singers on stageVocal Point, an all-female a cappella group, joins the all-male a cappella group the Midnight Ramblers for a performance of current hits and oldies alike.

Mentalism and Mediumship: An Evening of Psychic Arts

Over the course of an hour, an explanation of the various techniques used by fake psychics to fool people will be given, followed by an intimate, gallery-style mediumship reading to the audience.


man and woman holding up a canvas against a green projectionArtAwake is a one-day happening of creativity born at the University that brings life to a vacant urban space in Rochester, NY. In its ten successful annual festivals, ArtAwake has attracted over 10,000 attendees and has featured over 1,000 pieces by 400+ artists, performances by 100+ groups, delicious local foods, and a myriad of interactive exhibits. Exhibiting at Rochester's Fringe Festival for the first time, ArtAwake will create an innovative and interactive festival-within-a-festival with local artists, musicians, dancers, videographers, designers, businesses, and technologies in the selected downtown location.