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UofR at the 2016 Fringe Festival

Find about more about the University of Rochester students and faculty who will be performing at this year's Fringe.

Thursday, September 15

Anomaly
For the first time since its sold-out Fringe premiere in 2013, BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle Harris present ANOMALY. Performed in the four-story dome of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, this original, multi-sensory arts collaboration transports the audience into deep reflection about our existence within the larger universe. Live cinematic effects envelope the musicians, dancers and audience in a completely immersive experience.
7 p.m. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave.
Admission: $15

After Hours
After Hours, the University of Rochester’s award-winning, co-ed a cappella group, turns songs on their heads with innovative arrangements and surprising musical techniques. You might hear an upbeat pop song turned into a ballad, or an acoustic song infused with electronic elements – anything is fair game. Be sure to pick up their brand new EP, EYE TO EYE, available online now, and keep up to date by following them @urafterhours.
9 p.m. Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave.
Admission: $10

Here I Lie
The poetry of Alfonsina Storni and the music of Manuel de Falla join forces in this journey through the memories of a woman's life. Taking Alfonsina's last days as an inspiration, this one-woman piece explores loss and reconciliation via video projections, Falla's exquisite art songs, and Storni's heart-wrenching verses. Don't miss this multidisciplinary cycle created by Spanish dramaturgist Alberto Carrillo and Rochester-based artist Molly Nemer.
8 p.m. Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $5


Friday, September 16

After Hours
After Hours, the University of Rochester’s award-winning, co-ed a cappella group, turns songs on their heads with innovative arrangements and surprising musical techniques. You might hear an upbeat pop song turned into a ballad, or an acoustic song infused with electronic elements – anything is fair game. Be sure to pick up their brand new EP, EYE TO EYE, available online now, and keep up to date by following them @urafterhours.
9 p.m. Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave.
Admission: $10


Saturday, September 17

The A-is-for-Abortion Play
Abortion: the word itself is enough to stop people in their tracks. Despite the fact that one in three American women have had or will have one, the stigma stops us from talking about it. THE A-IS-FOR-ABORTION PLAY weaves together personal narratives and surreal fantasies to give this complicated, politicized issue a personal voice. Originally debuting at NYC Fringe in 2013, this Rochester premiere will include new updates. The playwright, Cassandra Hume, will join in the talk-back following the September 24th performance.
5:30 p.m. TheatreROCS Stage, 100 Clinton St.
Admission: $15

Anomaly
For the first time since its sold-out Fringe premiere in 2013, BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle Harris present ANOMALY. Performed in the four-story dome of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, this original, multi-sensory arts collaboration transports the audience into deep reflection about our existence within the larger universe. Live cinematic effects envelope the musicians, dancers and audience in a completely immersive experience.
7 p.m. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave.
Admission: $15

Cobbs Hill Consort
A Fringe favorite, the Cobbs Hill Consort is a unique Rochester acoustic ensemble featuring Native American flute supported by the living sounds of harp, guitar, drums and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transporting, engaging audiences in a journey of the heart. The group returns for its fourth year to share the gift of healing energies and creative collaboration. Members include Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute), Sandy Gianniny (harp) are also members of the UR Medicine Palliative Care Program.
6 p.m. Java's Cafe, 16 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free


Dance Salad
Dance Salad is a collection of choreographic works tossed together to make a delightful combination of dances that vary in tone and flavor. Well-known area choreographers present eclectic and appetizing work for this unique Fringe production! Come enjoy work by Ethan Beckwith-Cohen, Maureen Gorman, Katherine Marino, Jamey Throumoulos Leverett, Cheryl Johnson, Edward J. Murphy, Anne Wilcox, Kaitley Wozer, and more. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
5 p.m. RAPA @ SOTA: Dance and Movement Center, 45 Prince St.
Admission: $10

Heart and Soul: Medicine and Life
This production of medical clinicians reading their personal creative work returns to Writers & Books stage for its fourth Fringe. Led by Colleen Fogarty – a local family physician, published poet, and narrative writer – HEART AND SOUL: MEDICINE AND LIFE represents a variety of forms including narrative, poetry, and 55-word stories. These personal tales express the heart and soul of the work of healing in the 21st century.
6 p.m. Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $6

Invisible Boxes
Whether or not we are aware, we each live inside our own invisible box. What we do or don’t do, where we go or don’t go, and with whom we do or do not spend our time, defines that box. When we share space with others, whether by choice or chance, our own invisible box can intersect in planned or random ways with the boxes of others we encounter. INVISIBLE BOXES explores these real-space interactions through sound, motion, and light.
6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Admission: $10


Rochester Bhangra
Rochester Bhangra prides itself on being the premier Punjabi-style dance team at the University of Rochester. What do they do? They eat, sleep, and dance. Within the Bhangra circuit, they are known for their unique style and diversity, and have traveled both nationally and internationally to compete (and win)! While maintaining a competitive atmosphere, Rochester Bhangra provides a second family for its members, and strives to engage the audience in every performance.
3 p.m. RAPA @ SOTA: Dance and Movement Center, 45 Prince St.
Admission: $5


Sunday, September 18

Cobbs Hill Consort
A Fringe favorite, the Cobbs Hill Consort is a unique Rochester acoustic ensemble featuring Native American flute supported by the living sounds of harp, guitar, drums and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transporting, engaging audiences in a journey of the heart. The group returns for its fourth year to share the gift of healing energies and creative collaboration. Members include Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute), Sandy Gianniny (harp) are also members of the UR Medicine Palliative Care Program.
2 p.m. Java's Cafe, 16 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free

A Musical Romance
Follow the journey of a romantic relationship from the initial stages of attraction, through dating, commitment, and conflicts. Told via piano cover tunes, this moving musical narration features the vocal talents of Megan Kibler, current Music and Psychology student at the University of Rochester. The set features jazz standards by Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone and Erroll Garner, coupled with 60’s and 70’s ballads by Carly Simon, Carole King, Phil Collins and others.
4 p.m. Java's Cafe, 16 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free


Tuesday, September 20

The Geriactors Present!
The Geriactors, under the direction of Jean Gordon Ryon, return with more new plays — funny, whimsical and serious — and old songs of Rochester. Featured playwrights this year are Ken Klamm and Mark Jabaut. The songs, as always, come from the 1910 Rochester Songbook. The show is suitable for all ages.
7 p.m. Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $15


Wednesday, September 21

After Hours
After Hours, the University of Rochester’s award-winning, co-ed a cappella group, turns songs on their heads with innovative arrangements and surprising musical techniques. You might hear an upbeat pop song turned into a ballad, or an acoustic song infused with electronic elements – anything is fair game. Be sure to pick up their brand new EP, EYE TO EYE, available online now, and keep up to date by following them @urafterhours.
9 p.m. Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave.
Admission: $10

The Geriactors Present!
The Geriactors, under the direction of Jean Gordon Ryon, return with more new plays — funny, whimsical and serious — and old songs of Rochester. Featured playwrights this year are Ken Klamm and Mark Jabaut. The songs, as always, come from the 1910 Rochester Songbook. The show is suitable for all ages.
2 p.m. Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $15


Thursday, September 22

A Musical Romance
Follow the journey of a romantic relationship from the initial stages of attraction, through dating, commitment, and conflicts. Told via piano cover tunes, this moving musical narration features the vocal talents of Megan Kibler, current Music and Psychology student at the University of Rochester. The set features jazz standards by Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone and Erroll Garner, coupled with 60’s and 70’s ballads by Carly Simon, Carole King, Phil Collins and others.
8 p.m. Java's Cafe, 16 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free

Scarred by the Somme
SCARRED BY THE SOMME commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest engagements in WWI. By accompanying images of events before, during, and after the battle with music written at the same time by Claude Debussy, TableTopOpera considers how the Somme scarred people and landscapes in 1916, and how current conflicts have similar effects today. TableTopOpera is a chamber ensemble consisting of faculty, students, alums, and friends of the Eastman School of Music.
7 p.m. Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Admission: $10

Vocal Point
Vocal Point, University of Rochester's only all-female a cappella group, is ready to hit the stage once again with some brand new arrangements. Founded in 1969, the award-winning group has always been an audience favorite. This past spring, Vocal Point toured across three states and performed to a full house at its annual spring show. Don't miss this opportunity to hear some well-crafted harmonies and a full-blown a cappella experience!
7 p.m. Lyric Theater, 440 East Ave.
Admission: $10


Saturday, September 24

The A-is-for-Abortion Play
Abortion: the word itself is enough to stop people in their tracks. Despite the fact that one in three American women have had or will have one, the stigma stops us from talking about it. THE A-IS-FOR-ABORTION PLAY weaves together personal narratives and surreal fantasies to give this complicated, politicized issue a personal voice. Originally debuting at NYC Fringe in 2013, this Rochester premiere will include new updates. The playwright, Cassandra Hume, will join in the talk-back following the September 24th performance.
12:30 p.m. TheatreROCS Stage, 100 Clinton St.
Admission: $15

End of Time
The Eastman Percussion Ensemble (EPE) under the direction of Michael Burritt will present an immersive sound experience. The program includes Michael Burritt's virtuoso marimba quartet, "180," and the seminal work of Iannis Xenakis, "persephassa."
3 p.m., 7 p.m. Eastman School of Music: Sproull Atrium, 26 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free


The Geriactors Present!
The Geriactors, under the direction of Jean Gordon Ryon, return with more new plays — funny, whimsical and serious — and old songs of Rochester. Featured playwrights this year are Ken Klamm and Mark Jabaut. The songs, as always, come from the 1910 Rochester Songbook. The show is suitable for all ages.
12 p.m. Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $15

Here I Lie
The poetry of Alfonsina Storni and the music of Manuel de Falla join forces in this journey through the memories of a woman's life. Taking Alfonsina's last days as an inspiration, this one-woman piece explores loss and reconciliation via video projections, Falla's exquisite art songs, and Storni's heart-wrenching verses. Don't miss this multidisciplinary cycle created by Spanish dramaturgist Alberto Carrillo and Rochester-based artist Molly Nemer.
6 p.m. Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $5

The A-is-for-Abortion Play

Abortion: the word itself is enough to stop people in their tracks. Despite the fact that one in three American women have had or will have one, the stigma stops us from talking about it. THE A-IS-FOR-ABORTION PLAY weaves together personal narratives and surreal fantasies to give this complicated, politicized issue a personal voice. Originally debuting at NYC Fringe in 2013, this Rochester premiere will include new updates. The playwright, Cassandra Hume, will join in the talk-back following the September 24th performance.
Saturday, September 17, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 12:30 p.m.
TheatreROCS Stage, 100 Clinton St.
Admission: $15

Anomaly

For the first time since its sold-out Fringe premiere in 2013, BIODANCE, Sound ExChange, and W. Michelle Harris present ANOMALY. Performed in the four-story dome of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, this original, multi-sensory arts collaboration transports the audience into deep reflection about our existence within the larger universe. Live cinematic effects envelope the musicians, dancers and audience in a completely immersive experience.
Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave.
Admission: $15

After Hours

After Hours, the University of Rochester’s award-winning, co-ed a cappella group, turns songs on their heads with innovative arrangements and surprising musical techniques. You might hear an upbeat pop song turned into a ballad, or an acoustic song infused with electronic elements – anything is fair game. Be sure to pick up their brand new EP, EYE TO EYE, available online now, and keep up to date by following them @urafterhours.
Thursday, September 15, 9 p.m.
Friday, September 16, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21, 9 p.m.
Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave.
Admission: $10

Cobbs Hill Consort

A Fringe favorite, the Cobbs Hill Consort is a unique Rochester acoustic ensemble featuring Native American flute supported by the living sounds of harp, guitar, drums and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transporting, engaging audiences in a journey of the heart. The group returns for its fourth year to share the gift of healing energies and creative collaboration. Members include Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute), Sandy Gianniny (harp) are also members of the UR Medicine Palliative Care Program.
Saturday, September 17, 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m.
Java's Cafe, 16 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free


End of Time

The Eastman Percussion Ensemble (EPE) under the direction of Michael Burritt will present an immersive sound experience. The program includes Michael Burritt's virtuoso marimba quartet, "180," and the seminal work of Iannis Xenakis, "persephassa."
Saturday, September 24, 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Sproull Atrium, 26 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free


Dance Salad

Dance Salad is a collection of choreographic works tossed together to make a delightful combination of dances that vary in tone and flavor. Well-known area choreographers present eclectic and appetizing work for this unique Fringe production! Come enjoy work by Ethan Beckwith-Cohen, Maureen Gorman, Katherine Marino, Jamey Throumoulos Leverett, Cheryl Johnson, Edward J. Murphy, Anne Wilcox, Kaitley Wozer, and more. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
Saturday, September 17, 5 p.m.
RAPA @ SOTA: Dance and Movement Center, 45 Prince St.
Admission: $10

The Geriactors Present!

The Geriactors, under the direction of Jean Gordon Ryon, return with more new plays — funny, whimsical and serious — and old songs of Rochester. Featured playwrights this year are Ken Klamm and Mark Jabaut. The songs, as always, come from the 1910 Rochester Songbook. The show is suitable for all ages.
Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21, 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 12 p.m.
Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $15

Heart and Soul: Medicine and Life

This production of medical clinicians reading their personal creative work returns to Writers & Books stage for its fourth Fringe. Led by Colleen Fogarty – a local family physician, published poet, and narrative writer – HEART AND SOUL: MEDICINE AND LIFE represents a variety of forms including narrative, poetry, and 55-word stories. These personal tales express the heart and soul of the work of healing in the 21st century.
Saturday, September 17, 6 p.m.
Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $6

Here I Lie

The poetry of Alfonsina Storni and the music of Manuel de Falla join forces in this journey through the memories of a woman's life. Taking Alfonsina's last days as an inspiration, this one-woman piece explores loss and reconciliation via video projections, Falla's exquisite art songs, and Storni's heart-wrenching verses. Don't miss this multidisciplinary cycle created by Spanish dramaturgist Alberto Carrillo and Rochester-based artist Molly Nemer.
Thursday, September 15, 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 6 p.m.
Writers and Books, 740 University Ave.
Admission: $5

Invisible Boxes

Whether or not we are aware, we each live inside our own invisible box. What we do or don’t do, where we go or don’t go, and with whom we do or do not spend our time, defines that box. When we share space with others, whether by choice or chance, our own invisible box can intersect in planned or random ways with the boxes of others we encounter. INVISIBLE BOXES explores these real-space interactions through sound, motion, and light.
Saturday, September 17, 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Admission: $10


A Musical Romance

Follow the journey of a romantic relationship from the initial stages of attraction, through dating, commitment, and conflicts. Told via piano cover tunes, this moving musical narration features the vocal talents of Megan Kibler, current Music and Psychology student at the University of Rochester. The set features jazz standards by Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone and Erroll Garner, coupled with 60’s and 70’s ballads by Carly Simon, Carole King, Phil Collins and others.

Sunday, September 18, 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 22, 8 p.m.
Java's Cafe, 16 Gibbs St.
Admission: Free


Rochester Bhangra: Performance and Workshop

Rochester Bhangra prides itself on being the premier Punjabi-style dance team at the University of Rochester. What do they do? They eat, sleep, and dance. Within the Bhangra circuit, they are known for their unique style and diversity, and have traveled both nationally and internationally to compete (and win)! While maintaining a competitive atmosphere, Rochester Bhangra provides a second family for its members, and strives to engage the audience in every performance.
Saturday, September 17, 3 p.m.
RAPA @ SOTA: Dance and Movement Center, 45 Prince St.
Admission: $5

Scarred by the Somme

SCARRED BY THE SOMME commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest engagements in WWI. By accompanying images of events before, during, and after the battle with music written at the same time by Claude Debussy, TableTopOpera considers how the Somme scarred people and landscapes in 1916, and how current conflicts have similar effects today. TableTopOpera is a chamber ensemble consisting of faculty, students, alums, and friends of the Eastman School of Music.
Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Admission: $10

Vocal Point

Vocal Point, University of Rochester's only all-female a cappella group, is ready to hit the stage once again with some brand new arrangements. Founded in 1969, the award-winning group has always been an audience favorite. This past spring, Vocal Point toured across three states and performed to a full house at its annual spring show. Don't miss this opportunity to hear some well-crafted harmonies and a full-blown a cappella experience!
Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Lyric Theater, 440 East Ave.
Admission: $10