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COMMUNITY VOICE--Approximately 150 years after he completed it, Robert Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's "Faust" will finally get its Rochester premiere on Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre. Under the direction of William Weinert, the Eastman-Rochester Chorus (pictured above) and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra will join in presenting this monument of Romantic choral music.

"I believe ours is one of only two performances in the U.S. this season," says Weinert, who is director of choral activities at the Eastman School as well as professor of conducting and ensembles.

The Eastman Rochester Chorus is a select chorus made up of some of Eastman's rising vocal stars along with a number of the Rochester community's finest voices. Each season, it presents two large-scale choral masterpieces in Eastman Theatre, accompanied by an Eastman orchestra.

Events scheduled for Monday, December 5 (after 5 p.m.) through Monday, January 16 (before 5 p.m.). All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Memorial Art Gallery--x5-3081;

December 8--'What's Up' Lecture. Sydney Greaves, assistant curator of education, speaks about references to Greek and Roman mythology in Bernini's Abduction of Proserpine and Sacrifice to Ceres, by an unknown Flemish artist. Her talk is followed by an opportunity to ask questions. Free with gallery admission. Herdle Fountain Court, 5:30 p.m.

December 10, 11, 18, 24--Wendell Castle Video. View Tom Muir Wilson's award-winning film on The Music Stand, the 1964 work that brought Castle national acclaim. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Wendell Castle in Rochester. Green Room, 3 p.m.

December 11--Going for Baroque. 15-minute presentation and mini-recital on the newly installed Italian Baroque organ. Free with gallery admission. Fountain Court, 1 and 3 p.m.

December 18--Baroque Organ Showcase. Internationally renowned organist and recording artist Joris Verdin gives an hour-long recital on the Italian Baroque organ. Tickets required; limited seating. Herdle Fountain Court, 5:30 p.m.

December 29--Kwanzaa Family Day. Celebrate Kwanzaa, the African-American cultural holiday, at the gallery. Enjoy art activities, live music, family tours, and a Kwanzaa ceremony. 4 to 9 p.m.


Memorial Art Gallery

Through January 22--Harry Sternberg: A Life in Woodcuts. On display are 38 woodcuts by the late artist who was born on New York's Lower East Side to European Jewish immigrants. Print Corridor.

Ongoing Exhibitions--Wendell Castle in Rochester.

Protected for Eternity: The Coffins of Pa-Debehu-Aset.

Italian Baroque Organ.

Gallery Highlights Tour--Free with admission. Meet at the admission desk. December 8, 15, 22; 6:30 p.m. December 9, 11, 16, 18; 2 p.m.

River Campus

Through December 10--Paintings, Texts & Constructions. Works by anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster. Includes reverse paintings on glass with gold leaf, themes tied to collections of everyday objects, and acrylic paintings. The Gallery at the Art and Music Library, located on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library.

Through December 16--Contain, Define, Organize, Preserve. Features work by regional artist Camille Geraci, who collects discarded items and juxtaposes them with previous creations such as photographs or hand-sewn objects. Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons.

Through February 25--Tourmaline. Based on Professor of English Joanna Scott's book, Tourmaline, accompanied by examples of gems, manuscript pages, photographs, and correspondence. Hilfiker Gallery, Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library.

Through February 28--Science by the Book: From Hippocrates to Darwin. Examines the role of the book in spreading scientific knowledge from the 1450s, when printing by movable type was invented, to 1859, when Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by the Means of Natural Selection. A large display of reproductions from 18th-century engravings is included. Rare Books and Special Collections Library, Rush Rhees Library.

Through March--'Oh Death!': Death, Dying, and the Culture of the Macabre in the Late Middle Ages. Illustrates death-culture in the European late Middle Ages by focusing on artwork and literature from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Examines the process of preparing for death in the Middle Ages, the experience of death itself, with attention paid to the figure of personified Death in art and literature, and finally the prospect of the afterlife. Robbins Library, Rush Rhees Library.

Through June--75 Years Beside the Genesee. This exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the River Campus and includes rare photographs, memorabilia, and oversized drawings and objects. Great Hall, Rush Rhees Library.


CPR Classes--Offered by the Office for Educational Resources (OER) from January through June. Registration required. All classes held in the OER Department (2-7500 area of the Medical Center). To register, call x5-7666.

December 6--Basic Life Support Refresher Class. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

December 12--Basic Life Support Refresher Class. 5 to 9 p.m.

Childbirth Classes--For a list of classes offered through Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, visit

Health Bites--Informal series of useful and timely health and wellness topics. For more information, visit or call x5-4987.

December 13--Successful Love Relationships: Part I.

Explore the logic of love and other emotions. Two part series with therapist Pam Finger. Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307), noon to 1 p.m.

January 10--Resolving Workplace Conflict: A Positive Approach. Mediator Margaret Supinski teaches a proactive approach to dealing with conflict in the workplace. Call for location. Noon to 1 p.m.

Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center--Call x5-2437 for information. Medical Center, G-5680.

December 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, January 2, 5, 9, 12--Shotokan Karate. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.


Eastman at Washington Square--"Thursday Lunchtime Concerts" at the First Universalist Church, corner of South Clinton Ave. and Court St., 12:15-12:45 p.m. Brown-bag lunches welcome during performance.

December 8--Mesmerizing Marimbas. Douglas Brown and Kurtis Gruters, percussionists from the studio of Ruth Cahn, perform.

December 15--Songs, Poems, and Rhymes. Enjoy music of Brahms, Loeffler, and Bliss performed by Janeen Wilkins, viola; Ivanka Driankova, piano; and Sandra Boysen, soprano.

Eastman School of Music--24-hour Music Line x4-1100.

December 5--Eastman Wind Orchestra/Eastman Wind Ensemble. Mark Davis Scatterday and Martin Seggelke, conductors. Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m.

December 6--Collegium Musicum. Paul O'Dette and Christel Thielmann, directors. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

December 9--Eastman Rochester Chorus/Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. William Weinert, conductor. Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m.

December 12--Musica Nova. Brad Lubman, conductor. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

Department of Music in the

December 8--Glee Clubs. Join the reborn University Glee Clubs in their first formal concert of the year. L. Brett Scott, director. Strong Auditorium, 8 p.m.

December 9--Wind Symphony. William Tiberio, director. Strong Auditorium, 7 p.m.

December 10--Chamber Orchestra. David Harman, director. Strong Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Skalny Center for Polish and Central European

December 10--Cellist Mikolaj Palosz. A concert of Polish romantic and contemporary music by award-winning cellist. Pianist Oleksandra Yurchenko accompanies. Cosponsored by the Department of Music. For more details, call x5-9898. Sanctuary, Interfaith Chapel, 3 p.m.


River Campus Interfaith Chapel--x5-4321;

Roman Catholic Mass (

December 6, 13, 20, 27, January 3, 10--Sanctuary, 5:15 p.m.

December 7, 14, 21, 28, January 4, 11--Friel Lounge, 10 p.m.

December 11, 18, 25, January 1, 8, 15--River Level, 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.

Jewish Services (

December 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6, 13--Shabbat, River Level, 6 p.m.

December 10, 17, 24, 31, January 7, 14--Shabbat, Commons Room, 10:30 a.m.

Muslim Services

Daily Prayers: Thuhr, 1:30 p.m.; Asr, 3 p.m.; Magrib, sunset; Isha, 7:30 p.m.; Jumma, Friday only, 1:15 p.m. (Commons Room). All prayers held in Meditation Room 220 unless otherwise specified.

Protestant Services

December 8, 15, 22, 29, January 5, 12--University Christian Fellowship, Sanctuary, 8 p.m.

December 11, 18, 25, January 1, 8, 15--University Christian Fellowship, Sanctuary, 3 p.m.

December 7, 14, 21, 28, January 4, 11--Protestant Community Chapel, Sanctuary, 5:30 p.m.

December 11, 18, 25, January 1, 8, 15--Protestant Community Chapel, Sanctuary, 5 p.m.


December 7--Africa Video Series: Flame. 1996 film by Ingrid Sinclair. Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. Morey 314, 5 to 7 p.m. THEATER

International Theatre Program--Killer Joe. A darkly comedic drama in the style of director Quentin Tarantino. Recommended for adults only. Tickets can be reserved online at www.rochester/edu/theater or by calling x5-4088. Tickets also can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance. Todd Theater. December 7, 8, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m.


December 7--Department of Chemistry Ph.D. Defense. "Expanded Sequence Dependence Improves Prediction of RNA Internal Loop Stability and NMR Reveals Molecular Recognition Interactions Accounting for Stability, Structure and Dynamics," Gang Chen, Department of Chemistry. Hylan 618, 9:30 a.m.

December 7--Susan B. Anthony Institute Research Seminar. "Economic Self-Sufficiency for Women in Rochester and the Seven Surrounding Counties," Professor Kathleen King of the School of Nursing. Lattimore Hall 540, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

December 7--Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar Series. "New Soft Materials with Designed Functionality: Liquid Crystalline Elastomers and Hybrid Hydrogels," Patrick Mather of Case Western Reserve University. Gavett Hall 202, 2 to 3 p.m.

December 8--Department of Mathematics Colloquium Series. "Formal Proofs, the Four-Color Theorem, and the Kepler Conjecture for Sphere Packings," Thomas Hales of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, Professor Hales solved the nearly 400 year old Kepler conjecture which asserts that the optimal way to pack spheres is the so-called face-centered cubic packing, which is the way oranges are stacked at the fruit stand. The proof is computer-aided. Professor Hales will discuss this work as well as another famous theorem, the so-called Four Color Map theorem, which states that any map in a plane can be colored using just four colors. The Four Color Map Theorem was proved by Appel and Haken in 1978, also using a computer. The talk is addressed to a broad audience with interest in mathematics. Hoyt Auditorium, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

December 8--Skalny Lecture and Artist Series. Polish economist Wojciech Bienkowski speaks on the costs and impact of environmental protection in the New Europe. Sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy. Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, 7:30 p.m.

December 12--Department of Biology Donut Talk. "Overlapping and Distinct Functions for a C. elegans SIR2 and DAF-16/FOXO," Heidi Tissenbaum of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Hutchison Hall 473, noon to 1 p.m.

December 16--Science and Technology Seminar Series. "Fusion Science Research Center," Riccardo Betti, professor of physics and astronomy and of mechanical engineering. LLE Coliseum, noon to 1 p.m.


December 5 to 6--River Campus Blood Drive. To benefit the American Red Cross. May Room, Wilson Commons, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 6--Innovation: From Creation to Completion--High Technology Entrepreneurship at the University. Networking opportunity for students, faculty, alumni, and others who are looking to develop technology-based inventions, create business ventures, and communicate with and learn from others who have been successful in various entrepreneurial efforts. Guest speakers: Mark Coburn, director of the Office of Technology Transfer, and Mike Pavia '87, president of Sydor Instruments. Sponsored by the University Center for Entrepreneurship. To register, call x5-6868. Simon School Rotunda in Schlegel Hall, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

December 7--Urban Teaching and Leadership Forum. "Becoming Part of the Community Development Process: The Rochester Children's Zone," Jana Carlisle, Rochester City School District planning officer. Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, 6 p.m.

December 7--Understanding the University's Retirement Program and Fundamentals of Investing. Information session is designed for employees newly eligible to participate in the University's direct contribution program and for those who are new to investing or who want to review their current investment strategy. Includes a presentation by a representative from TIAA-CREF that covers fundamental information about investing, including how to choose an investment allocation. Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), Medical Center, noon to 1 p.m.

December 10--Finger Lakes FIRST Lego League Tournament. More than 30 teams of middle school students from upstate New York compete in the Ocean Odyessy Challange with Lego robots they designed and built. Tasks include cleaning up the ocean, fixing a pipeline, and submerging a research vessel. Sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Palestra, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

December 15--AAHRPP Accreditation: What You Need to Know. Amy Campbell is an assistant provost in the Office for Human Subject Protection at the University. She will discuss a University initiative to earn accreditation for its human research programs. Her own scholarly activities focus on legal, policy, and ethical issues related to "vulnerable populations" such as persons with mental disorders as well as children and adolescents. Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), Medical Center, noon to 1 p.m.


Discounts for activities are available to all University staff and faculty. Specific discounts also are extended to students (call for details). All tickets are available at the hospital Cashier's Office and the Customer Service Center in the Susan B. Anthony Hall on the River Campus. The Eastman School of Music carries movie theater tickets only. For more information, check the University Activity Connection flyer or call x5-7942. The current discount list can be accessed at ActivitiesProg1.htm.

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