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UofR at the Fringe

September 10-21, 2019

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Find about more about the University of Rochester students and faculty who will be performing at the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Dates, times and locations will be added as the schedule develops.

Siena Facciolo

Siena Facciolo playing the keyboards on stage

Siena is a soul-folk artist. Her lyrics reflect a desire to explore, to become more raw, and more open, with her listeners. She is a writer, a pianist, a vocalist, a teacher, and a community organizer. Siena grew up infused with folk revival music, which she combines with soul inspirations to create a rich, unique, and sensational sound. Experiencing her performances is like gathering around a campfire, or story-time when you were a child, or a family living room after dinner. Her first album, Dear House, was released in 2018 and has achieved multiple positive reviews from publications around New York and the Northeast. She performs regularly with her band, Chris Palace on drums/cymbals and Jordan Rabinowitz on bass. You can find Dear House on all streaming and purchasing sites.

Tuesday, September 10
6 p.m.
Thursday, September 12
8:30 p.m.
Monday, September 16
6 p.m.
Saturday, September 21
8:30 p.m.
Nox

Songs by David Temperley

David Temperley

Temperley is a professor of music theory at Eastman School of Music, but in his spare time he has written over 100 songs. The style is a unique blend of rock, classical, and cabaret, with engaging melodies, witty and touching lyrics, and intricate piano accompaniments. The songs will be sung by Alicia Ault, an Eastman graduate now enjoying a successful singing and acting career in Toronto, with Temperley at the piano.


Wednesday, September 11
8 p.m.
Sunday, September 15
2 p.m.
Java's Cafe

Sinatra at the Sands Reprise

album cover for Frank Sinatra at the Sands

Frank Torchio performs as Frank Sinatra with the Russell Scarbrough 12-piece big band reprising Sinatra's legendary show at the Sands hotel with the Count Basie Band.

Friday, September 13
6 p.m.
Lyric Theatre

John Covach/UR IPM Presents Yes: Fragile and More

John Covach and band on stage

This year the UR IPM will present "Fragile and more" on Friday, September 13. Along with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Going for the One will celebrate Yes's 1971 album Fragile plus additional Yes material, with an emphasis on the band's early albums. Expect to hear "Roundabout," "Long Distance Runaround," "Heart of the Sunrise," and much more.

Friday, September 13
7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall

Time to Change

illustration of dancer forming the hands of a clock

Game-changer, life change, change of mind, time change? what?s it all about? Time to Change debuts two original performative works that use dance, music, spoken word, humor, and storytelling to address how change affects our lives. "Nanosecond", by choreographer Anne Harris Wilcox (UR Program of Dance and Movement faculty and Artistic Director of Present Tense Dance) and composer J. Matthew Curlee (Eastman School of Music faculty), questions the destructive and creative nature of change and its wide-ranging fallout from the immediate to the distant and unknown. "My Life in Sweaters", choreographed and performed by Mariah Steele (University of Rochester's Program of Dance and Movement and Artistic Director of Quicksilver Dance) with original music composed and performed by Yoshiko Arahata, is a memoir told through movement, text, and many outfits. Accompanied onstage by a large assortment of sweaters, Steele dons each to tell its story and dance the themes it evokes. Humor, pathos, passion, and serendipity create an intimate portrait of one life?s defining relationships and how clothing mediates memory and our experience of change.

Saturday, September 14
11 a.m.
Sunday, September 15
2 p.m.
School of the Arts

#Deaf Talent!

collage of portraits

Rochester has the largest Deaf population in the country with so many talented Deaf artists. It's time to show the hearing world and showcase what the Deaf community has to offer... "Deaf people can do anything hearing people can do, except hear." - Dr. I. King Jordan. The concept for the Fringe Fest show "Deaf Talent!" will be a variety show with 10 separate performances, individual Deaf artists showcasing their work via ASL poetry, Song Signing, Dance, Comedy, Storytelling, etc.

Saturday, September 14
12 p.m.
Sunday, September 15
12 p.m.
Lyric Theatre

Little Red's Most Unusual Day Children's Opera

“Little Red’s Most Unusual Day” is an operatic retelling of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story, in a way you have never seen before! This family-fun production introduces children to the world of opera by including iconic music from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and several Offenbach operettas. “Little Red” is part of John Davies’ Opera Tales Series and has been performed across the country. This immersive production will feature students and alumni from the Eastman School of Music.

Saturday, September 14
3 p.m.
Sunday, September 15
11 a.m.
Monday, September 16
7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall

NEXUS and Friends

musicians on stage

Toronto-based percussion quartet NEXUS, now in its 48th season of solo recitals and concerts with symphony orchestras worldwide, hosts an hour-long performance of improvised percussion music. NEXUS is four Grammy winners – Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger and Gary Kvistad – who will be joined by internationally recognized guest percussionists including Rochester's own John Beck and Michael Burritt, along with Conrad Alexander, Ruth Cahn, Ray Dillard and Gordon Stout. "NEXUS – the high priests of the percussion world." (NY Times)

Saturday, September 14
7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall

Celebrating the life of Paul J. Burgett through Music

Paul Burgett on stage in front of an orchestra

Paul Burgett (1946-2018), beloved friend of the Rochester Fringe Festival, Gateways Music Festival and all things Rochester, viewed the world through the lens of music. For Paul, music had the power to heal and to bring people together. This performance features some of the music Paul loved most – from classical to jazz – played by Gateways Music Festival's Brass Collective, a national touring group featuring musicians Courtney Jones and Herb Smith (trumpets), Eric Davis (French horn), Isrea Butler (trombone) and Richard White (tuba).

Saturday, September 14
3:30 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Hatch Recital Hall

Cobbs Hill Consort

musician playing a flute

The 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. Performers include Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute) and Sandy Gianniny (harp), members of the University of Rochester Medical Center Palliative Care Program. Steve Piper performs on guitar. The group has performed at multiple venues at the Rochester Fringe Festival over the years and returns to share the gift of their healing energies and creative collaboration.

Sunday, September 15
3 p.m.
Central Library

Vocal Point and The YellowJackets Fringe Show

photos of both the Yellowjackets and Vocal Point singing groups on stage

The University of Rochester's Vocal Point (all female) and YellowJackets (all male) collaborate in an hour long A Capella show. Each group sings a capella arrangements of pop songs by artists such as Shawn Mendes, Zayn, Sia, Alicia Keys, Panic At the Disco, and Billie Eilish. All arrangements are created by members of their respective groups.

Sunday, September 15
12 p.m.
School of the Arts

Dave Rivello Ensemble

artist painting

Sharp angles contrasted with smooth textures and combined with dynamic solos make for an evening of continuous color in The Dave Rivello Ensemble | RED. Stretching boundaries, challenging expectations and spinning intricate webs of sonic exploration, this performance features all newly composed music by Dave Rivello, specifically created for Fringe 2019. Come and get lost in DRE I RED. Dave Rivello is an assistant professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, as well as the director of the award-winning New Jazz Ensemble, at Eastman. Also a freelance composer/arranger/music copyist, his music has been widely performed throughout the United States and Germany.

Monday, September 16
7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall

Within the Quota

poster for the TableTop Opera presents Within the Quota, showing images of guard towers at the border

Based on a ballet by Cole Porter, TableTopOpera’s "Within the Quota" looks at 100 years of U.S. immigration policy. The chamber group reworks a transcription of Porter’s score by William Bolcom and Richard Rodney Bennett and – in collaboration with George Eastman Museum – accompanies it with an array of historical and contemporary images and film clips. The ensemble has previously created multi-media projects with noted comic-book artist P. Craig Russell, photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin, and film composer Jeff Beal.

Thursday, September 19
7 p.m.
Eastman School of Music: Hatch Recital Hall

The Fragile Corridor: BIODANCE, Harris and Burritt

images of light and dancers projected onto the walls

BIODANCE and W. Michelle Harris return to Fringe to create an all-new show with percussion phenomenon Michael Burritt. Live cinematic mix envelopes the dancers, musicians and audience in a completely immersive experience.

Friday, September 20
6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 21
3 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
Rochester Museum & Science Center