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5 things to do this weekend

November 20, 2019

Calendar editor Jeanette Colby offers her selection of events and activities to check out this weekend. Browse, discover, and share upcoming events on the University Events Calendar by logging in with your University NetID. The calendar features a variety of events at all campuses, including the River Campus, Eastman School, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.

Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

#1: Attend a festival of Indian cinema

Filmi World: A Festival of Indian Cinema opens on Thursday, November 21, with screenings, scholarly talks, and public conversations about South Asian films that continue on Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24. In collaboration with the Eastman Museum of Film and Moving Image, the festival features four films from the Eastman Museum, which holds the largest collection of contemporary South Asian films in the world. Each film screening will be preceded by a panel of Indian film scholars who will offer brief talks on topics ranging from geopolitics to production practices to film music. The festival will close with a panel discussion on Rochester Indian diaspora. Filmi Worlds is presented in partnership with the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Hamilton College, and the Central New York Humanities Corridor. Festival tickets are free for all University faculty, students, and staff, and can be picked up with a University ID at the box office. See a detailed schedule online.

#2: Take the kids out to create art

The Memorial Art Gallery hosts its Kids Create Dates on Saturday, November 23. The flexible workshop, from 1 to 3 p.m., for kids and their parents can be done before, after, or while the family explores the museum. Creative Workshop instructors serve as the hosts for kids from ages 4 to 14. The class is held in the Pavilion on Saturdays. Check in at the admission desk for information and to buy a ticket. The cost is $15 per child, per session.

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#3: Hear ensembles perform ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Nutcracker Suite’

The Department of Music will host a few free concerts this weekend. On Friday, November 22 the Wind Symphony will present a concert at 8 p.m. A 90-member ensemble, the program will include old and new wind and percussion music including “When Heart Tremble,” and “The Lord of the Rings (Symphony No. 1). It will end with the iconic Leroy Anderson’s iconic “Sleigh Ride.” The performance will be conducted by Bill Tiberio, who has been directing the ensemble since 2004. On Saturday, November 23, the Symphony Orchestra will present a program at 8 p.m. that includes Stravinsky’s “L’oiseau de feu” or “The Firebird Suite” and Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite.” Conducted by Rachel Waddell, the ensemble is made up of undergraduate and graduate students as well as community of Rochester musicians.  Both concerts will be presented at the Strong Auditorium on the River Campus.

#4: See original choreography by students and faculty

In a celebration of choreography and light, the Program of Dance and Movement, presents its annual fall event “Confluence,” on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23. The show which highlights the work of the dance program features a showcase of original choreography in an interdisciplinary performance of movement and light. Students from the Design for Dance class work with student and faculty choreographers to use light design for visual storytelling. Faculty member Mariah Steele’s “The Constant Effort of Beginning” will open the 60-minute show and the program will feature pieces that explore immigration, peer pressure, as well as a look into people’s memory and its impact. Closing the program is the “Kuku Dundun Dance,” which will be performed by Sansifanyi—a newly formed group of the West African Dance and Drum ensembles and directed by Kerfala Bangoura. Admission is $5 for the general public and will be available for purchase at the door an hour before the performance. The performance will be held at the Spurrier Hall Dance Studio at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

#5: Enjoy a choral music concert

The Eastman Chorale presents a concert on Friday, November 22, at Kilbourn Hall. The ensemble, which consist of graduate and undergraduate students at the Eastman School of Music, is a select group of singers who perform choral repertoire from the past five centuries. William Weinert and Caleb Hopkins are the conductors. The program on Friday evening will feature the music of Brahms, Bach, and Britten. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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