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5 things to do this weekend

February 19, 2020

Jeanette Colby, calendar editor, offers a selection of events and activities to check out this weekend. Contributing to this week’s feature is Sakhile Ntshangase ’21. 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.

#1: Explore the art of dance and movement

Are you interested in dance? The 10th annual inspireDANCE Festival hosts various events through February 27. On Friday, February 21, there will be a lecture and demonstration by E. Moncell Durden, a dance professor at the University of Southern California, and expert in hip-hop, authentic jazz, and social party dances, from 1900 to the present. He will demonstrate the connection of traditional African dance to current hip-hop dances with the use of historical footage. Durden’s event “Intangible Roots,” will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Spurrier Hall Dance Theater. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. On Saturday, February 22, the festival hosts a curated dance film shorts night titled “Lessons in Becoming Unhindered: A Night of Dance on Camera,” beginning at 7 p.m., in the Gowen Room, in Wilson Commons. Curated by Visual and Cultural Studies Graduate student Taryn Ely, the screening features six short 16 mm films. The screening is $5 at the door. On Sunday, February 23, the popular inspireJAM “All Styles Battle,” which attracts competitors from the region including top hip-hop dancers from Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, and Toronto, begins at 3 p.m., in the May Room in Wilson Commons. $10 to compete and $5 to observe. Tickets are sold only at the door for this event. See a complete schedule online.

Photo By Micheline V

#2: Get out for hockey night

Bring the family out for a hockey night at University of Rochester Night at the Amerks on Friday, February 21. The game versus the Lehigh Valley Phantoms begins at 7:05 p.m., but plenty to do before the game: Enjoy an exclusive open skate, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., an alumni reception, from 6 to 7 p.m., offers hot cocoa, popcorn, pizza, a cash bar, and live music by University musicians. At the game, members of Rochester’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp will present the colors and the University’s mascot Rocky will “buzz” about the arena. And don’t miss the $2 beer specials in the Hall of Fame area. Tickets are $14 for faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate students and available online. Rochester undergraduate tickets are $10 and available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons. Buses will loop from the River Campus at the back of Rush Rhees Library starting at 5:45 p.m.

#3: Hear classical music and mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The Music Department will host a few free events this weekend. On Friday, February 21, the Wind Symphony, Brass Choir, and Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert of diverse musical styles, from the music of Joni Mitchell to a march composed 100 years ago. Guest conductors from Eastman School of Music include graduate students Jared Wallis, Ted Perry, and Tim Hommowun ‘20E, as well as Gregory Savich, assistant professor in the Institute of Optics. The concluding work features all of the ensembles on a piece titled “Hung Aloft the Night,” composed by Anthony O’Toole, and inspired by the John Keats poem “Bright Star.” The performance begins at 7 p.m. On Saturday, February 22, the Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert to mark the 250th birthday of Beethoven. The program includes Rick Robinson’s composition “Pork ‘n Beans,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.” In addition, Linzan (London) Ye ’21 will perform the first movement of John Fields’ “Piano Concerto No. 2 in Ab major.” Ye is a winner of the 2019 and 2020 River Campus Concerto Competition. The program begins at 8 p.m. Both concerts are at Strong Auditorium on the River Campus.

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#4: Be informed on child and adolescent eating disorders

The School of Nursing and the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital will present a film screening of the award-winning documentary Going Sane on Sunday, February 23. The event is free and is part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in partnership with the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center. A panel discussion about the eating disorders and co-occurring illnesses will follow the screening, along with a question and answer session with the audience. The panel features several University faculty including: Jeff Levenkron, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and psychotherapist; Ann Griepp, clinical assistant professor and psychotherapist; Mike Sharf, associate professor of clinical psychiatry; and Mary Tantillo, professor of clinical nursing, as the moderator. The screening begins at 1 p.m., in theater 5, at the Little Theater, 240 East Avenue. Seating is limited. RSVP to Kayla Bradford at by February 21.

Credit: Kaupo Kikkas

#5: Watch world-renowned quartet perform

The Schumann Quartet will perform at Kilbourn Hall as part of the Eastman-Ranlet Series on Sunday, February 23. Praised by the Süddeutsche Zeitung—the largest daily newspaper in Germany—as “one of the best quartets in the world,” the Schumann Quartet has received numerous awards for their work. The quartet consists of violinists Erik Schumann and Ken Schumann, violist Liisa Randalu, and cellist Mark Schumann. Its recent album Intermezzo (2018) has been highly regarded around the world, recently receiving the classical music award “Opus Klassik” in the category quintet.  The program includes Mozart’s “Quartet in D Major,” Shostakovich’s “Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major,” and Mendelssohn’s “Quartet in E Minor.” The performance begins at 3 p.m., at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Tickets for the performance are $29 -$40, with $10 tickets available for University students. Tickets may be purchased online up to one hour prior to the performance. After that time, tickets may be purchased in person at the box office.

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