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5 things to do this weekend

April 24, 2019

Calendar editor Jeanette Colby offers a 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.

Choir conducted by Julie Covach

#1: Attend a free concert on the River Campus

Four distinct styles of ensembles from the Department of Music will offer free performances this Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28. Led by master drummer Fana Bangoura, the West African Drumming ensemble will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spurrier Dance Studio. The Symphony Orchestra will present an evening concert at 8 p.m. at Strong Auditorium. Conducted by Rachel Waddell, the orchestra program features “Darker America” by William Grant Still, “Heroic Ballade” by Arno Babjanian, and “Pines of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi.  On Sunday, the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform compositions by Brahms, Bruckner, and Mozart at 4 p.m. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bill Tiberio, will perform at 7 p.m. Both concerts are at Strong Auditorium.

Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour, 2019. Courtesy the Artist, Metro Pictures New York, and Victoria Miro London/Venice

#2: Learn about the life of Frederick Douglass’s first wife

The Memorial Art Gallery will host a lecture about the life of Frederick Douglass’s first wife Anna Murray Douglass on Sunday, April 28. The talk—led by Delores Jackson Radney—a theater artist and community educator, will speak to her role in changing history. And while you’re at the museum, dive deeper into the life of Frederick Douglass at the exhibition Lessons of the Hours, a 10-screen installation by Isaac Julien. Admission to the museum is free for University faculty, staff, and students with ID.

#3: Cheer on the softball team in its bid for a playoff spot

Rochester’s softball team seeks a Liberty League playoff bid at this weekend’s games. Tied for second place in the league standings with a 6-4 record (16-14 overall), the Yellowjackets play an away game at Union College on Saturday. On Sunday, April 28, Rochester will host RIT in a doubleheader starting at 1 pm. Before the game, the Yellowjackets will honor their four seniors: Elizabeth Bourne, Harleigh Kaczegowicz, Gianna Melillo, and Rachael Pletz. Admission is free at Southside Field at the Southside Living Area off Kendrick Road.

#4: See students and seniors citizens in a collaborative dance performance

Dance students and senior citizens of the River Edge Manor Senior Living Community partner up to present the dance performance “Moving Memories” on Sunday, April 28. The concert, directed by faculty member Anne Harris Wilcox, will feature six collaborative dances based on a significant memory from the elders’ past with “Goodnight, Irene,” “Voyage into Memory,” and “Yes, I Remember it Well.” Following the performance, there will be a brief question-and-answer session and a reception. The performance is free and open to the public. The show takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. in the theater at Spurrier Hall on the River Campus.

#5: Enjoy a performance by Eastman student scholarship recipient

The Eastman School of Music presents the Links Scholarship Concert on Sunday, April 28. Alexis Peart ’20E is the featured vocalist at the 33rd annual recital and scholarship award event. The Links Inc. is an international organization that recognizes African-American women committed to educational, cultural, and civic activities  on issues of human rights and justice. The performance begins at 3 p.m., in Kilbourn Hall. There will be a reception in the Cominsky Promenade, which is on the second floor of the Eastman School’s main building, following the performance. Free admission, no tickets required.


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