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5 things to do this weekend

February 21, 2018

Nick Foti ’19 offers his 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.

#1: Attend a free classical concert

The Department of Music will feature two free concerts this weekend. On Friday, February 23, the Wind Symphony, Brass Choir, and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Featuring music from Brahms to Freddy Mercury of the band Queen, the performance by 140 musicians will be conducted by William Tiberio. On Saturday, February 24, the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Rachel Waddell, will take the stage at 8 p.m. The ensemble will perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6” as well Bruch’s “Movement I of Violin Concerto No. 1.” The concert will feature a violin concerto with guest performance by the 2017 Concerto Competition winner Benjamin Srajer ‘21. Both performances, at Strong Auditorium, are open to the public.

#2: Swarm the Blue Cross Arena

Take the family downtown to the Blue Cross Arena and wear your blue and yellow for University of Rochester Night at Amerks Hockey on Friday, February 23. The Rochester Americans will take on the Toronto Marlies at 7:05 p.m. Before the game, from 6 to 7 p.m., there will be live entertainment and $2 beers sold in the Hall of Fame area. Members of the University’s a cappella groups will sing the national anthem and Eastman vocalists will sing the Canadian national athem. The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps will present the colors and Rochester’s mascot, Rocky, will “buzz” about the arena. River Campus student tickets are $8 and are sold at the Common Market in Wilson Commons. Eastman School of Music student tickets are $8, available at the Eastman Office of Student Life; and tickets for faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate students cost $12 and are sold online. Buses will loop from both Eastman and the River Campus (back of Rush Rhees Library) starting at 5:45 p.m.

#3: See artwork celebrating Rochester women

Make a plan to visit the Memorial Art Gallery this weekend. See the work, Her Voice Carries: Prelude, now on view in the Hurlbut Gallery. The mural by local artist Sarah C. Rutherford is part of city-wide art project that features five unique stories of women who work and live in the Rochester community. The art museum’s installation serves as a key to the entire project and includes a map to the locations of the other murals in Rochester. Admission to the museum is free for University faculty, staff, and students with ID.

Film still: Milan, Italy

#4: View film screening; panel discussion on body image

The School of Nursing will host a screening and panel discussion of body image documentary The Illusionists on Sunday, February 25 . The film explores how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the globe define beauty and see themselves. Discussion will follow the film and will include panelist and facilitators from the University, including Marie-Joelle Estrada, assistant professor of clinical and social sciences in psychology; Mary Tantillo, professor of clinical nursing; and Richard Kreipe, professor of pediatrics.  The event is part of a series of events happening during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and cosponsored by the Western New York Comprehensive Care for Eating Disorders. The screening begins at 2 p.m. at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue. Seating is limited. For tickets contact Jennifer Dry De Santo at (585) 276-6102 or email

Unsplash: Tadas Mikuckis

#5: See Eastman faculty perform

Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series features Jonathan Retzlaff, associate professor of voice; and Russell Miller, professor of vocal coaching and repertoire, on Sunday, February 25. The concert titled “Un après-midi de melodie francaise,” features works by Capelet, Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Dutilleux, Kosma, Leguerney, Poulenc, and Trenet. Retzlaf, a lyric baritone who made his debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, has championed the art of the song recital at prestigious concert series throughout the country. His students have been winners of regional, national, and international voice competitions as well having been admitted to graduate programs at the Eastman School, Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and others. Miller, a pianist, has been a coach and teacher of vocal repertoire since 1995. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician, with notable collaborations including Schubert’s Winterreise with tenor Robert Swensen. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free to University of Rochester ID holders.


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