GCC’s spring 2017 arts and cultural events include something for everyone

By on February 5, 2017
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With a schedule that includes children’s theater, works of art, music and dance performances and scholarly exhibitions, the spring arts and cultural events schedule at Genesee Community College is sure to offer something for everyone.

“An Evening with Sonny Mayo” kicks off the spring schedule on Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. Hear some of the music from Chasing the Chord, the latest CD from GCC Professor of speech and theatre arts Frank Mayo, who has a long history of playing folk, blues and Americana music that is rich with vivid sound and lyrics. All proceeds benefit GCC’s History Club. General tickets cost $10 in advance and can be purchased by calling (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288, or by email: ddmaxfield@genesee.edu. Tickets at the door cost $12.

The Genesee Symphony Orchestra will enchant audiences of all ages with Brahms and Marquez on Sunday, March 12, at 4 p.m. Guest soloist Brian Preston will join the performance on piano. Purchase advance tickets by visiting one of several Batavia business locations including: Vinyl Record Revival, YNGODESS, GO ART! or the Bank of Castile in LeRoy. Adult tickets cost $15, seniors (62 and older) $10, students (age 18 or under) $7 and $35 for group family ticket.

On Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., Stone Row returns. Experience Celtic and world music in a seamless fusion of traditional folk and contemporary genres. This will be the last Stone Row performance as the group plans to pursue separate enterprises after this final concert. The GCC audience can meet and greet the band after the show and wish them well in their new endeavors.

The GCC Forum Players will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, March 25, hosting “A Night of Dance” beginning at 7 p.m. The performance, choreographed by GCC adjunct instructor Tara Pocock, stars Anastasia’s Spotlight dancers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the GCC Forum Players.

The Stuart Steiner Theatre will transform into the deep jungle, allowing audiences to follow three cheeky monkeys, Seeno, Hearno and Sayno, on their journey to wisdom as they swing through the trees without a care, learning to survive as people encroach upon their idyllic world.

Forum Players Children’s Theatre Ensemble presents Three Wise Monkeys on  Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. Audiences of all ages will enjoy watching Seeno, Hearno and Sayno in their quest to find their lost baby monkey, Dono, and return him to his rightful place-while eating bananas.

Tickets for most shows cost $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (55+) and students (16+) and GCC faculty/ staff. GCC students with ID cost $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or 345-6814.

In addition to GCC’s line-up of performing art events occurring in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, the sixth annual Arts Fest will take place in the GCC Batavia campus forum on Thursday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Experience art through participation with numerous workshops demonstrating creativity in drawing, painting, weaving, henna tattoos, origami, printmaking and much more! The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

The second annual Scholars’ Symposium celebrates the accomplishments of GCC students and faculty, on Thursday, March 30. Sponsored by the Genesee Community College Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA), the event will include students, faculty, staff, community leaders and friends sharing and demonstrating scholarly achievements in all disciplines through presentations, poster exhibits and performances.

Fulbright Scholar John Covach, a writer, distinguished professor and chair of the College Department of Music at the Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Scholars’ Symposium. He has published dozens of articles and co-edited numerous books about music, and is an active musician, including being the guitarist with the progressive rock band Land of Chocolate.

At the Roz Steiner Art Gallery, Stacey Robinson’s “Binary ConScience” is currently on display through Thursday, February 16. Robinson examines Black culture from the past to speculative future by illustrating the conflicts of integration, miseducation, unresolved slavery and unresolved emancipation.

The other spring exhibitions in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery include the GCC Student Fine Art Exhibit from March 1 through March 31, with the artists’ receptions on Thursday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the GCC Student Digital Art Exhibit from April 24 through May 21, with artists’ receptions on Thursday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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