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Music, Folktales and “Showcase 2015!” Highlight Spring Events at Genesee Center for the Arts

December 19, 2014

Batavia, NY- Make plans now for an exciting season of performance events this spring at the Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College. The lineup includes a concert by Pittsburgh-based Cello Fury. A snowstorm forced the dynamic cello rock powerhouse to cancel its originally scheduled show in November. It’s been rescheduled for February 5, 2015.

The spring season kicks off Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Ithacappella. Formerly known as the Ithaca College Men’s Chorus, the group was founded in 1996 by four men with a love for singing and a passion for performing. Since its inception, the group has grown from its choral roots to become one of the premier male collegiate a cappella groups in the world. Tickets to see Ithacappella are $8. GCC alumni receive a $2 discount on full price tickets when they show their alumni card. Seniors (55+) and GCC faculty/staff tickets are $5; GCC students with ID pay $3.

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Cello Fury brings its unique style to the Stuart Steiner Theatre. “Tickets purchased for the November 20, 2014 Cello Fury concert will be honored at this performance,” said Cathy DeBellis, audience services manager. Cello Fury features three cellists and a drummer who combine the emotive and symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats, creating a cinematic, progressive rock vibe. Venturing past classical expectations, cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz, and Nicole Myers along with drummer David Throckmorton have performed at wide ranging venues for diverse audiences and have collaborated with artists across genres from dance to theatre. Don’t miss these true originals. Tickets to see Cello Fury are $8. GCC alumni receive a $2 discount on full price tickets when they show their alumni card. Seniors (55+) and GCC faculty/staff tickets are $5; GCC students with ID pay $3.

GCC kicks off Arts Awareness month with “SHOWCASE 2015!” on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. A medley of performing arts, “SHOWCASE 2015!” aims to inspire audiences by showcasing the artistic talent of GCC’s performing arts students. Tickets to see “SHOWCASE 2015!” are $8. GCC alumni receive a $2 discount on full price tickets when they show their alumni card. Seniors (55+) and GCC faculty/staff tickets are $5; GCC students with ID pay $3.


Another don’t miss event happens Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Forum on GCC’s Batavia campus. The Fine Arts Festival invites the community to experience art. Demonstrative workshops will cover creative endeavors such as drawing, painting, photography, origami, printmaking, and much more. This event is FREE and the public is welcome.

This academic year, GCC’s Global Education Committee has been offering unique insights into the culture of Brazil. On Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. the Forum Players Theatre Ensemble presents the children’s production of “Brazilian Folktales,” a rich brew of a dozen or so traditional Brazilian tales, from explanations of how things work to animal and trickster tales, all drawing on the varied cultural traditions of the vibrant people who make up Brazil! Directed by Professor Norm Gayford, this collection of diverse, authentic Brazilian folk tales explores ancient wisdom, culture, and humor through the antics of animals fierce and funny, including Jaguar, Turtle, Monkey, Goat and many others. The script is adapted with permission from the book of the same name by Livia de Almeida and Ana Portella, edited by Margaret Read MacDonald. Tickets to “Brazilian Folktales” are $8. GCC alumni receive a $2 discount on full price tickets when they show their alumni card. Seniors (55+) and GCC faculty/staff tickets are $5; GCC students with ID pay $3.

At the “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery, the GCC Student Fine Art Exhibit runs February 24 through April 9, 2015 with artist’s receptions on Thursday, February 26 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The GCC Student Digital Arts Exhibit runs April 20 through May 10, 2015 featuring artist’s receptions on Thursday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m and 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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Editor’s Note:

Photographs of Ithacappella from Ithaca College photography student Durst Breneiser’s Facebook page are available here:

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