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Arts Center Announces 2010-2011 Season

  • Published: April 13, 2010

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Nazareth College Arts Center
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, New York.
585-389-2170
www.naz.edu/artscenter

Arts Center Announces 2010-2011 Season

Nazareth College Arts Center Takes off on a Trip Around the World for 2010-2011 Season

In Pursuit of Artistic Excellence in Different Cultures/Genres at Home and Abroad

Following a successful Year of the Arts Center that encompassed the weeklong opening celebration of the Nazareth College Arts Center, a subscription series season full of sold-out performances and its soon-to-be launch of its dance festival in July, the Arts Center announces a spectacular 2010-2011 season. Arts Center patrons will experience classic children's theatre, dance and music from India, Brazil, Russia, Argentina, South Africa and the U.S. The season will include traditional ballet, theatre and blue grass concerts as well as cutting edge performances featuring the best of hip-hop dance, acoustic percussion and beat box, and even a pet comedy theater starring rescued animals. Nazareth College Arts Center continues to bring unique, world-class performers and shows to the Rochester region. Tickets to the 2010-2011 season performances will be available in June 2010.

2010-2011 Season

Androcles and the Lion

Nazareth College Arts Center/Rochester Children's Theatre Co-Production

  • Jayne Summers Hall at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • October 9 and 10, 2010 at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: children's theatre
Nazareth College Arts Center and Rochester Children's Theatre present Androcles and the Lion - a joyous commedia dell'arte production of the classic Aesop fable will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. Enjoy the Renaissance festival atmosphere as strolling players arrive in the Arts Center with masks, bells and swords! Recommended for age 5 and up.

The Merchants of Bollywood

An Original Production from Mumbai, the Film Capitol of India

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • October 31, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $40-70
  • Country: India
  • Genre: dance/musical theatre
A sensation in Europe and Australia, this runaway hit is based on the true story of a family of choreographers who have dominated the Indian film industry for decades. A classic tale of the clash between generations ensues when a daughter breaks free of family tradition to create her own voice finding love, heartbreak, and independence along the way. The Merchants of Bollywood is a nonstop whirl of color and music. A dance spectacular with over 1,000 glittery costumes, 2,000 pieces of jewelry, and the original music and choreography from the biggest Bollywood movies past and present.
More info: http://www.cami.com/?webid=1967

Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona The Musical

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • November 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12-17
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: children's theatre
Strega Nona is the musical tale of a friendly magical witch – with a funny name – who strives to cure the ills of her tiny Italian town of Calabria. Produced by Maximum Entertainment. Based on the award-winning children's book series by Tomie dePaola. Recommended for ages 4-9.

ScrapArtsMusic

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • November 14, 2010 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $25-55
  • Country: Canada
  • Genre: acoustic/world music

ScrapArtsMusic is an earth-friendly, Vancouver-based company that creates unforgettable percussion experiences using kinetic instruments crafted from industrial scrap. It is an entertaining contemporary inverted instrument ensemble made up of five extraordinary virtuosic and innovative drummers. ScrapArtsMusic performed in during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies.
More info: http://www.scrapartsmusic.com/

Dailey and Vincent

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • November 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $25-50
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: bluegrass music
Headed by Janie Dailey and Darren Vincent, the band's true strength lies in the uncanny harmony of their vocal trios and quartets. Combine that with Dailey & Vincent's impeccable arrangements and flawless performance and what you get is bluegrass gold. "...the most celebrated, new bluegrass act of the last few years." – The New York Times
More info: http://www.cami.com/?webid=2012

Garth Fagan Dance

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • November 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
    December 1, 2010 at 8 p.m.
    December 2, 2010 at 8 p.m.
    December 3, 2010 at 8 p.m.
    December 4, 2010 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
    December 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $35-55
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: modern dance
Celebrating its 40th anniversary season, Garth Fagan Dance breaks new ground with two Rochester premieres: a gem from Tony Award-winning Garth Fagan and a choreographic debut from "Bessie" Award-winning Norwood (PJ) Pennewell. Program highlights include "Mudan 175/39," which the New York Times selected among the top six "best dance watching moments of the year" in 2009. Take this journey – be surprised, delighted and challenged.
More info: http://www.garthfagandance.org/

Hansel and Gretel

Nazareth College Arts Center/Rochester Children's Theatre Co-Production

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • December 11, 12, 18, 19, 2010 at 2 p.m.
  • Tickets: $14-17
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: children's musical theatre
Based on Engelbert Humperdinck's fairy tale opera, this modernized holiday show is filled with gingerbread, gumdrops and candy canes. This new "pop" opera will have your children mesmerized by the classic songs, and tapping their toes to the captivating beats. Don’t miss this perfect holiday event for the entire family. Recommended for age 8 and up.

The Capitol Steps

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • December 31, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.
  • Tickets: $45-75
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: musical/political satire
Join Nazareth College Arts Center for its 16th presentation of the hilarious Capitol Steps – in a New Year's Eve celebration that includes up-to-the-minute, nonpartisan political satire, noisemakers and live music.
More info: http://www.capsteps.com/

Circus Incognitus

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • January 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12-17
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: circus comedy
Former Cirque du Soleil featured soloist Jamie Atkins presents the award-wining Circus Incognitus, an unforgettable one-man circus comedy. "Though Mr. Atkins' best routines draw oohs and ahs, he is just as successful at drawing laughs." – The New York Times

Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM)

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • January 28, 2011 at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $30-60
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: concert dance
Artistic director Rennie Harris founded RHPM 15 years ago based on the belief that hip-hop is the most important original expression of a new generation, with the unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious and economic boundaries.
More info: http://www.rhpm.org/

Rochester City Ballet in Peter and the Wolf

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • February 5 and 6, 2011 at 2 p.m.
  • Tickets: $15-20
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: ballet
Rochester City Ballet brings to the stage the classic Russian fantasy, Peter and the Wolf. Written by Sergei Prokofiev specifically to cultivate the love of music in young children, it has become one of the best introductions to both the symphony and ballet since it was first performed in 1936. Fun pre-performance activities, live music, narration by Jamey Leverett, and the opportunity to meet the dancers make this s very special experience for the entire family!
More info: http://www.rochestercityballet.com/

Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Nazareth College Arts Center/Rochester Children's Theatre Co-Production

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • February 12, 13, 19, 20, 2010
  • Tickets: $14-17
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: children's theatre
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are in this stage adaptation of the Disney hit, including Aladdin, Jasmine and, of course, the Genie. Filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me," make this musical a family favorite. Recommended for age 5 and up.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • February 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $40-70
  • Country: South Africa
  • Genre: world music/roots music
The Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched audiences throughout the world for over forty years.

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Nazareth College Arts Center/Rochester Children's Theatre Co-Production

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • March 10, 2011 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $14
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: multi-media theatre
Don't miss this powerful, multi-media show that combines Holocaust survivor testimony with live actors and historic film footage. More than 20,000 audience members have been deeply moved by this production over the six years that it has been presented in Rochester. And Then They Came for Me puts a human face on what might otherwise be just a chapter in history books.

World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • March 25, 2011 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $25-55
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: circus/family entertainment
The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the shows 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters.
More info: http://www.comedypet.com/

Tango Buenos Aires

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • March 13, 2011 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $30-60
  • Country: Argentina
  • Genre: international dance performance with live music
Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina's great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. A sensual performance with gorgeous dancers and live music – presented for the first time in the Arts Center since the renovation.
More info: http://www.cami.com/?webid=487

Viver Brasil in Feet on the Ground

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • March 20, 2011 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $25-55
  • Country: Brazil
  • Genre: international dance
Feet on the Ground takes audiences for an inspiring cultural journey through Brazil, featuring a dazzling program of African orixas (deities), ceremonial celebrations, the Brazilian martial arts/dance form of capoeira, and Carnaval. The performance showcases exhilarating Afro-Brazilian traditional and contemporary movement, stunning costumes, and pulsating percussion and voice.
More info: http://www.baylinartists.com/artist/viver_brasil/

Russian National Ballet Theatre in Chopiniana and Romeo & Juliet

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • April 2, 2011 at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $40-70
  • Country: Russia
  • Genre: traditional Russian ballet
Russian National Ballet Theatre brings majestic world-class,traditional ballet to the Arts Center in the presentation of Chopiniana and Romeo & Juliet. Chopiniana is in one way, a timeless poetic example of stylization, and in another, a work set distinctly in its own period. Romeo and Juliet is a ballet in two-acts with music from Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa.
More info: http://www.cami.com/?webid=418

Alice in Wonderland

Nazareth College Arts Center/Rochester Children's Theatre Co-Production

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • April 30, 2011 at 2 p.m.
    May 1, 2011 at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m
    May 13, 2011 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $14-17
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: children's theatre
It's a very ordinary and rather boring day for Alice, until she spots a White Rabbit with a pocket watch whizzing through a world that's beyond imagination! Her curiosity draws her into a madcap adventure with a wise Caterpillar, a Duchess and her Cook, a Gryphon and a Mock Turtle, a Mad Hatter and a March Hare. This big, color-splashed show playfully brings Lewis Carroll's fantastic yet familiar characters to life. Recommended for age 5 and up.

Rochester City Ballet in The Blood Countess

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • May 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    May 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    May 22, 2011 at 2 p.m.
  • Tickets: $50-65
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: concert dance/contemporary ballet
Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess, was a cruel vain beauty known for bathing in the blood of virgin servant girls. In this visually stunning, original production, artistic director Jamey Leverett twists history - throwing the Blood Countess into the path of Count Dracula - asking the audience to contemplate the question of who is the predator, who is the prey?
More info: http://www.rochestercityballet.com/

Ball in the House

  • Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • June 3, 2011 at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $10-40
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: a Capella vocal music
Imagine...five guys, no instruments, just their voices! This Boston-based soul-pop/R&B group takes a Capella to the next stage with vocal drums/beat box and vocal bass to create a harmony that appeals to all ages.
More info: http://www.ballinthehouse.com/

Nazareth College Arts Center is the Rochester region's premiere mid-size theater and venue for world-class dance, children's theatre and international entertainment. The Arts Center brings to Rochester many of the same shows enjoyed by audiences at New York's Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.) The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Rochester Children's Theatre and the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. For additional information, visit www.naz.edu/artscenter.

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