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Wendell Castle - The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

A PUBLICATION OF THE ARTS & CULTURAL COUNCIL

FOR GREATER ROCHESTER

Wendell Castle

A Design Icon

Blackfriars Theatre

Melanie’s Voice

in a Brand New Key

Sue Cotroneo

Empire State Lyric Theatre

AXOM Gallery’s

Margot Muto

FALL 2012 | ROCHESTER, NY


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Experience the

ights & S ounds of . . .

MEMORIAL ART GALLERY

500 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607

(585) 276-8900

mag.rochester.edu

With its permanent collection spanning 50 centuries

of world art, the Memorial Art Gallery is considered

one of the finest regional art museums in the country.

Among its treasures are works by such artists as

Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Homer, and Cassatt. The

Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions,

tours, and events, as well as a restaurant, gift shop,

and art school. During your visit, experience the

recently renovated gallery of ancient art and enjoy

concerts on North America’s only full-size Italian

Baroque organ, on permanent loan from the

Eastman School of Music (schedule on our website).

EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

26 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY 14604

www.esm.rochester.edu

The Eastman School of Music enhances the lives of

Rochesterians with hundreds of world-class orchestral,

wind ensemble, chamber music, jazz, and opera

performances each year. In its historic Kodak and Kilbourn

Halls, and now in the remarkable Hatch Recital

Hall in the architecturally stunning new Eastman East

Wing, Eastman musical events add immeasurably to

the artistic and cultural life of our region. In addition,

more than a thousand adults and children each year

take advantage of the Eastman Community Music

School’s renowned private and classroom instruction.

See www.esm.rochester.edu for a schedule of upcoming

concerts and events.

WRUR-FM & WXXI-AM

88.5 FM and AM 1370

www.wxxi.org/radio/wrur

Catch eclectic music programming and NPR favorites,

such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered,

on 88.5 FM, thanks to a partnership with WXXI and

University affiliate WRUR. NPR is currently simulcast

on WRUR 88.5 and AM 1370, Monday–Friday, 5–9

a.m. and 4–6 p.m. For a complete list of programs,

please visit our website.


Nazareth College Arts Center | 2012-2013 Season

artscenter.naz.edu

SERIES SPoNSoRS:

585-389-2170

Photos top to bottom, left to right: Complexions Contemporary Ballet, photo: Jae Man Joo; Just Imagine; Anonymous 4; Cashore Marionettes; Mermaid Theatre of

Nova Scotia, Guess How Much I Love You, photo: Margo E. Gesser.

SeaSon highlightS

• Internationally renowned contemporary dance from some

of the most sought-after companies;

• Wonderful family programs, including a performance by a

master marionette maker; three popular musicals presented

by the Rochester Children’s Theatre; and an adaptation of

a beloved classic, performed by one of the country’s most

acclaimed children’s theatre companies;

• A range of musical programs, from a one-man John Lennon

tribute to authentic African drumming, and from sacred medieval

music to the pipes and drums of an elite military group;

• Special events, including a remarkable illusionist and his

breathtaking, state-of-the-art magic; New Year’s Eve with the

politically based satire of The Capitol Steps; and a powerful

presentation of letters written by soldiers serving in Afghanistan

and Iraq.

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Visit artscenter.naz.edu for tickets and more info!


From the Editor About the Arts & Cultural Council

for Greater Rochester, Inc.

A Request of Our Readers

The magazine you hold in your hands has just completed its

seventh year of publication. It was born from a series of ideas

I had early on in my role as the head of the Arts & Cultural Council

for Greater Rochester, a charitable nonprofit organization with

the mission of strengthening and promoting arts and culture

in the greater Rochester/Finger Lakes region. We are the only

Rochester-based organization with this unique role. To be

effective, I knew we needed a new and powerful promotional

vehicle—Metropolitan magazine.

Due to recent shifts in both the local and national economy,

funding for nonprofits in general has become more tenuous. As

part of a necessary evolution, therefore, we look to you, our readers,

to consider making a difference, by contributing a tax-deductible

gift in support of our ongoing efforts—simply fill out and return the

envelope inserted in this issue.

Help us continue to bring to the foreground the full range of arts

and culture that our community has to offer.

My thanks, in advance, and my very best wishes to you for the

upcoming holiday season.

Sarah E. Lentini

Editor, President, and Publisher

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The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester is a nonprofit

corporation serving arts, culture, and education in the ten-county

greater Rochester region. Our mission is to strengthen the

creative sector through grant programs, constituent services, and

special initiatives; and to act as an advocate, planner, and funder,

supporting artistic vitality and cultural diversity.

Metropolitan is produced and published on a quarterly basis by

the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. The magazine

promotes our region and is supported primarily through donations

and advertising sales.

For more information about our programs and services, visit

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Grace Tillinghast, Chair

Sarah E. Lentini, President and CEO

Jeffrey B. Crane, Vice Chair

Richard E. Rising, Vice Chair

Jonathan Gonder, DMA, Secretary

Trevor Harrison, Treasurer

Hon. Jeffrey R. Adair

Christopher C. Dahl, Ph.D.

Joseph Darweesh, Esq.

Steven DelMonte

Honorary advisors

Peter Giopulos, Ph.D.

Roslyn Bakst Goldman

Nancy Gong

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This issue of Metropolitan is made possible, in part, with funds from

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part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts,

a state agency.

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Nathan Lyons

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arts & cultural council staff

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AXOM Gallery’s

Margot Muto

Renowned designer

Wendell Castle

Melanie Safka

at Carnegie Hall

FALL 2012 VOLUME 7/NUMBER 4

Wendell Castle

A Trailblazer in Full Throttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Shaping Her Own Space

AXOM Gallery’s Margot Muto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Empire State Lyric Theatre

Brings Opera to New Audiences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Melanie’s Voice in a Brand New Key

A World Premiere at Blackfriars Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Departments

The Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

On the COver

Amber Fields, 24x24 oil on canvas (detail) by Carolyn Marshall. “In my life there

are no happier times than those spent immersed in nature,” says Marshall,

whose expansive gardens form a significant part of the inspiration for her

paintings. She is one of 10 women who comprise DRAW, a Rochester-based

artist group that encourages its members to collaborate as they pursue their

individual goals. The DRAW group, a longstanding member and past exhibitor

at the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, has been growing in sophistication

and visibility, with additional recent exhibitions at Bausch & Lomb and

RIT’s Dyer Arts Center. To learn more about Carolyn Marshall and DRAW, visit

www.carolyn-marshall-artist.com and www.drawgrouprochester.com.

Metropolitan

Sarah E. Lentini Editor, President, and Publisher

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Bruce M. Watson Director of Finance

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Rochester. Metropolitan may not be reproduced in whole or in part without

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Transfer & Career Programs in Fine Arts,

Music Performance, Education, Liberal

Arts, Advertising, Commercial Art, Interior

Design, Communications & Media Arts,

Visual Communications, Graphic Arts/

Printing/Photo/TV

Call 292.2200

or visit www.monroecc.edu


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The Gallery at

Balance III, 48x27x12, sterling silver, acrylic, resin, Jiwon Han

The Balance

Jiwon Han

October 3–26

Reception, Friday, October 5, 6–9 PM

To become one with body and calm breathing

as the moving wind; it delivers the trustworthy

comfort of balance through and through

—Jiwon Han

A native of Korea, Jiwon Han has worked in the

Evolved Paintings, 2012

William Sellers

November 2–30

Reception, Friday, November 2, 5–9 PM

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, William Sellers

has had an extensive career as an artist

and teacher.

He attended the University of Michigan,

where he received a Bachelor’s degree in architecture

(1954) and a Master of Fine Arts (1962),

majoring in sculpture and ceramics. Upon

graduation he came to Rochester to teach 3D

design and drawing at Rochester Institute of

Technology. He later taught studio art courses

at the University of Rochester and at Lehman

College, City University of New York.

Until recently, Sellers was primarily known

for his sculpture. Three of his pieces are in the

fields of metal craft and jewelry design for over

20 years. Han is a graduate of both the Hong-Ik

University in Seoul and Rochester Institute of

Technology’s renowned School for American

Crafts, where she earned a second Master of

Fine Art degree in 2010. She has had an extensive

career as a professor of fine art and has

exhibited widely throughout Korea, including at

the Korean Craft Council Exhibition, Korean Fine

Arts Association Exhibition, and the Hyundae

Metal Artists Association Exhibition.

Memorial Art Gallery’s permanent collection—

including Six Cubes and Converging Cubes,

which can be seen in the Gallery’s outdoor

sculpture display.

the Arts & Cultural Council

277 N. GoodmaN Street, rocheSter, (585) 473-4000

Gallery hourS: moNday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm

In addition, she has received numerous

awards including an Honorable Mention at

the 26th Korean Industrial Artist Exhibition,

and the Copper Prize at the 21st National Art

College Exhibition.

The Balance, her solo exhibition at The Gallery

at the Arts & Cultural Council, represents

the expression of human emotion as motion,

with an implicit tension and harmony between

and among body, space, and mind—between

the human being and nature.

Untitled, 12x12, acrylic on wood panel,

William Sellers

Other large outdoor sculptures of his are installed

at the corporate headquarters of Rochester’s

Sentry Group and at SUNY Cortland.

Sellers’ work has also been included in two

annual exhibitions of sculpture at the Whitney

Museum of American Art.

Since the year 2000, Sellers’ artistic activity

has evolved into painting. “Early on, occasionally,

I created paintings based on views of the

sculptures—I called them ‘semi-diagrammatic

elevations of sculpture’. However, since the turn

of the century, painting has come to the forefront

in my artistic efforts. The paintings have

taken a direction no longer related to sculpture,

though they maintain a loose relationship to

simple geometry and three dimensionality.”

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In Brief New

Misfit Robot, an example of

Bob Conge’s recent work

Bob Conge: The Toy As Art

A seasoned painter, illustrator and sculptor,

Bob Conge has exhibited extensively throughout

the US, Europe and Japan. Over the years,

his clients have included American Express,

Sony Music, Bank of America, and Eastman

Kodak Company. His work is represented in

collections throughout the world, including the

Museum of Modern Art in Toyama, Japan; Le

Musée de la Publicité in Paris, France; and the

International Poster Museum in Warsaw, Poland.

Conge’s most recent work connects with

a worldwide movement, based on an age-old

idea of the toy as art—much of which currently

centers on the Japanese vinyl toys of

the ’60s and ’70s.

For the first time in close to twenty years,

Bob Conge will be showing locally, with a oneman

exhibition, September 22 to October 20,

at Phillips Fine Art, 248 East Avenue, located

next to The Little Theatre.

To learn more about the artist, visit www.

bobconge.com and www.plaseebo.net.

Panni Speirs: Promoting the

Performing Arts of the Circus

Last May, Panni Speirs, founder of the Rochester-based

Flexibility Plus Institute of America,

and Noteworthy

presented the first-ever Rochester Regional

Circus Arts Festival, a youth-oriented event

sponsored by the American Youth Circus Organization,

which regularly presents national

circus arts festivals and educator conferences

in cities across the country.

The one-day festival, which was hosted by

Aerial Arts of Rochester, offered several workshops

and training opportunities, focusing predominantly

on youth, in a wide range of circus

disciplines, including mime, prop making, contortion,

and juggling. A showcase performance,

which featured diverse and talented students,

alongside their instructors, punctuated the

day’s activities.

“Our mission is to promote the participation

of youth in the circus arts,” says Speirs. “Local

circus arts supporters provided key assistance

in leading workshops, and numerous volunteers

helped to make the event a success.”

The group is planning to organize a similar

event for 2013. For information, visit www.

flexibilityplusiofa.com.

Taylor Commissioned

for Veterans’ Memorial

Rochester artist Mary Taylor has been commissioned

to create a sculpture for a new

Veterans’ Memorial Park being developed on

Westfall Road, in the Town of Brighton. The

Town is also working with architectural firm

Bergmann Associates to design the park, which

will honor Brighton Veterans. Taylor’s American

Bald Eagle, a stainless steel sculpture

(54x120x60) will be perched on a

large boulder and displayed with

its wings outstretched 10 feet in

breadth. The work is slated to be

installed in October, with

Maquette of Taylor’s

American Bald Eagle

a dedication date scheduled for November 11,

2012—Veterans’ Day.

Taylor, who specializes in wildlife sculpture,

has exhibited widely throughout the country

and has numerous public and private commissions

to her credit. To learn more about the artist,

visit www.marytaylorsculpture.com.

BOA Editions Releases

Major Poetry Collection

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton

1965–2010 may be the most important book of

poetry to appear in years.”—Publishers Weekly

Rochester-based

BOA Editions has just

published the definitive

compendium of renowned

poet Lucille Clifton’s

work, including 50

previously unpublished

poems.

Clifton, who passed

away in February 2012,

was the first African American woman to

receive the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize,

honoring a US poet whose “lifetime accomplishments

warrant extraordinary recognition,”

and the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime

achievement. The book features

a foreword by Nobel

Prize–winning author

Toni Morrison.

“If you only read one

poetry book in 2012,

The Collected Poems of

Lucille Clifton ought to

be it.”—NPR

Visit BOA Edition at

www.boaeditions.org.


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Stained glass window, designed in 2010 by

Valerie O’Hara of Pike Stained Glass Studios, at

University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library.

MAG Tiffany Glass Exhibition

with Pike Stained Glass Studios

Rochester’s Pike Stained Glass Studios, headed

by Valerie O’Hara, is playing a key role in a major

exhibition of original Tiffany stained glass at

the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery,

on exhibit through October 28.

William Pike, who worked for Tiffany Studios

in New York before moving to Rochester, established

his own company, Pike Stained Glass

Studios, in 1908. His great-niece, Valerie, not

only manages the unique business that her

parents, Jim and Norma Lee O’Hara, handed

down to her, but is a masterful glass artist as

well—creating and often recreating exquisite

works of art throughout the country.

The exhibition features seven 8' tall windows,

removed from an Ohio church in 1964

and discovered to be original works by American

master Louis Comfort Tiffany. Pike Stained

Glass is also featured with original works on

paper and in glass, and materials showing the

process of stained glass.

Visit www.pikestainedglassstudios.com and

www.mag.rochester.edu.

The

Arts & Cultural Council

for Greater Rochester

is pleased

to announce the

29 th

Annual Arts Awards

2012 Award Recipients

Artist AwArd

Chet Catallo

Internationally acclaimed musician and 6-time Grammy nominee,

formerly of the renowned contemporary jazz ensemble, Spyro Gyra

OrgAnizAtiOn AwArd

University of Rochester

A leading cultural and educational institution with significant innovative

developments and achievements that cut across all facets of the arts

ChAmpiOn Of the Arts

Nixon Peabody LLP

A global award-winning law firm, which for over a decade has provided

pro bono legal support to the Arts Council and its membership

of creative professionals and nonprofits

Lifetime AChievement

Wendell Castle

Recognized as one of the top 10 international designers, a groundbreaking and

iconic artist, showcased in collections and exhibitions throughout the world

29th Annual Arts Awards

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Reception, 11:15 a.m.

Lunch and Award Ceremony, Noon–1:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Rochester

fOr event infOrmAtiOn

COntACt (585) 473-4000, ext. 205

ArtsrOChester.Org


Own

Shaping Her

Space

AXOM Gallery

Director Margot

Muto (left); 4-2-2,

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AXOM

Gallery’s

Margot

Muto

an example of Susan

Ferrari-Rowley’s

powerful work on

exhibit this fall at

AXOM (bottom left);

Fleeing Eve by Keith

Howard, part of Eve’s

Garden: The Lost

Creation, exhibited

at AXOM Gallery

this September

(bottom right).


“It was definitely not love at first sight,” says Robin Muto.

It’s a lovely late summer evening. I’m sitting with Robin and Rick and

their daughter, Margot Muto, in the offices of Robin’s design business,

adjoining the new AXOM Gallery & Exhibition Space, which

the Mutos just launched, with Margot at the helm. Robin is talking

about the first time that she and Rick, her husband of many years,

met—when they were both students at SUNY

Oswego. “Rick looked just like Jerry Garcia,”

she continues. “He had a lot of hair.”

“Do you have a picture of that?” I ask.

To my surprise, I learn that Rick, now an

accomplished artist of many years most recently

commissioned by Steinway & Sons

to paint a commemorative piano unveiled

in June in Beijing, was then a Russian studies

major. Robin, now a design maven with

a veritable Who’s Who of a client list from

across the country, was the fine arts major.

They met when Rick took pottery as an elective

and wandered into Robin’s territory. After a lukewarm set of initial

interactions—each found the other a bit distant—they ended up

talking all night when jointly assigned to keep watch over the firing

of the department’s salt kiln. Somewhere in there Rick brought Robin

one of his Italian family’s specialties: a pickled eggplant sandwich.

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By Sarah E. Lentini

Rick and Robin Muto in 1975 at SUNY Oswego.

The Mutos’ studios and gallery are housed on the second floor of a

charming old red brick building—newly designated the Art and Design

Building—on Anderson Avenue, above the Steve Carpenter Art

Center, in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts, half a block from

my office. As I take the stairs, I note the extensive beautiful blanched

oak wainscotting—at once old and modern—which I learn Margot refinished.

Once upstairs, I’m greeted by Robin

and Margot and their dog, Jasper, a total ham

of a Bluetick hound who befriends me immediately,

and by a glowing pre-sunset sky

that shows off the panoramic view afforded

by oversized loft windows. The offices feel

like an architect’s digs. Neighboring AXOM

Gallery is clean and bright with blonde wood

floors and high-end art work from the current

exhibitor, Keith Howard, Margot’s former

college professor. His pieces are beautifully

stylized large nudes of a beguiling Eve, complete

with apple in outstretched hand. The

whole place feels like SoHo.

Not surprisingly, Margot Muto is fluent in the language of art. While

she tells me that she feels a stronger kinship with her mother’s artistic

style and sensibility, the warm brown eyes that gaze into mine with energy

and confidence bring her father to mind. I realize that I’ve never

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AXOM Gallery’s first exhibition earlier this summer showcased the work of Paul Garland, Rick Muto’s former college professor.

seen Margot’s paintings—which she’s put on hold while she builds

AXOM—and hear that they’re abstracted landscapes, much like the

sophisticated work of the other artist whose work surrounds us, Paul

Garland, the first AXOM exhibitor and Rick’s former college professor.

Margot is keenly aware of the challenges facing young artists, especially

in Rochester, which while a great place to learn about art is

ultimately not an easy place from which to

launch and sustain a professional arts career.

She very much wants to help the next generation.

At the same time, she has an eye on

connecting with the best artists and arts venues

throughout the country. Showcasing the

work of Paul Garland and Keith Howard is

certainly a great start.

And, this October, Margot is bringing a

third arts powerhouse to the AXOM Gallery:

Susan Ferrari-Rowley, an immensely talent-

ed sculptor, whose large powerful pieces are an exciting—even if unintentional—testament

to femininity. Originally from New York City,

Ferrari-Rowley is a long-time fine arts faculty member at Monroe

Community College and the recipient of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s

Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. In person,

she is every bit as strong and intelligent as her work, with an appealing

intensity and directness. The exhibition of her work at AXOM

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AXOM Gallery & Exhibition Space

ART AND DeSiGN BUiLDiNG

176 ANDeRSON AVeNUe, 2ND FLOOR

ROCHeSTeR, NY 14607

• New Directions by Susan Ferrari-Rowley

October 5–November 17, 2012

• www.axomgallery.com

will be a preview of a show that will make its way to a major New York

gallery later this year.

AXOM Gallery is off to a great start.

Much like her parents, Margot is happiest doing more than one

thing. In addition to managing the gallery, she works with incarcerated

youth through the New York State Literary Center. The Center’s Executive

Director, Dale Davis, has told me more

than once how much she has come to rely

on Margot, for whom the work of the Center

matters deeply. With a fearless and attractive

vulnerability, Margot tells me that she struggled

a bit in school, finding traditional academic

subjects often foreign and confusing.

Conversely, the arts represented a comfortable

mode of expression—perhaps in part because

of her parents’ work, perhaps because

of a genetic predisposition, perhaps because

the arts offer the greatest range of modes of learning and expression:

a set of rich universal languages. Because of her own challenges with

traditional learning, Margot is particularly sensitive to the learning

problems of young people. It is the space that she’s carved out for herself

in a family of impressive creative spirits, and it promises to evolve

and shape her leadership of AXOM in a way that will give the new gallery

a unique and essential character. a

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Please visit us

on our website

cias.rit.edu

Peter Byrne

Chair, School of Design

pjbfaa@rit.edu

Rochester Institute

of Technology

Rochester, New York

College of

Imaging Arts + Sciences

Undergraduate

and Graduate Programs

School of Design

BFA MFA

BFA Graphic Design

Industrial Design

Interior Design

New Media Design

3D Digital Design

MFA Visual Communication Design

Industrial Design

Photo: Mariah Jade Cole

Vignelli Center for Design Studies


An accomplished soprano and the founding executive director of

Rochester-based empire State Lyric Theatre, Sue Cotroneo has hosted

multiple events designed to introduce opera to a broader audience.

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EmpirE StatE

Lyric

S Theatre

Sue Cotroneo has just come back from Tampa. She is wearing

Brings Opera to New Audiences

By Sarah E. Lentini

an haute couture dress in black jersey that drapes and balloons at

the knee in a style that, I realize later that evening as I’m watching

a documentary on the history of supermodels, is retro ’60s modern.

Her shoes are equally chic, high wedged platform sandals in a butter

yellow leather that complements her deep inky purple pedicure and

echoes her silky blonde hair. Sue hugs me hello and we walk back to

the kitchen to get coffee, where Sue selects an Italian Roast Keurig

K-Cup, as I had already known she would, given her similar predilection

for all things Italian.

As the founding executive director of Rochester’s opera company,

Empire State Lyric Theatre, in just a few short years, Susan Cotroneo

has formed an exciting new nonprofit organization that is filling an

important role in the arts and culture of the greater Rochester/Finger

Lakes region. Last year, the company mounted a production of

I Pagliacci at the downtown Blue Cross Arena—a venue pretty much

unprecedented for the art form in Rochester. Its financial support has

come from a variety of sources, including the Arts & Cultural Council

for Greater Rochester—which has provided the company with multiple

grants in partnership with both the New York State Council on

the Arts and Rochester Area Community Foundation.

In addition to drawing crowds to her company’s large-scale productions,

Sue Cotroneo has all along coordinated a series of much

more intimate events, aimed at cultivating new opera patrons. Her

husband, Anthony Cotroneo, a high power Rochester attorney, and

her partner in every sense of the word, has worked alongside her to

establish and support the young opera company since the beginning.

Originally an outsider to the world of opera, his perspective has been

pivotal to her ability to attract and engage new audiences and supporters.

The formula has been essentially to throw a party, with all

the best elements of what draws anyone to an event: great food and


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wine, a beautiful setting, a good mix of people, and music. Sue Cotroneo

knew that, if she could get her husband’s “non-opera” friends

to come and, even more importantly, to enjoy themselves, she would

be well-positioned to sustain the company over time.

The Cotroneos live in an exquisite home, reminiscent of a Tuscan

villa, which Sue painstakingly designed and decorated. She has

a marvelous aesthetic sensibility. The house is central to her work as

well: it serves as an optimal venue for both intimate and grand affairs,

and it houses her business office, enabling her to stay close to

their three young children.

Susan Delly Cotroneo was raised in Rochester, the oldest of three

children and the only girl, in a charming 1920s center Colonial on

Seneca Parkway, in the city’s Northwest Quadrant, which her mother

kept, “just so—it was always very nice.” Her parents had high expectations

for her, she tells me, so that she learned from the beginning that

she needed to work hard for the things she wanted. It is something,

Sue says, that she has since come to appreciate greatly. Their expectations

gave her the self-reliance and the confidence, she explains,

that made it possible for her to, among other things, contemplate

starting an opera company.

When Sue was 11 years old—she tells me this number two or three

times as if it is an important point of demarcation—her parents enrolled

her in the David Hochstein Memorial School of Music & Dance,

where she embarked on ballet and music lessons. “I think they saw

this curvy body and thought we need to keep this child active,” she

says, with a wry smile. “I had to take a city bus each week, the Dewey

10 to be exact, to get there—I was eleven years old. I wasn’t happy

about it. I wanted a ride. My mother said to me, ‘It’s your voice. They’re

your voice lessons. If you want them, you need to figure out how to

get there.’ And I would say to her, ‘If you loved me, you wouldn’t make

me take the bus.’ Her response to me was, ‘It’s because we love you—

it builds character.’”

After a few years of lessons, again in response to her body type, Sue

tells me, her mother suggested that it was unlikely she would ever be

a ballerina, telling her, “Why don’t you focus on the singing.”

Both of her parents worked. Her father owned and ran a contracting

business. Her mother was a librarian, who later in life—after Sue

was an adult—went back to school and got multiple graduate degrees,

ultimately becoming the principal of School 46 in the city, before retiring

this year at the age of 65. “A strong and impressive woman,” I

say. “Oh yes. Very strong and impressive,” says Sue Cotroneo. “And

tough,” I say. “And tough,” she answers. Were your parents just as tough

on your brothers?” I ask. “No!” She laments.

They weren’t.”

Also when she was eleven years old, Sue

was put on an airplane to LaGuardia in New

York City to visit her aunt, an accomplished

Broadway performer and singer, whose career included touring the

country with Robert Preston in The Music Man. “She would take me to

the World Trade Center every day and we would buy tickets to whatever

show was available.” In the space of two weeks, her aunt took

her to 10 Broadway shows. Sue emerged from the two-week experience

knowing what she wanted to do with the rest of her life: “I said,

‘I want to do that,’” Sue Cotroneo points with her finger at the Broadway

stage of her memory. “I wanted to be on Broadway.”

Sue majored in both music and music education, getting her K-12

Sue and Tony Cotroneo in 2004 at the famed Trevi Fountain in Rome,

shortly after she had completed a production of Donizetti’s L’elisir

d’amore in the near-by region of Abruzzo (top); Sue Cotroneo in italy

with world-renowned tenor Gianni Raimondi (now deceased), with

whom she studied early in her career.

teaching certification. In fact, she tells me, it is the underpinning of

the continued interest and passion that she has for teaching as well

as music. After an early job working in a West Virginia School District,

while attending graduate school at West Virginia University, her

aunt connected her to a unique and life-altering singing experience

in Italy—on the Italian Riviera—performing with two of Italy’s opera

greats: Gianni Raimondi and Giuseppe Taddei. They were shameless

old flirts, but they were also marvelous sing-

ers who combined with the backdrop and

Empire State Lyric Theatre

history of Italy to reignite her passion for per-

• www.empirestatelyrictheatre.org

formance and for opera.

When she returned to the US and finished

graduate school it was her mother who introduced Susan Delly to Anthony

Cotroneo, her future husband, by setting her up on a blind date

with him. Her mother had never met Tony but knew of him through a

friend. Sue was 27 years old. A former high school and college wrestler,

Tony had already graduated from Syracuse Law School and had

started working at Rochester law firm Woods Oviatt Gilman, where

he would ultimately become a Partner. He is equally smart and affable.

And the two share a self-reliance and a drive that makes them a

powerful and effective team. a

| Fall 2012 13


14 Fall 2012 |

Wendell Castle


A Trailblazer in

Full Throttle

By Sarah E. Lentini

Wendell Castle (right) with his brother Wayne—circa 1942 in Coffeyville, Kansas—showing early signs

of the creativity and ingenuity that would become the hallmarks of his groundbreaking work in design.


Image couRtesy oF Wendell castle i

have a long, interesting talk

with Wendell Castle by phone. He’s

uncharacteristically quick and garrulous—perhaps

because he knows

his topic so well or perhaps because

we’ve known each other a

while. Castle is known internationally

for his groundbreaking fusion of

art and design. Quite simply he has

done what no one else did before. He

has created furniture that is art, and

art that is furniture, over many decades,

melding his formidable knowledge of materials,

sculpture, painting, drawing, engineering, construction,

and design to create an entirely new mode of expression—his

is not simply furniture that is strongly

artistic or aesthetic.

Not surprisingly, Castle is known as the father of the

modern art furniture movement. And, he tells me, no

other American is regularly found on the international

top 10 list of designers. Europe, he tells me more than

once, is far ahead of us in this arena.

And, even now, with certainly nothing in particular

left to prove, Castle is hardly resting on his laurels. In

addition to his longstanding faculty affiliation with

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he is

Artist in Residence and frequently lectures (currently

on topics such as “design as art” and “thinking about

thinking”), Castle is working out new solutions to

timeless problems, using cutting-edge digital robotics

along with well-established unique design processes

that are quite literally his trademarks.

“Decision making is such an important part of art,”

Castle says, expanding on the importance of thinking

as part of the creative process. “We need to examine

how we make decisions—it’s a natural human inclination

to make biased choices. The biggest decision of all

is whether to do a piece in the first place.”

Castle has been going through a bit of a professional

rebirth. He’s been recently profiled in both the New

York Times and the Wall Street Journal; he was the undisputed

star and center of attention at Design Miami

this past year, edging out younger and newer designers;

and over the next 12–18 months he is mounting

a new solo retrospective at The Aldrich in Ridgefield

(Connecticut), two new solo exhibitions at the Barry

Friedman and Friedman Benda galleries in New York, a

group and solo exhibition in Paris, and solo exhibitions

in Louisville and Seoul (Korea). Beyond this, he is also

the subject of two forthcoming books, including a catalogue

raisonné, in which his work will be comprehensively

documented, something rare for a living artist.

In addition, Castle has been commissioned to create

an anchor piece, The Unicorn Family, for the Memorial

| Fall 2012 15


At the University of Kansas, in his early 20s, Castle was finally

connected to formal training in art, giving him the framework and

tools for his future career. in short order, he was creating bold new

designs that brought him early recognition.

Castle explores various concepts through his work. The piece seen here,

Distant Thunder (top), is an example of the cantilevered chair, from his

designs of a few years ago. More recently, Castle has been intrigued by

the idea of “unusual balance,” as seen in Black Star (bottom).

16 Fall 2012 |

Art Gallery’s new Centennial Sculpture Park, Seen here at work

scheduled to be installed in the spring of 2013. in his Scottsville,

“This is the busiest year I’ve ever had,” NY, studio in 1969,

Wendell Castle

says Wendell Castle, with no trace of irony. “I

has developed a

guess I have a vocabulary that seems to have

unique approach to

an audience.”

furniture making,

Castle, who turns 80 on November 6, will using “sculptural

receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from techniques.”

the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

on November 7 at the 29th Annual Arts Awards.

Now a long-time Rochesterian, who came to the area early on to

teach at the renowned School for American Craftsmen at Rochester

Institute of Technology, Castle grew up and went to school in Kansas.

His mother was a grade school teacher; his father taught vocational

agriculture at the local high school. Castle tells me that he was “made

to spend time on a farm” and was “not fond of farming.”

“As a child, I was only good at one thing: daydreaming,” Castle says.

“I could draw very well. No one around me put any value on it.”

When I ask what he daydreamed about, he says, “I daydreamed

about a lot.”

And then in a bit of a non-sequitor that perhaps tells it all, “The first

thing I designed that went to Europe was the Molar Chair in the late ’60s.”

Wendell Castle, the oldest of three, was and remains the only one

in his family involved in the arts. His parents neither appreciated nor

supported his artistic interests.

“I received no encouragement. I never had an art course in my life

until college.”

I ask how Castle connected to art as a child.

“I drew all the time. In the ’30s, as a child, there was a soap carving

contest that I won. It was Ivory Soap—a bar of soap. You were supposed

to carve a monkey and send it in.”

Another childhood project involved architecture and construction.

Castle tells me that he focused on “planning a tree house better

than other kids.”

And yet another involved solving a design problem that presented

itself to him in his second decade of life: in the ’40s. “The story of

Leonard and the duck—I’ll never forget it,” says Castle. “My father

subscribed to a small magazine called The Deltagram. It was a ‘how

to make things’ magazine, which I enjoyed reading immensely. There

was an article about how to make a duck decoy that interested me

more than any of the others. The article showed you how to laminate

the duck from ¾" pine by giving you the pattern for the cross-sections

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Image couRtesy oF Wendell castle

every ¾ of an inch. For some reason, I never did end

up making the duck.” A decade later, when Castle was

in college, he tells me, he came across an article that

described how renowned American sculptor Leonard

Baskin created his work. “The article explained

his process step-by-step. He started working with a

huge block of laminated wood about 3' x 3' x 7' tall, from

which he would carve a figure. I thought to myself, ‘If

only Leonard had read the article [on the duck], he

could have saved himself a ton of work, and used less

wood!’” Realizing that Baskin wasn’t approaching his

work this way, Castle decided that he would—applying

the method that he remembered from his youth,

of approximating a form. “I began to think in cross

sections, such that I could laminate work close to the

final shape. Ultimately, not knowing how to make furniture

turned out to be a good thing. I had a brand

new approach to making furniture, utilizing sculptural

techniques.”

After high school, Castle wasn’t sure what he wanted

to do. “During the Korean War, everyone went to

college,” he tells me. Castle enrolled at a small Methodist

college in Kansas where he began studying “liberal

arts stuff.” During the first semester of his second

year, he was given the choice of an elective. “I thought

art might be interesting.”

“I did super well. The instructor took me aside and

said, ‘You’ve got to leave this school.’ The University of

Kansas had a very good art program.”

“My parents were beside themselves. They had no

idea what I might do with an art degree. They refused to pay my tuition

anymore.”

“My first degree, before my parents cut me off, “ continues Castle,

“was in Industrial Design—I could tell my parents, ‘It’s about industry.’”

Castle’s education was interrupted when he was drafted, during

the Korean War. “I was the battalion artist, drawing illustrations for

the newspaper—signs, maps.” He was stationed for two years in Germany,

mostly in the smaller cities. It was 1953. “Germany was still in

ruins,” he tells me.

He then went on and earned an MFA in Sculpture. Upon graduating,

he went to New York City, where he got a studio and tried to find

a gallery to represent him. “New York was the center of the arts—of

everything—and it still is.”

Roughly a year later, Castle was invited to teach furniture

design at RIT by Harold Brennan, the Dean of the

School for American Craftsmen in the ’60s “He was a great

person—a visionary person,” says Castle. The school had

previously been focused on Danish furniture. Brennan had seen Castle’s

work on exhibit in New York City. “The students all knew more

about woodworking than I did,” says Castle.

Castle had only anticipated staying in Rochester a short while. Now,

years later, he has built an international reputation and created a life

here, one that importantly includes his wife of many years, Nancy Jurs,

herself an immensely accomplished artist. The two live in a rural spot

outside the city, on a large parcel of land that’s within walking distance

of their studios. Theirs is a partnership—a set of connections—

that exists on many levels.

Castle and Jurs have a son and a daughter. Their son, Brian Jurs

(Castle’s step-son), works with him in his shop, doing “finishing work.”

Their daughter, Alison Castle, lives in Paris,

where she works as an editor for Taschen

Press and is the leading authority on Stanley

Kubrick, about whom she’s published three

books. “We always went to the movies,” Castle

says.

Wendell Castle was born in 1932. “I have

terrible visual memories. In the ’30s, there

were terrible dust storms—in the stores, nothing on the shelves.”

“What actually caused the Dust Bowl?” I ask, with pictures from

the John Steinbeck classic in my head.

“I always heard my family say that, in the summer of ’33, there were

100 days of 100 degree heat,” Castle responds.

“Out West, tractors had just come into play

and had plowed up much more ground than

had ever been plowed before.”

I’ve never heard this before and am momentarily

distracted by it: Tractors—the technological advance of the

’30s—bringing with them an unanticipated misery.

More importantly, it seems too perfect a poetic irony that, somehow,

the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl shaped and nurtured

one of the most creative minds of this era.

It begs the question: Does deprivation lead to creation? Or is the

creative human spirit undaunted in the face of deprivation?

I ask Castle what idea currently interests him.

“Unusual balance,” he replies.

“I have an unusual balance situation with a piece that’s very

heavy—500 pounds—and I only have legs under one seat,” he continues.

“I’m developing a structural vocabulary for merging ellipsoids.” a

Wendell Castle Studio

• www.wendellcastle.com

Castle, who owns a

small collection of

sports cars, poses

next to a classic MG

TC, along with his

wife, Nancy Jurs—

also a major force in

the art world.

| Fall 2012 17


Melanie. I guess I should have understood

who it was. But I hadn’t. It wasn’t until minutes before

her arrival in my office, with John Haldoupis

and her son Beau, that I realized who she was from

the background materials that I finally opened

and read.

I remember being all of eleven years old, hanging

out at the Limelight off Christopher Street and

Sheridan Square in the Village with my parents,

drinking real American Coke with ice in a glass,

ordering burgers and fries, playing What have they

done to my song, Ma? on the jukebox, sung by Claudine

Longet—years before she would be arrested for

killing her boyfriend, Spyder. It was a lovely, happy

time for me, and nothing brings it back more

18 Fall 2012 |

By Sarah E. Lentini

quickly than this particular piece of music—music

I’ve since learned that was one of many songs written

by Melanie.

Her most famous song, of course, came right after

and was emblazoned on the national psyche—it

was played so very much on the radio. Brand New

Key was everywhere. Much as Adele has taken over

the airwaves in the last 12 months, Melanie ruled in

1972. In fact, Billboard named her the #1 Top Female

Vocalist of the year. Brand New Key, a sweet tune

filled with what some saw as sexual innuendo, was

a bit shocking—at least for the radio stations of the

time, many of which banned the song. It charmed

audiences with a youthful romantic directness and

simplicity that ultimately verged on feminism.

Melanie Safka, one of the original

32 Woodstock performers, seen

here in a 1973 performance

at Carnegie Hall in a moment

of connection with her

audience, captured by leading

international photographer

and photo editor Maddy Miller

(maddymillerphoto.com).


Photos oF melanIe couRtesy © maddy mIlleR

You remember it, don’t you? Or, if you’re too

young, perhaps you’ve heard it recently as it’s been

picked up as the music for an HP commercial in the

last few years. “I’ve got a brand new pair of roller

skates; you’ve got a brand new key.” The opening line

was delivered by a very pretty 22-year-old Melanie

in a melodic youthful lilting voice.

The success of Brand New Key in 1972 followed

the explosion of Melanie on the scene in a national

phenomenon that will live eternally in the history

of American music: Woodstock.

“I walked onto the stage an unknown,” Melanie

says. “I walked off a star.”

Woodstock had the power to do this. There were

half a million people in the audience. Melanie was

one of 32 acts that performed over the course of

four days—August 15 through August 18 (strangely,

the day that I find myself writing this)—and included

the Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin,

The Who, Santana, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Country

Joe (later of Country Joe and the Fish), Clearance

Clearwater Revival, Blood Sweat & Tears, Sly

and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimmie

Hendrix.

Before Woodstock, Melanie tells me, there were

no large outdoor music festivals in this country.

And before Melanie, there was no tradition of

lighting a candle (a match, a lighter) by crowds at

a festival. It first happened during Melanie’s set on

the first day of the festival, at Woodstock, in 1969—

Melanie and the Record Man

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where she walked onto a very big stage for the first time. She later

wrote a song about it: “Candles in the Rain.”

The real miracle she tells me is that she walked out at all; she was

painfully shy and agoraphobic. Moreover, she got the gig in the first

place because another band refused to play in the rain. She performed

seven songs and was sandwiched between Ravi Shankar and Arlo

Guthrie. She was one of only three women performers. (Joan Baez

and Janis Joplin were the other two.)

Melanie Safka is originally from Astoria,

Queens, the oldest of two girls. Her mother

was a jazz singer who had performed at

clubs throughout New York; her father was a

businessman, who wanted traditional things

for his daughter, including having her come

out as a debutante in high society—something in which she was not

at all interested.

At the age of 16, Melanie ran away from home. She took what little

she had and bought a plane ticket to LA. She had no more of a plan

than that. She had no money and no one to receive her on the West

Coast. She knew her father would be looking for her, so she booked

the ticket using a pseudonym. She happened to sit next to actor Robert

Ridgely, then starring in a ’60s television show called The Gallant

Men. He had a guitar with him. One thing led to another and by mid

flight the two were singing and playing his guitar together. She had no

idea who he was. Before they landed, he asked her for her real name

and age. While she didn’t tell him the truth, he guessed most of it

20 Fall 2012 |

Melanie emerged as a major presence on the

music scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s,

earning Billboard’s #1 Top Female Vocalist of the

year in 1972 (left); Melanie with her late husband

Peter Schekeryk, who devoted himself to managing

her career over several decades (above).

and, luckily for her, insisted on finding her safe accommodations in

a facility for young women before night fell. She never saw him again.

Strangely, they almost reconnected when her song, Brand New Key,

was selected and played in its entirety for the movie, Boogie Nights, in

which Ridgely had a part. He passed away before the move came out

and Melanie doesn’t know if he ever connected her with the young

runaway he had helped many years earlier.

Melanie knows that she’s been both brave and lucky, so that she’s

been taken care of in some important ways and in some key moments

of her life.

And, of course, Melanie explains, the man who became almost instantaneously

both her manager and her husband, Peter Schekeryk,

was the great business mind behind her career, making every decision

and handling every detail, so that she was left with the freedom

to create.

He was an immigrant from Russia, the country Melanie’s family

came from, with a forceful personality and a fierce commitment to

her from the start, so that he quickly got rid of all of his other clients

in order to focus on her.

Over her career, Melanie has recorded 34 albums—two of which

have gone gold—and released 19 singles, including the gold single

Brand New Key, which sold over 3 million copies internationally. Her

songs have been recorded by a host of other artists as well, including

The New Seekers, Nina Simone, Macy Gray, Dolly Parton, Olivia Newton

John, Cher, and Ray Charles, and she won an Emmy for her musical

composition for the television series Beauty and the Beast. She was the

first woman and only the second recording artist (after the Beatles) to

Over her career, Melanie has recorded 34

albums—two of which have gone gold—and

released 19 singles, including the gold single

“Brand New Key,” which sold over 3 million

copies internationally.

Images couRtesy oF blackFRIaRs theatRe


Photos oF melanIe couRtesy © maddy mIlleR

Melanie’s son, Beau Jarred Schekeryk, a

uniquely gifted performer and composer, will

be joining her on stage during the Blackfriars

Theatre production of Melanie and the Record

Man (above); Melanie Safka continues to record

and perform both in the US and abroad (right).

start her own record label in 1971, and she was the first solo pop/rock

performer to play Carnegie Hall, unaccompanied by an orchestra.

With a long-time European and international fan base, in 2007,

Melanie performed a sold-out concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall

to critical acclaim in the British press, which placed her in the pantheon

of iconic female singers, along with Judy Collins, Marianne Faithfull,

Janis Joplin, and Joni Mitchell.

And, she’s just released a new CD entitled, Ever Since You Never

Heard of Me.

Peter had, in recent years, been exhorting her to write her story.

He was devoted to her—so much so that her name was the last he

spoke when he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack,

while out running a shopping errand.

His death was shocking and tragic. He had been a relatively young

man. And it left Melanie and her three adult children, all musicians,

now living in Nashville, with many things to learn and manage for

the first time.

So how does Melanie Safka come to be sitting in

my office in Rochester, New York, on August 7, 2012?

She’s come as the guest and collaborator of

Blackfriars Theatre Artistic and Managing Director

John Haldoupis, a long-time Melanie fan, who rather

brilliantly reached out to her, at the right moment to

invite her to participate in making his dream of bringing her story to

the stage, here in Rochester, a reality.

The timing was perfect. Melanie had been writing an autobiog-

raphy, just as Peter had wanted her to do. And, with his passing, the

story became, Haldoupis realized, the story of Melanie and Peter, a

couple whose lives were fully intertwined. Haldoupis and Melanie developed

a production, based on her writing, which she will personally

narrate and which will be premiered at Blackfriars in Rochester from

October 19 through October 28.

“Peter was exciting, dramatic, fearless,” says Melanie. And their

son, Beau Jarred Schekeryk, nods his head in bashful and forcefully

vehement agreement.

Beau is serving as musical arranger and director and will also be

performing (singing backup) as part of the Blackfriars Production this

fall. He has brought his guitar and a mini-amp, at his mother’s urging,

into my office and, before leaving, plays one of his original guitar

compositions for us, using an original style of picking he developed.

Except for a stint allowing him to play high school sports, Beau

was home schooled by Melanie and Peter. He had taken a few guitar

lessons but didn’t originally seem all that interested. Then one night,

before a performance, Melanie’s guitarist abandoned her. “Beau said

to me, ‘I could do it.’ I never even knew he could play,” says Melanie.

“He’s all self-taught.”

“Segovia is my idol,” Beau tells me.

“Really? I saw him perform live before he passed away,” I respond,

thinking to myself that he’s actually the only solo guitarist I’ve ever

seen perform. And then Beau plays, and he’s really good—he’s great.

And, as I look across the table at Melanie and Beau, I realize once

again how impossible it is to be anything other than what you’re intended

to be. a

She was the first woman and only the second

recording artist (after the Beatles) to start her

own record label in 1971, and she was the first

solo pop/rock performer to play Carnegie Hall,

unaccompanied by an orchestra.

| Fall 2012 21


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Treasured Stories

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Frans Wildenhain, 1950–75:

Creative and Commercial American

Ceramics at Mid-Century

Drawn from RIT’s premier world collection, an exhibition of

150 works created by Bauhaus ceramist, Frans Wildenhain.

Runs through: Tuesday, October 2

Location: RIT’s Bevier Gallery and Dyer Arts Center, One

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Cost: Free

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First Muse Chamber Music

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String Quartets of Beethoven (Op. 130) and Smetana

(From My Life) performed by the Amenda Quartet. David

Brickman and Patricia Sunwoo, violins; Melissa Matson,

viola; Mimi Hwang, cello.

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: First Unitarian Church,

220 Winton Rd. South, Rochester

Cost: $10 (adults); $5 (students)

More info: (585) 259-2710; www.FirstMuse.org;

info@FirstMuse.org

Pegasus Early Music

Apollo & Dafne

Music by Handel including his dramatic cantata which

tells the story of the Sun God Apollo and his love for the

nymph Dafne, and a colorful orchestral suite by Telemann.

Time: 4 PM (3:15 pre-concert talk)

Location: Downtown United Presbyterian Church,

121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester

Cost: $25 (adults); $20 (seniors); $10 (students);

children free

More info: (585) 703-3990; www.pegasusearlymusic.org;

info@pegasusearlymusic.org

FriDay, OCtOber 12

Monroe Community College

Jose Olivieri Rivera Radical Departure

Opening Reception: Fri., Oct. 12, 7-9 pm; Gallery Talk: Oct.

12, 12 noon; Exhbition: Oct. 12– Nov. 9.

Time: 7-9 PM

Also: Friday, October 12, 12 PM

Runs through: Friday, November 9

Location: Mercer Gallery, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester

Cost: Free

More info: (585) 292-3121; www.monroecc.edu/go/mercer;

kfarrell@monroecc.edu

SUNY Geneseo

An Evening of Choral Excellence

Join us as two of our premier choirs, the Chamber Singers

and Spectrum, present an exciting mix of traditional

and contemporary choral works under the direction of

Dr. Gerard Floriano.

Time: 8 PM

Location: Central Presbyterian Church,

31 Center St., Geneseo

Cost: Free

More info: (585) 245-5824; www.geneseo.edu/music;

farrell@geneseo.edu

FriDay, OCtOber 19

Blackfriars Theatre

Melanie and the Record Man

Come on a journey with Melanie Safka—the first lady of

Woodstock - as she shares both the challenges and soaring

heights of a passionate life in pursuit of eloquence,

music and love.

Time: 8 PM

Runs through: Sunday, October 28

Location: Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester

Cost: $45 (adults)

More info: (585) 454-1260; www.blackfriars.org

mOnDay, OCtOber 22

Penfield Symphony Orchestra

The Four B’s

Berlioz Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust;

Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5 & 6; Britten Young

Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; Beethoven Symphony

No 3 Opus 55 (Eroica).

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Penfield High School, 25 High School Dr., Penfield

Cost: $14 (adults); $12 (seniors); free (students/children)

More info: (585) 872-0774; www.penfieldsymphony.org;

office@penfieldsymphony.org

tuesDay, OCtOber 23

The Little Theatre

Annual Celebration of the Little!

Join us in celebrating the Little with a Roaring Twentiesthemed

celebration! Tickets go on sale Sept. 5th.

Time: 6 PM

Location: The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., Rochester

Cost: $100 (adults)

More info: (585) 258-0252; www.thelittle.org;

membership@thelittle.org

thursDay, OCtOber 25

Hochstein School of Music & Dance

Spotlight on Faculty Concert Series

Fantastic Brass with Plymouth Brass Quintet; Barbara

Hull & Roy Smith, trumpets; Colleen Wolf, horn; Steven


Zugelder, trombone; Jeremy Stoner, tuba; Music of

Sampson, Sacco, Maslanka, and Arnold.

Time: 7 PM

Location: Hochstein Performance Hall,

50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester

Cost: $5 to $10

More info: (585) 454-4596; www.hochstein.org;

FrontOffice@hochstein.org

FriDay, OCtOber 26

Perinton Concert Band

Fright Night

Spooky music at its dreadful best!

Time: 8 PM

Location: Minerva DeLand School auditorium,

140 Hulburt Rd., Fairport

Cost: $7 (adults); $5 (seniors); $3 (children)

More info: (585) 223-2207;

www.perintonconcertband.org; keithboas@gmail.com

Rochester Community Players

The Tempest, by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s last play, re-imagined in ’Steampunk’

style. Oct 26 to Nov. 10 at MuCCC.

Time: 8 PM

Runs through: Saturday, November 10

Location: MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester

Cost: $15 (adults); $10 (seniors); $5 (students/children)

More info: (585) 234-7840; rochestercommunityplayers.

org; rochestercommunityplayers@gmail.com

Writers & Books

4th Annual Masquerade Party:

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Come enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and prizes. Costumes

encouraged. Raffle bags, music, and Halloween

mayhem based on Ray Bradbury’s book, Something

Wicked This Way Comes.

Time: 8 PM

Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester

Cost: $12 to $15

More info: (585) 473-2590; www.wab.org; chrisf@wab.org

sunDay, OCtOber 28

National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Friends of Susan B. Anthony

House Annual Fall Tea

Come celebrate women’s right to vote & Election Day

with a delicious fall tea. Tickets: $45 ea., $360 table (8),

patron $65, sponsor $100. Featuring U of R YellowJackets,

NBC The Sing-Off favorites!

Time: 3-5 PM

Location: Locust Hill Country Club,

2000 Jefferson Rd., Pittsford

Cost: $45 to $100

More info: (585) 381-2121; www.susanbanthonyhouse.org;

suebarres@yahoo.com

thursDay, nOvember 1

JGK Galleries

Murray Krueger

West Coast artist. Digital art.

Time: 7-9 PM

Also: Friday, November 2, 6-9 PM

Runs through: Saturday, December 15

Location: JGK Galleries, 10 Vick Park A, Rochester

Cost: Free

More info: (585) 734-6581; www.jgkgalleries.com;

Maria.jgkgalleries@gmail.com

Visual Studies Workshop

Hank Willis Thomas

A solo exhibition of artist Hank Willis Thomas dealing

with issues of race in contemporary culture co-curated by

Carla Williams and Oscar Palacio.

Location: VSW’s Bookstore and Gallery,

31 Prince St., Rochester

Cost: Free

More info: (585) 442-8676; www.vsw.org; info@vsw.org

saturDay, nOvember 3

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

12th Annual Fine Craft Show

Ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, wood, wearable

art. The Fine Craft Show showcases one-of-a-kind,

limited-edition works by 39 craftpersons from 11 states.

Sponsored by the Gallery Council.

Time: 10 AM-5 PM

Also: Sunday, November 4, 11 AM-4 PM

Runs through: Sunday, November 4

Location: Memorial Art Gallery,

500 University Ave., Rochester

More info: (585) 276-8900; mag.rochester.edu/events/

fine-craft-show/; maginfo@mag.rochester.edu

University of Rochester Department of Music

River Campus Jazz Ensemble Concert

Featuring the best of both traditional and contemporary

big band jazz! Bill Tiberio, director.

Time: 8-10 PM

Location: Strong Auditorium, UR River Campus, Rochester

Cost: Free

More info: (585) 275-2828;

www.rochester.edu/College/MUR

mOnDay, nOvember 5

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its new concert series.

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Hilda D. Taylor Recital Hall, Hochstein School of

Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester

Cost: $25 (adults); $15 (students)

More info: (585) 957-0284; ensembletwenty21.com;

artisticdirector@ensembletwenty.21

WeDnesDay, nOvember 7

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

29th Annual Arts Awards

Celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the 2012

award recipients: Chet Catallo, Artist Award; University

of Rochester, Organization Award; Nixon Peabody

LLP, Champion of the Arts; Wendell Castle, Lifetime

Achievement.

Time: 11:15 AM Reception; Noon-1:30 PM Luncheon and

Award Ceremony

Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester—Grand Ballroom,

125 E. Main St., Rochester

Cost: $60; $50 Members; Reservations Required

More info: (585) 473-4000, ext. 205; ArtsRochester.org

FriDay, nOvember 9

Nazareth College, Department of Music

Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra

A program inspired by Shakespeare and the blues, featuring

a rare but witty solo turn for the tuba, Mourant’s

Blue Haze for clarinet and strings as well as Mussorgsky’s

Pictures at an Exhibition.

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Linehan Chapel, Nazareth College,

4245 East Ave., Rochester

Cost: Free

More info: (585) 389-2700; go.naz.edu/music-events;

music@naz.edu

Bob Conge / recent works

September 22 thru October 20

Opening reception Saturday September 22 / 1 to 5 PM

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WeDnesDay, nOvember 14

Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies

Polish Film Festival

The Festival will present new award-winning feature

films and selected documentaries and will bring to town

some of Poland’s most acclaimed actors and directors.

Time: 7 PM

Runs through: Monday, November 19

Location: The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., Rochester

Cost: $8 (adults); $5 (seniors); $5 (students)

More info: (585) 275-9898;

www.rochester.edu/college/psc/CPCES/;

bozenna.sobolewska@rochester.edu

FriDay, nOvember 16

Cordancia

Vintage to Modern

Chamber music concert by Cordancia featuring Bruce

Frank, organ soloist and conductor David Harman, part

of the Concert Series sponsored by First Presbyterian

Church of Pittsford.

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford,

25 Church St., Pittsford

Cost: Free

More info: (585) 586-5688; www.cordancia.org;

www.pittsfordpres.org; Cordancia@gmail.com

saturDay, nOvember 17

The College at Brockport

DANSCORE

Faculty choreography will be performed on Nov. 15 and

16 in the College’s Strasser Studio, while the Nov. 17

performance takes place at the Hochstein Performance

Hall in downtown Rochester.

Time: 7:30 PM

Also: Thursday, November 15, 7:30 PM;

Friday, November 16, 7:30 PM

Location: Hochstein Performance Hall,

50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester

Cost: $15 (adults); $10 (seniors); $8 (students)

More info: (585) 395-2787; www.brockport.edu/finearts;

ssoloway@brockport.edu

sunDay, nOvember 18

Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble

Multi-Generational Dance Afternoon

Dances will be shared from many interesting perspectives

and age groups.

Time: 3-4 PM

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church Great Hall,

2000 Highland Ave., Rochester

Cost: $5 to $10

More info: (585) 442-5988; elizabethclarkdance.com;

elizabeth.clark@esc.edu

To learn more about the Master of Arts

in Liberal Studies (MALS) program, visit

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FriDay, nOvember 23

Rochester City Ballet

The Nutcracker, with the Rochester

Philharmonic Orchestra

Begin the holidays with this special tradition. To

celebrate Rochester City Ballet’s 25th anniversary season,

look for a special twist in the Sunday night performance!

Time: 2 PM and 7 PM daily

Runs through: Sunday, November 25

Location: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre,

60 Gibbs St., Rochester

Cost: $10 to $75

More info: RPO Box Office (585) 454-2100; www.rpo.org

sunDay, DeCember 2

Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Handel’s Messiah, David Fetler, Conductor

World-class soloists: Soprano, Tracy Chang; Alto, Jennifer

Ens Modolo; Tenor, Douglas Ahlstedt; Bass, Daniel Mobbs;

Festival Singers and Bach Children’s Chorus.

Time: 3 PM

Location: Hochstein Performance Hall,

50 N. Plymouth St., Rochester

Cost: $25 (adults); $15 (seniors); $10 (students)

More info: (585) 442-9778;

www.rochesterchamberorchestra.org;

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FriDay, DeCember 7

Anderson Alley Artists

Holiday Gala

Meet the artists, tour studios and consider purchasing

original artwork.

Time: 5-10 PM

Also: 12/08/2012, 11 AM-5 PM

Location: Anderson Arts Building,

250 N. Goodman St., Rochester

Cost: Free

More info: www.andersonalleyartists.com

saturDay, DeCember 15

Nazareth College Arts Center

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Time: 8 PM

Location: Callahan Theater, 4245 East Ave., Rochester

Cost: $30 to $60

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