Rochester Fringe Festival: Call for Performance Artists


Welcome to the Fringe: September 19-28, 2013

Twenty-two venues. More than 180 performances. Over 32,000 attendees. And that was just in our first year. The 2013 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival will be even more of a feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul. We’ve expanded from five days to ten and will add up to even more shows, featuring world-renowned performers as well as up-and-comers. All in the heart of Rochester’s East End. Let’s put on a show!

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In 1947, eight theatre groups turned up – uninvited – to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. The groups performed at venues they arranged themselves. The following year, Scottish journalist Robert Kemp coined the term “fringe festival” to describe these renegade performers. Today, there are more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide, with approximately 20 existing within the United States. Each fringe festival is a creative and economic engine for its host communities. For example, last year the Edinburgh Fringe saw 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in 258 venues lasting the entire month of August. It grosses over $100 million annually for the Scottish economy.


Black Heritage Month Gospel Fridays Concert Series

Experience the rich culture Gospel music

The City of Rochester’s Black Heritage Committee presents Gospel Fridays in celebration of Black Heritage Month 2012. The concert series will be hosted at noon each Friday of February in the City Hall Atrium at 30 Church St. and features gospel music of local performers and churches. This program is part of the Black Heritage Committee 2013 event series.

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Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festval


Tickets on Sale Friday January 25!!
Rochester, NY – January 22, 2013 – Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced five headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 12th Edition, which will be held June 21-29. Tickets go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at

Tickets are from $40 to $125 and go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at Tickets will also be on sale for one day only at the Kodak Hall Oval Lobby Box Office, located at the corner of Gibbs and Main Streets in Rochester, on Friday January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. John Nugent will be overseeing box office operations. There is a $7 service charge for all headliner tickets. To have printed tickets mailed to you, the service charge is $9.

The fastest way to order tickets is online at with the festival’s e-ticketing system. Customers who don’t have computer access may order by calling 585-454-2060.

The Minimalists in Music

John Adams.    Philip Glass.     Steve Reich.     Terry Riley.     La Monte Young.

Minimalist Music and Musicians

Minimalist music has its beginnings in the 1960s. It originated in New York City with something called the New York Hypnotic School. Music of the Minimalists has been called maddening and repetitive filled with drone like sounds. Minimalist music is stripped down to simple elements and has been said to take on a trance-like or hypnotic effect due to the repetition of musical patterns.

The term minimalism was taken from the visual arts. In the 1960s art was taking on a reductive approach, it was natural that music followed resulting in the same reductive style. Artists such as Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg reduced their canvases to solid stokes of color and sculpture was moving in the same direction such as the massive arcs and shapes created by Richard Serra.

The American composers most associated with Minimalism are Young, Riley, Reich, Glass, and later John Adams. Many of the pioneering minimalists (such as Glass, Riley, and Reich) are still writing today. The minimalist style has also spread into pop music, most notably into “techno” music, where there is a need for hypnotic dance music that lasts for hours at a time.

Minimalism owes much too Non-western music as well as Western classical music. The path-breakers  Young and Riley also looked to Indian raga, Balinese, and West African drumming as influences. As you may guess, Minimal music and its composers are far too complex to summarize here, so included in this post are links to the composers and items in our collection.

Books on Minimalist Music





























Unfortunately, everything by  La Monte Young is unavailable for purchase but you can watch him on youtube.







This book is available through EBL. You will need to create an account to access the ebook. If you need help accessing the book call us at 428-8140.


A Brief History of Minimalism 

Local Holiday Events Abound

If you’re looking for a respite from holiday shopping, Rochester is offering several opportunities to enjoy live performances and events beginning at the end of November and lasting throughout the month of December. Here are a few. For more events go to

Karen Barber and Linda Taggart, members of Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble, will be performing in the Central Library – Arts, Music and Recreation Division, 2nd floor Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building. Stop by and watch, ask questions, and enjoy the beautiful sounds of this fascinating traditional instrument from 1-3 PM.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to the Geva Theatre Center on Friday, November 23. Guy Paul reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jim Poulos portrays Bob Cratchit in Mark Cuddy’s adaptation of the classic. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Shows continue through Dec. 23. Call (585) 232-4382 or go to

The Rochester Folk Art Guild’s Holiday Festival of Crafts, featuring pottery, wooden furniture and turnings, weaving, toys, hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments, rugs and more by guild artisans is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Harley School in Brighton. Admission is $2. For details, go to

Garth Fagan Dance returns on Tuesday, November 27 to the Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. The acclaimed contemporary dance company will showcase selections from its more than four decades of performances as well as a new piece that includes choreography by Garth Fagan and music by Wynton Marsalis. Shows begin 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; 8 p.m. Nov. 28 to 30; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $40 to $55. Call (585) 389-2170 or go to

Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, set in the 1950s about a white DJ who falls in love with an up-and-coming black club singer, opens Tuesday at Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 to 29; 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets ($27.50 to $67.50) are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 20th Anniversary production overflows with a spectacular new “Dove of Peace” performed by 2 dancers, Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall, 40 top Russian dancers, falling snow, charming silk puppets, 200 lavish costumes, and 9 hand-painted backdrops all set to Tchaikovsky’s complete score. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – 20 years of soaring holiday spirit! Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm at the Auditorium Theatre. For tickets click here.

This Thanksgiving weekend, do something truly special with your family: join the Rochester City Ballet and the RPO, along with the Bach Children’s Chorus, for Rochester’s only full-length, live-music performance of an enchanting classic, The Nutcracker. It’s a dazzling, heartwarming spectacle that will leave all ages delighted—a brilliant start to the holiday season.  Nov. 23-25, Kodak Hall. For more holiday family concerts click here.

Vivaldi’s timeless classic, The Four Seasons will be performed December 13 and 15 by the RPO’s concertmaster, Juliana Athayde. For more, call (585) 454-2100 or go to

The Holiday Laser Show, featuring popular holiday songs choreographed with dancing laser light against a starry background, can be viewed at 11 a.m., 4:30, 7 and 8 p.m. Nov. 24; and 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium. Admission is $7 ($6 for seniors, students with ID and ages 3-18). Go to

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing their acclaimed rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve” live at the Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM. The Lost Christmas Eve is the fourth album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

More Fire Glass Holiday Show and Sale includes glass blowing demonstrations and displays. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 1 and 2. Admission is free. Call (585) 242-0450 or go online to

Why Amy Beach Matters

Musicologist and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandies University, Liane Curtis will present a talk with recorded music examples entitled, “Why Amy Beach Matters” at The Central Library on Wednesday, November 14 from 1 to 2 PM. in the Rundel Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Rundel Memorial Building located at 115 South Avenue in Rochester.

Amy Beach, ca. 1885 Photo courtesy the Boston Public Library

Amy Beach (1867-1944) was praised by many as an important American composer, but after her death, her music fell into obscurity. Her music, and in particular, her Piano Concerto (1900) are considered by way of evaluating her place in music history. In the Concerto, Beach draws upon four of her own songs to provide thematic material.

Following Beach’s biographer, A.F. Block, Curtis examines whether meanings from those songs were infused into the concerto. This practice of reuse is also considered in light of Beach’s borrowing in a range of her compositions. Finally, consideration of Beach’s gender was so much a part of the critical response to her music that the role of gender politics must be considered when evaluating her legacy.

This presentation is in anticipation of The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Beach’s Concerto on November 15 and 17, with Saet-Byeol Kim, piano and Arild Remmereit, conductor. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch to this event. Free of charge and open to all. For more information call the Arts & Music Division at 585-428-8140.