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March into spring with music, dance, theatre at the Nazareth College Arts Center this month

Published March 26, 2019

From a performance by one of today's most popular magicians to the return of our sensory-friendly programming for family audiences, there is something for everyone at the Nazareth College Arts Center this month!

One of the most popular touring acts today, magician/illusionist Jason Bishop returns to Callahan Theater on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Star of two Off-Broadway shows developed at the New Victory Theater on N.Y.C.'s famed 42nd Street, Jason Bishop has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC's Today Show, and the CW Network's Masters of Illusion.

In his show "Straight Up Magic," Bishop infuses old school tricks with new school stagecraft in a virtuosic performance of skill. The company includes Bishop, his assistant Kim, and canine companion Gizmo. From stunning sleight-of-hand and close-up magic to dazzling, full-stage illusions, Bishop will perform more than a dozen acts in 90 minutes. Suggested for ages 6+. Tickets: $35-$50.

Two weeks later, another family-friendly performance is onstage with Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Callahan Theater. Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist's curiosity can drive her teacher crazy! Based on three books by New York Times best-selling author Andrea Beaty, Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends is a fun new musical that encourages curiosity and sparks imagination! The 4 p.m. performance is sensory-friendly, designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. The Arts Center works with the touring artist to create a sensory-friendly environment. We also welcome students from the Schools of Education and Health and Human Services to assist our ushers in accommodating the needs of our patrons.

"This is a way that we make the art we present possible for every person," said Operations Manager Lindsay Chasse. "Some of the adjustments we might make to the performance include bringing down the volume level, leaving the house lights at half so it's not dark, offering audience members fidget toys and a separate room with activities. We also offer audience members a free social story to review before they come to the show which helps them know what to expect."

Presented by TheaterWorks USA. Suggested for ages 4+. Tickets: $13-$20.

March 29-30, the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department will present the spring dance concert Woven in Callahan Theater. Established and emerging artists will come together for two nights of extraordinary dance representing diverse styles. The concert will feature new work, repertory, and collaborations from students, faculty, and guest artists under the artistic direction of Heather Roffe, associate professor of dance in theatre and dance. Tickets: $8-$10.

Friday, Mar. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Pillars: New Works for Saxophone and Piano
Phil Pierick, guest saxophone • Kurt Galván, piano
A diverse program of contemporary American music for soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones and piano alongside a new transcription of Dohnányi's Violin Sonata, Op. 21.

Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Callahan Theater, tickets $35-$50,
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
Star of the CW series Masters of Illusion, Jason Bishop wows audiences with tricks, stunts, and wry humor. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Suggested for ages 6.

Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.* in Callahan Theater, tickets $13-$20
Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends
A fun new musical that encourages curiosity and sparks imagination, based on three books by New York Times best-selling author Andrea Beaty. Presented by TheaterWorksUSA. Suggested for ages 4+. Media Sponsor: Move to Include: A sponsorship between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation to promote inclusion.

Friday, Mar. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
In Good Company: Spanish Music for Guitar, Piano, and Voice
Kimberly Upcraft, soprano • Eric Carlin, guitar • Josh Massicot, piano
This concert explores the characteristic qualities of the piano, guitar,and voice in both solo and combination; featuring works by Spanish composers Albéniz, Turina, de Falla, and Nazareth faculty member Octavio Vazquez.

March 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.
March 24 at 2 p.m.
Rochester City Ballet: Dangerous Liaisons
Callahan Theater, tickets $37-$47
Petty jealousies become life-or-death battles in the epic romance that inspired a Tony Award-winning play and three films: Cruel Intentions, Valmont, and Dangerous Liaisons. Director David Palmer brings new urgency and passion to this timeless story of palace intrigue.

Sunday, Mar. 24 at 3 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Rhythm and Brass
Wilmot Brass Quintet: Patrick Corvington & Jared Chase, trumpets •Colleen Wolf, horn • Steven Zugelder, trombone • Jeremy Stoner, tuba •Kristen Shiner McGuire, percussion
Come join the Nazareth faculty Wilmot Brass Quintet, along with percussion professor Kristen Shiner McGuire, for a variety of music from light classical to pop.

Friday, Mar. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Song and Strings
Joshua Bouillon, tenor • Alexander Trygstad, viola • Kevin Nitsch, piano
This trio of Nazareth faculty unites the sounds of voice, viola, and piano in a program of music focused on the sacred and sublime.

March 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Callahan Theater, tickets $8-$10
Woven: Spring Dance Concert
The Theatre and Dance Department presents the 2019 Spring Dance Concert, an evening of dance and performance blending classical genres with contemporary themes. The concert will feature new work, repertory, and collaborations from students, faculty, and guest artists. Artistic Director: Heather Roffe

Sunday, Mar. 31 at 3 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Leonard Bernstein: Up Close and Personal
Kevin Nitsch, piano • Margaret Leenhouts, violin • Mimi Hwang, cello •Marcy Bacon, clarinet • Kimberly Upcraft, soprano
Celebrate 100 years of Leonard Bernstein with a recital of original chamber music. Program includes Sonata for Violin and Piano, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Three Meditations for Cello from Mass, Two Love Songs for Soprano, and the Piano Trio.

Ticket prices for individual shows are noted above and are available online at,  by phone at (585) 389-2170, or in person at the Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618. Free events do not require advance tickets or reservations.

Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a m.- 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days.

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