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Nazareth presents "Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" Oct. 19

Published October 01, 2019

The Nazareth College Arts Center welcomes Peter Gros, star of the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom series, along with some animal friends, to Callahan Theater on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom is one of the best known and longest-running television programs on nature and the animal world, and former host Peter Gros is now an advisor for the show's continued run on Animal Planet. In his popular live presentations, Gros shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences, and timeless tales. He highlights his many adventures around the world with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly exotic animals to audience members and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming. Tickets are $15-$35.

The following week, Nazareth celebrates the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday with Harlem 100 featuring Mwenso & the Shakes-Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Callahan Theater.

Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Harlem 100 presents a collection of today's most exciting Harlem musicians, paying homage to great performances at the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and other celebrated venues of Harlem during the 1920s and '30s.

Hosted by Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, a unique troupe of global artists whose sound is rooted in jazz and blues expression through African-American music, Harlem 100 features the voices of jazz vocalists Brianna Thomas and Vuyo Sotashe, with the percussive rhythms of Michela Lerman (tap dance). Tickets are $28-$50.

Earlier this month, the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department presents William Shakespeare's The Tempest on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. in Callahan Theater. Considered to be one of the bard's final plays, The Tempest mixes the fantastic world of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the dark politics of Hamlet and Macbeth. Set on an unidentified island, The Tempest is a story of trials and tribulations, magical beings, conflict and acceptance, and a little romance. General admission tickets are $12, $10 seniors.


Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in Glazer Music Performance Center, tickets $25-$40
Gina Chavez
A 12-time Austin Music Award winner, Gina Chavez's passionate bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, expertly blending sounds with tension and grace.

Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. in Callahan Theater, tickets $12, $10 senior
Williams Shakespeare's The Tempest
The world of Prospero's solitary island, sustained by his "rough magic" and inhabited only by himself, his daughter Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the beastly Caliban, becomes ground zero for the battle between love and hate and good over evil.

Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra: Of Grace and Giving
Nancy Strelau, conductor
The Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Nazareth College Percussion Ensemble, the Wilmot Wind Quintet, and the Nazareth Bach Children's Chorus featuring the premier performance of movements from Brad Batz's Mass of Grace.

Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Faculty Recital: Antonio and Johann
Margaret Leenhouts, violin and leader; Britton Plourde, flute; Bonnie Choi, harpsichord; George Taylor, viola; Janet Milnes, violin
Uniting the two iconic and vibrant composers of the Baroque era: J.S. Bach and Vivaldi in concertos that feature the violin, flute, harpsichord, and viola.

Friday, Oct. 18-Friday, Nov. 22 in the Arts Center Gallery, free
Opening Reception Friday, Oct. 18 | 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Art Exhibition: Letters & Lives: Typographic work of Bigelow & Holmes
Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow have been creating typefaces together for more than 40 years and 300 fonts, while having fun along the way. From sublime scripts to workhorse sans-serifs, here are some of their favorite projects and a few of those by the wonderful type artist friends they made along the way.

Friday, Oct. 18-Friday, Nov. 22 in the Colacino Gallery, free
Opening Reception Friday, Oct. 18 | 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Art Exhibition: The Unknown Landscape by Brian Ferrell
Brian Ferrell's work blends asymmetrical geometry and careful shifts in composition to define our relationships of observation and perception. Lines and shapes intersect through careful transitions of form or material to physically represent the limitations of our subjective external experience. These subtle juxtapositions initiate a dialogue of visual and physical balance, by which boundaries of dependence and independence become precarious.

Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
Nazareth College Symphonic Band: Autumn Colors
Steven Zugelder, conductor

Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Callahan Theater, tickets $15-$35
Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
An interactive show with live animals, led by wildlife expert and TV host Peter Gros.

Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
Nazareth College Wind Symphony: Dance, Jazz, and the Roaring 20's
Jared Chase, conductor; Jacob Ertl, piano
Music from the 20th century's most culturally vibrant decade enlivens this program, featuring Little Threepenny Music by Kurt Weill and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Callahan Theater, tickets $28-$50
Harlem 100 featuring Mwenso & the Shakes-Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
Hosted by Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, Harlem 100 is a modern variety show that captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists like Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday made Harlem the cultural center of the country during the 1920s and '30s.

Oct. 25-27 in Callahan Theater
MAD (Movement and Dance) Weekend
MAD Weekend will offer more than 30 events and dance/movement master classes in a variety of levels and styles over three days for dancers, dance enthusiasts, and movers 15 years and older. The weekend will include seminars, workshops, and a Sunday evening performance by professional dancers and choreographers. For more info, visit

Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
The Raymond Shiner Jazz Award Big Band
Steve Frank, conductor
Back by popular demand, the Raymond Shiner Jazz Award Big Band will feature past award winners and other jazz notables. Donations to the Raymond Shiner Jazz Award for Nazareth College music majors with talent and motivation in the area of jazz will be accepted.

Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Faculty Recital: We Sing for Each Other, Music of Dana Wilson
Chisato Eda Marling, saxophones; Sarah Rhee-Tirré, piano; Jared Chase, trumpet; Suzanne Dixon, alto saxophone; Jake Wark, tenor saxophone; Nick Lord, baritone saxophone
Dr. Dana Wilson has been the recipient of various significant arts grants and has been commissioned by many distinguished soloists and ensembles. This concert features performances by music department faculty and alumni.

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.

For More Information

Michelle Shippers | Marketing & Publicity Manager | 585-389-2093 or |


Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.

Peter Gros of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"