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November at Nazareth: Brass quintet, Americana swing, and "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Published October 31, 2019

From chamber music to country swing to a drowsy chaperone, there is something for everyone this month at the Nazareth College Arts Center.

Nazareth College invites you to journey to space with award-winning Axiom Brass quintet on Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. in the Glazer Music Performance Center.

Praised for "high level of musicality and technical ability," Axiom Brass presents Limitless, an out-of-this-world experience for audiences of all ages! Featuring stunning visuals of the cosmos on the big screen, this multimedia adventure takes the audience on a spectacular journey through space accompanied by the music of Bach, Monteverdi, and more. Formed in Chicago, Axiom Brass has captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe, and across the U.S. Notable accolades include winning the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (the only brass quintet to do so in nearly 30 years) and taking first prize at the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany. Tickets are $25-$40.

From chamber music to country swing, the winds of the Dustbowl Revival will blow into the Callahan Theater on Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m. A smash hit at the 2018 Rochester International Jazz Festival, L.A.'s Dustbowl Revival is an eight member musical collective who play it all, combining a vibrant mix of funk, folk, and vintage Americana into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party!

Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic group "would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter" (Los Angeles Times) and their "upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear" (L.A. Weekly). Tickets are $20-$40.

Earlier in the month, the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department presents the Tony Award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone from Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17 in Studio Theater A48.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including "Best Book" and "Best Original Score," The Drowsy Chaperone pays homage to American Jazz Age musicals of the 1920s, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The story concerns an eccentric, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Featuring music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison with a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, this performance is directed and choreographed by Trey Compton with musical direction by Corinne Aquilina, assistant professor and program director of musical theatre at Nazareth College. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14; Friday, November 15; Saturday, November 16; and Sunday, November 17, with additional 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15, $13 seniors.

Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Faculty Recital: Chisato Eda Marling, saxophones

Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Guest Recital: Linda Boianova & Beverly Smoker, piano

Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in Beston Hall, tickets $25-$40
Axiom Brass

Thursday, Nov. 14 | 7:30 p.m.Friday, Nov. 15 | 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 | 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 17 | 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department: The Drowsy Chaperone
Studio Theater A48, tickets $15, $13

Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
Nazareth College Women's Choir

Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Linehan Chapel, free
Nazareth College Chamber Singers

Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
Nazareth College Wind Symphony

Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Beston Hall, free
Nazareth College Symphonic Band

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in Callahan Theater, tickets $20-$40
Dustbowl Revival

Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Faculty Recital: Steven Zugelder, trombone; Jeremy Stoner, tuba; Kristen Shiner McGuire, percussion

Friday, Nov. 22 | 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 23 | 12 p.m. & 5 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 24 | 1 p.m.
Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Studio Theater A48, tickets $7, partial proceeds benefit Golisano Children's Hospital

Monday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilmot Recital Hall, free
Nazareth College Jazz Combos

Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in Callahan Theater, tickets $13-$20
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical

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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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.