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Busy Entertainment Weekend: Wind Ensemble, String Band, Choral Concert, Theatre Production

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Entertainment options abound this weekend on the Geneseo campus.

GENESEO, N.Y. – The Geneseo community has a wide variety of music and theatre offerings this weekend.

Geneseo Wind Ensemble: “New York State of Mind

Leah McGray, director of instrumental activities in the Department of Music, will conduct the Geneseo Wind Ensemble’s “New York State of Mind” concert March 2, featuring music and poetry from New York artists. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

This year is the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, and the ensemble also will perform his “Best of All Possible Worlds” with his suite from “Candide.”  #BernsteinAt100

Theatre Production: “The Heart of the Earth

Student Kimberly Romano directs this feminist revisioning of the Quiché Maya Popul Vuh story, created by playwright Cherrie Moraga. The production runs March 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Robert Sinclair Theatre in Brodie Hall. Admission is free.

Geneseo String Band Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Concert: “Music and Dance in the Celtic Tradition

SUNY Geneseo faculty member Jim Kimball will direct the Geneseo String Band in the group's annual Pre-St. Patrick's Day Concert March 3. “Music and Dance in the Celtic Tradition” begins at 7 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. The band includes both faculty and students. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for children age 12 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door only and only cash accepted.

Winter Choral Concert

The Geneseo Chamber Singers, Geneseo Men’s Choir, and Spectrum Singers will be performing a concert of exciting and varied choral music at Central Presbyterian Church in Geneseo March 4 at 3 p.m.  Admission is free and early arrival is encouraged as seating is limited.

The concert will highlight classic choral works as well as recently written pieces.  Works will include the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Gounod, Johannes Brahms, Eric Whitacre, Z. Randall Stroope, James Walker, and Morten Lauridsen. 

Among the highlights of the concert is a work by Geneseo alumna Ysaye Barnwell ’67, MS ’68, titled “Wade in the Watah.” Barnwell visited the Geneseo campus earlier this week for discussions with students and faculty and a community sing.

The Chamber Singers and Men’s Choir are conducted by Gerard Floriano, and Spectrum Singers is led by Amy Cochrane. 

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