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Geneseo at Fringe September 21

bhangra dancers

Gajjda Bhangra (SUNY Geneseo/Annalee Bainnson)

Geneseo students will provide more than five hours of free entertainment at this year’s Rochester Fringe Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, September 21, at the Lyric Theatre at 440 East Ave. in Rochester, performances will include music, dance, and spoken word. This is the festival’s eighth year — Geneseo has provided entertainment at the festival every year.  

The Rochester Fringe Festival is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival featuring international, national, and local artists and showcases theater, comedy, visual arts, family entertainment, music, dance, spoken word, opera, poetry, and literature. The 12-day event draws 78,000 attendees to hundreds of performances.

In addition to the student performers, a number of faculty provide creative guidance and support. Melanie Blood, professor of English and music, serves as Geneseo’s Fringe Festival liaison.

Additional members of the faculty who are involved with the festival efforts include Gerard Floriano ’84, professor of music; Lytton Smith, associate professor of English; and Leah McGray, assistant professor of music.  

Geneseo’s September 21 lineup at the Lyric Theatre:

  • 2:30 p.m. Creative Writing, Cabaret Hall (1 hour)
  • 3:45 p.m. Honors Recital, Main Hall (90 minutes)
  • 5:30 p.m. Chamber Music, Cabaret Hall (90 minutes)
  • 7:15 p.m. All A Cappella Hour, Main Hall (50 minutes)
  • 8:15 p.m. Gajjda Bhangra, Main Hall (8 minutes)

Please note that all events at the Lyric Theatre listed above are non-ticketed. Please arrive early for seating. Some standing room is available.  

SUNY Geneseo is a Higher Ed Partner of the Fringe Festival. The Office of the President supports Geneseo’s Lyric Theatre events.  

For more information about the Fringe Festival, consult the free program available at newsstands after August 1, or visit the Rochester Fringe Festival. For more information about Geneseo’s involvement, contact Melanie Blood at 585-245-5840 or email


Monique Patenaude, PhD
Director of Media Relations
(585) 245-5056