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A few classical(ish) Fringe Fest picks

Sep 14, 2017

Hey! Fringe Fest* is here. Snuck right up on me, even though I am playing in it this weekend. Here are a few things that caught my attention that I thought to share with you. 

3D Sound Experience in the Immersive Igloo
(Spiegelgarden, Various times throughout the festival, $16)

Submerge yourself in the soothing sounds of immersive music composed and presented by spatial sound artist, TomMontagliano. Within his inflatable, 40-foot, glowing Immersive Igloo – that has traversed the Northeast to rave reviews – you’llfind yourself seated in a circle of eight speakers, bathing you in blankets of warm and wondrous vibrations. Close your eyes and let the ambient, electronic soundscapes guide you on your introspective adventure.

The Immersive Igloo
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Deep Listening
(The Little:Theatre 1, Sunday Sept. 17, 1:30pm, Free)

“Listening in every possible way to everything possible,” DEEP LISTENING is a tribute to Pauline Oliveros and an exploration of audience-participatory pieces. It includes reflective works by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds, and is presented by quintet fivebyfive and these special guests: Katie Fittipaldi, cellist/Alexander Technique teacher; Mary Mowers, vocalist; and Mona Seghatoleslami, violist/announcer.


Thomas Warfield's Concert of Hope and Compassion
(The Little: Theatre 1, Sunday Sept. 17, 3:30pm, Free)

Bringing together students, faculty, staff, friends, and audience members to celebrate humanity, Thomas Warfield's vision is to nurture optimistic hope as a life-affirming and healing instrument. Learning to treat ourselves and others with compassion is the theme highlighted in the music, dance, theatre, poetry, and visual art presented in this heart-warming concert designed as a widening circle of understanding and restorative joy.



(Strasenburgh Planetarium, Mon Sept 18-Thurs Sept 21, 6pm, $12)


BIODANCE/Missy Pfohl Smith and media artist W. Michelle Harris return to RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium's four-story dome with Eastman School musicians and alumni to create an all-new collaborative and multi-sensory arts experience. This unique, mind-altering visual and aural feast will transport the audience. If you liked ANOMALY, "...a brilliantly crafted world of beauty, melody and calmness," you will love the journey through LABYRINTH.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Audition
(Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall, Tuesday Sept 19th, 6:30pm)

Kerri Lynn Slominski

Spend an hour with dramatic coloratura soprano, Kerri Lynn Slominski, as she rambles and sings about the crazy experiences she has faced in her budding opera career. From travel misadventures and audition mishaps to performance malfunctions, Kerri Lynn vividly entertains her audience through a creative operatic cabaret show featuring Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and more!



Within the Quota
(George Eastman Museum, Tuesday Sept 19th, 7:30pm, $10)


The U.S. may be a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of quotas. Congress has repeatedly imposed laws controlling the influx of aliens. Written between 1922–23, Cole Porter’s ballet WITHIN THE QUOTA is a critique of the Emergency Quota Act (1921). TableTopOpera’s new arrangement juxtaposes images and film clips from Porter’s time with material pertaining to current U.S. immigration policies and their effects on the nation. The project is a collaboration between TableTopOpera and the George Eastman Museum.



The Polite Abductress

(Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall, Fri Sept 22nd, 4:30pm, $15)

A two-act operetta composed by the late Douglas Lowry, former Dean of the Eastman School of Music, this production of THE POLITE ABDUCTRESS will be performed by the Eastman Opera Collective. The comical and witty operetta tells the story of a rather polite abductress, Emmanuelle, and her attempt to kidnap a scion of the French finance world, Henri. With the help of Henri's maid, Emmanuelle successfully secures Henri's fortune by forming a ménage a trois, resulting in a lasting and fruitful bond.


* the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, if you're on more formal terms.