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Gift Makes City's Music Theatre Affordable for Students

October 20, 2017

“For the average student having the opportunity to see a musical show for a fifth of the price is a gift,” says Pedro Juan Galán Martin ’16, who scored a ticket to see Matilda: The Musical at the Rochester’s Auditorium Theater earlier this year.

That gift is part of a new initiative of the Institute for Performing Arts to make it possible for more students to experience a professional performance in the city of Rochester. Read more.

Generous Alumni Commit $5 Million to Support the Performing Arts

December 14, 2016

Two University of Rochester graduates, Edgar Smith ’72 and Lusette (Andy) Smith ’72, have committed $5 million to establish the Ed and Andy Smith Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts. The fund will support performing arts programming within the School of Arts & Sciences and seed funding for the proposed construction of a new theater on the River Campus.  “This gift underscores the importance of the performing arts here,” said Joel Seligman, President, CEO, and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. Professor at the University of Rochester. “The performing arts have the power to create community while teaching us about creativity and collaboration—all of which will serve our students well beyond graduation.” Read more.


Five lives connect, unspool in Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation

November 28, 2016

Lauded by the critics as an “absolute feast” and “unheralded gem,” Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation explores the lives of a group of small town Vermonters through the minutely detailed lens of those characters taking an acting class. With affection, empathy, quiet drama, and the magnificent eye and ear of a detailed miniaturist, Baker lays bare the souls of her characters in this funny and quietly devastating contemporary American masterpiece. The production opens December 1, and runs through December 10, in the River Campus’s Todd Theatre. Read more.


Pop-Rock Mother Courage updates Brecht for contemporary world

April 6, 2016

Even for a composer known for his innovative work in new music and modern opera, the challenge given to Matt Marks ’02E by Rochester’s International Theatre Program was intriguing: how do you make music that explores the brutality and sacrifice of war? After working with students both in the College and at the Eastman School of Music throughout the spring semester, Marks and Nigel Maister, the Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Director of the International Theatre Program, will share the results when a Rochester-commissioned production of Bertolt Brecht’s antiwar drama Mother Courage and Her Children begins its run on Thursday, April 7.  Read more.


Institute for Popular Music pays tribute to progressive rock

January 29, 2016

The Institute for Popular Music’s special tribute concert to progressive rock music will take place on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. It features River Campus faculty, alumni, and students from the University’s Music Department, backed by members of Rochester’s premier Yes Tribute band, Going for the One. The concert is free and open to the public.  Read more.


inspireDANCE to feature renowned choreographer Jane Comfort and Company

December 23, 2015

A variety of dance performances, workshops, and master classes will take center stage at the University of RochesterJan 27 through Feb. 1, as part of this year’s annual inspireDANCE festival and include instruction by award–winning choreographer, Jane Comfort.  Read more.


Trapped Between Society and Desire: International Theatre Program presents Yerma

November 16, 2015

On Thursday, Dec. 3 the University of Rochester’s International Theatre program will explore one woman’s struggle against the status quo through Federico Garcia Lorca’s famed tragedy, Yerma. Read more.


Institute for Popular Music Pays Tribute to American Rock

October 12, 2015

The University of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music kicks off its 2015-2016 “In Performance” series on Saturday, Oct. 17, with a tribute concert to American rock music.  Read more.


From Behind the Microphone and Onto the Stage: International Theatre Program Presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

September 29, 2015

"The University of Rochester's International Theatre Program kicks off its 26th season on Thursday, October 8 with a rare stage production of Dylan Thomas's play, Under Milk Wood."  Read more.


John Covach named director of new Institute for Performing Arts

September 9, 2015

School of Arts and Sciences Dean Gloria Culver announces the appointment of the Institute's founding director.  
"John Covach, a prominent rock historian, founding director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, professor and former chair of the Department of Music, and professor of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, has been named the inaugural director of the newly created Institute for Performing Arts."  Read more.


UR Plans Institute for Performing Arts

May 10, 2015 (WXXI News)

"'We have a very strong group of music, theatre and dance faculty that put on amazing productions but don't collaborate as much as they possibly could,' said the Dean of the University of Rochester’s College of Arts and Sciences, Gloria Culver."  Read more.


University to introduce new Institute for Performing Arts

May 7, 2015

"Dean of Arts & Sciences Gloria Culver has announced that a new Institute for Performing Arts will be created, bringing together the disciplines of music, theater and dance into a collaborative venture. The institute will serve as a center for performance programs on the River Campus, aiming to further inspire students with or without prior training or experience to explore a variety of aesthetic art forms and opportunities."  Read more.