1 AN AFTERNOON OF ORGAN Members of the Eastman School of Music Organ Department will present a community concert — featuring Master's students Stacey Yang and Daniel Chang and Doctoral candidate Caroline Robinson — from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at The United Church, 11 Gibson St., Canandaigua. The Community Concert series takes place monthly at different churches in and outside of Rochester as a part of the Organ Department’s ongoing initiative to bring outstanding organ music to the community. Entrance is free, though a free-will offering will benefit the Eastman Organ Department Student Travel Fund, to facilitate an eventual department trip to experience famous pipe organs of Europe.
2 GALA BOOSTS MUSIC FESTIVAL The Geneva Music Festival's Spring Benefit Gala will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in Froelich Hall of the Gearan Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 327 Pulteney St., Geneva. It will include a performance by festival artists-in residence Geoffrey Herd (violin), Eric Wong (viola), Max Geissler (cello) and Cahill Smith (piano), along with food and Hermann J. Weimer wine. The gala benefits the festival, set this year for June 1-18 and offering w wide range of genres, including classical, chamber, jazz and more. Tickets for Saturday's gala are $50. Tickets/details: 315-326-1951; email@example.com; genevamusicfestival.com/products/gala.
3 LAST CHANCES It's your last few chances to see the Geva Theatre Center production of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" this weekend. The play, adapted by Todd Kreidler from the William Rose screenplay (which birthed a film starring Sidney Portier), is about the clash of generations and races that ensues when a white woman brings her African-American fiancé and his disapproving parents home to meet them — and all deal with their unexpected reactions. Skip Greer directs. Remaining performances are at 4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $25. Details: 585-232-4382, gevatheatre.org.
4 RUSSIAN MASTERS We've heard a lot about Russian influence the past few months, but a couple of the most influential of Russians are a pleasure to hear. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will present its "Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky" concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Gibbs Street in Rochester, featuring Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3, plus Sean Shepherd's "Magiya" (Russian for magic) inspired by Russian music, folklore and literature. James Feddeck serves as guest conductor, and the concert features Moscow-born pianist Natasha Paremski. Details/tickets: 585-454-2100 or rpo.org. (Tickets are also available at Rochester-area Wegmans stores.)
5 THE CURTAINS RISE Many local schools are presenting musicals this weekend. Here's the rundown: Midlakes presents the 98-year-old classic "Irene" at 7:30 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. March 12 (plus 7:30 p.m. March 17-18). Marcus Whitman's production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein version of a classic fairy tale will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Victor's "The Little Mermaid" will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Palmyra-Macedon's "Bye Bye Birdie" will open at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school in Palmyra. And Canandaigua Academy's Seventies send-up "Disaster! A Musical Comedy," will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Sunday (also 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 18).
Local live music
Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester: Friday — Krazsman & Fishwife featuring The Genesee Two, 7 p.m., Rocky Velvet, 10 p.m.
B-Side, 5 Liftbridge Lane, Fairport: Friday — Mike "Cotton Toe" Scrivens, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Grace Stumberg, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday — Cinnamon Jones, 8-11 p.m.
Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 Route 64, Naples: Saturday — Men Behaving Badly open mic, 6-9 p.m.
Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave., Rochester: Friday — Pilgrim, with Heavy Temple, Goron and Orodruin, 8 p.m.; Saturday — Brian Dusseault, 1 p.m., Lo-Pan, Stars Malign, The Ginger Faye Bakers, Space Gazer, 8 p.m.
Cafe Sol, 4503 Route 64, Bristol: Saturday — Big Blue House, 7 p.m.
Centerpointe Country Club, 2231 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua: Saturday — Meyer & McGuire, noon to 2:30 p.m., Banned from the Tavern, 3:30-6 p.m.; Matt Beeman and Acoustic Brew, 7 p.m.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St., Rochester: Friday — The Taint, 10 p.m.; Saturday — Rhythm Dogs, 10 p.m.
Fanatics Pub and Pizza, 7281 W. Main St., Lima: Friday — Mike Yacci Trio, 8 p.m.; Saturday — Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, 7 p.m.
Flaherty's Three Flags Inn, 60 W. Main St., Honeoye Falls: Saturday — Different Every Time, 9 p.m.
Flaherty's Three Flags Inn, 1200 Bay Road, Webster: Saturday — Hollow Bodies, 9 p.m.
Flour City Station, 170 East Ave., Rochester: Friday — Natalie Quevedo and Madeleine McQueen, 8 p.m.; Saturday — Sisters of Murphy, The Transport, Tryst, Kung Fu Grip, 11 a.m.
Greenhouse Cafe, 2271 E. Main St., Rochester: Friday — Bob White and Company, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Inn on the Lake, 770 S. Main St., Canandaigua: Saturday — OC, 8-11 p.m.
Johnny's, 1382 Culver Road, Rochester: Friday — Jumbo Shrimp, 5:30 p.m., Red, Hot & Blue, 9 p.m.; Saturday — Galtee Mountain Boys, noon, Barry's Crossing, 5:30 p.m., Shakin' Bones, 8 p.m.
Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., Rochester: Friday — Red, Fish, and Weems, 8-10 p.m.; Sturday — Jackson Cavalier and the Fevertones, 8-10 p.m.
Lock's Stock & Barrel, 5436 Route 64, South Bristol: Saturday: Black Rock Zydeco, 9 p.m.; Sunday — Steve Rohrback, 3-6 p.m.
Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point, Henrietta: Friday — The Night Owls, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday — Patrick Jaouen (EP release), with Dave DiPrimo Band, 8-11 p.m.; Sunday — The Rita Collective, with Herb Smith, 7-9:30 p.m.
Mulconry's Irish Pub, 17 E. Liftbridge Lane, Fairport: Friday — Travis Rocco, 9 p.m.; Saturday — Jumbo Shrimp, 3-6 p.m.
Naples Hotel, 111 S. Main St., Naples: Saturday — Tyler Smilo, 8 p.m. to midnight.
Nashville's, 4853 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta: Friday — Taran, 9 p.m.; Saturday — West of the Mark, 9 p.m.
Nedloh Brewing, 6621 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield: Saturday — Big Blue House, 3-5:30 p.m.
New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua (Upstairs Bistro): Friday — Big Blue House, 6-9 p.m.
Nick's Chophouse, 5 Beeman St., Canandaigua: Saturday — Brian Ayers, 7-11 p.m.
Prosecco, 1550 Route 96, Farmington: Friday — Bob McGee Band, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday — Connie Fredericks-Malone and Mike Yacci, 6-9 p.m.
Ramada Lakefront, 41 Lake Front Drive, Geneva: Friday — Rocko Dorsey, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday — Nic Leduc, 8-11 p.m.
Remedy at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington: Friday — Steve Grills & the Roadmasters, 8 p.m. to midnight; Saturday — Knight Patrol, 8 p.m. to midnight.
Rio Tomatlan, 106 Bemis St., Canandaigua: Friday — Jasper Stills, 7-10 p.m.
Sticky Lips, 830 Jefferson Road, Henrietta: Friday — Shine, 9-11 p.m.; Saturday — Chet Catallo & The Cats, 9 p.m.; Sunday — Gospel Brunch, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Three Heads Brewing, 186 Atlantic Ave., Rochester: Friday — Upward Groove, with Skootaloos, 7:45 p.m.; Saturday — Mike and Dave's Acoustic Emporium, 6 p.m., The Sisters of Murphy, 8 p.m.
Twisted Rail, 169 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua: Saturday — Dirty Blanket, time TBA.
VB Brewery, 160 School St. #4: Victor: Saturday — The Secondhand Sidekicks, 7-10 p.m.