A documentary screening Saturday tells the story of John Grabski III of Canandaigua. Also: Jazz fest Club Passes are out
The election is over, and we can all breathe again. And some of us may be looking for something to do to celebrate — or maybe serve as a distraction from — Tuesday night's results.
Here's a round-robin of upcoming events in the greater Canandaigua/Rochester region.
Rock vs. cancer
Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave., Rochester, will screen “Rock vs. Cancer” at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
The documentary, directed by Jacob Kindberg, covers the final days of John Grabski III, of Canandaigua, as he dealt with cancer and recorded an album with producer Steve Albini, who had worked with the likes of Nirvana and The Pixies.
In the end, Grabski, a Penn Yan graduate, left letters of hate to cancer and love to life within the construct of a 30-minute rock ‘n’ roll LP, “The Strain.”
A 2012 Daily Messenger article by Scott Pukos tells how Grabski, 33, flew to Chicago to record and mix a hard-rock album under the name "Teeth." In Grabski's words, “Everything has an urgency. I love my children. I don’t get to be with them every day, so I have to do things that will show them later in life, what John Grabski was — and John Grabski was a guy that ... made opportunities and did not relent. Ever. That’s what I want them to know.”
According to his obituary in 2012, at the time of his death he was working on a follow-up album, "Release."
Attendees must be ages 21 and older. Admission is free.
RPO at the Smith
Geneva Concerts will present the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva. A pre-concert talk will be at 6:30 p.m.
Guest conductor Carlos Kalmar will lead the orchestra in Haydn's expressive Symphony no. 98, composed upon learning of his friend Mozart's death, and Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody." RPO principal cello Ahrim Kim will be the soloist on Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor.
Kalmar is in his 16th season as music director of the Oregon Symphony, as well as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ahrim Kim is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader who recently joined the RPO as principal cellist in the fall of 2015.
Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors, $10 full-time college students with ID, free for children through grade 12 through Geneva Concerts' Sponsor-a-Student program. They're available at Smith Opera House and Stomping Grounds in Geneva, Mobile Music in Canandaigua, The Copy Shop in Seneva Falls, www.genevaconcerts.org and at the door. Volunteers will be available to assist patrons with mobility problems. Details: 315-789-7716 or at the website.
One ticket, 220 shows
Are you a regular at the jazz fest in Rochester who would like to save a little — or maybe a lot of — money?
Club Passes for the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival went on sale Oct. 26 at early bird prices. The Club Pass admits people to any of the 220 Club Pass shows at 12 different venues — just about all the festival for the fest's full nine days, except for the headlining shows and the free concerts. The passes will be $194 though Dec. 31, then will rise to $224 from Jan. 1 to March 18, and then $254 from March 19 through the festival or until they're sold out. There's also a three-day Club Pass good for any three days of the festival, going for $154 through Dec. 31, $174 from Jan. 1 to March 18, and $194 from March 19 through the festival or until sold out. (For each of these prices, add a $6 service charge.)
The passes are available at RochesterJazz.com or by calling 585-454-2060.
The 2019 jazz fest — the 18th year — will be held June 21-29 in multiple venues, indoor and outdoor, in downtown Rochester. New Club Pass venues in 2019 will be the Geva Theatre Center and the M&T Bank Pavilion (location yet to be determined); they replace Harro East Ballroom and Anthology. In other venue news, renovations at the Little Theatre will make that venue unavailable next year, and the festival is awaiting confirmation on the use of Xerox Auditorium since the building is for sale.
Attendance at the feistval has grown from 15,000 in 2002 to 208,000 in 2018.