There's plenty going on the next week or so, so this is one of those weeks we dig into the Front-Row Seat mailbag:
Tunes by the Tracks
There was George and Tammy. Gram and Emmylou. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. And, next Wednesday in Clifton Springs, it'll be John and Cathy.
The Cadleys, a band centered on the harmony vocals of John and Cathy Hadley, will perform at the next Tunes by the Tracks concert set, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs. They perform acoustic music ranging from traditional mountain ballads to traditional and contemporary bluegrass, from arrangements of Beatles tunes to original compositions by John Cadley. Joining the band — which includes John Dancks on bass and Perry Cleaveland on mandolin — are special guests Tom Hosmer on fiddle and Roger Williams on dobro. They'll have their new CD, "Duets & Ballads," for sale that night.
Following the main set, as always, will be the Mystery Pickers open mic. Want to be a Mystery Picker? See Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath or Allen Hopkins that evening, and they'll add you to the list.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the concert. It's free, but there's a suggested $10 donation for the featured act and refreshments.
Still time for 6x6
There’s still time to get a piece ready for the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s annual "6x6" exhibition, a display of 6-by-6-inch artwork displayed anonymous at the 137 East Ave. venue in Rochester.
Entries — up to three artworks in any medium (2D or 3D) except glitter — are welcomed through Sunday, April 14, according to RoCo Executive Director Blue Cease. Mailed artworks should be postmarked by April 13. Cease said it’s typical for a couple thousand entries to arrive on the last weekend.
Each entry must by 6 inches square, signed on the back only for anonymity until purchase, and accompanied by a short entry form. The exhibit opens June 1 and runs through July 17.
Entry forms and more information can be found at www.roco6x6.org.
NTID presents 'Fences'
Deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing actors will bring August Wilson’s play "Fences" to the stage this weekend on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus.
The Performing Arts Department of RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will present the play at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 2 p.m. April 14 in Panara Theatre, which is in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on the RIT campus in Henrietta. Deaf actors will use American Sign Language and hearing actors will use spoken English to present the story.
Set in 1950s Philadelphia, the play is centered on Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues now working as a garbage man; his bitterness over his exclusion from the major leagues during his prime takes a toll on his relationships with his wife and son, who now wants his own chance to play ball.
Tickets are $12 for the general public ($5 students, youth and seniors 60-plus, and $10 for RIT faculty, staff and alumni) and are available at the RIT University Arenas box office, 585-475-4121, www.rittickets.com or by email at email@example.com.
RPO at the Smith
Geneva Concerts will present the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with guest conductor Michael Francis and piano soloist Yekwon Sunwoo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva.
The program features Van Cliburn gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo, making his RPO debut with Rachmaninoff’s technically demanding Piano Concerto No. 3. The program opens with William Walton’s First Symphony.
Born in Anyang, South Korea, Sunwoo, 29, is the first Korean to win Cliburn gold. Sunwoo’s 2018-19 season features concerto performances with Munich Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev in Seoul, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester under Sebastian Weigle, Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali under Daniele Callegari, and a European tour with the KBS Symphony.
After several years as a tenured double-bass player in the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Francis came to prominence as a conductor in January 2007, replacing an indisposed Valery Gergiev for concerts with the LSO during the BBC’s Gubaidulina festival at the Barbican Centre. Just one month later, Francis was asked, this time with only two hours’ notice, to replace the composer/conductor John Adams in a performance of his own works with the LSO. Soon after in January 2009, he replaced André Previn leading a German tour of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony with Anne-Sophie Mutter. He is now entering his fourth season as music director of The Florida Orchestra.
There will be a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. All ticket holders are invited to attend.
Single ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $10 for full-time college students with ID Children through grade 12 are always admitted FREE thanks to Geneva Concerts’ Sponsor-a-Student program. Tickets are available online at www.GenevaConverts.org, at the Smith Opera House and Stamping Grounds in Geneva, Mobile Music in Canandaigua, The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls and at the door. Volunteers will be available at the entrance to help patrons with mobility issues.