Also coming up: a weekend of big-name concerts at Kodak Center
From Bach to Bernstein to Harry James, the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass has it covered. The ensemble — which has been invited to perform throughout the world — will perform in Geneva later this month, with a 3 p.m. concert Sunday, Nov. 17 at Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., presented by Geneva Concerts. All ticket-holders are invited to attend a 2 p.m. pre-concert talk.
The ensemble of virtuoso brass players will present a program including J.S. Bach's Contrapuntus IX, Bernstein's "West Side Story" and selections from John Philip Sousa and Harry James.
Tickets are $35 adults, $30 seniors, $10 full-time college students with ID, free for children through grade 12 through Geneva Concerts' Sponsor-a-Student program. Tickets are available at Smith Opera House and Stomping Grounds in Geneva, Mobile Music in Canandaigua, The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls, Longs’ Cards & Books in Penn Yan, and at the door, as well as at www.GenevaConcerts.org. Volunteers will be available to help patrons with mobility issues.
Geneva On The Lake is offering a special prix fixe dinner for concert-goers. Patrons will be able to select three courses from the regular menu with a glass of wine for $49 (plus tax and gratuity): one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert (the flaming desserts are not included). Seating is at 5:15 p.m. Diners will be asked to present that day’s ticket or a receipt showing purchase. Reservations are required. Please call 315-789-7190.
Big shows on West Ridge
This weekend's a packed one at the Kodak Center, 200 W. Ridge Road, Rochester.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, Black Violin — classically trained violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus, combining classical and hip-hop elements — performs at 7:30 p.m. Black Violin has shared stages with such artists as Kanye West, Aerosmith and the late Tom Petty, and has collaborated with the likes of Alicia Keys and The Wu-Tang Clan. Their most recent album "Stereotypes" charted high on both the R&B and Classical Crossover charts for Billboard.
Then on Friday, Nov. 8, American classic-rock powerhouse Kansas — whose hits include "Carry on Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind" and "Hold On" — bring their "Point of Know Return" 40th anniversary tour to the venue. Starting at 8 p.m., the band will play that 1979 album in its entirety, along with other hits, deep cuts, fan favorites and surprises. The band's greatest-selling studio album, "Point of Know Return" included the hit "Dust in the Wind" as well as some fan-favorite tracks like "Paradox" and "Portrait (He Knew)."
Finally comes a night of blues Saturday, Nov. 9 with Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy, along with guest Tom Hambridge, starting at 8 p.m. Guy's 50-plus-year career includes seven Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors recognition, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more — and since the passing of B.B. King, he's been the premiere living showcase of the Chicago style. His latest album title? "The Blues is Alive and Well."
For tickets to any of thse or future shows, go to https://www.kodak.com/US/en/kodakcenter/shows/default.htm. The next several months include performances by Lewis Black, Lindsey Stirling and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, along with "We Will Rock You — The Musical" and "A Magical Cirque Christmas."
We have a winner
Canandaigua flutist Tommy Gravino, who performed with Joanne Shenandoah at the Native American Music Awards last Saturday at Seneca Niagara, reports that Shenandoah won an award that night for the song "We Will Rise Up," nominated for Best Indie Single of the Year." She was also nominated in the music-video category for the song "Missing You," the Oneida Wolf Clan member's song to raise awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women; Gravino accompanied Shenandoah on a performance of that song during the award ceremony.
For a complete list of NAMA winners, check out https://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/19th-award-winners
A few quick notices about A&E events and activities happening around these parts:
• The Rochester Early Music Festival began its 19th season of presenting the music of many eras bygone Wednesday, with many more concerts planned from now through Nov. 17 in various locations around Rochester, many of them in the historic Calvary St. Andrew's Church, 68 Ashland St. The festival celebrates and reinvigorates the music of the Middle Ages through the Baroque period (1400-1750), while promoting the 21st century musicians devoted to this repertoire. Full details and tickets information are at musicaspei.org.
• Bring your singing voice, and maybe your acoustic instruments, to Victor Farmington Library on Thursday afternoon for a 2 p.m. Acoustic Sing-Around. You're invited to sing and/or play a folk-style song or just come to listen; all experience levels are welcome. The library is at 15 W. Main St., Victor. Details: 585-924-2637, www.victorfarmingtonlibrary.org.
• This weekend is the drop-off for artwork for the 29th annual Members Exhibition at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, slated for Dec. 6 through Jan. 12 and open to all RoCo members. RoCo members may drop off their artwork from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the center, 137 East Ave., Rochester. Not a member? No problem: You can join when you drop off your art, or by visiting http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/support/.
• Actor M.J. Savastano portrays multiple characters in an Amish community beset by a horrific tragedy in Jessica Dickey's play "The Amish Project," being presented Nov. 6-10 by the hummningbird theatre company at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC), 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester. The play is a fictional exploration of the Oct. 2, 2006 Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community and the aftermath, including the path of forgiveness and compassion. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Admission: $20 at door, $15 advance online at MuCCC.org.
• Next up for the Rochester Folkus concert series at Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., Rochester: Magpie, the Washington, D.C.-based duo of Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, with a repertoire of original and "borrowed" songs and a focus on singing for peace, the environment, human rights and freedom. They'll perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at DCT. For more about the duo, check out www.magpiemusic.com.