Weekly Planner April 18-24: What’s Happening in Music, Arts & Life | Culture

There’s something for everyone this week. The Gateways Music Festival spotlights black classical musicians, the annual 4/20 holiday celebrates smoking weed, and at Imagine RIT we’ll revel in the human hamster wheel. You can find the full CITY schedule here.

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Bridges Music Festival

7:30 p.m.
Eastman School of Music

The celebration of black professional classical musicians, now in its 28th year, is this time shared by venues in Rochester and New York. This opening concert, at Eastman’s Hatch Recital Hall, features five Gateways-associated pianists performing solo on Brahms, Duke Ellington and a world premiere of a Brian Raphael Nabors piece. The festival ends in style: a new Gateways commission from Jon Batiste, Oscar-winning musical director of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”, will debut at 3 p.m. on April 24 at Carnegie Hall in New York, with a live broadcast of the event. on WXXI Classic (91.5).

—JEFF SPEVAK


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“Mantrap”

7:30 p.m.
Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum

Original “it girl” Clara Bow stars as a lovely flirtatious girl in this zany silent comedy set in the remote town of Mantrap, Canada. Victor Fleming (later known for ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Gone with the Wind’) directs this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ 1926 novel, with photography by James Wong Howe, one of the main filmmakers of Hollywood. Live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli brings it all to life.

— MONA SEGHATOLESLAMI


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4/20

2 p.m.
Three-headed brewing company

This everlasting pot celebration has become a mainstay of Three Heads on Atlantic Avenue. This year, as the first full celebration since the legalization of recreational marijuana, expect a hazy party with cannabis terpene-infused beers, the launch of the ‘Tiny Kind’ IPA session and plenty of good times with a jam band, including a big surprise performance. for reggae lovers.

— GINO FANELLI


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Third Thursday Concert: In Memory of James Weaver

7:30 p.m.
Memorial Art Gallery

No musical instrument uses the room in which it is played quite like a pipe organ. It is the centerpiece of the concert hall, an essential presence and a fine feat of craftsmanship. If, like me, you want to be surrounded by music and beauty as often as possible, this third Thursday concert at the Memorial Art Gallery is for you. Cozy up with fellow classical music lovers to enjoy an evening of Bach, performed by William Porter on organ and Kenneth Slowik on baroque cello and viola da gamba. Molto bello!

—JACOB WALSH


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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. “Revolution: The Music of the Beatles”

8 p.m.
Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater

Few bands have written as many timeless songs as Liverpool’s ever-relevant quartet. Principal Pops bandleader Jeff Tyzik leads the RPO through his original arrangements of hits such as “Hey Jude”, “Penny Lane” and “Get Back”. The concert, which repeats on April 23, also features hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photos of the band in their glory days.

— DANIEL J. KUSHNER


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Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rochester Institute of Technology

This annual celebration of all things innovative is back in person after being online only last year. It returns with a symposium of futurists, over 1,600 exhibitors and over 250 exhibits, including a custom electric motorcycle, a human hamster wheel and a gigantic 3D printer named Big Bertha. See what she can print and catch the rest of the campus-wide festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

—REBECCA RAFERTY


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Sankofa African Dance and Drums Ensemble

2 p.m.
Hartwell Dance Theater, SUNY Brockport

The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble brings SUNY Brockport’s dance season to a close with an afternoon of expertly blended and choreographed Afro-Caribbean rhythms courtesy of Artistic Director Jenise Akilah Anthony, Music Director Mohamed Diaby and dancers , sure. Rhythm is a form of therapy, and this session will only cost you $17 at most.

—JACOB WALSH

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