For Immediate Release — September 2, 2004

Contact:

Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

mccrank@geneseo.edu

SUNY GENESEO ANNOUNCES LIMELIGHT & ACCENTS SEASON

GENESEO, N.Y. — The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced the Limelight & Accents Performing Arts Series for the 2004-05 season.

The series will include a night of hip hop poetry called Smokin’ Word, concerts by the Temptations and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra clarinetist Kenneth Grant, South African dance troupe Soweto Street Beat, a holiday chamber music concert, and a performance by a company that uses garbage as instruments. The events are:

Smokin’ Word, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, Wadsworth Auditorium

Experience an evening of hip hop poetry and comedy with slam poets Flowmentalz, Gemineye, Rob Hylton and Tammy Carr, DJ Nix and comedian Wil Slyvince. Spoken word is a popular form of poetry used to share stories about issues facing today’s society. These slam poets have been featured on HBO, Def Poetry, BET’s Lyrics Café, CNN and MTV. Tickets are $5 for SUNY Geneseo students; $15 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens and children under 12; and $18 for the general public.

The Temptations, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, Kuhl Gymnasium in the Merritt Athletic Center

One of the most successful and critically acclaimed male vocal groups of the ’60s and ’70s, the Temptations are returning to SUNY Geneseo for a soulful performance during Family Weekend, which runs Oct. 22-24. The Motown legends will perform hits such as "My Girl," "I’m Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone." Tickets are $15 for SUNY Geneseo students; $20 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens and children under 12; and $24 for the general public.

SUNY Geneseo’s Chamber Singers Present "A Dickens Christmas," 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Robert W. MacVittie College Union Ballroom

Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of music performance by SUNY Geneseo’s very own Chamber Singers. This year’s concert will feature 19th century costumes and music based on the writings of Charles Dickens. Gerard Floriano will direct the concert. Tickets for this concert will be sold separately at a later date.

Friends of Music Orchestra with Kenneth Grant, 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, Wadsworth Auditorium

Celebrate great American music with the Friends of Music Orchestra and featured clarinetist Kenneth Grant. Grant plays clarinet for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and is an associate professor of clarinet at the Eastman School of Music. He also has played with the Columbus Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic. The Friends of Music Orchestra is composed of the top players in the Rochester and Geneseo region. Tickets are $5 for SUNY Geneseo students; $15 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens and children under 12; and $18 for the general public.

Soweto Street Beat, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2005, Wadsworth Auditorium

This world-class dance troupe introduces audiences to the cultural arts and dance of South Africa using traditional South African instruments while wearing ornate headgear and bright costumes. Founded in South Africa in 1992 by choreographer Isabelle Doll Ngcobo, the troupe makes their home in Atlanta. The company recruits at-risk youths from the poverty-stricken Soweto Township and teaches them to become professional dancers and cultural ambassadors. Tickets are $5 for SUNY Geneseo students; $15 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens and children under 12; and $18 for the general public.

Recycled Percussion, 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, Wadsworth Auditorium

Recycled Percussion takes everyday trash to another level using pipes, trash cans, drumsticks, power tools and anything else they can find to create an amazing show full of energy and great original music. Touring the country extensively over the last four years, Recycled Percussion has played at more than 400 colleges in 45 states, during halftime shows for the NBA and NFL, and at casinos, theme parks, fairs and festivals. Campus Activities Magazine voted the company Best Major Performing Group of the Year, Best Live Act and Best Musical Group for the second year. Tickets are $5 for SUNY Geneseo students; $12 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens and children under 12; and $15 for the general public.

Limelight & Accents Series tickets also are available. The cost for the five shows is $28 for SUNY Geneseo students; $61.60 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens and children under 12; and $74.40 for the general public. Tickets for the holiday chamber music concert will be sold separately.

For more information or to reserve tickets for one or more shows, contact the Robert W. MacVittie College Union Ticket Office by phone at (585) 245-5873 or (800) 525-2070. Purchases of tickets for four or more performances receive a discount of 10 percent, and purchases of tickets for the full series receive a discount of 20 percent.

Tickets may also be purchased between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays (except during holiday weekends) at the MacVittie College Union Ticket Office, located in Room 102. In addition, tickets may be purchased, depending on availability, on the evening of the event, from one hour before show time, at the ticket office in the lobby of the Wadsworth Auditorium or Kuhl Gymnasium.

The SUNY Geneseo Limelight & Accents Series is funded by mandatory Student Association fees and coordinated by the college’s Activities Commission. The goal of the series is to provide high-quality programming that incorporates a wide assortment of cultural and artistic themes that appeal to a diverse audience.

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