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Porchfest and new theater, chamber music seasons start this weekend – Rochester Post Bulletin
September 11, 2023
ROCHESTER — The Kutzky Park neighborhood will be alive with music this weekend.
Seven bands will serenade people from the stoops, porches and driveways at the annual Porchfest on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. Five neighborhood homes host free live music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The event was established in 2016 by Jesse Welsh who lived in the neighborhood at the time.
Kutzky Park Porchfest
3 p.m. — Ravensfire, 1008 Second St. NW; The D’Sievers, 836 Second St. NW.
4 p.m. — Bells and Whistles, 3 11th Ave. SW; James Rechs Tribute to 1982, 836 Second St. NW.
5 p.m. — The Farmers Market Ramblers, 101 13th Ave. NW; 836 Second St. NW; Conan not Kannan, 1142 Second St. NW; Garden Tigers, 836 Second St. NW.
Rochester Civic Theatre opens its new season Thursday, Sept. 14 with the Tony Award-winning story of a gifted, imaginative and occasionally mischievous girl who dreams of a better life.
“Matilda The Musical” is adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. Addison Schleicher plays the titular character alongside Amber Feind who plays her teacher and friend Miss Honey. Paul Hart Cochran plays the contemptible Agatha Trunchbull. Mike Skillern and Samantha Ryan play Matilda’s parents.
An ASL interpreted performance of the show will be held Sept. 21.
Rochester Chamber Music Society begins its season with a performance at Christ United Methodist Church. The program, Ji Young Lee and Friends, will feature piano duets of works by Mozart, Dvorak, and other composers in the first half of the concert and trio arrangements in the second half. Lee will be joined by cellist Ben Osterhouse, and pianist Horacio Nuguid in the performance.
Rochester Chamber Music Society presents Ji Young Lee and Friends
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16.
Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. SW.
How much: Free will donation.
Songwriters in the Round returns
A lineup of talented musicians kicks off another season of Songwriters in the Round. Musician Pat Egan hosts the half-performance, half Q&A. Mary Cutrufello, Amy Abts and Lisa Deguiseppi will be Egan’s guests. Each musician will perform and talk about their songwriting and crafting songs in a Nashville-style showcase. The event is funded in part by a start-up event grant from the Rochester Downtown Alliance with support from Thesis Beer Project, Forager Brewery, Carpet Booth Studios and Treedome.
Songwriters in the Round
When: 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17.
Where: Treedome, 309 S. Broadway Ave.
How much: $10 at the door.
Sally Childs shares her theater memoir
Rochester Repertory Theatre Company is hosting a book signing and reading with director, performer and author Sally Childs. Childs will be signing, discussing and reading from her book, “Running Uphill, A Minnesota Theater Memoir.”
Childs established and led the Lyric Theater in Minneapolis from 1985 to 2000 and later moved the organization to Plainview, where it was known as the Jon Hassler Theater.
Book signing with Sally Childs
When: 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17.
Where: Rochester Repertory Theatre, 103 Seventh St. NE.
How much: Books are $25.
The Rochester Art Center is resuming end of the week open studio hours. Third floor art studios are open to museum visitors Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Art and craft supplies are provided in a community creative space. The studio is open to creatives of all ages and skill levels.
Open studio at the Rochester Art Center
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.
Where: Rochester Art Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE.