Local colleges and universities well represented at this year's Rochester Fringe Festival

Updated: 09/13/2013 6:24 PM
Created: 09/13/2013 2:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

The excitement is building for the Rochester Fringe Festival. It gets underway next week and a lot of the artists are from our local colleges and universities. From ukulele performances to musicians who've played Carnegie Hall, professors and students, they're all getting in on the act.
The University of Rochester, for example, has 30 different shows this year. They're using a 40 foot long school bus to help spread the word. It's going to be transformed into a stage at this year's festival. Sound a little avant garde? Maybe, but this bus is already on "the fringe." It runs on French fry grease mixed with diesel fuel. It's a bio-diesel bus.  
Missy Pfohl-Smith, Director of Dance and Music at the U of R, says the bus will become a performance stage for U of R students and faculty to give previews of their specific shows.
Pfohl-Smith said, "You'll see lots of dance, diversity of dance. You'll see music, classical music, popular cello music, rock bands. You will see all sorts of the spectrum of music, a cappella, you'll see theatre and visual art and a lot of collaboration."
It sounds like a good idea but how can they pull all of that off on a 48 seat school bus?
Pfohl Smith said, " It's up to each artist to kind of creatively figure out how they can preview their show, whether it's on the bus or outside around it and that's part of the fun of it!"
Sounds like a classroom assignment, but we are talking about institutions of higher learning. In fact, the U of R is one of half a dozen local universities and colleges that have students and faculty performing. The others are Rochester Institute of Technology,The College at Brockport, Geneseo, Monroe Community College, and Nazareth College.
The U of R's Pfohl-Smith says they even have folks from the U of R Medical Center who play in a rock band and they're going to rock the festival. She says using their bio-diesel school bus as a stage is a natural.
"it's a way for the U of R to celebrate it's commitment to sustainability and also for me, it's a commitment to the sustainability of the Arts here."
The UR Art Bus will be parked at Main and Gibbs Street on Saturday September 21.
News 10NBC is proud to be a media sponsor for this year's Rochester Fringe Festival. 


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