The Little Theatre Hosts Rochester Guitar Festival April 1-3 and Much More in May

The Little Theatre, Rochester’s premier cultural center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music, has a packed calendar through April and May, highlighted by the Rochester Guitar Festival, held April 1-3.

Educational events allow The Little Theatre to provide local artists a place to share and discuss their visions with a diverse audience. The warm and inviting atmosphere at “The Little” includes programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, promotes friendly discussion and opens cultural horizons.

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Organizers of Rochester Guitar Festival, Rochester Classical Guitar, are dedicated to enriching the arts and connecting communities in the Greater Rochester Area through the medium of classical guitar. Since 2016, RCG has been presenting performances and masterclasses with internationally-acclaimed artists, and providing opportunities for local musicians, students, and hobbyists alike to perform and learn.

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Rocheter Guitar Festival will feature two shows in the theater on Saturday and Monday evening, with classical guitar night in the cafe in between on Sunday.

Saturday’s show features two amazing Eastman faculty, both with international careers, Nicholas Goluses and Bonita Boyd. The pair of professors will present a variety of works composed for flute and guitar, including two works by Samuel Adler and Cynthoa Folio that are commissioned for the Eastman’s Centennial celebration and dedicated to the Boyd/Goluses duo. Details | Get Tickets

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Ken Luk, Tom Torrisi, and Michael Jones are the main organizers of Rochester Guitar Festival, through Rochester Classical Guitar. Together they have been holding classical guitar night every Sunday at the cafe for many years, including April 2nd. These musicians offer a great deal for those who play classical guitar at all levels, as well as fans of the music. Details

Monday’s concert is by internationally touring guitarist Raphaël Feuillâtre, performing music from the distant past. The 26-year-old French classical guitarist, whose repertoire embraces everything from Johann Sebastian Bach and Rameau to contemporary compositions by Roland Dyens and Sérgio Assad, possesses the technical mastery and creative vision required to make works from all periods sound as if they were written yesterday – alive, heartfelt, filled with colour. Featuring local young musicians with a short opening number, the guitar class from ROCmusic, directed by Michael Jones, will kick off Raphaël‘s concert at 7pm. Details | Get Tickets

The Little Cinema Movement evolved in the 1920s as a response to the trend of mass marketing in the entertainment industry. With movie companies and film producers devoting increasing attention to the new “talking” motion pictures, the Movement attempted to reach an audience open to the experimental, the eclectic, and the unusual. The Little Theatre was proposed as one of a chain of small theaters designed to provide an alternative to the large commercial movie houses of the day.

As of late, The Little has begun an ambitious undertaking of renovating the original theatre, taking care to preserve the historic design while expanding its versitility and accesibility. Theatre 1 now has a fully rennovated marquee, new auditorium seats, a fully updated stage and sound system, and a rejuvenated lobby with an elevator.

April at The Little Theatre

Apr 1, Sat, 7-9pm: Laura Dubin Trio

Apr 2, Sun, 7-9pm: Classical Guitar Night

Apr 3, Mon, 7-9pm: PV Nunes Band

Apr 5, Weds, 7-9pm: Levi Gangi (residency)

Apr 6, Thurs, 7-9pm: Trialogue

Apr 7, Fri, 7-9pm: Sons of Monk

Apr 8, Sat, 7-9pm: Tug Hill Band

Apr 9, Sun: Easter holiday, no music

Apr 10, Mon, 7-9pm: Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers

Apr 12, Weds, 7-9pm: Levi Gangi (residency)

Apr 13Thurs, 7-9pm: Big Blue House

Apr 14, Fri, 7-9pm: Rochester Ukulele Orchestra

Apr 15, Sat, 7-9pm:  Kubick’s Rubes

Apr 16, Sun, 7-pm: Margaret Explosion

Apr 17, Mon, 7-9pm: Mel Henderson and Greg Wachala

Apr 19, Weds, 7-9pm: Levi Gangi (residency)

Apr 20Thurs, 7-9pm: The Spring Chickens

Apr 21, Fri, 7-9pm: Uptown Tango

Apr 22, Sat, 7-9pm: Stella Hill (Originals plus tribute to Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt) 

Apr 23, Sun, starting at 5:30pm: Poetry and Jazz

Apr 24, Mon, 7-9pm: Bravo Nights (w/ Opera Guild of Rochester)

Apr 26, Weds, 7-9pm: Levi Gangi (residency)

Apr 27,Thurs, 7-9pm: Jackson Cavalier

Apr 28, Fri, 7-9pm: Alyssa Rodriguez

Apr 29, Sat, 7-9pm: Meghan Kehrer Quartet

Apr 30, Sun, 7-9pm: Annie Wells Band

May at The Little Theatre

May 1, Mon, 7-9pm: Watkins & the Rapiers (residency)

May 3, Weds, 7-9pm: Sons of Monk

May 4, Thurs, 7-9pm: Trialogue

May 5, Fri, 7-9pm: Trio East

May 6, Sat, 7-9pm: Laura Dubin Trio

May 7, Sun: Classical Guitar Night

May 8, Mon, 7-9pm: Watkins & the Rapiers (residency)

May 10, Weds, 7-9pm: The Djangoners

May 11Thurs, 7-9pm: Gregory Street Vagabonds

May 12, Fri, 7-9pm: Archive Ravens

May 13, Sat, 7-9pm:  Bangers and Mash

May 14, Sun, 7-pm: Rich Thompson Trio – Generations

May 15, Mon, 7-9pm: Watkins & the Rapiers (residency)

May 17, Weds, 7-9pm: Spring Chickens

May 18Thurs, 7-9pm: Susanna Rose

May 19, Fri, 7-9pm: Tug Hill Band

May 20, Sat, 7-9pm: Taurus Savant

May 21, Sun,7-9pm: Bob Sneider Trio

May 22, Mon, 7-9pm: Watkins & the Rapiers (residency)

May 24, Weds, 7-9pm: Margaret Explosion

May 25,Thurs, 7-9pm: Sunshine Quan

May 26, Fri, 7-9pm: Debbie Kendrick Band

May 27, Sat, 7-9pm: Mel Henderson and Greg Wachala

May 28, Sun, 7-9pm: Paxtor

May 29, Mon: Memorial Day holiday, no music

May 31, Weds,7-9pm: Crossmolina

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