Cobblestone Arts Center is set to enchant Finger Lakes visitors of all kinds with the addition of sculptures along the Auburn Trail and acoustic outdoor concerts in Farmington, NY.
Featured sculpture artists include Kim Bellavia and Benji Carr.
Outdoor concerts feature local musicians playing music from around the globe, including traditional Chinese, Italian Opera, Swedish and American folk. You'll hear everything from guitar and flute to Swedish Nychelharpa and Chinese Pipa.
June 24th 6:00pm
Alyssa Rodriguez- on the Nychelharpa
Alyssa Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist composer gone fiddle player who teaches and performs throughout upstate New York. Her music has been featured on WXXI's HomeStage, in CITY Newspaper, in Floated Magazine, and on WRUR's Open Tunings. She plays fiddle with various bands including Irish punk-rock band Sisters of Murphy, swing jazz band The Gregory Street Vagabonds, and performs solo fiddle at the Genesee Village Country Museum in Mumford, NY.
Alyssa received her bachelor's degree in music composition from Ithaca College, where she studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. In 2020, Alyssa Rodriguez won a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to study and research Nordic Folk Music and String Pedagogy at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. She has studied Scandinavian folk music with Laurie Hart, Swedish nyckelharpa with several riksspelman, and was admitted to the Eric Sahlström Institute to study nyckelharpa in Fall 2020.
Here's a link to her nyckelharpa youtube video
July 8th, 12:15-12:45
Leah Ou- on the Pipa
Leah Ou: Classically trained, Leah Ou began playing pipa 20 years ago. A performer and teacher in China, Leah has devoted herself to musical exploration, so as to help usher this timeless instrument into a new musical age. Her recent move to Rochester has sparked her interest in bridging the gap between traditional Chinese folk and American music.
July 15th, 12:15-12:45
Drew Bellavia & Adam Surasky
I'm Drew Bellavia. I've performed music for audiences across the US and Canada. I'm a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and have performed and recorded with Upstate, NY acts such 3rd Rail, The Buddhahood, Velveteen Fox, Brian Lindsay Chris Beard, and many more. I can now be seen regularly with The John Payton Project and The Busted Valentines. Drew toured the US with Alternative/Funk/Ska band Yolk in the '90's where he had the chance to share the stage with the Violent Femmes, moe. and many others. He started piano in 3rd grade, singing in 4th grade, saxophone in the 6th grade, Guitar and Flute in High School, and percussion later in life through the influences of The Buddhahood and Brazilian Samba music. Music is the stuff of my life, and I truly enjoy sharing it with you.
Adam Surasky has been teaching in many different capacities for many years. After leaving the corporate world in 2008, Adam has focused on the world of educating young people. Currently, Adam teaches music at Cobblestone Arts Center to people with disabilities. Throughout it all he has also been a performer both solo and in bands and choruses and is
still active in performing. He is the director of the Legacy Chorus and is Assistant Director of the Warsaw Barbershop Chorus.
July 22nd, 12:15-12:45
Finger Lakes Opera -Young Artists Program
June 24th - Aug 6th
is a local metal artist. His most recent piece, “The Denizen” (a
14-foot sculpture of a dandelion) has made a home in the front
courtyard of Cobblestone since this past Fall. It is a true embodiment of
strength, grace, and unity. “The Denizen” (otherwise known as an
inhabitant) can be defined as “resilient, stalwart, and ubiquitous”. Carr
describes the dandelion: “Present whether we like them or not. Many
will classify them as a weed, while the more sensitive recognize it’s our
place in organic fabric. Flora, fauna, and human life deserve an
existence. All life is important.”
Carr’s resume is uniquely impressive. He first became interested in the
arts while doing maintenance at a non-profit arts and crafts school circa
1974. In return for his labor, Carr took classes in everything from
blacksmithing to photography. “I did anything that I found interesting”
Carr said. He went on to work with metals to create sculptures and
functional pieces. Carr has designed many works from a minimalist
railing to poolside pieces to a staircase overlooking Canandaigua Lake.
Carr also hand paints all of his sculptures, bringing vibrant color to his
August 5th, 12:15-12:45
Emily Hutchinson, flute
Emily Hutchinson is an active performer and teacher in the Rochester area. Holding a B.S. in Music Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College, she enjoys teaching at the Roberts Community Music School and Dori’s Music Studio, performing with the RWC Community Orchestra, and collaborating with musicians in the Rochester area and throughout the Northeast. Recent performances include Dances at MuCCC, Cobblestone Arts Center's "Celebrate Dance," the Rochester Early Music Festival, RCMS Faculty Recitals, Ad Hoc Music's event "Words and Music; Music and Words," and the Memory Café (Christ Church, London). This spring, she recorded ballads from the Great American Songbook with a jazz trio, vocalist Tommy Gearhart, and a full pops orchestra at the Eastman School of Music.
Emily has appeared as a concerto soloist with four orchestras, including the RWC Community Orchestra, Binghamton Community Orchestra, Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Gordon Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she was a winner of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition, performing with Project Trio at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C.
Emily has performed in masterclasses with Jim Walker, Paul Edmund-Davies, Linda Chesis, Wissam Boustany, Elizabeth Ostling, Bonnie Bo-Kyung Kim, Ken-David Masur, Jennifer Dashnaw, and Jocelyn Goranson. She has continued her flute studies with Bonita Boyd at the Eastman School of Music.
June 24th - Aug 6th
Kim Bellavia is a sculptor/mixed media artist inspired by the landscape of the state
parks, woodlands and National forest in the Finger Lakes Region of NY where she lives. A
core Theme in her work is creating art as a practice to experience a sacred relationship
with the natural world. Bellavia’s work depicts how nature and human nature weave
themselves into the intrigue of life and the entropy of existence.
Her sculptures are constructed using a unique process of combining disregarded
materials such as (tree stumps, branches, moss, vines), collected on her outings
combined with an earthen material Cobb (clay, sand, soil, fibers) using an additive
sculptural process. Influenced by folklore, myth and symbolism of nature the forms in
her work reveal the human aura of the natural environment expressing the connection
between nature and human nature with an underlying theme of an awareness of
environmental issues and topics such as conservation and preservation in the Finger
Sponsored by the Ontario County Arts Council
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG) at Auburn Public Theater.