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Fine Arts illustrates student talent

by Courtney Deeren - Lifestyles Editor
Fri, Dec 13th 2019 10:00 am
Students from the Brockport orchestra and band  along with student dancers and those in the BFA program had the opportunity to showcase their talents recently on campus at several different events.
Students from the Brockport orchestra and band along with student dancers and those in the BFA program had the opportunity to showcase their talents recently on campus at several different events.

The week before Thanksgiving break saw a multitude of students come together to perform and showcase their talents. The department of dance hosted its New Dancers Showcase, both the Brockport concert band and college/community orchestra performed and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Thesis Art Exhibit opened. 

One of the BFA exhibits, “Memoria,” was on display in the Tower Fine Arts Gallery and opened Thursday, Nov. 21 with a reception running from 4 to 7 p.m. The artist, Michael Latragna, had several of his lumen prints on display. Lumens are a way of using photo paper and exposing it to light with items layered on top of it. Latragna’s prints utilized several personal items such as photographs and dog tags. 

Along with the lumen prints, Latragna also displayed large prints of photos he took of insect specimens, sculptural pieces and a book titled “Small Town.” 

“Small Town” was a collection of photos of a literal small town. Little clay figures and animals carried out activities surrounded by unexpected things. Legos made up buildings and broccoli made up the trees. 

Latragna had also constructed a light box for making lumens which he had set up the day of the event. 

Associate Professor Kitty Hubbard mentioned the light box at the opening reception. 

“Michael [Latragna] made that box so we thought why not set something up in there and make a lumen during the reception,” Hubbard said.

The New Dancers Showcase ran for two nights. Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, respectively saw 11 different acts perform in Hartwell Hall. 

“Good friend/ Quiet/ When she has something to say/ She wants to/ Share it” opened the show with Kenya Petty and Cameron Sanzo dancing first silently before “Head Like a Hole” by Nine Inch Nails began playing and then cut out again. This was followed by “Home is Where the ____ Is,” “Body (In)tention” and “Bracket Before and After.” “Decrypting the Construct” broke the trend and used a more upbeat song. “What Place Can You Call Home?” was also a little different as it featured a live piano performance. 

The show closed out with “Groovy Tuesdays,” a tap dance that incorporated a lot of sounds, and the finale. The finale featured the song “Jump,” performed by Kriss Kross and saw the whole cast of dancers come out to perform. 

The band and orchestra concert took place in the Seymour College Union Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 21. Conductor Scott Horsington opened the concert by telling the history of the band. 

“I was very surprised we didn’t have a band, so spring of 2018 I said we need to make this happen,” Horsington said. “Here we are, four semesters in.” 

The concert consisted of the orchestra performing first followed by the band. They played selections from “St. Paul’s Suite,” “Themes from Scheherzade,” “Slavonic Dance No. 8,” “Anthem,” “Sea Songs” and “Cajun Folk Songs.”

Many of these productions were put on as part of the Fine Arts series which, according to mybrockport.com, “provides a cultural benefit for students, their families and the college community, as well as for residents of Brockport and the Rochester region.”

These organizations will close out the semester with “DANSCORE” on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., “Twelfth Night,” which will run Dec. 5-7, Brockport College-Community Chorus: “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 8 and the orchestra and band holiday concert Dec. 4. 

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