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The Smith Center for the Arts


The Smith Center for the Arts in downtown Geneva has named a new executive director. Susie Monagan will join The Smith beginning in September. For twelve years, she’s been with the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. Monagan is an active member of the Ithaca arts community as well including the Board of the State Theatre. She says that live performance is important in a time when there are a lot of divisions in society and people are feeling isolated from one another.

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The Geneva Music Festival is underway with performances happening at venues across the Finger Lakes. The festival opened last Thursday night with the Cavani String Quartet. The next morning, they were performing again.

 

The group gave two performances for the students at North Street School. It’s the school the festival’s artistic director Geoffrey Herd attended.

 

Kelly Walker

The Kate Weare Company began their residency at Hobart and William Smith Colleges last Friday. I visited the dancer and choreographer Sunday afternoon as she was working with two of her dancers in advance of an open rehearsal that evening.

The company’s residency gives them an opportunity to explore their own work. The residency at the Colleges also bring the company into the classroom.

 

Davis Gallery

Michael Bogin didn’t travel to the Galapagos Islands seeking inspiration. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor was teaching as part of study abroad programs in Peru and Ecaudor.

“It was a course, which talked about the relationship of the environment to cultural production, to artistic production. We used the Galapagos, or in fact evolution, as a model to think about the way in which cultures adapt and survive or fail to survive.”

Saturday night, August 20th, Geneva native Christine Lavin performs in Pulteney Park for Moonshadow over Pulteney.  It’s the second year for the food and music event, which is put on by the Historic South Neighborhood Association. Last year drew a large crowd for hometown favorite Christine Lavin, but this year she decided to invite her long-time friend Julie Gold.