Spectrum Creative Arts’ Summer Showcase will feature artists with special needs
Rochester, NY – At the core of Spectrum Creative Arts’ mission is the thought that everyone is an artist. An arts education and therapy center in Pittsford, Spectrum
Creative Arts embraces a person-centered strength-based approach to teaching. This empowering method affords students of all ages and all abilities opportunities to explore their creativity and share their talents with the Greater Rochester community.
Two Spectrum student ensembles are gearing up for a concert next week at the iSquare Stage, an outdoor music venue behind the famous House of Guitars in Irondequoit. First on the program is Crossroads, which consists of 10 musicians on instruments ranging from band standards like piano, bass, and rhythm guitar, to brassy standouts like trombone, trumpet and saxophone. They will cover favorites like “Handle With Care” by the Travelling Wilburys, and their signature namesake song, “Crossroads” by Eric Clapton.
Next up is Spectrum’s newest ensemble, Chrome, featuring 9 musicians, singers, and dancers. The group will make its debut next Friday with covers of classics like “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations and “Rhythm of the Rain” by The Cascades. Both ensembles meet weekly at Spectrum Creative Arts to rehearse with group directors and Spectrum music instructors Molly Phillips and J.P. Simpson.
“Community is essential for leading a full, enjoyable life,” says group director and Spectrum music therapist Molly Phillips. “We’re excited to perform at iSquare because it’s a perfect place for the community to come together through music, which is an important part of our philosophy at Spectrum. Music is the medium in which disabilities disappear and all individuals are seen equally — as musicians.”
Free and open to the public, the concert will provide a platform for students to showcase their passion, and attendees an opportunity to observe the powerful impact participating in a musical ensemble can have on quality of life.
Who: Spectrum Creative Arts’ student ensembles: Crossroads and Chrome
What: Spectrum’s Summer Showcase: a free concert featuring student ensembles from Spectrum Creative Arts of Pittsford, NY
Where: iSquare, 400 Bakers Park, Rochester NY 14617
When: Friday, August 11 at 6 p.m.
Why: To facilitate community connections through a mutual appreciation of music, to empower artists with special needs and provide opportunities for community engagement
About the Summer Showcase
Though this will be their first time performing on the iSquare Stage, Spectrum Creative Arts’ ensembles are no strangers to the Summer music scene in Rochester. Since opening in 2013, Spectrum’s student ensemble Crossroads has performed at the Record Archive, Greenhouse Café, and at Frontier Field as part of the “Together We Rock” event. The Summer Showcase at iSquare on August 11 is free, open to the public, and tickets are not required for entry. Attendees are encouraged to explore the food and beverage options available to them at iSquare while enjoying the performance.
About Spectrum Creative Arts
Founded in September 2013 by board-certified music therapists Megan Resig, Noa Ferguson, and Wade Richards, Spectrum Creative Arts is an arts education and therapy center in Pittsford, NY serving clients of all ages and all abilities. Spectrum offers group classes and private lessons to more than 500 students in the Greater Rochester area from newborns to 80+ years old. Services range in diversity from classes in ancient batik fabric dyeing, sound recording, and theatre, to private harp lessons, drum circles, and songwriting workshops. For further information about Spectrum Creative Arts, please visit www.spectrumcreativearts.org.
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Emily Putnam Marketing & Services Coordinator Spectrum Creative Arts, LLC (585) 383-1999 ext. 1013 (office) (585) 705-3895 (cell) email@example.com