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Saint Rose Musicians, Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Team Up for Unique Night at Massry Center

Ellen Sinopoli DanceALBANY (December 20, 2016) — Albany’s acclaimed Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and The College of Saint Rose are joining forces to present a unique night of music and dance in the Massry Center for the Arts.

The performance will take place Friday, January 27, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. on the D’Arcy-Brady Stage in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.


A presentation of Premiere Performances, tickets are $20 general, $10 students and on sale now at  For concert and ticket information, contact the Massry Center ticket office at 518-337-4871 or


The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and Saint Rose, working together, have fashioned a performance featuring dances choreographed to original works of music by student and faculty composers and performers.  All of the music for this unique event will be performed live on stage with the dancers.

Saint Rose performers include Albany-based grunge band Bad Mothers, composer and audio engineer Jared Dirolf, Assistant Professor of Music Industry Andrew McKenna Lee and Professor of Music Bruce Craig Roter.


Celebrating its 25th season as the resident company of The Egg in 2016-2017, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s commitment to CREATE, COLLABORATE, EDUCATE and PARTNER remains in the forefront as it shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops, and educational and community outreach.  Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli has created more than 75 dances since forming the company, and ESDC’s collaborations and artistic projects serve as a conduit to bring together talented artists – both regional and national – from varied genres that include visual artists, sculptors, architects, composers and musicians, poets and storytellers, videographers, photographers and physicists.


Currently signed to the Rose Record Label, release of Bad Mothers’ debut EP is imminent.  The Albany indie rock band is heralded for its consistently hard-hitting performances.  After extensive gigging and touring in the Albany area, the band has established a local fan base. The band’s lyrics and music are influenced by grunge, folk, dance and rock acts.  Bad Mothers never fails to give an energetic performance, whether on stage or in the studio.

Musician, composer and audio engineer Jared Dirolf began writing, performing and recording music at an early age and pursued a bachelor’s degree in the music industry program at Saint Rose. He performed in the Saint Rose Jazz Ensemble and numerous Capital Region-based bands, and after graduating in 2012 he stayed in Albany to pursue his passions in music. From building and repairing instruments to teaching and recording music, Dirolf continues his quest to gain more knowledge and fill the world with sound.

Composer and guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee has been commissioned by, and has programmed for, some of the world’s leading ensembles and organizations, including the Brentano Quartet, eighth blackbird, American Composers Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a performer, he has given solo concerts featuring his original compositions for guitar in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  His debut CD release Gravity and Air was named one of 2009’s “Top Ten Best Classical Albums” by Time Out Chicago.  Released the same year, his EP Solar/Electric also met with critical praise.  Lee holds degrees in composition from Carnegie Mellon University, Manhattan School of Music and Princeton University.

Using a richly tonal palette and lively contrapuntal textures, Bruce Craig Roter has composed music for orchestra, chorus, band and chamber ensembles. His music has been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Roter is a 10-time ASCAP award winner and has received commissions from The Albany Symphony and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.  Roter has performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia, Yale Philharmonia, Brandford Chamber Orchestra and most recently with The College of Saint Rose Orchestra as soloist in the world premiere of his Double Concerto for Clarinet, Cello and Orchestra.  Roter holds a doctorate from Rutgers University, a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.


Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Stewart Copeland, Béla Fleck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinsen, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.



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