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Rockefeller Arts Center

Designed by the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners and built in 1969, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is a major cultural center of visual and performing arts for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Free lecture with journalist/author Carl Hoffman explores fate of Michael Rockefeller

Was Michael C. Rockefeller, after whom the arts center at Fredonia is named, really killed and eaten by cannibals? You are invite to make up your own mind after attending a free lecture by acclaimed journalist/author Carl Hoffman, who is coming to Fredonia to give a talk based on his best-selling book Savage Harvest A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art.

Mr. Hoffman will speak on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. in Marvel Theatre. His talk, entitled Mystery Solved: The Disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller, is presented as part of Rockefeller Arts Center's 50th Anniversary Season.

Mr. Hoffman is an American journalist and author whose work has most recently focused on western fascination with indigenous cultures, especially in New Guinea and Borneo. He is a former contributing editor to National Geographic and Wired. Mr. Hoffman’s book Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art earned a New York Times Editor’s Choice award and was named one of the Washington Post’s 50 notable books of 2014. An excerpt of it was published in Smithsonian Magazine and can be found online with a simple Internet search.

The talk will include a question and answer session followed by a reception and book signing in the Lake Shore Savings Gateway to the Arts Atrium. Savage Harvest will be available for purchase at the lecture. The book is also available now at the campus bookstore in University Commons.

Mr. Hoffman’s talk is co-sponsored by the Daniel A. Reed Library and the Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences with support from the Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation. While the event is free, tickets are required for capacity control reasons. They are available through the Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center, by phone at 673-3501 or online at (Please note there is a $6.00 service fee for phone and online sales.)  Space permitting, tickets will also be available at the door.


Tickets also available by phone at 673-3501 and at the Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center.

The Hillman Opera offer Massenet's Cendrillon from Nov. 15 - 17

The Hillman Opera production of Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon continues the tradition of presenting a grand event on a grand scale - almost 140 people are involved in this season’s production.


Presented by the Fredonia School of Music in collaboration with and the Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance, Cendrillon runs from Nov. 15 to 17 in the Robert W. Marvel Theatre.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, with a 2 p.m. matinée on Sunday, Nov. 17.


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Tickets are also available by phone at 673-3501 and at the Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center.

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50th anniversary season opens on a high note with celebration dinner, gala pops concert

Thank you to all helped make the opening of Rockefeller Arts Center's 50th Anniversary Season such a success. The season, which marks the 1969 opening of the arts center, got under way on with the 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Friday, Sept. 20 and the 50th Anniversary Gala Pops Concert on Saturday, Sept. 21. Up next in the anniversary season will be a free concert with the United States Navy Band Commodores on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. Tickets are available starting Sept. 30. Advertisments in the Dunkirk Observer and Jamestown Post-Journal on Sept. 28 will have full details. The Commodores, a jazz ensemble, feature vocalist Kristine Hsia, a 2010 Fredonia graduate and past Pops Series performer.


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