Musical Performances at National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

March 2, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,
Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,

Upcoming Musical Performances
at the National Museum of Play®

Eastman School of Music Performances: March 18 and April 8

Start the weekend off on the right note and join Eastman School of Music students at the National Museum of Play at The Strong® for two family-friendly performances Fridays, March 18 and April 8 at 6 p.m. (The museum is open until 8 p.m. every Friday evening, so there is ample time to visit museum exhibits and have a meal before or after the concerts.)

Both Eastman School of Music family performances are included with general museum admission fees.


Making American Music Concerts: March 16, April 13, and May 11

The National Museum of Play at The Strong announces the remaining schedule for its Making American Music adult concert series. The popular series offers a variety of musical styles—from big band and rag time to folk and jazz. All performances take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s theater.

March 16, 2011—Songs of Freedom, featuring AKOMA. Join this rousing women’s gospel choir as they raise the roof with songs of solidarity, freedom, hope, and faith. Stand up and clap along as AKOMA sings “This Little Light of Mine,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Woke up this Morning,” and other powerful songs, woven between monologues about the civil rights movement.

April 13, 2011—A Salute to the USO Big Band, featuring Gateswingers Big Band. Get “In the Mood” to swing to the melodies made famous by USO big bands from the 1940s. The Gateswingers’ elaborate 15-piece band takes on the music of greats such as Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller with delightful arrangements of “A String of Pearls,” “All the Things You Are,” and more.

May 11, 2011—A Century of Song, featuring Cindy Miller. Celebrate the greatest musical entertainers of the last century. Popular local singer Cindy Miller delights audiences once again with her engaging repertoire of songs from Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire to Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, and other favorite artists.

Individual Tickets: nonmembers $18; members $15; senior (62 and older) or student $16. For tickets, call 585-263-2700.

Bill Gray’s at the Skyliner Diner is open from 5 to 7 p.m. on concert evenings. Light refreshments are available for purchase during intermission. The museum’s facilities are wheelchair accessible.

The Making American Music concert series is sponsored by MVP Health Care.


Museum Hours:

Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees:

General admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):

Adults $12; Seniors $11; Children (2–15) $10; Children younger than two free;
museum members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®:

General Admission fee plus $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

Parking:  Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.