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10:40 AM, Feb 20, 2013

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Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

One of the most-exciting aspects of last September’s First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival was stumbling onto something unexpected and breathtaking; For me, that was Peter Ferry, who is a guest percussionist and soloist with the Sound ExChange Orchestra, playing 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) in the May Room of Wilson Commons at the University of Rochester River Campus.

Allow me to look back at my Democrat and Chronicle review of Ferry’s Fringe performance, described as “funny, boundary-pushing, thought-provoking…. On that last point, Ferry managed to deliver an emotional wallop that none of the 50 or so folks in attendance saw coming from an Eastman School of Music senior with a couple marimbas, some drums, wood boxes, chimes, a spent artillery shell and a metal box he’d found at a recycling dump.”

All Eyes and Ears is a multimedia presentation of four pieces, including collaborations with Rochester Institute of Technology professors who have created original video and animation effects, including some that respond to the music. Among the pieces Ferry will play is a reprise of “The Nostalgia Project,” in which he combines modern composition with audience members using their phones to send photos reflecting some favorite personal memory, which is then projected on a screen. Ferry will also bring back his stunning interpretation of David MacBride’s “Stay the Course,” in which each of its 3,312 notes stands for one American soldier killed in Iraq. Even more, at September’s show, Ferry chose to focus on a soldier he had never met, Eric Smith, a graduate of Brighton High School who was lost in Iraq, using words from his parents drawn from newspaper stories.

Admission ranges from $7 for students to $20 for what’s described as “seating within the orchestra.” They’re available at

Online fan-club sales open at 10 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 21) for The Dave Matthews Band 7 p.m. July 3 show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Fan cans get the early tickets at The show goes on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. March 22 at, priced at $53.35 and $89.80, including tax.

Caravan of Thieves returns for a 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 21) show at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Drive, Henrietta, near the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. The New England Gypsy swing-cabaret show band has drawn raves from folks who saw its two 2012 shows at the venue. Opening is a Rochester singer-songwriter who emerged from the venue’s Lovin’ Cup Idol competition, Jocelyn Mesiti. Admission is $10. Check or call (585) 292-9940.

Detroit’s Whitey Morgan and the 78s, one of those excellent bands you’ll find on the Bloodshot Records label preaching rousing honky tonk, plays 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 21) at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. Admission is $8 for ages 21 and over, $12 for ages under 21.

Christian southern rockers Third Day, with American Idol finalist Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson, have a 7 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24) date at Roberts Wesleyan College’s Voller Athletic Center Arena, 2301 Westside Drive. Tickets ($25.35 and $30.35) are available at (585) 594-6008, (888) 222-1048 and