Saturday, April 21, 7-9 pm

Shade & Light present Breaking Sanity

The debut performance of double bass duo Shade & Light (Betsy Soukup & Megan McDevitt), Breaking Sanity digs into the manifestations of restrictive societal constraints on women's mental health, and their approaches to breaking free. Works by Scodanibbio, Bach, Scelsi, Soukup & McDevitt will be performed, with an opening performance by the incredible Katie Weissman (cello and electronics).

Location: Boiler Room @ 500 Seneca
Doors: 7:00pm
Program begins: 7:30pm 
Tickets Available: $10-20 sliding scale

To access the Boiler Room @ 500 Seneca, enter through the gate off of Myrtle near Hamburg St. Parking is available in any of the lots surrounding the building, and on the street. For more information, please visit, the Facebook event page

Shade & Light is a duo project of childhood friends and double bassists, Megan McDevitt and Betsy Soukup. Megan attended the Norfolk New Music Workshop in 2015 and the Atlantic Music Festival’s Future Music Lab in 2017, and currently performs regularly with various new music groups in Buffalo, New York. Her artistic interests include composition, electronic music, and curating thematic programming that engages the audience in unconventional and meaningful ways. Betsy attended the John Adams/David Robertson 21st-Century American Contemporary Ensemble Workshop and Lucerne Festival in 2013, and currently performs free improvised music and her original songs throughout the metro Detroit area, where she resides. Her artistic focus has been on improvisation, songwriting, and vulnerable performance aesthetics. Both women have doctorates in bass performance from the University of Michigan. Working together they hope to create performances that are transformative for the audience as well as themselves, while collaboratively creating new works with artists from various disciplines, and engaging with a community of contemporary and rising artists through performance workshops.

Umberto  Crenca

Wednesday, April 25, 6-9 pm

Speaker Series: Umberto Crenca

The Cass Project is excited to announce the first speaker in a new public lecture series, Umberto Crenca. Bert is an internationally known arts and cultural leader, whom founded AS220 in Providence, RI, which played a pivotal role in the revitalization of downtown. In 2016, Bert's efforts were recognized by President Obama, as one out of the ten receipts for "White House Champions of Change for Making." 

This programming has been made available in part by the financial support from University at Buffalo Arts Management Department and Humanities Institute. 

Location: Atrium (3rd Floor) @ 500 Seneca
Social Hour: 6:00pm
Program begins: 7:00pm 
This event is free and open to the public. 

Umberto ‘Bert’ Crenca is an artist and the founder of AS220, Rhode Island’s unjuried, uncensored, all-ages home for the arts located in Providence, Rhode Island. Now in its 32nd year, AS220 serves as an international model for access, equity, and sustainability in the non-profit arts world. Bert has been internationally recognized for his work with AS220, sharing best practices with organizations as far away as New Zealand, Taiwan, Ukraine, Estonia and Kuwait. Notably, Bert recently received honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University and Roger Williams University for his commitment to community development, creating opportunity for artists, and the revitalization of downtown Providence. Bert has also served on transition boards for the last three Mayors of Providence, the Providence School Board, the Providence Downtown Improvement District (DID) Board, and the Advisory Board for the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. As a visual artist, performance artist, and musician, Bert’s works and performances have been exhibited globally in galleries and on stages including the Galleria Del Corso in Latina, Italy; La Galeria Matadero in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the RISD Museum in Providence; the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island; and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.