Friday, September 23 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 pm
The Stag Lee story is based on a true nineteenth century story of friends and rivals Stag Lee and Billy Lyons who found themselves in a fatal barroom scuffle. In the opera, "Stag" Lee Shelton is a political boss, pimp, and dealer in various nefarious enterprises.
From a musical standpoint, The Fall of Stag Lee consists of musical influences that have played an important role in composer Darryl Glenn Nettles' evolution as a composer. Numbered among them are Roger Quilter, Aaron Copland, J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and Scott Joplin, as well as Spirituals, Jazz, Musical Theater, and American Opera genres.
A One Act version of the Stag Lee saga was premiered in 2014 with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Inc. It was well received by the public and critics in the press. The success of that venture, coupled with the need to present a fuller picture of this character so indelible in the American Pop Culture, prompted the newly completed three act version of The Fall of Stag Lee. The three act version developed into a piece that has little in common with the original: a larger picture of Stag, many additional characters, a broader sense of the victim William Lyons, and a more complete picture of the social arena in St. Louis in the 1920s.
Sung in English.
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Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 pm (Half Price Preview) Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00 pm (Opening Night) Thursday, September 29 at 8:00 pm Friday, September 30 at 8:00 pm Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 pm Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 pm Friday, October 7 at 8:00 pm Saturday, October 8 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, is a powerful play about a woman, bored and trapped in a stifling marriage. Both jealous and callous, she seeks to control her former love's destiny only to reek havoc and destruction instead. Presented by Casting Hall Productions
The Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble will perform under the direction of Dr. Rick Fleming, with special guest Bill Easley, woodwinds.
An extremely versatile and gifted reed player, Bill Easley displays a polished, forceful sound on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; flute; and clarinet. With a professional career spanning more than 55 years, this Olean native represents the fourth generation of a family dedicated to music.
The Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo garnered wide attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Varna International Piano Festival (Bulgaria), Moulin d'Ande Arts Festival (France), Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) and Infiorata di Genzano (Italy) in addition to appearances in every region of the United States.
The Lomazov Rackers duo has premiered numerous works across the United States, including several works written specifically for them. Their broad repertoire ranges from important works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert to wide-ranging performances of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Petrushka, leading one critic to write that the duo "really lit up the audience.demonstrated that nearly 100 years after it was written, this modernist touchstone can still sound modern" (Free Times).
Ms. Lomazov and Mr. Rackers each hold the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music and both serve on the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music where they co-direct the Southeastern Piano Festival.
Flutist Nicole J. McPherson is an Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Buffalo State.
As a devoted chamber and orchestral musician, Dr. McPherson currently performs with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Silverwind Duo and is principal flute in the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has played in orchestras throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Michigan. She has been a soloist with the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. McPherson has performed for live solo radio performances and for public television broadcasts, as well as on award-winning and Grammy-nominated recordings. She was invited to perform at the 2001 and 2011 National Flute Association Convention and the Global Flute Workshop in New York City. Dr. McPherson has been published in the International Alliance for Women in Music journal.
Dr. McPherson holds a holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College.
The Rockwell Brass Quintet was formed in 2001 under the direction of Dr. Rick Fleming. Artists in residence at SUNY Buffalo State, the group rehearses and performs at various venues throughout WNY including; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Kleinhans Music Hall Mary Seaton Room, Niawanda Park and the Cuba Cheese Festival. The quintet can also be heard across WNY in area churches for services, events and ceremonies.
The Rippingtons are a Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman in 1985. The group has passed the thirty year mark, and continues to innovate. Under Freeman's production, the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1. The group's influences are wide-ranging, from instrumental pop, to rock, to world music, to EDM, to R&B.
"When I started the Rippingtons, I never imagined it would last more than the release of one album, let alone thirty years!" recalls Russ Freeman. The pioneering, GRAMMY® nominated group is celebrating their 30th anniversary year with the release of True Stories, the band's 22nd recording. The album shot right to #1 on the Billboard jazz chart.
Known for their eclectic programming, the McCain duo present programs of rhythmic, musical and colorful artistry. The marriage of bass trombone (Martin) and piano (Artina) is a dynamic pairing, providing repertoire of wide versatility and variety for the concert venue.
The Duo enjoys multifaceted careers as concert performers, recording artists, educators and arts entrepreneurs. They perform nationally and internationally at festivals, concert series and universities.
They have toured Zagreb, Hong Kong, Austin, and many other U.S. cities. Their recordings have been broadcast in Macau, China, Arizona, KMFA Classically Austin, Canada and Chicago's WHPK.
In addition to their performing careers, the McCain's have a passion for commissioning and performing new works by up and coming contemporary composers. Their program, Raise the Bar, brought professional concerts to over 1,000 Texas youth.
In 2012, they released the album Trombone Czar, which has been hailed as "enjoyable" (Geoff Appleton, Australia) and "we can recommend it without reservation"-africlassical.com. Their most recent collaboration, Shades, won two Global Music Awards: Gold for Best Instrumentalist (Martin McCain) and Bronze for Album.
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Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm (Half Price Preview) Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 pm (Opening Night) Friday, October 28 at 8:00 pm Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 pm Friday, November 4 at 8:00 pm Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Seven strangers are trapped together in an English guest-house by a terrible winter storm, when a police inspector arrives to tell them there is a murderer hiding among them, waiting to kill again. Secrets are uncovered and shocking identities are revealed in this spine-tingling thriller by beloved mystery writer Agatha Christie. See for yourself why The Mousetrap is by far, the longest running play in history. Presented by Casting Hall Productions
George Caldwell will lead this ensemble featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in Buffalo. George is an instructor of piano performance and director of the student Jazz Ensembles at the University at Buffalo. The concert will open with a few selections performed by Community Arts Academy jazz students.
When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon's distinctive vocals and the band's skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as "Two Dozen Roses", "Church on Cumberland Road" and "Next to You, Next to Me" as well as such achingly beautiful classics as "I Want to be Loved Like That" and the Grammy winning "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" duet with Alison Krauss.
Today that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah's storied career.
Soprano Jacqueline Quirk-Horten is making her mark in the realms of operatic performance throughout the world as one of opera's outstanding stars. She made her Carnegie Hall Debut as a finalist in the International Verismo Opera Competition. Ms. Quirk-Horten is recognized for roles that reveal a captivating full lirico-spinto soprano with an acclaimed versatile range. She is celebrated as a leading interpreter for her roles as Mimi (La Boheme), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) and Nedda (I Pagliacci).
Ms. Quirk-Horten is also highly regarded for her interpretation of roles including Micaela (Carmen), Marguerite (Faust), and is broadening her range into the Verdi sopranos such as Leonora and Desdemona. The soprano also has a passion for American Opera, and was privileged to make her debut at the Kennedy Center with Patti LuPone and conductor Steven Mercurio in the opera Regina.
Also active as a concert artist, Ms. Quirk-Horten has been a featured soloist with Symphonies in Honolulu, Tanglewood, Pittsburgh, Mansfield, Jacksonville, Washington National, Bangkok, Choral Arts Society (DC), and the Little Orchestra Society (NY). She was a finalist in the International Classical Singer Competition (NY), the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, Paul Robeson Competition, Di Capo Opera Competition and The Singer of the Year Competition (Shreveport Opera). She holds a B.F.A in Vocal Performance form Carnegie Mellon University and her M. A. from New York University.
The Buffalo State Philharmonia will perform under the direction of Daniel Bassin. The theme of this concert is Music and Narration, featuring Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait, Virgil Thomson's Suite from The Plow that Broke the Plains and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D-minor (original version) a Buffalo-area premiere performance.
Saxophonist Richard Elliot has been blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing for more than 30 years. He was a member of the funk band Tower of Power playing tenor sax for 5 years during the 1980s. He also worked on Stacy Lattisaw's 1986 album Take Me All The Way. His solo career took off when he remade the Percy Sledge classic "When a Man Loves a Woman." His Summer Horns Project was Grammy nominated, taking the jazz world by storm alongside Mindi Abair, Dave Koz and Gerald Albright.
Anna Maimine was born in Moscow, Russia, where she started studying piano at age four with Natalya Dolenko at the Gnessin School for Children. At age twelve Anna came to Rochester where she continued her studies at the Eastman School with Gary Fisher, Alla Kuznetsov, Natalya Antonova, Nelita True, and Douglas Humpherys.
Anna graduated from the Eastman Community Music School with an Honors Diploma in Piano and a Certificate of Merit. During those years, she was a prize winner of the SUNY-Geneseo Young Artist Competition, the Junior All-Star MTA Piano Competition, and the Arco and Fortissimo Chamber Music Competition. Most recently Anna garnered prizes at the Moulin d'Ande Annual Concerto Competition in France, the Annual 1,000 Islands International Young Artist Competition, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the Empire State Piano Competition, and performed Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto as the winner of the Eastman Concerto Competition. She was also a National Finalist at the 2011 MTNA Young Artist Competition.
Anna has performed at multiple venues throughout New York State including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. She performed the inaugural concert for Classical Pianists of the Future series at the Tri-Cities Opera House in Binghamton, NY. Further engagements included performances as part of the Second Sunday series at the Phelps Mansion and the Guest Artist Piano Series at the Kilmer Mansion also in Binghamton. An active collaborator, Anna premiered an award-winning chamber music composition through the Rochester Chamber Music Society and performed as part of the Music for a Summer's Eve series at Hobart & William Smith College.
Anna completed all of her collegiate studies at the Eastman School of Music where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Douglas Humpherys. She maintains an active career as a solo and chamber music performer collaborating regularly with soloists from the Greater Rochester area. Anna joined the Buffalo State faculty in 2009 where she teaches piano lessons, keyboard classes, and serves as an accompanist.
About The Next Generation - Ingala Fritzen Bradley
Friday, December 9 at 8:00 pm
The future of jazz is here. The Next Generation features the fastest emerging contemporary jazz artists performing together on one stage. This unprecedented event features Vincent Ingala on saxophone, Jonathan Fritzen on keys, and the Buffalo homecoming of Cindy Bradley on trumpet.
The Celtic Tenors live show is overflowing with vitality and variety from start to finish. The unique voices, appeal and wit of Daryl, James and Matthew, combine in a thoroughly uplifting experience. In Christmas with The Celtic Tenors, their voices and personalities will shine, alongside their undeniable Celtic charm, beautifully weaving the songs of the season throughout a captivating performance!
About Leo Kottke & Keller Williams - Shut the Folk Up
Saturday, February 4 at 8:00 pm
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams recently announced the debut of "Shut the Folk Up and Listen" with flat-picking guitarist Leo Kottke. The very special evening of music, which will feature a solo set by each artist, finds Keller performing a rare loop-less acoustic show. Attendees can also expect spontaneous collaborations between Williams and Kottke.
Cellist Bryan Eckenrode graduated cum laude from SUNY at Stony Brook and holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY at Buffalo. He is currently principal cello with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Ars Nova, and as principal cellist of the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the Lexington String Quartet, and the chamber groups Voci D'Amore and Camerata.
Eckenrode records with the International Baroque Soloists, and he can be heard on the CD's of many artists, including Ani DiFranco, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, Seven Day Faith, Them Jazzbeards, John and Mary, and Alison Pipitone: not only as a cellist, but as a bagpiper and flutist. He has recorded the sound tracks of film scores for a number of silent movies being distributed on commercial DVD by the Turner Broadcasting Network. He has performed twice at Lincoln Center in New York and recently recorded the sound track for the PBS special - The Siege of Fort Erie - A Glorious Battle. He was bagpipe soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic for their successful Memorial Day Pops Concerts. He is principal cellist with The Most Arts Festival held during the month of July at Alfred University.
Eckenrode is conductor and music director of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, the Prelude Strings Orchestra, and the Young Artists Orchestra of Jamestown. He conducted the Niagara All-County Festival Orchestra and the Erie All-County Festival Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, and is frequently asked to return to conduct. He has been guest conductor with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and The Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode is the program coordinator for Artpark's Music in the Woods series. He will be guest conductor of the Amherst Symphony in the Fall of 2015 and the Genesee Symphony in the Spring of 2016.
Eckenrode is lecturer at Buffalo State and an adjunct professor at Canisius College, Jamestown Community College, and director of the string department at Villa Maria College. Eckenrode is on the music faculty at the renowned Nichols School in Buffalo. He is married to the internationally acclaimed soprano, Cristen Gregory.
Mari Kimura is at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument. As a performer, composer, and researcher, she has opened up new sonic worlds for the violin. Notably, she has mastered the production of pitches that sound up to an octave below the violin's lowest string without retuning. This technique, which she calls Subharmonics, has earned Mari considerable renown in the concert music world and beyond. She is also a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music. At the same time, she has earned international acclaim as a soloist and recitalist in both standard and contemporary repertoire. .
The Ladies First Big Band is a 16-pc. all-female group formed by bassist Jennifer May. The band had its roots in a six piece ensemble started in 1994.
In March of 2003, Jennifer expanded this 6-pc group into a full-sized Big Band for a show she was producing in celebration of Women's History Month. The show, "An All-Female Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald," was performed at Allen Hall on the University of Buffalo South Campus and was very well-received. The Band has been performing together ever since.
Since that first appearance, the Ladies First Big Band has celebrated Women's History Month every year with a new production of"Women of Jazz by Women of Jazz"; a tribute to female jazz performers. The band has performed everywhere from Jamestown to Rochester, and concert venues ranging from the Tralf Music Hall and Riviera Theatre, to the M&T Noontime Summer Concert Series, Canal Fest, and Taste of Buffalo.
The musicians in the Ladies First Big Band are based in the Western New York area, and many of them perform in other local bands. The group rehearses every Sunday at the historic Colored Musicians Club in downtown Buffalo. Their debut CD, Ladies First Live at the Tralf was released in 2009, and a second CD is currently in the works.
The Erie County Wind Ensemble was originally founded as the "Erie County Music Educators' Wind Ensemble" in 1983 under the direction of Donald Schleicher, who has been Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Illinois since 1995. The ensemble is currently under the driection of Mr. John Maguda, a member of the music faculty at SUNY Fredonia. The ensemble has evolved from a primarily music teachers' ensemble to a more mixed group of fine players of various occupational backgrounds from throughout the Western New York area. Described as "a virtuosic and resilient group", the Erie County Wind Ensemble's objective is to perform the best of the wind literature at an exemplary level to a wide range of listening audiences, with a special outreach to school musicians.
Harmonia Chamber Singers is a professional-caliber a cappella ensemble based in Buffalo, founded by its Artistic Director, Robert Pacillo. It was late 2005 when a small group of singers got together to present a special Advent concert at St. Lawrence Church in Buffalo. They were called the Gaudete Chamber Choir. Less than a year later, Harmonia presented its premier concert at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Buffalo. What began as an experimental ensemble evolved into one of Western New York's most sought-after vocal groups. Noted for its innovative programming and stunning performances, Harmonia's literature spans centuries of choral music, from Medieval chant to the present. Concerts are presented throughout Western New York in some of the area's most beautiful acoustical spaces. Harmonia was named the Artvoice Best Vocal Ensemble in 2011..
Wooden Cities is both an ensemble and a collective of performers and composers seeking to help increase the performance and awareness of contemporary music in the Western New York area through unique, educational presentations. Formed in July 2011, the group served as a vehicle for director Brendan Fitzgerald to present John Zorn's game piece Cobra. Since that time, the group has grown to include nearly a dozen performers and is constantly seeking new works by new composers while continuing to present works by some of the essential, yet underrepresented composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Join the Erie County Chamber Winds for a night of music. The group, a professional wind ensemble founded by Rick Fleming, associate professor of music and director of bands at Buffalo State, is dedicated to performing the traditional wind quintet repertoire as well as contemporary chamber wind works.
Celebrate the music and dance of West Africa and the African diaspora, brought to you by local group Diaspora Drum and Dance (Ringo Brill, Michelle Gigante, Gabriel Gutierrez, Tiffany Nicely), along with the Buffalo State West African Drum Ensemble (directed by Tiffany Nicely).
The Buffalo State Philharmonia will present its final performance of the 2016-2017 season celebrating Women in Music, a joint performance with the college's Chamber Choir and Chorale.
The Philharmonia will perform under the direction of Daniel Bassin, a composer, trumpeter, and conductor. The choirs will perform under the direction of Dr. Victoria Furby and John Fleischman.
The concert will feature The concert will feature Joan Tower's For the Uncommon Woman, Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel's Cantata 'Hiob', and the Buffalo-area premiere of Florence Price's Symphony No. 3 in C-minor.