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June in Buffalo: New Music, Upstate Edition

June in Buffalo logo; culled from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra website.

For New York-based artists and audiences alike, summertime can mean a respite from a congested city concert schedule, in the form of upstate music festivals such as Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown and Bard Summerscape in Annandale-on-Hudson. For “new music” devotees, Western New York’s annual festival June in Buffalo–hosted by the University at Buffalo during the month’s first week–is …more…

Changing the Game: Nancy Jurs’s World Peace at Buffalo’s Burchfield Penney Art Center

Photo credit: Tullis Johnson/Burchfield Penney Art Center

Upon first glance, Nancy Jurs’s installation World Peace at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College is a life-size game of chess. But is it really? There are the familiar components: the checkered board, the 32 game pieces. Beyond that, World Peace—in which the artist re-contextualizes ceramic works from earlier in her career—suggests new rules of engagement that break down the …more…

Wish You Were Here at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York has an established track record of presenting thoughtfully curated and thoroughly engaging exhibitions. Highlights include Amedeo Modigliani & the Artists of Montparnasse in 2002 and 2003—at the time, the first American exhibition featuring the intriguing Italian artist in over 40 years—as well as its ongoing series Spotlight on the Collection—Artists In Depth which has showcased such renowned artists as Pablo Picasso, Georges …more…

Within EarShot: BPO New Music Readings Present the “Concert-as-Rehearsal”

Image culled from the BPO web site.

The “Earshot and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra New Music Readings” on February 23, as previously reported, gave the assembled audience at Kleinhans Music Hall the rare opportunity to hear orchestral works-in-progress performed.

It’s fairly common to encounter a working rehearsal-as-concert, in which a renowned guest artist collaborates with the orchestra to perform a completed, often familiar composition in advance of the actual concert for a …more…

Within EarShot: February New Music Festival with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Image culled from the BPO web site.

If you love orchestral music, but you’re not sure what the future of the medium in America may hold, EarShot–the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network–may provide the best clues.

This evening (February 23) at 7 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and Music Director JoAnn Falleta will present the “BPO New Music Readings,” a free, open-to-the-public concert of orchestral readings …more…