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2011-12 Faculty and Friends Concert Series

Posted: August 12, 2011

The Music Department, in conjunction with Buffalo State’s Year of the Arts, has announced its 2011-12 Faculty and Friends Concert Series—an eclectic lineup of classical, jazz, and world music performances.

Holly  BewlayMonday, September 19
Holly Bewlay, soprano

Korean-American soprano and Buffalo State voice faculty member Holly Bewlay will perform in a recital with faculty pianist, Emily Boyce. Highlights of her program include works by John Corigliano, Samuel Barber, John Carter, Rikcy Ian Gordon, Richard Hundley, William Bolcom, and Benjamin Britten.

Ray RickerTuesday, September 20
Ray Ricker, saxophone and Bill Dobbins, piano

Come enjoy a fantastic evening of music as Eastman School of Music faculty members Ray Ricker and Bill Dobbins collaborate to present jazz and classical works from their duo album Jazz Sonata and other recent projects.

Crystal ReinosoWednesday, October 5
Crystal Reinoso, clarinet
Crystal Reinoso, professor of clarinet at Buffalo State, invites the campus and community to enjoy a program of beautiful and exciting Brazilian music. Reinoso will share the charming sounds of Brazilian choro, a classically-based popular music form infused with Latin melodies and samba rhythms. Guest performers include faculty pianist Ivan Docenko, guitarist Stuart Fuchs, and faculty percussionist Tiffany Nicely.

Don HarryThursday, October 6
Buffalo State Wind Ensemble with special guest Don Harry, tuba

The Buffalo State Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Rick Fleming, will feature Don Harry, Principal tuba of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ “Concerto for Bass Tuba,” which has been transcribed for wind ensemble.

Clara String QuartetWednesday, October 12
Clara String Quartet

A Buffalo State faculty ensemble in residence, the quartet includes Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra members Amy Glidden, violin; Jacqueline Galluzzo, violin; Kate Holzemer, viola; and Amelie Fradette, cello. Back by popular demand, their new program will include works by Beethoven and Ravel.

Petronel MalanThursday, November 3
Petronel Malan, piano

Born is South Africa, Petronel Malan began playing piano at age four and debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at age 10. After winning all major national competitions in her native country, Malan moved to the United States earning her degrees from both Michigan State University and the University of North Texas. Lauded by reviewers as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry, Malan has received three Grammy nominations, including “Best Instrumental Solo Album 2004” for her debut disc.

Percussion trioWednesday, November 16
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY
Buffalo State Wind Ensemble

Join the Buffalo State Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Rick Fleming, and percussion soloists Mark Hodges, Principal Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo State music faculty; Jim Tiller, Principal Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; and Brad Fuster, chair of the Music Department, as they perform Russell Peck’s stunning triple percussion concerto, “The Glory and the Grandeur” at Kleinhans Music Hall. “Year of the Arts” opening remarks will be offered by President Aaron Podolefsky.

Buffalo State choraleTuesday, December 6
Buffalo State Holiday Choral Concert

Start your holiday season with a rousing choral experience as five different choirs take to the stage in the Performing Arts Center. Join us as the Buffalo State Choirs, under the direction of Victoria Furby and John Fleischman, welcome the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus and the Buffalo Performing Arts Select Chorus for joyous holiday music and carol sing-a-long.

Diaspora drumming ensembleThursday, April 26
Diaspora Drumming Ensemble

Returning to the Performing Arts Center, Diaspora Drumming is a trio dedicated to studying, teaching, and performing percussion music of the African Diaspora. Members Ringo Brill, Tiffany Nicely, and Gabriel Gutierrez study with African masters in various styles, traveling to learn on the soil where the music was created. Diaspora Drumming is joined by Buffalo State’s 25-member West African Drumming Ensemble under the direction of Tiffany Nicely.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free to all students and can be purchased online, by phone at (716) 878-3005, or in person at the Rockwell Hall Box Office (during office hours and two hours prior to performances) beginning Monday, August 22.

About the Year of the Arts at Buffalo State
The 2011–2012 academic year is the Year of the Arts at Buffalo State. Join us on campus and in the community as we showcase established and emerging artists and celebrate the importance of art in all we do. An anchor institution in Buffalo’s cultural corridor, Buffalo State is proud to partner with local arts organizations in this non-stop celebration of creativity. Come enjoy performances, exhibitions, workshops, speakers, and more. For a listing of events, visit
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