The performance line up for Villa Maria College’s 2018-2019 M&T Concert Series has been set, and the College will host 6 free concerts between September and March.
The 2018-2019 concert series includes a jazz sextet, a classical duo, an alumni concert featuring highly accomplished jazz fusion and blues performers, a group featuring musicians and dancers from Ghana in Africa, a local ensemble specializing in the music of South America, and a jazz/R&B fusion trio.
While the concert series was originally established to serve as an educational experience for students, it has grown to include the public.
“The M&T Concert Series is designed to be an educational experience for Villa Maria music students, but we welcome all members of the community to attend the performances,” said Dr. Sylvia Grmela, an assistant professor of music at Villa. “The series is designed to be stylistically varied, in order to introduce concert attendees to musical styles they might otherwise not become familiar with and to expand their exposure to different cultures.”
Details for all 6 concerts, which are free of charge, are listed below. Each performance takes place in the College’s recital hall, located at 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY 14225. They begin at 11 a.m. and last approximately one hour.
Volver, September 18, 2018: Buffalo’s Volver (“To Return” in Spanish) is an ensemble that plays a lively, rich, multi-cultural repertoire of Forró from Brazil, Cumbia from Peru, Oros from the Balkans and Klezmer from the US/Europe. The quartet combines the unique sound of the Accordion, the Clarinet/Flute, the Upright Bass and Percussion. The band is not strictly traditionalist in its interpretations; they seek to improvise and bend genres to engage the listener in a cross-cultural world celebration.
Jonathan Golove Duo, October 16: Cellist/composer Jonathan Golove is a native of Los Angeles, California and a resident of Buffalo, New York, where he serves as Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music. Mr. Golove’s career is marked by its versatility, sense of adventure, and commitment to the performance of both new and traditional works, as well as of improvised music. He has been featured as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, New York Virtuoso Singers, and, as a baroque cellist, with the USC Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Albuzerque, and Nine Winds labels, and his performances and interviews have been broadcast by numerous National public radio stations, as well as the West German Radio, Radio Nuevo León, and Radio France. His summer festival appearances include the Sebago-Long Lake and Roycroft Chamber Music Festivals, as well as numerous festivals devoted to new works, including June in Buffalo, the North American New Music Festival, the Aki Festival of New Music, and the Festival del Centro Histórico, Mexico City. A member of the critically acclaimed Baird Trio, Mr. Golove is a former member of the Elisha and June In Buffalo String Quartets, and has performed as a guest with the Cassatt Quartet and the Cleveland Octet.
Villa Maria College Alumni Ensemble, November 20, 2018: A group of Villa alum will reunite in the recital hall to perform for current students, faculty, staff and other members of the College Community. Alumni performers include Damone Jackson, Brian DeJesus, Ralph De Marco, and Eric DeJesus.
Walter Kemp and 3oh, January 29, 2019: The internationally recognized pianist and composer, Walter Kemp, expertly builds ensembles able to dominate in an array of venues. An established composer and arranger, Kemp’s compositions have garnered widespread acclaim for their originality, trueness to form, and accessibility. Added to the equation are an ingenious bassist and a drummer who grew up with two spoon “sticks” in his hands, and the stage is set for a most memorable debut and jaw-dropping live performances
Saakumu Dance Troupe, February 26, 2019: Saakumu and Slyboots have helped expose an estimated 40,000 students to cultural arts programming every year since 2008. Slyboots has been a staple of the local cultural scene for years, participating in countless performances, while continuing to teach students about the cultural and traditional aspects of African dancing and drumming.
Jazz Composers Workshop, March 26, 2019: Kelly Bucheger, Tim Clarke, Jared Tinkham, Alec Dube, Joseph Goehle, and John Bacon collaborate to present a workshop for aspiring jazz composers. Their six unique compositional voices unite to amass formidable sets of hip, funky, fresh, swinging, locally sourced, free-range original jazz.