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Pianist Griffin Kramer will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is the seventh concert of the 2015-16 Friends of Good Music season.
His program will include works by Beethoven, Chopin, Alberto Ginastera, Liszt and Gershwin’s popular “Rhapsody in Blue.”
An Amherst native, Kramer is a pianist who graduated from St. Bonaventure in 2015 with a double major in music and chemistry. He studied at the university with Laura Peterson, a lecturer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
His previous studies were with Mary Handley of Buffalo, N.Y., who introduced him to the Royal Conservatory of Music program in Toronto, Ontario, where he received his Associate of the Royal Conservatory degree (ARCT) in piano performance in 2012 after his freshman year at St. Bonaventure. He is a 15-time first-prize winner in the Kiwanis Music Festival in Ontario and has worked with a variety of musical theater organizations in the Buffalo area, including Musical Fare Theater and ArtPark. He has also performed as a soloist with the Amherst Symphony and currently serves as the music director of the 710 Main Street Theater in Buffalo.
After Kramer’s stunning performance in his SBU graduation recital, Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center, said, “This very talented young pianist deserves to be presented to the audiences of the Friends of Good Music concert series. He performed this demanding and well-thought-out program to great success.
“In addition to its programming of international and regional guest artists, it is the aim of the Friends of Good Music concert series to present exciting young talent in its presentations. This is true for our annual concerts by the winners of the Concert Artists’ Guild International Competition and now includes for the first time a graduate of the SBU music program,” Brunner said.
This performance is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant program with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
Single ticket prices are $20; $16 for subscribers, seniors and SBU employees; and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, call The Quick Center for the Arts at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, QCA galleries open one hour before the concert and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Visit the arts center online at www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.
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