The trio Sonic Escape will perform at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. It is the sixth concert of the 2014-15 Friends of Good Music season.
Sonic Escape is a flute-violin-cello trio of Juilliard graduates that uses every part of the performer — fingers, mind, voice and story — to reshape the live music experience. Whether Sonic Escape is performing one of its groundbreaking original works, a folk arrangement, or a classical masterpiece, the trio shares with audiences as though it’s the last note they’ll ever play for the best friend they’ll ever make.
Shawn Wyckoff (flute), Maria Kaneko Millar (violin) and Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) have performed in classical music’s greatest halls — The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to name a few. They’ve also traveled the world in roles as diverse as fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands, soloing and drumming with taiko troupes, improvising with Native American flute masters, dancing while performing the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and playing rock clubs across New York City.
This lifelong commitment to devouring new sounds and pushing boundaries — both within themselves and the musical establishment — is why Sonic Escape came to be. It’s also how the trio amassed a ridiculous technique that makes audiences swear they’re hearing an orchestra of a dozen different instruments or the synchronous voice of one.
Songs, stories, dance moves and signature hyper-instrumentals combine to make Sonic Escape’s shows “wonderfully imaginative … with a wide-ranging, anything-goes sense of fun,” wrote The Washington Post.
Sonic Escape is the recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts Composition Grants, a Puffin Foundation Award and a Chamber Music America Residency Grant. The group has performed in 22 states and provinces across North America, including concerts at Lincoln Center, Irish
Arts Center, Chautauqua Institution, Hofstra University, Homestake Opera House, Penn State Erie’s Music at Noon, Eckhardt-Gramatté Concert Hall, El Dorado County Community Concerts, Elora (Ontario) Festival and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia.
Single ticket prices are $20, $16 for seniors and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them 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. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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