For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open through intermission.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM
The Western New York Chamber Orchestra returns to open the 2014/15 season with an all Mozart program. Artistic Director Glen Cortese conducts the Symphony Nr. 20 in D-Major and guest pianist Dmitry Novgorodsky performs the Piano Concerto Nr. 12 in A-Major. Also heard is the hymn setting Regina Coeli with the Fredonia State Choir.
Based in Durham, NC, the seven singers of Avante perform a unique repertoire ranging from contemporary choral works to cutting edge jazz with a modern flair. Routinely praised for its high standard of musicianship and unique arrangements, Avante tours the U.S. appearing in concert halls and on college campuses. Its founder, Kevin Badanes, hails from Olean, and his return is eagerly awaited by his many friends in our area.
Family audiences delight in this holiday spectacular. Share the good cheer of yuletide with Mrs. Claus, Herbie the Elf, the Abominable Snowman and a partridge in a pear tree! Partake in the stories, sing holiday songs and dance with the Sugarplum Fairies in this jolly celebration. Tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 PM *This is a specially prized family performance*
For those not familiar with this musically iconic family from northwest Ohio (Bowling Green, to be exact), one is in for an ear-bending revelation. These four brothers encompass a vivid blend of classical, bluegrass and rock genres. As a family, they have been making music together for over 25 years, and were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary. Coming together with Tony Trishka, Mark Cosgrove and Don Luizzi, the band began performing and recording together in 2004 and have delighted audiences around the nation ever since.
Aquila Theatre brings to life Emily Bronte's classic story of all-consuming passion with its new production of Wuthering Heights. Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila re-imagines one of the most famous love stories ever told with this heart wrenching production. Aquila Theatre is renowned for its ability to adapt works of classic literature into enthralling and mesmerizing performances. A new addition to Friends of Good Music, Aquila Theatre will make this performance a captivating theatrical experience.
Sonic Escape is a flute-cello-violin trio of Juilliard graduates that uses every part of the performer- fingers, mind, voice & story- to reshape the live music experience. The virtuoso members have traveled the world in roles as diverse as soloing at Carnegie Hall, fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands and playing rock clubs across NYC. Whether Sonic Escape is playing one of their ground-breaking original works, a folk arrangement, or a classical masterpiece, they share with audiences as though it's the last note they ever play.
The visit of Symphor!a (formerly Symphony Syracuse) has become an annual highlight of the Friends of Good Music season. Guest Conductor Heather Buchman, the director of orchestra and chamber music programs at Hamilton College, leads Sibelius' Symphony Nr. 7 and the very popular Serenade of Strings by Tchaikowsky.
Since forming in November of 2010, The Donald Sinta Quartet (DSQ) has quickly achieved international renown for its recitals, concerto performances, completely memorized presentation, and championing of the very latest repertoire from emerging young composers. Hailing from across the country, DSQ is named for legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the group's mentor. Having distinguished themselves on the competition circuit winning numerous prizes, the quartet is slated for a Carnegie Hall debut in November 2014.
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