Symphoria (formerly Syracuse Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Heather Buchman, will perform in the seventh concert of the Friends of Good Music season at St. Bonaventure’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
Award-winning guitarist Kenneth Meyer will perform the very popular “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Rodrigo, and the orchestra will also perform Sibelius’ “Symphony No.7” and the “Serenade for Strings” by Tchaikovsky.
Symphoria is a fully professional orchestra serving Syracuse and Central New York. It offers more than 50 full orchestra performances on five diverse concert series and a robust series of free summer performances. Symphoria also performs dozens of education and outreach performances at schools, libraries, community centers, and health care facilities. The orchestra has nearly 50 core musicians, many of whom were members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
Formed in 2012 in partnership with community leaders, higher education institutions, and the orchestra members, Symphoria operates as a musician cooperative. In the short time since its founding, Symphoria has performed for over 50,000 people and grown its budget to $1.7 million.
Buchman is director of the Hamilton College Orchestra, as well as education and outreach conductor for Symphoria. For Symphoria, she has developed several innovative and collaborative programs for the Education, Spark, and Casual series. She frequently guest conducts for the Society for New Music, and has had guest conducting engagements with Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music and other arts organizations. Buchman completed professional studies in conducting at the Juilliard School, and earned an M.M. in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan and a B. Mus. degree and Performer’s Certificate in trombone from the Eastman School of Music. She was awarded one of the first Women Conductors Grants from the League of American Orchestras.
Guitarist Kenneth Meyer was the national first-prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition and is regarded by the Washington Post as “a thinking man’s guitarist – he focuses on the inner structure of a piece … and plays with impressive gravity and power.” The Buffalo News has called him “Impeccably articulate with superb technique.”
Since his professional concert debut at the Teatro de la Opera de Maracay, Meyer continues to appear in recital, as a chamber musician, and as a soloist with orchestras in venues throughout North America, South America and Europe.
Highlights include concerts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall (New York City), Wolf Trap (Virginia), the Skirbal Cultural Center (Los Angeles), the historic Basilica di San Clemente (Italy), the Teatro de Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), the National College of Art Ion Vidu (Romania), the Fészek Muvészklub (Hungary), and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Canada). He has been featured at the Rome, Alexandria, Eastman Guitarfest, and the Alirio Diaz Guitar Festivals. In addition to live concerts, his performances have been featured on film, radio and, most recently, on the Albany records label.
Individual concert tickets are $20 at full price, $16 for seniors and SBU employees, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, please call the QCA at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, the QCA will open its galleries one hour before 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 us at www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.
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