Friends of Good Music presents a talented lineup in 2023-2024.

St. Bonaventure University

Performing Arts Series

Concerts and theatrical performances co-presented annually by the Quick Center and Friends of Good Music, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts in the Olean area.

Friends of Good Music and the Regina A.  Quick Center have teamed up for years to bring exciting live performances of classical and international music to the Quick Center stage. The series repertoire has expanded over the years to include theatrical performances and other forms of entertainment. 

Season subscriptions and single-performance tickets are available, with St. Bonaventure students offered a discounted rate of just $5 per single-event ticket.


The 2023-2024 Performance Season


Avalon String Quartet with mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley

For a Time Such as This

Friday, Sept.  22 | 7:30 p.m. 

Avalon String Quartet, photo by Todd RosenbergThe Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music and has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Wigmore Hall in London, Herculessaal in Munich and at many of the most important music festivals. 

“For A Time Such As This,” composed by Stacy Garrop with a libretto by Jerre Dye, was performed in its New York premiere by the Avalon String Quartet with Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano. The libretto is based on biblical texts from the Book of Esther. 

Avalon String Quartet will also perform Schubert’s quartet “Death and the Maiden.” 

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Western New York Chamber Orchestra

Conductor Glen Cortese and soloist Daniel Maltz on the forte-piano

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 3 p.m. 

Western New York Chamber OrchestraOn its annual visit to The Friends of Good Music series, this popular orchestra performs with Austrian/American soloist Daniel Maltz on the forte-piano, also known as Hammerflűgel, which is rarely heard in concert halls today.

Maltz will perform Haydn’s D-major Keyboard Concerto and a solo piece. The orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” after intermission. 



Buffalo Chamber Players


Sunday, Nov. 5 | 3 p.m. 

Buffalo Chamber Players webBuffalo Chamber Players, ensemble-in-residence at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, presents innovative music programs performed by the region's finest musicians.

Composed of players from Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and other distinguished area musicians, the ensemble’s mission is to challenge, redefine and enhance the public’s perception of chamber music while promoting the city of Buffalo as an inspiring place to live, work and play.

Founded in 2007 by the BPO violist Janz Castelo, the group’s critically acclaimed concerts explore historical chamber music masterworks and contemporary works by living composers.   


Tomaseen Foley’s 'A Celtic Christmas'

Sunday, Dec. 10 | 4 p.m.

ACelticChristmas weba-celtic-christmas-poster-webFor the past 16 years, with a world-class ensemble of musicians, dancers and singers from both sides of the Atlantic, Tomáseen Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas” has played to packed concert halls and critical acclaim from Los Angeles to New York to Chicago to Palm Beach and beyond.

They recreate on stage the now famous Rambling House, the remote cottage in the West of Ireland where the neighbors gather for a communal night before Christmas.

Join us for the return of this spectacular holiday show. 

Special Single Ticket Price for Non-Subscribers:
$10 for children under 13, $25 for all others



Konrad Paszkudzki, jazz-pianist 

A Concert for Marianne

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024 | 3 p.m.

Konrad PaszkudzkiHaving enjoyed great success at the Quick Center with his trio in 2022, Konrad Paszkudski returns for “A Concert for Marianne.” In honor of Marianne Laine’s generous gift of the Steinway piano, he performs works from the American Songbook and other popular classics.

This is a sure crowd pleaser to warm our audience on a cold Sunday afternoon. 


Duo Cavatina 

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.

Duo CavatinaEugenia Moliner, flute, and Denis Azabagic, guitar, have become one of the most impressive combinations of its kind in the world.

The duo has captivated audiences with their electrifying performances in such major venues and festivals as Ravinia (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France), the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), the Harris Theater (Chicago), Kolkata International Guitar Festival (India), Foundation Principe Felipe and Palau de la Musica (Spain), among many others. 



Balourdet Quartet

2022 Concert Artists Guild International Competition Winner

Friday, March 22, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.

Baloudert Quartet, photo by Kevin W. CondonThe multi-award winning Balourdet Quartet, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program.

Highlights of the Balourdet’s 2022-23 season include appearances at Chamber Music Detroit; the Grand Piano Series in Naples, Florida; New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall; Merkin Hall in New York City; and Wigmore Hall in London, England.

Summer 2023 also saw the Balourdet performing at Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado, Music Mountain Summer Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, Strings Music Festival in Colorado, and other festivals.

Photo by Kevin W. Condon



Caña Dulce y Caña Brava 

Sunday, April 7, 2024 | 3 p.m.

DulceyBrava-webCaña Dulce y Caña Brava offers a performance that exhibits the music, poetry, dance and traditional attire of Veracruz, Mexico, interpreted by artists who are beneficiaries of the jarocho culture and noteworthy performers with years of experience on both national and international stages.

The group stands out as an artistic project that highlights feminine poetry and voices.

Creating an experience that connects the spectator with distinct emotions, one is taken on a voyage through multiple rhythms, accompanied by traditional string instruments such as the harp and the jarana, percussion and zapateado, poetic improvisation in rhyme, and the projection of visual effects.