The Quick Center's 2021-22 performance season presented a rich array of talent.

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 the 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 2022-2023 Performance Season

The Friends of Good Music's 2022-2023 performance season will be announced here when the schedule is finalized in late summer of 2022. Please visit this site regularly for updates.  

A look back at our 2021-2022 performance season

Many of these performances were made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Baritone Kenneth Overton (9/24/21)
Kenneth Overton performs at St. Bonaventure University on Sept. 24, 2021Been in De Storm so Long
Kenneth Overton’s featured role on the 2021 Grammy Award-winning CD “The Passion Of Yeshua” with the Buffalo Philharmonic is among the most recent outstanding achievements of his international career. This program, “Been in De Storm so Long,” represented a spiritual journey from the cotton fields to the concert hall. Overton performed spirituals rooted in the African-American traditions including “Deep River,” “Ride on King Jesus,” “I Got to Lie Down” and many others.

Invoke — String Quartet (10/15/21)
Invoke String Quartet performs at St. Bonaventure University on Oct. 16, 2021.2018 International Competition Winners
This multi-instrumental quartet, winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Gild International Competition, encompasses traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Fueled by their passion for storytelling, Invoke weaves all of these styles together to form a unique repertoire, with original works composed by and for the group.

Frisson Ensemble (12/3/21)
Frisson Ensemble performs at St. Bonaventure University on Dec. 3, 2021Annual Holiday Concert
From New York City, Frisson features the best and brightest of classical music's rising stars. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely performed masterworks, and the group expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, and nonets. This Christmas holiday program featurd instrumental works from Bach to Vivaldi and an audience singalong of traditional songs including “Come all Ye Faithful,” “Hark the Herald Angel’s Sing” and “Silent Night.”

Merz Trio (1/21/22)
Merz Trio performs at St. Bonaventure University on Jan. 21, 20222019 International Competition Winners
Formed during a snowstorm in New York City in 2017, the trio has made a sweep of top U.S. competitions, taking gold medals at the 2018 Chesapeake and the 2019 Fischoff competitions, in addition winning the 2019 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The Merz Trio has performed at major concert venues in New York, Boston, and Chicago, as well as in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Western New York Chamber Orchestra (2/13/22)
Glen Cortese will conduct the WNY Chamber Orchestra in a performance at St. Bonaventure UniversityWith Conductor Glen Cortese
This popular Western New York ensemble includes outstanding players from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty as well as other regional professional musicians. Last season's performance featured soloists Barry Crawford (flute) and Sonja Inglefield (harp) in a program of works by Debussy and Mozart as well as a new composition by Maestro Cortese in its world premiere performance: “Voyager, a Journey to the Stars.”

The Konrad Paszkudski Trio (3/11/22)
The Konrad Paszkudski Trio performs at St. Bonaventure University on March 11, 2022
Tunes from the American Songbook
After studying jazz piano in his native Australia, Konrad moved to the U.S. and toured extensively with jazz greats such as trumpeter James Morrison and the John Pizzarelli Quartet, leading more than 1,000 performances in just four years. In 2017 he became artistic director of the legendary Ballroom on the West Coast and founded his own trio. Their focus is on standards — tunes collectively known as the American Songbook.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano (5/7/22)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano performs at St. Bonaventure University May 7, 2022
Mexican Music & Painting with guest speaker Benjamin Juarez
Cuarteto Latinoamericano presented a concert focusing on the paintings from the time of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other artists as well as music by prominent composers of the time. This concert, presented in conjunction with the Quick Center exhibition "Frida Kahlo's Gardens," featured projections and commentary about the connections among painting, music, and history.