June in Buffalo is back, Artvoice

A week of music by contemporary composers comes to UB

June in Buffalo is a unique music festival that is recognized worldwide for its focus on contemporary composers. Established composers assemble every year on the UB Amherst campus for a week of musical activity that includes creative interactions with young emerging composers. Add in some of the finest musicians specializing in contemporary music, and the result is the kind of musical synergy that existed during the now almost legendary period of Lukas Foss and the UB Creative Associates. For this year’s event, festival founder and artistic director David Felder will be joined by his fellow composers Joshua Fineberg, Stephen Hartke, Philippe Hurel and Hilda Paredes. All the evening concerts and the BPO Sunday afternoon concert will take place at Slee Hall, and are ticketed events. The concerts in Baird Recital Hall at 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are free and feature the works of emerging composers.

The BPO is featured on Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm under its music director JoAnn Falletta. Besides Bernard Rands’ “…where the murmurs die…”, the program includes Stephen Hartke’s Brandenburg Autumn, for double reeds, horns, harpsichord, and strings; the work uses the same instrumentation as Bach’s first Brandenburg concerto and features harpsichordist Daniel Pesca. Departing concertmaster Michael Ludwig will make his final official performance as a member of the BPO. Read More