Concerts You Shouldn’t Miss

June 9, 2016 Artvoice 0






Buffalo News music editor Jeff Miers recently published a must-see concert list that we thought was right on. We’d like to second the nominations and reaffirm his picks. These should all be great shows. So if you have a limited summer concert budget, consider these a best bet for your bucks.






Poety

June 2, 2016 Artvoice 0






GUACAMOLE HOUR BY LISA WILEY —    at the lake house Five avocados wait on the sill, a little conspiracy ripening, as I wonder who […]

BPO music director JoAnn Falletta

Scaling The Spectacular Heights Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony Receives Its BPO Premiere

June 2, 2016 Artvoice 0






Richard Strauss completed his final tone poem, Ein Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 “An Alpine Symphony”, in 1915. Somewhat surprisingly, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of “An Alpine Symphony”, under the baton of its music director JoAnn Falletta, will be an orchestra premiere on its season finale concerts on Saturday June 4 at 8pm and Sunday June 5 at 2:30pm.






Mrs. Warren At Shaw And En Route To Buffalo

June 1, 2016 Artvoice 0






Mrs. Warren’s Profession is the most highly regarded of George Bernard Shaw’s “Plays Unpleasant.” The profession of the title is the world’s oldest, prostitution – a word never used in the play.






Graphic Traffic presented by Queen City Bookstore INC.

May 26, 2016 Artvoice 0






I cried while reading this story, and I have no clue why. Seriously, I can’t fully wrap my head around this story, and yet something about this made me actually cry. Divinity relies on subtle plays on your emotions in order to hit you when you least expect it, even if you don’t understand what’s going on.






26 Annual Artie Awards

May 26, 2016 Artvoice 0






The 26th Annual Artie Awards, celebrating excellence in Buffalo theater, will be presented on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 710 Main at 8 p.m. Career Achievement honors will go to Tony Conte, president of Shea’s, who is retiring at the end of the season, and who was influential in moving the now venerable Artie festivities to 710 Main last year.






On the Boards – Presented by Irish Classical Theatre

May 26, 2016 Artvoice 0






AN IDEAL HUSBAND, comedy by Oscar Wilde presented by The Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by David Oliver, starring Steve Jakiel, Ben Michael Moran, Chris Kelly, David Lundy, Gerry Maher, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Pamela Rose Mangus, Kristen Bentley, Jessica Wegrzyn, Andrea Gollhardt, Kate LoConti.






Graphic Traffic, Presented by Queen City Bookstore Inc.

May 19, 2016 Artvoice 0






What happens when you review a graphic novel that you last read when you were ten? You hope to God that you don’t weep over your undeveloped brain’s idea of a good story. Cosmic Adventures, as the hilarious editor’s notes call it, follows twelve-year-old Kara Zor-El after her rocket comes to Earth and crashes through Lex Luthor’s giant mech. Seriously…that’s how this thing starts.






Harmonia Chamber Singers Celebrate 10th Anniversary

May 19, 2016 Artvoice 0






In keeping with the group’s mission of educational outreach, Harmonia will host Sametz for a brief residency, as he leads a choral workshop on Friday May 20, with singers from Niagara Falls and Sweet Home High Schools, which will culminate with a 7pm preview concert at Historic Holy Trinity, 1419 Falls Street in Niagara Falls.






On the Boards, Presented by Irish Classical Theatre

May 19, 2016 Artvoice 0






SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, musical by Jason Robert Brown, presented by Batavia Players, directed by Amanda Melissa Taylor and Drew Stebbins-Williams. May 19-21 at 7:30. Harvester 56 Theater, 56 Harvester Avenue, Batavia (622-2747). www.BataviaPlayers.org






A Musical Feast – “À la française”

May 12, 2016 Artvoice 0






The final concert in this season’s “A Musical Feast” series will take place in the Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penny Art Center on the Elmwood side of the Buffalo State College Campus on Friday May 13 at 8pm.






Stagefright

May 12, 2016 Artvoice 0






Broadway legend, lyricist Sheldon Harnick (pictured above) will receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s ceremony. Harnick, who turned 92 this past April 30th, has two of his musicals running on Broadway this season.






A Baseball Oddity: The “Switch Pitcher”

May 12, 2016 Artvoice 0






He is a “switch pitcher”, capable of throwing from either the left or the right hand. And in fact, to hone his craft, over the years he has had a specially produced baseball glove made for him with four fingers and two thumbs, to allow him to seamlessly switch from right to left as the situation warrants.






On The Boards – Presented by Irish Classical Theatre

May 5, 2016 Artvoice 0






ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, comedy classic by Joseph Kesselring presented by The Alden Christian Theatre Society, starring Lynn Errington, Sue Kubick, Bob Aquila, Dylan Brozyna, Danielle Burning, Chris Best, Mark Jablonski. May 6-14, Fri & Sat at 7:30, plus May 15 at 2:30. ACTS Theatre, 1470 Church St., Alden (937-7770).






Mozart & Mahler 5th

May 5, 2016 Artvoice 0






“Mozart was like a god to Mahler” says BPO music director JoAnn Falletta. “When you hear the music of Mozart and Mahler, it’s almost like listening to the beginning and the end of a musical tradition that was truly Viennese.






Pilsner

April 28, 2016 Artvoice 0






> by Brian Campbell

Pilsners come in all shapes and sizes. From the soft and floral bitterness of Czech (Bohemian) styles to the spicy hop flavors of classic German (Bavarian) styles, pilsners are often a delicate, crisp and thoroughly refreshing beer.






Now Playing in Theatres

April 28, 2016 Artvoice 0






OPENING THE AMERICAN SIDE- Independent film shot partially in Buffalo about a low-rent detective searching for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius Nikolai Tesla. North […]

Celebrating Sammy

April 28, 2016 Artvoice 0






Anthony Chase

Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990) was one of the great entertainers of the 20th century. If you are of a certain age, and the 1960s, ‘70s, or ‘80s loom large in your cultural memory, chances are that Sammy was a big part of your life.






Composer Amy Williams Invents Cineshape

April 28, 2016 Artvoice 0






Amy Williams, a Buffalo native and video artist Aaron Henderson, two acclaimed Pittsburgh-based artists, have been working for over a year on this collaboration, which is the culminating project for Williams’ year as a prestigious Guggenheim Fellow.






On the Boards – Presented by Irish Classical Theatre

April 28, 2016 Artvoice 0






Opening

DIRTY DANCING, The Classic Story on Stage, touring production of the musical based on the popular movie, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. May 3-8, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org






Stagefright

April 28, 2016 Artvoice 0






Three of the most popular movie musicals of the 1980s, Flashdance (1983), Footloose (1984), and Dirty Dancing (1987) have been adapted for the stage but only one of them ever made it to Broadway. Footloose opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 1998 and ran for almost two years.






Minor League Baseball Chief

April 28, 2016 Artvoice 0






The president of Minor League Baseball, Pat O’Conner, was in town last week, making the visit to Coca Cola Field to deliver a prestigious award to Buffalo Bisons third baseman Matt Dominguez.






Enter a Divine Land

April 21, 2016 Artvoice 0






Shen Yun, the world touring Chinese Performing Arts Company will be returning to Shea’s this weekend. The talented company presents a story-based performance of Chinese classical dance combined with ethnic dance, folk dance and featured solo performers. A western philharmonic orchestra that interestingly integrates traditional Chinese instruments accompanies the dancers. 






Bach to the Future

April 21, 2016 Artvoice 0






The young and innovative musicians of the Buffalo Bach Project will make their Friends of Vienna debut this Sunday at 3:30pm in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue, in the final concert of the FOV’s current season. Soprano Maria Lindsey, oboist and French horn player Megan Kyle, cellist Katie Weissman and harpsichordist and pianist Garrett Martin, will present arias from six different Bach cantatas, interspersed with several intriguing modern compositions, as the group’s spokeswoman, Megan Kyle, explains.






Jon Lehrer Talks Yeats

April 21, 2016 Artvoice 0






This weekend, the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s will open The Yeats Project: Two Plays by W.B. Yeats, a three-way collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater. The production offers a relatively rare opportunity to take in two plays by William Butler Yeats: The Land of Heart’s Desire, the first of his plays to be performed publicly; and At the Hawk’s Well, one of his “Four Plays for Dancers.” Both plays reflect Yeats’ fascination with Irish mythology, and are remembered for their association with the Irish Literary Revival undertaken by Yeats, Lady Gregory, and others.  






Daniel Bassin’s UB Farewell

April 21, 2016 Artvoice 3






The UB Symphony Orchestra will end its season with a free performance this Sunday April 24, at 3pm in Slee Concert Hall, under the baton, for the final time, of its Music Director, Daniel Bassin. Sunday’s concert will feature the kind of refreshing and innovative programming that Dan has established as his hallmark.  Roland Martin’s new orchestration of George Butterworth’s Six Songs from “A Shropshire Lad”, after poems by A.E. Housman, will be sung by Robert Gerst, winner of the UBSO Concerto Competition.






Hello, My Name is Doris

April 14, 2016 Artvoice 0






By Jordan Canahai Hello, My Name Is Doris, the oddly endearing and unconventional effort from director Michael Showalter (The State, Wet Hot American Summer) stars a wonderful […]