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Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to appear in Quick Center

OLEAN -- The Moscow-based Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 6 in St. Bonaventure University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

It is the fifth concert in this season's "Friends of Good Music" annual concert series.

Founded in 1991, the orchestra consists of some of Russia's finest young string players, under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky, its founder and music director.

"Concertgoers are in for a special treat," said Ludwig Brunner, program director for the Quick Center. "I'm glad that their 2011 U.S. tour allowed for a stop in Olean between concerts in Vermont and Virginia."

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $20 at full cost, $16 for St. Bonaventure staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call the Quick Center box office at 375-2494.

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Soho Bar hosting benefit for UB grad with cancer

A downtown nightclub will host a chance for friends, family and community members to help a recent University at Buffalo graduate in her second fight with cancer in less than a year.

Soho Bar, 64 W. Chippewa St., will host a benefit from 6 to 11 p.m. next Wednesday to defray medical costs for Jamestown native and Lancaster resident Mindi May.

May, 32, was diagnosed with cervical cancer a few weeks before passing her final exams in April and receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology. After having the malignant tumor removed, she was thought to be cancer-free until she was diagnosed in November with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

May receives treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute three times per week. The event will feature live music, food, drinks and basket and silent auctions. Auction items include Buffalo Sabres and New York Yankees tickets, a 50-inch flat screen TV and weekend tickets to the "Jam in the Valley" music festival.

Tickets are available in advance and at the door for a $25 donation. May's reflections on living with cancer, and information about the event, can be found at:

http://ibelieveinmindimay.blogspot.com/.

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Schools, artists recruited for Fairy House Festival

LEWISTON -- Artpark is seeking local schools, Scout groups, regional artists and families to create fairy houses for display at Artpark's new Fairy House Festival in June.

The festival will feature a tour of "houses" -- built from sticks, dry grasses, leaves, pinecones and other natural materials -- throughout the woods and gardens of the park. A book-signing by children's book author Tracy Kane, art activities and other family fun also will be part of the June 5 event.

Tickets for the festival are $5 and can be purchased in advance at www.artpark.net or by calling 754-4375. Building guidelines, applications and photos of fairy houses can be found at the Artpark website.

The application deadline to express interest in building a house is Feb. 15.

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