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BPO, LehrerDance presenting 'Siddhartha' at UB

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and LehrerDance are looking east for inspiration. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, at UB's Center For the Arts, they will be joining forces for a new interpretation of Hermann Hesse's novel "Siddhartha."

Jon Lehrer, the founder and director of LehrerDance, and BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders both worked to develop the piece. They read the novel closely and strove to find just the right music that would bring the story to life.

The music they chose moves forward through time from earlier eras to more recent eras. Opening with Renaissance-era vocal music, it continues with music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century periods. It closes with a return to consonance in a modern vocal work.

"The music takes the same type of journey that Siddhartha takes on his search for enlightenment," Sanders said, announcing the event. "The music has sort of mirrored this story of Siddhartha trying to find his true nature."

The piece is titled "An American Siddhartha: The Way Within." The wording of the title has special meaning.

"Our dance deals with the universal theme of finding oneself amidst a world of chaos and outside influences," Lehrer said. "The idea of finding peace from within and not from 'without' is timeless, superseding any religious, social, economic, or cultural differences. The characters and story line in 'Siddhartha' lend themselves to great interpretation through Lehrer Dance's signature athletic, artistic, and highly expressive style of dance."

Sanders conducts the program's first half, which features music already in LehrerDance's repertoire. Among them are Pachelbel's Canon in D and movements from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. These pieces introduce some of the sub-themes in the work: love, friendship, and fidelity.

Tickets are $45 to $55; $20 for students. A VIP ticket, which includes a post-concert reception, is $90.

For tickets, call 645-2787 or visit ubcfa.org.

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