Beyond the print
"Images in a Post-Photographic Age" is the rather intimidating title for CEPA Gallery's new multi-site project opening the new season for the downtown gallery. The "post-photographic" part of the title is not meant to dishearten those still plugging away with that arcane machine of the "pre-digital age," the 35mm print camera, but simply a dramatic way to say that electronic technologies are here to stay.
Eleven artists from across the nation, including Buffalonians Tyrone Georgiou and Beverly Johnson, will present work that engages the social and artistic implications of the digital revolution. A retrospective of the work of William Larson, a Pennsylvania artist who has been working in electronic imaging for 30 years, will be a featured event. The project, a part of Curtain Up! festivities, will begin with a reception at 8 tonight in the gallery, located in the Market Arcade Complex, 617 Main St. (856-2717). The exhibition will continue on view through Dec. 17 in the CEPA galleries and at various public sites.
-- Richard Huntington
Music for strings gets a lot of attention on the University at Buffalo North Campus next week. On Wednesday the resident Cassatt String Quartet will set up shop at noon in the UB Art Gallery, in the Center for the Arts, to present what has come to be known as an "informance." That's a brief informal concert during which the musicians talk to the audience about the music they're playing and how they approach it interpretively. Then, at 8 p.m. next Friday in Slee Hall, the Cassatt folks will be joined by cellist Paul Katz, one of the founding members of the late Cleveland Quartet, for a concert in the Slee/Visiting Artist Series. Concluding that concert, Katz will become second cellist in the ensemble for a performance of Schubert's heavenly String Quintet in C, Op. 163, truly one of the world's most sublime string creations. The Cassatt Quartet will open the concert with Mozart's Quartet in B-Flat, K 458 ("Hunt"), and Shostakovich's Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108. Katz will be all alone in the spotlight at 10 a.m. Sept. 25, when he takes over the Slee Hall stage to offer a free master class, which the university defines as "a music lesson taught in a public forum." You need not be a cellist to attend.
-- Herman Trotter
The Bru master
The Rockefeller Arts Center at Fredonia State College will be 30 years old this year, and to inaugurate the special anniversary season the Dave Brubeck Quartet will take over the stage of King Concert Hall for an evening of his highly individualized jazz arrangements and improvisations. It all starts at 8 p.m. next Friday. Brubeck, who will turn 79 in December, is one of the jazz men to whom the overused term "legendary" actually applies. He got his start while studying composition under Darius Milhaud during the late 1940s at Mills College in Oakland, and cut his first records 50 years ago with his trio. One of those early recordings, "How High the Moon," was an ear-opener to this critic, with its uncompromisingly swinging, harmonically inventive lines and its expansive coda that seemed inspired by a Bach chorale. This style was later elaborated and made universally popular by the Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond on alto sax. Such classics from that era as "Take Five" (1960) remain in the repertory today. No program has been announced for next Friday's Brubeck gala, but "Take Five" just may surface during the evening, and possibly the recent "Marian McPartland," Brubeck's musical tribute to another great senior jazz pianist.
-- Herman Trotter
Under one banner
Canisius College's contact with the public through concerts, exhibits and literary events is expanding, and the whole program has taken on the new name Arts/Canisius Series to reflect this broader reach. Next week holds the season's first three offerings by Arts/Canisius, beginning on Monday at 2:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel, when violinist Ansgarius Aylward and harpsichordist Jane Cary of the faculty present a recital featuring Bach's Sonata in B minor, BWV1014, Corelli's Sonata in A Major, Op. 5 No. 1, and Alfred Schnittke's "Suite in Olden Style." The chapel will also be host on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to a program by pianist and composer-in-residence Persis Parshall Vehar titled "Poetry Becomes Song," during which she will discuss and illustrate the intricacies of setting words to music. The chapel's busy week concludes at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 when the Guest Artist series presents guitarist Nicholas Goluses of Rochester's Eastman School of Music in a recital of works by Sor, Ponce, Falla, Britten and Schwantner. Shortly after the recital, Goluses will be in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Student Center to lead a 7 o'clock guitar workshop.
-- Herman Trotter
Back in business
It took a while for the musical movers and shakers of Hamilton, Ont., to regroup after the January 1996 financial collapse of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. But something over a year and a half later, the New Hamilton Orchestra was up and running. And now it has made two announcements that indicate the slow, steady return to stability is working. First, it has sensibly named Daniel Lipton as artistic adviser. Lipton, artistic director of Opera Hamilton, is a fine conductor, and his name at the helm of the New Hamilton Orchestra should give Hamiltonians confidence that the management is making sound moves. Second, the orchestra has announced a series of five classics concerts and five pops concerts for the 1999-2000 season. It all begins on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Hamilton Place, when Lipton conducts the orchestra in Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" and concertmaster Lance Elbeck steps forward to be the soloist in Brahms' Violin Concerto.
-- Herman Trotter