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Next Friday, the University at Buffalo is going to make a noise in the world, with a concert ranging from "Sesame Street" to Jimi Hendrix. The Meridian Arts Ensemble, the group that Billboard magazine says are "more exciting all the time," will be performing a kaleidoscopic program in Lippes Hall (formerly Slee Hall) on UB's North Campus.

The Meridian Arts Ensemble comprises Daniel Gravois on horn, Benjamin Herrington on trombone, Raymond Stewart on tuba, John Ferrari on percussion and, on trumpets, Brian McWhorter and UB professor Jon Nelson.

The program is, as usual, a mad mix of vibrant contemporary pieces, colorful Latin music and surprises. On tap are Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5"; Elliott Sharp's "Beyond the Curve"; and Silbestre Revuletas' "Ocho por Radio"; as well as music by Pixinguinha e Lacerda, David Sanford and Anthony Holborne. McWhorter's arrangement of music from "Sesame Street" will conclude the night, along with Hendrix's "Purple Haze."

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. next Friday at 8 p.m. Admission is $12, with discounts for students and seniors.

For information, call 645-2921.

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