One reason why the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts is beloved among Western New Yorkers is its sheer variety of events.
The 2014-15 season is no different, as a press release includes dates for myriad genres of music, theater, dance and comedy. We've selected a few highlights from the calendar, which ranges from Sept. 4, 2014 through April 22, 2015, and then posted the whole list of events at the bottom:
1) Christina Perri, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 (tickets): Our excitement was palpable when Perri's intimate show was first announced in June, and the singer-songwriter hasn't exactly hid in the shadows since, as her glamorous dress in her music video for "Burning Gold" garnered attention from vh1. If you're a tattoo aficionado, there are some neat narratives behind Perri's.
2) LehrerDance, 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 (tickets): Exactly a month after Perri's concert, the Amherst venue welcomes dance troupe LehrerDance, which partners with the University at Buffalo and regularly uses the CFA's rehearsal space when the outfit isn't on the road. Directed by Jon Lehrer, these professionals engage in awe-inducing, gravity-defying routines that hone in on the remarkable human physique, balance and coordination among dancers.
3) Boyz II Men, 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 (tickets): While Boyz II Men's website confidently refers to the band as "the greatest R&B group of all-time" -- but who are we to contest the merit of that claim? -- the three-part a cappella sensations just keep chugging along, releasing 11 studio albums over 23 years, and the 12th, "Collide," drops in late September. We do not believe that Howie Day is a special guest, but even so, this event qualifies as a terrific date night.
4) 2Cellos, 7:30 p.m. on April 21, 2015 (tickets): No, this isn't 2 Chainz gone orchestral (although that would be funny) -- but it's two handsome Croats who are world-class cellists. You may remember them from their cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," which I'll shortly have lodged in your brain for the remainder of the day. Former Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin had a major hand in the recording of 2Cello's second album, 2013's "In2ition," which should tell you all you need to know about the album's quality.
Others of note: The return of Esperanza Spalding, Brian Setzer Orchestra's Christmas concert, Russian National Ballet Theatre's production of "Sleeping Beauty," the WYRK Acoustic Show featuring Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay and Danielle Bradbery, and the BPO & Richmond Ballet's collaboration on "The Rite of Spring"
September 4 Christina Perri
September 19 A Night of Magic with Illusionist Greg Frewin
September 20 Marissa Mulder: Tom Waits… In His Words
September 26 Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group
October 4 LehrerDance
October 8 The Berenstain Bears Live!*
October 9 An Evening with Esperanza Spalding
October 14 Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
October 15 The Australian Pink Floyd Show
October 22 WYRK Fall Acoustic Concert
November 4 Ian Anderson performs the Best of Jethro Tull
November 10 The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
November 12 Home Free “Crazy Life Tour”
November 13 Stuart Fuchs
November 16 Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour
November 21 Richmond Ballet & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – The Rite of Spring
November 22 Boyz II Men
November 23 Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Extravaganza!
December 5 Cyrille Aimée
December 6-7 American Academy of Ballet – The Nutcracker (on sale in September)
January 27 Stella, Queen of the Snow*
February 5 Zap Mama / Antibalas
February 18 National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
February 20 Girls Night: The Musical
March 2 Tango Buenos Aires
March 5 Four Score & Seven Years Ago*
March 23 The Acting Company in Shakespeare’s Macbeth*
March 27 Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Cinderella*
March 28 Becca Stevens Band
April 11 RIOULT Dance NY
April 15 Russian National Ballet Theatre in Sleeping Beauty
April 21 2CELLOS
April 22 Buddy Guy (on sale October 10th)
*School-Time performance – open to school groups only