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Boyz II Men, 2Cellos fill out robust UB CFA calendar

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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