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Concert celebrates poet Robert Creeley in song

The spirit of the late Buffalo poet Robert Creeley lives, and will shine with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center. “A Musical Feast,” the ongoing concert series spearheaded by former Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Charles Haupt, is celebrating Creeley with music inspired by his poetry as well as other works that reflect or complement that music.

Included is David Felder’s “So Quiet Here,” which incorporates both electronica and the voice of Creeley reading his poetry. Vocal music by Ruth Wiesenfeld and George Crumb also is on the program. Taking a step further back in history, the concert also includes Four French Songs by Charles Ives, and a set of songs in German by the great concert pianist Artur Schnabel.

The concert features mezzo soprano Julia Bentley and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, as well as dancer Melanie Aceto. Aceto performed a few weeks ago in New York City, where an admiring review in the New York Times described her as “a human marionette.”

Admission is $20, or $10 for gallery members. For more information, call 878-6011 or visit

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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