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Buffalo Chamber Players wrap up season with new music and art

The Buffalo Chamber Players’ season is wrapping up colorfully on Wednesday with another of the art/music collaborations the ensemble loves so well. This time, the artist in residence is Gerald Mead, a collage master who creates using photographs and found materials. Mead’s art resides permanently in numerous galleries, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Castellani Art Museum and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mead’s exhibition for Wednesday’s concert comprises several small-scale collages chronicling the Chamber Players’ eight-year history. The collages incorporate such materials as musical scores, invitations, tickets, programs, marketing materials, reviews and clippings from Gusto and other materials the musicians gave him.

The Chamber Players, led by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violist Janz Castelo, have chosen an on-the-edge program. The concert includes the winning compositions from the Buffalo Chamber Players’ 2015 Call-for-Scores. The music is by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, of England; Andrew List, of Boston, Mass.; and Tomasz Skweres, of Poland. The evening ends with the String Quartet No. 6 of American composer George Rochberg. The concert organizers explain: “Written in 1978 for the Concord String Quartet, the piece journeys through the sonic worlds of Beethoven, Haydn, Mahler and Pachelbel, assembling them into a profoundly moving masterpiece of the string quartet repertoire.”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Buffalo Seminary (205 Bidwell Parkway). General admission is $15, students $5. For info, visit buffalochamberplayers.org or call 462-5659.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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