A celebration of American music with a colorful set of concerts stretching from now into the spring of 2018 is being hosted by SUNY Buffalo State College. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 with a look at the evolution of bebop.
The first program, called “Birth of Bebop: Tad, Diz, and Monk at 100," features the Buffalo Jazztet, a group starring Buffalo State music faculty member Mark Filsinger.
It is a new tradition at Buff State to explore, every year, a different aspect of music. Last year, the college spotlighted the music of overlooked women composers and musicians.
“This year we wanted to celebrate some of the amazing diversity in the American music world," Buffalo State associate professor of music Emily Boyce said, announcing this year's series.
“I’m excited we could spotlight Dr. Filsinger’s talented group along with highly regarded musicians from other parts of the country, such as pianist Artina McCain, an award-winning solo and chamber performer, educator and lecturer,” she added. McCain, who Boyce points out was the first blind graduate of the Juilliard School, is performing works by a number of noted African-American composers, including Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Margaret Bonds, and Valerie Capers.
The series is titled "Celebrate: American Music." All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. Here is the rest of the season.
• Oct. 12: Emily Boyce, chair and associate professor of piano, performs Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Buffalo State Wind Ensemble in Rockwell Hall's Performing Arts Center.
• Nov. 8: Tres Bone, a Maryland-based trombone trio, performs in the Ciminelli Recital Hall.
• Nov. 9: Buffalo State voice students perform selections by various American composers in the Ciminelli Recital Hall.
• Feb. 28: Artina McCain, solo pianist, performs in the Ciminelli Recital Hall.
• April 3: The Artemis Quartet, an ensemble from Berlin, performs music by several living American composers in the Ciminelli Recital Hall.
• April 24: The Buffalo State Philharmonia and Choirs perform large-scale works by known and lesser-known American masters in Rockwell Hall's Performing Arts Center.
"Celebrate: American Music": Concerts take place at SUNY Buffalo State College beginning 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, at Ciminelli Recital Hall at Rockwell Hall. Admission is $10, or free for students with ID. For info, call 878-3005.