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VOLUME 24 | SPRING 2017
WELCOME A message from interim Executive Director Michael Detty.
PERFORMANCES An exciting and diverse lineup planned for the coming months.
SCHOOL-TIME ADVENTURE SERIES Introducing children to the performing arts.
UB THEATRE & DANCE Talented UB students take the stage. CALENDAR A list of our 2017 Spring performances.
A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the second act of the 2016-17 Season at the Center for the Arts! It is my great pleasure to serve as the interim executive director of the Center, a wonderful experiential laboratory for training UB students in both performance and production, and an institution I hold in great esteem. The coming months will again bring an exciting variety of professional touring entertainment to our stages. You will also find future stars among our talented students in the Departments of Theatre & Dance, Art, Media Study, Music and more. Our activities, whether they be master classes with touring artists, inspiring performances by artists at the peak of their craft, internships, and work with professional production crews, contribute to the foundation of their careers ahead. Working behind the scenes, our first-rate production staff is all but invisible to the audience. That’s their job, of course, but evidence of their hard work is on display during and after every performance. I admire the professional staff, which continues a legacy of excellent programming, marketing, ticketing, and operating a facility bringing audiences audacious experiences. Tom Burrows retired this past October. For the first time in 20 years, the Center has a new executive director, and I wish to thank Tom for his decades of service, and hope he enjoys a long and happy retirement. In my time at the helm, I intend to continue Tom’s determination to be one of not only Western New York’s premier arts spaces—but one of the best in the country. The Center for the Arts will continue to strive to expand its sphere of influence in Western New York, and maintain its position as a leader in community outreach. It is an honor to serve Western New York, UB, and the Center in my current role. Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you at the Center soon. Sincerely,
Michael Detty INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
An American Siddhartha: The Way Within Lehrer Dance & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra JoAnn Falletta, conductor | Stefan Sanders, conductor FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 AT 7:30PM TICKETS $90 VIP INCLUDES PREMIUM SEATING AND POST-PERFORMANCE RECEPTION $55 | $45 | $20 STUDENTS (ANY SCHOOL)
The athleticism and grace of Lehrer Dance combine with the musicianship of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a thought-provoking and exciting new piece. This modern re-telling of “Siddhartha,” Herman Hesse’s classic novel about self-discovery, uses Lehrer Dance’s signature style and classical masterworks by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Schoenberg, and Brahms. “I am an enormous fan of Jon Lehrer and his dancers, and am thrilled to collaborate with them again. The ‘American Siddhartha’ project is a profound artistic inspiration and the musicians and I are proud to be a part of this groundbreaking production,” said JoAnn Falletta. “Our dance deals with the universal theme of finding oneself amidst a world of chaos and outside influences. The idea of finding peace from within and not from ‘without’ is timeless, superseding any religious, social, economic, or cultural differences,” said Jon Lehrer, Founder and Artistic Director of Lehrer Dance. Lehrer and BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders collaborated to develop the piece, spending hours listening to music and reading the novel closely. The piece opens with Renaissance-era vocal songs, features, and music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century periods, and closes with a return to consonance in a modern vocal work as Siddhartha completes his journey. Sanders will conduct the program’s first half, which features pieces meant to introduce some of the subthemes in the work: love, friendship, and fidelity.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 AT 7:30PM TICKETS
$35 | $32 GROUPS
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart is riding a creative tidal wave – releasing acclaimed albums, performing with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with her celebrated burnt-honey voice. Beth’s latest album, Fire On The Floor will be released on February 3rd (Provogue/ Mascot Label Group). The Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart “the ultimate female rock star.” Born in Los Angeles, she released several hit albums through the ’90s, then reignited in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Slash. In April 2015, she released Better Than Home: a critical and commercial smash that topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was crowned #4 “Best Blues Album Of The Year” by Mojo magazine.
She has the kind of belting blues-rock voice that could bring down light aircraft.” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE Already a star in Europe, the U.S. has embraced her too, packing venues in major cities, leading to a nomination from the American Blues Foundation in the category of “Contemporary Blues Female Artist.” Perhaps her greatest live performance to date was seen by millions of television viewers, when she participated in the Kennedy Center’s tribute to Buddy Guy. Hart received one of the only two standing ovations of the evening.
$44 | $40 GROUPS
The Head and the Heart Special Guest: Springtime Carnivore
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017 AT 7:30PM The popular indie folk band was formed in Seattle in 2009 and have toured since 2010. They have released three albums. Their latest recording and major label debut on Warner Bros., Signs of Light, was released in September 2016 and features the #1 single “All We Ever Knew.”
Dorrance Dance FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017 AT 8:00PM TICKETS
New York’s Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context. Street, club and experimental dance forms awake to the sound of furious rhythms.
$31.50 | $13.50 STUDENTS (ANY SCHOOL) TICKETS: $31.50, $13.50 ALL STUDENTS
This was definitely not your grandfather’s tap dance and it kicked some serious butt. More, please.” STEVE SUCATO, CLEVELAND.COM
Founder and artistic director Michelle Dorrance is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award Winner, and 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner, Michelle performs, teaches and choreographs throughout the world. THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS PROFESSIONAL DANCE RESIDENCY Dorrance Dance will be in residence March 27-31. As Western New York’s premier presenter of dance, the Center places great emphasis on developing dance audiences in our community and introducing professional dance to children who otherwise might not have the opportunity. Since 1997, the Center has conducted more than two dozen professional dance outreach projects to provide arts education for more than 27,000 students at schools primarily in the City of Buffalo. Western New York public school students have been afforded the opportunity to experience a live professional dance performance in their schools, free of charge, by some of the world’s finest companies. In addition, UB dance majors benefit from master classes with members of these professional dance companies.
Russian National Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH, 2017 AT 7:30PM TICKETS $34.50 | $24.50 | $13.50 STUDENTS (ANY SCHOOL) | $31.50 GROUPS The revered ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, is performed by this acclaimed Company of fifty dancers. A full-length ballet in four acts (approximately two hours). The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Unionâ€™s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies. In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the Company. She has focused the Company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia.
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$29.50 | $14.50 STUDENTS (ANY SCHOOL)
Monsieur Periné TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017 AT 7:00PM
This concert will be performed in a club setting with both the band and audience seated on the Mainstage. Seating will be general admission with tables and beer/wine available. One of the leading bands in Colombia’s new music scene, Monsieur Periné won the Latin Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” and earned a Grammy Award nomination for their most recent album Caja de Música. Rooted in gypsy jazz and celebrating the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Monsieur Periné’s fresh style adds a variety of Latin elements to the mix. Incorporating genres like cumbia, son, bolero, tango, and samba, the band performs on traditional South American instruments from the charango, to the bandoneon, and Latin percussion. Their airy yet virtuosic instrumental foundation connects 1930s Paris with the youthful spirit of modern Bogotá. It’s the perfect backdrop to showcase Catalina Garcia’s sugar-sweet, sunshiny vocals at the very center of their signature “swing a la Colombiana” style.
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Buddy Guy Special Guest: Tom Hambridge FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 AT 8:00PM TICKETS
Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Music Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” His latest studio album, Born To Play Guitar (Silvertone/RCA Records), debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart. It was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer/ songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator (and Buffalo native) Tom Hambridge.
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TICKETS: $49.50 | $45.50 GROUPS
These many years later, Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure, and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution. RCA RECORDS
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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 AT 6:30PM TICKETS $52 VIP PREMIUM SEATING, PRE-SHOW MEET & GREET, OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE ITEM | $37 | $27 | $17
Get ready for the ultimate playdate - 65 million years in the making - as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide - but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.
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Speakers THE 30TH ANNUAL UB DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES
ERIC HOLDER 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-15) UBâ€™s 41st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Speaker THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017 8:00PM | Alumni Arena
ROXANE GAY Best-Selling Author, Cultural Critic & Professor Graduate Student Choice Speaker
JAMES FRANCO Golden Globe-Winning Actor and Filmmaker Undergraduate Student Choice Speaker
WEDNESDAY, APR. 5, 2017 8:00PM | Alumni Arena
SATURDAY, APR. 29, 2017 8:00PM | Alumni Arena
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: BUFFALO.EDU/UB-SPEAKERS
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Buffalo Seminary 2016-17 School-Time Adventure Series Now in its 20th year, UB Center for the Arts continues the School-Time Adventure Series. This series of affordable, age-appropriate productions with school-friendly curtain times serves as an introduction to live theatre for students and their teachers. The programs are open to groups of 10 or more, play groups, daycare centers, and schools only. On average, 14,000 children attend these events annually. In recent years, many school districts have faced severe financial setbacks due to declines in state and local funding. The most vulnerable of these services, once considered essential for student enrichment, but now considered “optional,” is arts education. This has forced a drastic decline and often termination of performing arts field trips. It is now possible that a student who attends a school in an underserved community will complete a 12-year learning cycle without being exposed to a performing arts experience. The Center continues to assist educators in every way possible, including an ongoing bus-stipend program for qualifying schools. SOLD OUT BILL BLAGG LIVE! THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC Presented by Shaw Entertainment MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017 AT 10:30AM SOLD OUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S “ROMEO AND JULIET” Presented by American Shakespeare Center WEDNESDAY, MAR. 29, 2017 AT 10:30AM Production is approximately 2 ½ hrs. MY FAIR LADY Presented by UB Theatre and Dance TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017 AT 10:30AM Grades 9-12 | $8.00 per person Production is approximately 2 hrs. ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE! Presented by Brad Simon Organization THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 AT 10:30AM Grades 1-5 | $7.00 per person
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To reserve seats for your school group today call Karen Dunn at 645-6771 or email email@example.com. For more information regarding the performances, please visit our website at www.ubcfa.org. If seats are available on the day of performance, they will be available for sale to the general public. Please email or call for availability. ALL PERFORMANCES are one hour in length unless otherwise noted.
Our pre-school children thoroughly enjoyed the music and performance and kept their attention throughout! Thank you again for your attention to details.” UB CHILD CARE
THE FUNKY DAWGZ
Workshops The Center for the Arts places great importance on learning opportunities for students by providing access to master classes and workshops with professional touring artists. This past fall several visiting performers worked with student musicians and dancers. THE FUNKY DAWGZ BRASS BAND October 3, 2016 In town to perform with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the Funky Dawgz led a workshop for a group of students from UB, Buffalo Academy of Performing & Visual Arts and Kenmore West High School. Students learned the fundamentals and history of traditional brass band music and also had the opportunity to “jam” with the group.
ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET
BRIA SKONBERG October 14, 2016 The jazz trumpeter and vocalist gave an afternoon workshop with band students at Kenmore West High School ahead of her performance on the Mainstage. Bria guest conducted the band, performed some of her original compositions and led the excited young musicians in an extended blues improvisation. ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET November 17, 2016 The Royal Winnipeg Ballet made their Buffalo premiere with a stunning performance of “Dracula.” Earlier in the day the Company’s Senior Ballet Master, Johnny Chang, conducted an inspirational master class with UB dance students.
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CENTER FOR THE ARTS
special events JIM JEFFERIES: THE UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT TOUR THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017 AT 8:00PM TICKETS
$49.50 | $39.50
Jim Jefferies has firmly established himself as one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, with a controversial and belief-challenging standup style that continues to surprise and entertain audiences across the globe. Jefferies burst onto the scene in the U.S. following his popular debut HBO special “I Swear to God.” His other comedy specials include “Contraband,” “Alcoholocaust,” “Fully Functional” and 2016’s “Freedumb.” Presented by AEG Live JIM JEFFERIES
KISS 98.5 CUPCAKE CHALLENGE SUNDAY, MAR. 5, 2017 AT 12PM & 3PM TICKETS $15 IN ADVANCE | $20 DAY OF Available at www.mybuffaloperks.com Kiss 98.5 presents the 4th annual Kiss 98.5 Cupcake Challenge! YOU are the judge in this culinary challenge that will crown the best cupcake in Western New York! Ticket includes free samples from all participating bakeries.
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Varsity Vocals presents
THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF COLLEGIATE A CAPPELLA Central Region Semifinal SATURDAY, MAR. 25, 2017 AT 7:00PM TICKETS
The world’s only international collegiate a cappella competition returns! As featured in the film Pitch Perfect and POPtv series Sing It On, this high-stakes competition features outstanding a cappella performances by the top eight qualifying vocal ensembles in this region. Don’t miss this night of stellar music and rising stars.
PHOTO: JIM BUSH
TICKET PRICES FOR ALL EVENTS $20 GENERAL PUBLIC | $10 STUDENTS & SENIORS
Zodiaque Dance Company
Zodiaque Dance Ensemble
Directed By Kerry Ring
Directed by Jeanne Fornarola
MARCH 1-5, 2017 Drama Theatre
APRIL 7-9, 2017 Black Box Theatre
By Lerner & Loewe Directed by Vincent Oâ€™Neill
By Anne Washburn Directed by Eero Laine
My Fair Lady
APRIL 28-30 & MAY 5-7, 2017 Drama Theatre
10 Out Of 12 MARCH 8-12, 2017 Black Box Theatre
THIS SEASON TAKES INSPIRATION FROM THE UB2020 THEME OF HUMANITY theatredance.buffalo.edu | facebook.com/ubtheatredance | twitter.com/ubtheatredance
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The Five Irish Tenors
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017 AT 7:30PM TICKETS $42 | $37 | $22 STUDENTS (ANY SCHOOL) $39 GROUPS
Direct from Dublin, Ireland, this sensational program fuses Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique Irish tenor concert experience. The concert will feature both famously beloved Irish songs and opera arias in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and tutti.
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ALL EVENTS ON THE MAINSTAGE UNLESS NOTED D DRAMA THEATRE
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B BLACK BOX
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THE FIVE IRISH TENORS
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JIM JEFFERIES AN AMERICAN SIDDHARTHA: BPO & LEHRER DANCE BETH HART
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ZODIAQUE DANCE COMPANY
THE HEAD AND THE HEART KISS 98.5 CUPCAKE CHALLENGE 10 OUT OF 12
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF COLLEGIATE A CAPPELLA DORRANCE DANCE
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RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE IN “SWAN LAKE” ZODIAQUE DANCE ENSEMBLE
MONSIEUR PERINÉ BUDDY GUY MY FAIR LADY
ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE! MY FAIR LADY
ANDERSON, RABIN & WAKEMAN PERFORMED A SOLD-OUT MAINSTAGE CONCERT ON NOVEMBER 2, 2016 PHOTO: CHAD COOPER | | | 23
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