June in Buffalo (JIB) is back, and it is even more high-end than
usual this year with a spectacular selection of internationally
known senior composers and critically acclaimed individual artists
and guest artists, one of whom, MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer
Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen, will receive an honorary
doctorate from SUNY.
JIB is an illustrious festival and conference dedicated to
established and emerging composers of new music and—new this
year—to emerging performers as well. It will be presented
June 3-9 by UB’s Department of Music and its Robert and Carol
Morris Center for 21st Century Music.
The festival will feature an intensive schedule of seminars,
lectures, workshops, professional presentations, participant forums
and open rehearsals, along with afternoon and evening concerts open
to the general public and critics that will feature outstanding
senior composers, ensembles and individual performers.
Performance venues will be Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, the
Drama Theater in the Center for the Arts and Baird Recital Hall,
all at UB, as well as One M&T Plaza in downtown Buffalo.
of June in Buffalo events and biographies of JIB instrumentalists,
conductors and guest
artists be found on the June in Buffalo website.
Seven of the evening concerts are ticketed ($12 in advance for
the general public, $20 at the door; $9 in advance for UB
faculty/staff/alumni and seniors, $15 at the door; $5 in advance
for UB students, $8 at the door). To purchase tickets, contact the
Slee Hall ticket office at 716-645-2921. Afternoon concerts and
other events are free of charge.
Ensemble performers will include the Buffalo Philharmonic
Orchestra; the JACK Quartet; the Talujon Percussion Ensemble; the
Slee Sinfonietta, UB’s professional chamber orchestra in
residence; the Talia Ensemble; Linea Ensemble; and Ensemble Signal;
individual artists include the faculty of the JIB Performance
Institute (see below).
Special guests at this year’s festival will include the
distinguished British violinist Irvine Arditti; author and
influential music theorist James Baker; classical and jazz pianist
Geoff Burleson; JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra; Brad Lubman, conductor of Ensemble Signal;
pianist Geoff Burleson; and well-known classical saxophonist
Kenneth Radnofsky, who frequently performs new music.
Twenty-nine emerging composers have been invited to participate
and the senior composition faculty once again features some of the
most important composers of our time, three of them members of the
American Academy of Arts and Letters, whose 250 members include
only 52 composers.
Each senior composer invited to participate will have one of
his/her pieces performed during the festival. Evening performances
will feature faculty composers, resident ensembles and soloists
renowned internationally as interpreters of contemporary music. The
senior composers also will give a public lecture as part of their
participation in June in Buffalo. Lectures will take place from 10
a.m. to noon each day of the festival in Baird Recital Hall, 250
Baird Hall, North Campus.
The composers are:
- David Felder, Birge Cary Chair in Composition at UB, a major
award-winning and internationally celebrated composer who has
served as artistic director of June in Buffalo since 1985. Felder
will lecture on June 7.
- Raphael Cendo, in his first June in Buffalo appearance. This
popular young French composer has an illustrious career that has
included works commissioned and performed by major European
ensembles at an array of important festivals. He will speak on June
- Brian Ferneyhough has returned as a resident composer. He often
is referred to as “The Father of New Complexity,” a
movement that produces works of abstract and dissonant sound marked
by complex musical notation. Widely known and celebrated throughout
the U.S. and Europe, his work has been performed at JIB festivals
more than 15 times since 1989 and has been taken up by a wide range
of ensembles, including the JACK Quartet, which will perform at
this year’s festival. He will lecture on June 4.
- Augusta Read Thomas, considered one of the most beloved figures
in American music, has produced a body of work that has been called
“breathtaking” and cited for its “unbridled
passion and fierce poetry.” She has long been at the top of
her profession and her work is frequently performed here. She will
speak on June 6.
- Charles Wuorinen, the eminent and enormously productive
Pulitzer prize-winning composer with a long history of performing
and teaching at UB—and specifically for June in
Buffalo—again will serve on the JIB faculty. His honorary
doctorate will be awarded on June 4. He will lecture on June
- Yehudi Wyner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer,
pianist, conductor and music educator, has been recognized for
nearly half a century as one of the country’s most gifted
composers. He headed the Yale music composition faculty for 14
years and has written a diverse array of orchestral, chamber,
choral and incidental theatrical, solo vocal and instrumental
music. The New York Times noted that his music, while reflecting
Jewish life, is dissonant, often severe in style, and marked by
unusual sonorities and instrumental virtuosity. He will speak on
The final lecture of the series will be given by British
violinist Irvine Arditti at 1:30 p.m. June 8 in Baird Recital
This is the inaugural year of the June in Buffalo Performance
Institute, directed by pianist Eric Huebner, UB assistant professor
of music. It will run May 30 to June 6.
“This is the first time we have invited performance
students to be a part of this storied new music festival,”
Huebner says. “The institute will offer performers interested
in contemporary music the opportunity to study and collaborate with
experienced faculty members and attend June in Buffalo concerts and
The institute’s faculty will include Huebner; the JACK
Quartet; the Talujon Percussion Ensemble; cellist Jonathan Golove,
UB associate professor of music; and percussionist Tom Kolor, UB
assistant professor of music.
For more information on the performance
institute, visit the June in Buffalo website.