BUFFALO, N.Y. – You’ll know its new music because it
features the work of Lejaren Hiller, Lukas Foss, Allen Sapp and
emerging young composers and performers whose innovative work
refers to paradigm-changing music of their own time.
That's what's on the program when the exciting and novel music
ensemble Wooden Cities presents the inaugural Muriel Wolf and
Albert Steger Endowment Concert, a free public event sponsored by
the University at Buffalo Music Library, to be held Feb. 7 at 7:30
p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the UB North
The group also will present a “Brown Bag Preview” of
the program at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 4 in Lippes Concert Hall. That also
is free and open to the public.
Wooden Cities is a performance ensemble and collective with
strong ties to the UB program in music composition. It is dedicated
to increasing awareness of contemporary classical music in Western
New York, and to that end, the program will feature recently
composed pieces and reconstructions of work representing
Buffalo’s rich history in new music.
The Feb. 7 program will include work by composers Lukas Foss and
Allen Sapp, who directed the UB Center of the Creative and
Performing Arts (1963-80); pioneering American composer Lejaren
Hiller, a member of the UB music faculty from 1968-89; flutist and
composer Anton Wolf, a member of the music faculty at Buffalo State
College for many years; and noted modernist composer Jeffrey
Stadelman, associate professor of music composition and chair of
the UB Department of Music.
The program also will include compositions by members of Wooden
Cities: Esin Gunduz, Nathan Heidelberger and Zane Merritt, all PhD
candidates in composition in the UB Department of Music; UB
Department of Music alumnus Brendan Fitzgerald, who directs the
collective; and pianist/composer Michael McNeill.
Program details are available at http://www.woodencities.org/events/index.shtml.
Wooden Cities is known for its unique performances of work by
noted composers, new composers and what they consider to be
neglected composers of the 20th century.
The band features guitarists, hornists, vocalists, pianists, a
cellist, a violinist and a performer of electronic music, several
of whom are composers as well. Members have said they
considers the group’s true predecessors to be the DIY
(literally “do it yourself”) communities of the
profoundly influential No Wave scene of the 1970s and the fast,
heavy, abrasive “hardcore music” of the 1980s, both of
which represent the democratization of music-making and
The performance will be sponsored by an endowment from the late
Muriel Wolf, a member of the UB music faculty from 1965 to 1993 and
director of the very successful UB Opera Studio, and her late
husband, Albert Steger, a musician with the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra for 31 years. The endowment was established to
produce concerts of music by Buffalo composers.