Concert dedicated to memory of Creeley

Published May 6, 2015

The last concert in this season’s “A Musical Feast” series is dedicated to the memory of poet Robert Creeley, a longtime UB faculty member and former SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Professor of Poetics in the Department of English.

Taking part in the concert, to be held from 8-10 p.m. May 8 in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, will be UB faculty members David Felder and Melanie Aceto.

Creeley, often cited as one of the most important and influential poets of the last half-century, was a member of the UB faculty from 1966 to 2003, when he left to become a Distinguished Professor at Brown University. He died in 2005.

The program for the concert, titled “A Musical Feast Takes a Deep Breath,” includes a recording of Creeley reading one of his best-known poems, as well as “So Quiet Here,” an electronically enhanced work by Felder, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Birge-Cary Chair in Music Composition, that incorporates the voice of Creeley reading several of his other poems, including “Buffalo Evening.”

Choreographer and dancer Aceto, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, will perform her composition “Vent,” an exploration of our vulnerable and expressive relationship with breath. Using consonant sounds, she uses her breath as propulsion and restriction, creating a score that both accompanies and drives her movement.

The concert also features mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, pianist Kuang-Hao Huang and Moshe Shulman, accordion, who will present the music of George Crumb, Artur Schnabel and Ruth Wiesenfeld.

 Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for Burchfield Penney members and students.