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June in Buffalo set for June 6-11

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra prepare for their 2018 June in Buffalo performance. The BPO will open this year's festival on June 6. Photo: Irene Haupt


Published June 1, 2023


June in Buffalo, the annual, world-renowned new music festival and conference dedicated to emerging composers, will take place June 6-11 on the North Campus under the new leadership of UB faculty member and cellist-composer Jonathan Golove. 

Golove succeeds David Felder, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus, who served as artistic director of June in Buffalo from 1985 until his retirement from UB earlier this year.

The festival, which traditionally accepts 25 accomplished student composers from all over the world by way of a large and competitive pool of applicants, also features a week-long residency of five distinguished faculty composers. This year, Golove, Ann Cleare, Robert HP Platz, Mathew Rosenblum and Melinda Wagner will serve as mentors to the students throughout the week in coaching sessions, lectures and rehearsals, while also enjoying performances of some of their own work.

Ensembles and individual musicians who specialize in the performance of very recent music also appear during the festival. This year’s lineup of artists includes the return of the famed London-based Arditti Quartet; the Slee Sinfonietta, UB’s UB’s professional chamber orchestra in residence; the Talujon Percussion Ensemble; and the [Switch~ Ensemble]. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an annual participant in the festival, typically performing the closing concert each year. This year, the BPO will open the festival on June 6.

June in Buffalo is presented by the Department of Music and the Center for 21st Century Music.

The complete schedule, as well as information on the composers and performing ensembles, are available on the “Edge of the Center” blog. 

Weekday afternoon concert events are free and open to the public. Tickets for the evening concerts and the Saturday matinee are $10, and available at or one hour before concert time at the concert venue box office. All UB students with a valid ID will receive a complimentary ticket to each event.