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Faculty recitals to kick off 2005-06 concert season

Published: August 25, 2005

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Two faculty recitals—one of which will be performed by a new resident chamber ensemble—will open the 2005-06 concert season for the Department of Music.

HEARD features some of UB's most talented faculty performers, including Tony Arnold, soprano; Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman, flute; Jonathan Golove, cello; Jacob Greenberg, piano; Alexander Hurd, baritone; Stephen Manes, piano; Kristin Theriault, harp; and Anthony Miranda, percussion.

Flexible in style and instrumentation, HEARD bridges the gap between old and new, presenting thematic programs that spin a web of connections between music, culture, history and current topics. The ensemble will present its inaugural concert, entitled "Have you HEARD?," at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus.

The program will include the music of Frederic Chopin, Leonard Bernstein:, John Weinzweig and Leos Janacek, as well as a set of songs by Golove and the world premiere of "Anthony Miranda: Independent Melodic Velocities."

HEARD plans other interesting programs as part of the "HEARD on Wednesdays" series. In "Day of the Dead" on Nov. 2, the ensemble will explore new Mexican chamber music and music of other cultures that are shrouded in mysteries of death and the entire cycle of life. The group will examine the wildly diverse aspects of sound inspired by nature in "HEARD in the Wild" on Feb. 22. Finally, in honor of Mozart's 250th birthday and the season to pay taxes, HEARD on April 5 will present a program of works connected to the themes of money, love and the music of Mozart in "Of Love and Money: A Taxing Program."

Couperin's great organ masses will be the focus of a recital that UB faculty member Roland E. Martin will present at 8 p.m. Sept. 2 in Lippes Concert Hall. The program will feature the "Messe pour les Couvents" (Mass for the Convents), a tuneful, folkloric and oh-so-French work that stands at the pinnacle of French baroque music. The concert also will include the premiere performance of the solo voice version of Martin's own composition "Adamic Songs," originally for men's chorus and based on some of Walt Whitman's most erotically charged poetry.

Martin teaches organ, harpsichord and piano at UB and serves as opera and vocal coach and accompanist. He also is assistant musical director and accompanist for the Chautauqua Chamber Singers, as well as founder and director of Speculum Musicae, an ensemble for early music.

Tickets for the concerts by Martin and HEARD are $5, with UB students admitted free of charge when showing valid ID. Tickets can be obtained at the Slee Hall box office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Center for the Arts box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at all Ticketmaster locations, including