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Monday, September 16, 2013

'Music and Literature' Opens
Friends of Good Music Season

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra conducted by Glen Cortese will open the 2013-2014 Friends of Good Music concert season at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

In a program titled “Music and Literature,” Cortese will conduct Leonard Bernstein’s popular “Serenade” featuring solo violinist Michael Ludwig, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

After intermission, the State University of New York at Fredonia College Choir, directed by Dr. Gerald Gray and featuring a solo quartet, will join the orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s rarely heard “Dominican Vespers.”

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra has been performing for 27 years and includes professional musicians from Buffalo, Rochester and Erie, Pa., as well as music faculty from SUNY Fredonia and St. Bonaventure.

Cortese, who enters his sixth year as director, is conductor emeritus of the Oregon Mozart Players. He was music director of the New York Chamber Sinfonia for 17 seasons and spent 12 seasons as principal conductor and director of orchestral studies at the Manhattan School of Music.

He has appeared as a guest conductor with the New Jersey Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the New Orleans Philharmonic, the Altenburg Landeskapelle in Germany, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Ludwig, former associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. He has performed on four continents, including appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.

His recordings have drawn critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic. Fanfare magazine wrote, “His phrasing is so sensitive, it could serve as an object lesson to every budding violinist;” while BBC Music Magazine praised his “persuasive playing, silky tone, sensitivity to color and flair for golden-age style.”

A basic subscription to the Friends of Good Music season, which includes one ticket to each of six concerts, is $99 (discounted to $81 for senior citizens).

Extended subscriptions for up to two additional concerts are also available. A seven-concert subscription is $109 ($89 for senior citizens), while an eight-concert subscription is $119 ($97 for seniors).

Tickets are also available for each performance. Individual concert tickets are $20 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure staff, and $5 for students.

For subscriptions, single ticket sales and concert information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

For all Friends of Good Music performance, Quick Center galleries will open one hour before the performance and remain open throughout intermission.

The Quick Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

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