Music Department Returns to Live Concerts with Two Performances in Mid-September – UBNow: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff


The Department of Music is returning to an in-person concert program this semester, with live performances by Slee Sinfonietta and faculty member Michael Serio scheduled for September.

The season opens on September 14 with a concert of 20th and 21st century music performed by the Slee Sinfonietta, UB’s professional chamber orchestra in residence, conducted by Christian Baldini. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lippes Concert Hall at Slee Hall, North Campus.

The program:

Charles Wuorinen: Zoe for string sextet

David Felder: For CW for chamber orchestra

Christian Baldini: Grises osobres lágrimas for small string orchestra

Salvatore Sciarrino: Introduzione all’oscuro for 12 players

Edgar Varèse: Octandre for 8 players

The Slee Sinfonietta is the flagship ensemble of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music at UB. Founded in 1997 by composer and SUNY Professor of Music Emeritus David Felder, the group is made up of a core group, including artists from UB faculty, guest artists, national and regional professionals, and students in advanced performance, and is led by leading conductors and composers. . The ensemble has produced world-class performances of a significant repertoire for nearly two decades, and its activities include tours, professionally produced recordings, and unique concert experiences for listeners of all experience levels.

On September 17, a recital by UB pianist and assistant instructor Michael Serio, with special guest James Kosnik, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall.

The program:

Bruhns: Praeludium en sol (solo organ)

Chopin: Impromptu No. 2, op. 36 9 (piano solo)

Rachmaninoff: Suite #1 op. 6 – III The Tears (two pianos)

Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (piano solo)

Kosnik: In Memoriam for Katie (solo organ)

Granados: The Maiden and the Nightingale (piano solo)

Copland: Billy the Kid Suite (two pianos)

Serio, a Buffalo native, studied music and computer science as an undergraduate before embarking on a successful career in software development. He returned to school to pursue an MM Performance Diploma in Piano at UB under UB Associate Professor Eric Huebner in 2019. He now performs regularly as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist throughout western New York.

Organist and pianist Kosnik, Serio’s close friend and mentor, has been on the faculty at Old Dominion University since 1982. Prior to this appointment, he was head of the music department at Villa Maria College and director of music at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral. , both in Buffalo. Kosnik is frequently featured as a recitalist at conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Tickets for both recitals are available at a variety of outlets at the following price structure:

Faculty, staff, alumni, seniors and non-UB students

$10 plus a $2.18 fee and small credit card fee at eventbrite, up to 90 minutes before concert time.

$14 in person at the Center des arts (12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday).

$17 in person at the door (one hour before concert time).

General public

$15 plus a $2.18 fee and a small credit card fee at eventbrite (until 90 minutes before concert time).

$19 in person at the Center des arts (12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday).

$22 in person at the door (one hour before concert time).

UB students are admitted free upon presentation of ID.

All spectators must wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status. Campus visitors must also complete the daily health check.

For a complete listing of all concerts presented by the Department of Music, visit the department’s website.


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