Monday, April 22, 2024

UB Composers in Action

This Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30pm in Lippes Concert Hall, the extraordinary saxophonist Kyle Hutchins will premier works by the University at Buffalo composition students William Brobston, Maria Lihuen Sirvent, Jackson Roush, Chi-Yen Huang, Francisco Corthey, and Thomas Little. These pieces are the result of Hutchins’ year-long residency at the University, during which time he worked with students on their pieces for this concert and performed Tiffany Skidmore’s The William Blake Cycle, a saxophone opera in five acts, as well as her opera the golden ass (Read more about The William Blake Cycle here and the golden ass here).

Projection from The William Blake Cycle
Photo from Tiffany Skidmore's website

The spring semester also saw an incredible feat by Skidmore’s composition studio, in collaboration with Duo Gelland and Buffalo String Works on April 10 of this year. Buffalo String Works, a local non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the musical education of the community's primary school age children of refugee or immigrant families (read their mission statement here), premiered pieces by composers Francisco Corthey and Jonathan Rainous with Duo Gelland. The duo also premiered pieces by James Falzone, Chi-Yen Huang, Thomas Little, and Tyler Sebastian. (Read more about the UB composition students here.)

Portions of this concert will be performed again on Wednesday, June 5 at 6pm in Lippes Concert Hall. Both concerts are free and open to the public.  

Francisco Corthey (UB composition student)
Martin Gelland and Cecilia Gelland, Duo Gelland
Mason Cancilla (conductor and UB alumnus)

Buffalo String Works students
Photo courtesy of Francisco Corthey

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