Wednesday, May 1, 2024

With Great Anticipation: June in Buffalo 2024

 The 2024 June in Buffalo Festival promises a vibrant and provocative week of new music and new relationships. Senior composers Jonathan GoloveKarola ObermuellerHilda ParedesAmy Williams, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon will work with dynamic emerging composers (announcement forthcoming) throughout the week of June 9-15. The festival boasts a week of intense creative and scholarly work, including lectures, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, and public concerts featuring esteemed new music ensembles and individual performers. The Center looks forward to welcoming the Arditti Quartet, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and Switch~ Ensemble, as well as vocal soloists Tiffany DuMouchelle (soprano) and Nicholas Isherwood (bass-baritone). 

The Center for 21st Century Music remains steadfast in its mission for June in Buffalo: to stimulate the production of new works, thereby expanding our collective understanding of music and challenging musical conventions. The care and intensity undergirding the festival bespeaks the University at Buffalo’s greater new music tradition, which includes numerous composers and music academics.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987)

The potentialities available to new music in Buffalo attracted Morton Feldman, an influential new music composer of the late 20th century. Feldman organized the inaugural June in Buffalo in 1976 and directed the proceeding four festivals. His former student, David Felder, whose legacy as a composer and pedagogue reverberates on university grounds to this day, revived the festival in 1986. The festival is now overseen by cellist-composer and University at Buffalo faculty member, Jonathan Golove. Throughout its history, June in Buffalo has presented us with both the grandeur of a multigenerational music tradition and the invigorating promise of new art, and this year will be no different.

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