June in Buffalo
Presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, June in Buffalo, a widely respected festival and conference dedicated to established and emerging composers and performers of new music, offers an intensive schedule of seminars, lectures, workshops, professional presentations, participant forums and open rehearsals as well as afternoon and evening concerts open to the general public and critics. Each of the invited composers has one of his/her pieces performed during the festival. Evening performances feature faculty composers, resident ensembles and soloists renowned internationally as interpreters of contemporary music.
Next June 1-7, June in Buffalo will celebrate its 40th anniversary, its 30th anniversary under the directorship of SUNY Distinguished Professor and Birge-Cary Chair in Music David Felder. In 1975, Morton Feldman began a summer contemporary music festival in Buffalo, NY, called simply, “June in Buffalo.” This program ran from 1975 through 1979. David Felder was appointed to the UB Faculty in 1985 and reorganized and revived June in Buffalo and its activities and mission, and the festival re-started in June 1986, flourishing as one of the most important international venues for contemporary music composition and performance since that time. The University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences recognizes this extraordinary accomplishment and has been a proud sponsor of these events, including the varied activities of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music from the inception.
During June, 2015, guest ensembles including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Ensemble Signal, Meridian Brass Quintet, New York New Music Ensemble and our own Slee Sinfonietta are expected to appear. Soloists, such as Irvine Arditti, will join a distinguished group of composers from around the world and the University’s newly created Performance Institute under the direction of Eric Huebner to present the finest in contemporary music composition and performance to Western New York.
Materials Design and Innovation
The new Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI), a joint effort of the College and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is a forward-leaning, interdisciplinary initiative, which will address regional and national demand for new materials that accelerate research and education in advanced manufacturing and biotechnology. Distinguished UB alumnus Erich Bloch donated $1.5 million to establish the Erich Bloch Endowed Chair for the newly formed department.
UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water), a university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute, will be at the forefront of environmental and energy research focused on sustainability, climate change, natural resources and the social and economic issues with which they are intertwined. UB will invest $15 million in RENEW over the next five years.
UB launches a major research effort to address the most important environmental issues of our time »
With RENEW, UB researchers are tackling major issues related to energy, water and the environment »
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The first annual Buffalo Humanities Festival – a day and a half of talks, discussions, and performances – went beyond the buzzwords to investigate the human dimension of migration, discussing refugees fleeing political oppression, highly skilled professionals coveted by their new nations, impoverished peasants seeking only the chance to support their families, and more.