June in Buffalo
Presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, June in Buffalo, the oldest American festival of its kind, has been a significant force in contemporary music for the past four decades. It is 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.
From May 30 to June 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.
This year the festival will boast sixteen concerts, and performances of over seventy adventurous new works by some of the most skilled musicians working in the field, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble SIGNAL, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Slee Sinfonietta, and Talujon Percussion Ensemble. An impressive roster of faculty composers will offer seminars and master classes — a list that includes Martin Bresnick, David Felder, Brian Ferneyhough, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, Roger Reynolds, Harvey Sollberger, Steven Stucky, and Charles Wuorinen.