Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact

UB Department of Music faculty members in free concert at City Hall

Filed under: Announcements, Events, Music

The popular “Music in Buffalo’s Historic Places” series will make its Buffalo City Hall debut in the Common Council chamber at noon, on Thursday May 14, in a free concert open to the public. The program will feature violinist Yuki Numata Resnick who will be joined by cellist Jonathan Golove and her husband, trumpeter Kyle Resnick in a program of works composed around the time City Hall opened, and conclude with a work by J.S. Bach.

The Common Council chamber is one of Buffalo’s most admired civic spaces. Opened in January of 1932, it is widely regarded as one of the finest city council chambers in the country. The chamber features a beautiful stained glass sunburst, inlaid walnut woodwork and is ringed by stone pillars representing the virtues council members were expected to maintain.

Arthur Honegger, a member of the much-loved group of French composers known as “Les Six” composed his Sonatina for Violin and Cello in 1932, the year City Hall opened. The neo-classical work, traditional in sound and structure, is emblematic of how composers in the 1920s and 30s often looked back to older musical forms to help organize their music in much the same way the architects of Buffalo’s City Hall might have been inspired by ancient classical architecture. The program continues with two modernist works from 1931: a selection of Béla Bartók’s Duos for Two Violins, here played in a version for violin and trumpet and the Sonatina for Violin and Cello, by George Antheil, the self proclaimed American “bad boy of music”. The program concludes with J.S. Bach’s B minor Partita for solo violin.

Tickets for the free event can be reserved  here.

—Jan Jezioro