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Buffalo Chamber Players at the AK on 11-19-15

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Buffalo Chamber Players (Photo by Luke Copping)

Buffalo Chamber Players (Photo by Luke Copping)

The Buffalo Chamber Players made the move from their former home at the Buffalo Seminary to the Albright Knox this season, and based on the record attendance at their season opening concert last September, the move has been a huge success. Their concert at the AK this Thursday at 8pm will feature music with ties to two new exhibitions.

To coincide with the AK’s opening of Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, they have programmed two major works by Impressionist masters, Claude Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp and Maurice Ravel’s Chansons madécasses for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and piano. The award-winning Canadian mezzo-soprano Lynn McMurtry makes her BCP debut in the Chansons madécasses.

Inspired by the AK’s current exhibit Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, BCP artistic director Janz Castelo has selected works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and American avant-garde composer La Monte Young that relate to the exhibit. Castelo says, “Much like the artists in the Panza exhibit, Pärt and Young sought to redefine and challenge what music was, is and could be. Their works are a musical breath of fresh air, inviting the listener to experience music in a new light.” The ensemble will perform Pärt’s Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel, and Young’s Composition 1960 #7. Manuel de Falla’s Pantomime and Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo, arranged for piano sextet by the composer, and Caroline Mallonée’s The Butterfly Effect for string quartet, electronics and rain sticks are also on the program.

As an added benefit to concertgoers, the AK’s new exhibit Monet and the Impressionist Revolution will be open to ticket holders at no extra charge from 5 to 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20/15/5 students. Phone: 270.8223 or visit: