Past Concerts


Buffalo Silver Band
Saturday, May 18, 2024

With a history stretching back over one hundred years, the Buffalo Silver Band is a unique presence in the Buffalo-Niagara music scene.  As the only British style brass band in Upstate New York, the Buffalo Silver Band continues the band performance tradition that was established before the U.S. Civil War and rose to prominence at the end of the 19th Century. These days, the Band’s repertoire includes jazz, movie scores, classics, and “pops” in addition to traditional British brass band music.

The Buffalo Silver Band has a regular concert series at Slee Hall at the University at Buffalo.  In recent years, the Buffalo Silver Band has also played to standing ovations from audiences all over Western New York and Southern Ontario, including the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College, the Chautauqua Institution, the Buffalo Philharmonic Community Showcase, the Buffalo History Museum, and numerous outdoor parks and churches. The Buffalo Silver Band was selected in a national competition to perform at the 2018 convention of the Association of Concert Bands. In 2014 and 2018, the Buffalo Silver Band received Community Arts Grants to present concerts commemorating the centennial of its founding and of the end of The Great War. The Buffalo Silver Band was awarded 2017 and 2024 Give for Greatness grants by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York. In April 2014, the Buffalo Silver Band was awarded the coveted Hannaford Cup at the Festival of Brass in Toronto. 

The Buffalo Silver Band has run numerous clinics and participated in joint concerts with many of Western New York high schools. Starting in 2018, the Buffalo Silver Band began offering an annual music scholarship award for a talented young brass musician.

We are thrilled to welcome back Duo Purla! They are a Buffalo-based violin and guitar duo performing classical and contemporary chamber music. They pride themselves on presenting widely varied and engaging repertoire for any audience. In addition to classical works by Beethoven, Haydn, Paganini, Piazzolla and others, their sets include newly commissioned pieces and original compositions. They were a featured ensemble at the 21st Century Guitar Conference held in Muncie, IN and were the resident ensemble for the 2021 Festival virtual conference. 

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Matt Venuti is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter and modern day touring troubadour known for his captivating acoustic and electronic instruments and songs “from the heart of the road”. He’s also an award-winning recording/music video artist and soundtrack composer/video editor.

Want to know more about how Sotto Voce has reimagined W.A. Mozart’s classic singspiel Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)? Come out for an engaging and informative pre-opera talk by film and stage director Alex Huddleston, with a special preview of his short films based on the work’s original spoken texts, as well as musical numbers sung by the production’s prime donne and primi uomini.

Tyler Westcott is a poet, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based out of Buffalo, NY.  Westcott breathes new life into roots music spanning multiple genres and decades. Also creating new music inspired by the old. He specializes in original songwriting, folk, country blues, traditional jazz, bluegrass and old time, western swing, and more.  Armed with his trusty guitar, banjo, and harmonica, he has a knack for describing the human condition with humor and joy, Often in timely and topical songs reflecting the current state of the world. Westcott will guide you through a myriad of genres and decades of eclectic roots music while seamlessly weaving in his own original cuts.

Based in Buffalo, New York, and founded by Jacob Jay and Dalton Sharp, the Jay/Sharptet performs music with a focus on original compositions and arrangements. Inspired by the ensembles lead by the great Miles Davis, the group strives to make every performance a unique musical statement. Past performances include the Northwest Jazz Festival, the Queen City Jazz Festival, the Colored Musicians Club Jazz Festival, and Pausa Art House. Website

We were delighted to have Alex return to our Casual Concert series. She is a versatile vocalist/performer residing in Buffalo, NY. Winner of the JazzBuffalo Poll Female Vocalist of 2021 & 2018, she can be found regularly performing with a variety of groups at various venues in the area.

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Zane has been playing and writing music for over 25 years, and his work covers a lot of stylistic ground–orchestral, chamber, jazz, metal, chiptune and more. Find out more about Zane.

Join INCIPIO as we debut our brand new breakout vocal jazz group for an afternoon of pop covers, old standards, and 80s hits. Featuring music by Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Kirby Shaw, the Real Group, k-os, and more! INCIPIO is directed by Julia Anne Cordani and Elizabeth Vennari. The group’s mission is to give young and burgeoning singers an opportunity to perform groundbreaking, evocative music in a group that prepares them for the professional vocal world. INCIPIO aims to perform a diverse repertoire – everything from video game music, folk songs, Broadway and pop ballads, and some classic madrigals. Our singers, who come from a diverse array of backgrounds united by their musicianship, include several young music educators, choir singers, and professional performers from around Western New York.Cheek to Cheek Singers:
Julia Anne Cordani, Philomena Vennari, Elizabeth Vennari, Tyler Huk, Brandon Mecklenberg, Ryan Clemons.

Saranaide will be joined by multi-instrumentalist and percussionist Ravi Padmanabha for a meditative journey that awakens your spirit. Bringing you rhythms from Latin America to India, this duo will create soundscapes that take you through the earth elements. Listeners are encouraged to do what feels best: sit and receive the vibrations, write, meditate, move your body- connect with your mind, body and breath in the present moment and see what unfolds.

Saranaide is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter and musician based in Buffalo, NY. With parents from Panama and Puerto Rico, Saranaide has dipped into her DNA to embrace and celebrate the pulses and sounds of Latin America and has exploded on the Buffalo Jazz Scene with a new vigor. Inspired by the legends of soul and jazz riding on the rhythms of the world, Saranaide’s unique sound is sweet honey dripping over a spicy stew.

Ravi Padmanabha is a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and composer. His initial interest was in a drum set, which later led to a variety of world instruments. From an early age, Ravi was exposed to Indian Classical music. At age 18, he began his formal Tabla studies with Pandit Ananda Gopal, and later with Pandit Samar Saha of Calcutta. Ravi spent many years performing in a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz, world, and experimental music.

Little cake (Ana Vafai) creates songs, teaches music, and builds community in Buffalo, NY. Ana earned a Bachelors in Music Education at Eastman, and a Masters in Piano Performance at the University at Buffalo. She currently teaches full time at Performing Arts (BPS#192) as Director of Orchestras. Little cake is praised for her unique, engaging stage presence, and her musical arrangements, performed by an ensemble of strings and vocalists. Her compositions have been known to overwhelm audiences with joy, emotion and whimsy, earning the award for “Best Local Music Act” by the Buffalo Spree in 2017. As Little cake, Ana has recorded two studio albums, self-produced over 60 songs, and performed for 10 years in her hometown. Find solo and group recordings at and join us for Ana’s solo performance at UUCB!

This concert will be a brief history of the Mazurka. This dance form Inspired some of Chopin’s most intimate musical ideas. Chris will be contrasting selections from early to late Chopin interspersed with 3 composers also inspired to write their own: Alexander Scriabin, Claude Debussy and Karol Szymanowsk.

Duo Purla is a Buffalo-based violin and guitar duo performing classical and contemporary chamber music. We pride ourselves on presenting widely varied and engaging repertoire for any audience. In addition to classical works by Beethoven, Haydn, Paganini, Piazzolla and others, our sets include newly commissioned pieces and original compositions. We have recently been a featured ensemble at the 21st Century Guitar Conference held in Muncie, IN and were the resident ensemble for the 2021 Festival virtual conference.
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Martha Malkiewicz and Bruce Pfeffer began their four-hand piano collaboration in 2017, inspired by a mutual interest in hosting musical “house parties” in the spirit of the 19 th -century Schubertiades. They have followed up on an annual basis with cultural soirees that also showcased the work of visual artists and photographers to augment the musical programs. Their repertoire includes masterworks by “The Immortals,” as well as rarities by lesser-known composers that deserve a hearing. For their March 2023 Casual Concert at the UUC Buffalo, Martha and Bruce offer “Keyboard Duets from Four Centuries,” featuring compositions by Mozart, Schubert, and Debussy, as well as what may be the earliest example of an original work for two players at one keyboard.

About the Artists

The Royall Consort was founded by Roland Hayes, David Abbott and Nancy Nuzzo 20 years ago to enjoy the music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and share that enjoyment with the community through their performances at local venues in the Buffalo area.

This concert will feature the rich texture and luscious harmonies of the French baroque chamber music of Marin Marais (1656 – 1728) and Jaques Bodin de Boismortier (1689 – 1755) and two suites by Englishman William Williams (1675 – 1701).

Meagan Marcus is a Reiki Master and Sound Healer that  will guide you through a journey of self love and inner healing with her reiki infused, sacred instruments. These include an ocean drum, crystal triangle, and crystal sound bowls.

Sound Healing has been used for centuries to help realign the bodies vibrations, clear energetic blockages, and improve emotional, mental and physical well being. It can help reduce anxiety, improve sleepy quality, reduce pain and inflammation within the body, and provide a meditative experience, among so many other wonderful benefits. 

This one hour offering will leave you feeling relaxed and grounded and more in tune with your highest self. 

Please bring a yoga mat, blankets, pillows or whatever else will help you be the most comfortable as you will be lying down for the entirety of the offering. 

Gamelan music from the island of Java in Indonesia is one of the oldest continuously played musical art forms in the world. It grew out of the bronze age and has remained popular as both a community and royal tradition on the island of Java for the last 1800 years. Gamelan music is a community art that can work only with cooperation, listening, empathy, and learning. It teaches patience, listening skills, and music philosophy, challenging players to change their perspectives on what music can be. In gamelan we create beautiful music together, with each player adding pieces to the whole.

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Buffalo String Works opened its doors in September 2014. We offered violin lessons to 17 students and had a volunteer staff of 4 teachers and 3 teaching assistants. In 7 short years, we’ve grown significantly; we now offer free lessons in violin, viola, cello, and bass to 93 students and have a dedicated staff of 14 teachers and 25+ teaching assistants. In the fall of 2021 we moved into our own space on the West Side of Buffalo where we hope to continue to serve a growing and diverse population of youth throughout Buffalo!

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Alex Huddleston is a composer of chamber and electronic music, and a visual artist producing digital and algorithmic art. His music seeks to occupy a liminal space in which serendipitous relationships emerge and collapse in a play of familiarity and otherness. Centered on themes of alienation, sorrow, anxiety, schizophrenia, and fear, his work embodies a singular affect – there is too much and too little, it is too fast and too slow, it is elegant and awkward, it makes too much sense and makes no sense. Contradictions accumulate; all have the form of two yeses pointing outwards, rather than two nos pointing in.

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Alex is a versatile vocalist/performer residing in Buffalo, NY. Winner of the JazzBuffalo Poll Female Vocalist of 2021 & 2018, she can be found regularly performing with a variety of groups at various venues in the area.

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Singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Derick Evans and Nick Randall will perform an original 1 hour and 18-minute song-cycle for 2 voices, electric guitar, and electric bass. This new work – entitled “Darryl Donahue: One Day.” – paints a musical portrait of a fictionalized white-collared stranger, with each song dedicated to an hour of that day.

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The Bitter Nasties are an eclectic folk rock amalgamation. They write original, thought provoking and quirky music with a fresh take on classics. Website:

Spend an afternoon with the Buffalo Silver Band at the beautiful Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14222). The program will have something for everyone, from music written specifically for British Brass Band music (Montclair Citadel by Stephen Bulla) to virtuosic soloists (Hunting Wabbits featuring Diana Bley) to jazz (Opus One).
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The Stringatarians
April 23, 2022