UUCB’s Casual Concerts aim to share the universal ministry of music and the power of sound with the broader Buffalo community. As we do in our services, these concerts showcase a diverse range of musical styles and sound-based experiences so that there is something for everyone. We hope these monthly offerings help lift our community’s spirits. Events generally occur every third Saturday of the month at 2pm, or at the specific days and times listed below. You can watch the shows in our sanctuary or stream them on our YouTube page. A free-will offering will be taken and proceeds are split between the musical presenters and the church.

If you wish to submit a proposal for our concert series, please contact Dr. Jessie Downs at jdowns@buffalouu.org. Please read our Casual Concerts FAQ for important information about our procedures.

 

Upcoming Concerts:

Lecture Recital on Sotto Voce’s The Magic Flute Saturday February 17th 2024 at 2pm

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. Tickets are also available for the opera itself at sottovocevocalcollective.com/events/

Matt Venuti
Saturday March 16th 2024 at 4pm (PLEASE NOTE THIS PERFORMANCE IS AT 4pm)

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.

Duo Purla
Saturday April 20th 2024 at 2pm

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. 

www.duopurla.com
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Stephen Guerra and Ken Luk: Instrumental Brazilian Choro Duo
Saturday May 18th 2024 at 2pm

Links:
stephenpaulguerra.com
youtube.com/stephenguerra

Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem, countertenor
Saturday June 24th at 2pm

We are delighted to have countertenor Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem performing for our Casual Concert series this coming June! Andrew is a native of Illah in Delta State Nigeria, and studied Voice at the Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education, Ijanikin. An award-winning performer, Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2018.

Learn more about this versatile and enchanting singer at https://andrewegbuchiem.com/bio.html

Ravi Padmanabha and David Mussen
Saturday July 20th at 2pm

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Echezonachukwu Nduka, Resounding African Pianism
Saturday August 17 at 2pm