Faculty Recitals: Fall 2021

Presented by the Department of Music

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
7:30 p.m.
Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022
7:30 p.m.
Baird Recital Hall

*Ticket information coming soon

cellist performing on stage.

Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

Dr. Woods is a UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar, ’21-22.

Evocative, theatrical, and genre-bending, Difficult Grace is an evening-length, multimedia concert tour de force conceived by and featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods in the triple role of cellist, narrator/guide, and movement artist, performing music written for and with Seth by Freida Abtan, Monty Adkins, Fredrick Gifford, Michael Gordon, Nathalie Joachim, and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.

Heightened by film, spoken texts, dance, and visual artwork by Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Earl Thomas, Zoë McLean, and Freida Abtan, Difficult Grace creates a vivid sonic and visual canvas that draws its inspiration from the Great Migration, archive research in the year 1915 of the historic newspaper The Chicago Defender, immigration, and the poetry of Amiri Baraka and Dudley Randall.

In fall 2022, Difficult Grace will premiere in its fully realized new iteration including an on-stage collaboration with choreographer and dancer Roderick George with new musical commissions from composers Ted Hearne and Devonté Hynes a.k.a Blood Orange.


COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON — Calvary Ostinato from Lamentations: “Black Folk Song Suite”
FREDRICK GIFFORD – Difficult Grace (with artwork by Barbara Earl Thomas)
MONTY ADKINS – Winter Tendrils (with film by Zoë McLean)
(with projected images of Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series)
FREIDA ABTAN – My Heart Is A River
PIERRE ALEXANDRE TREMBLAY – asinglewordisnotenough 3 [invariant]

For further information: https://www.buffalo.edu/diversity-innovation/distinguished-visiting-scholars/cohort.html

skull and violin on table.

Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. (Rescheduled Date)

Baird Recital Hall

"Music for Ghosts"

Shannon Reilly performs a violin recital featuring Ysaye’s Obsession Sonata, the Dies Irae, and music in memoriam.