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Lisa Marie Presley Show at Iron Works Cancelled

The Lisa Marie Presley show scheduled for the Buffalo iron Works, 49 Illionois St., on June 23rd, has been cancelled. Refunds for previously purchased tickets are available through Buffalo Iron Works.

Presley has cancelled all of her remaining tour dates for the year, acting on the advice of her doctor, according to the Iron Works press release. Presley's health issues have not been specified.

- Jeff Miers

Buffalo Chamber Music Society unveils exciting new season


By Mary Kunz Goldman

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society, which wrapped up its triumphant 90th anniversary season on Tuesday with a lovely concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, celebrated the occasion by announcing its 2014-2015 lineup. Here it is:

Oct. 14: The Jerusalem Quartet, praised by the magazine the Strad as "one of the young, yet great quartets of our time," performs a program to be announced.

Nov. 11: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is offering a program that includes the Piano Quintet by the great American Romantic composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. 

Dec. 9: The Amadeus Trio, together 22 years, plays a program including the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio.

Jan. 20, 2015: The Ariel String Quartet, pictured above, is a young group formed in Israel that moved to America in 2004 and is currently the quartet in residence at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. The group's program is yet to be announced.

Feb. 17, 2015: Trio Settecento presents "An Italian Sojourn,"which focuses on the Baroque era.

March 17, 2015: Going head-to-head with St. Patrick's Day celebrations will be the Elias String Quartet, praised by the Washington Post for its "shimmering beauty." Program to be announced.

April 28, 2015: The Buffalo Chamber Music Society likes to end seasons on an especially high note, and the 2014-2015 season closes with the distinguished Juilliard Quartet. The group has a memorable motto: "Play new works as if they are established masterpieces, and play established masterpieces as if they are new." The program is as yet undetermined.

The aforementioned concerts all take place Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $20, with the exception of the last concert, by the Juilliard Quartet, which is $30. Season subscriptions are available for $100 and include all seven concerts. Student subscriptions are $40.

The Gift to the Community Concerts have also been announced. These are free concerts on three Sundays at 3 p.m. that feature up-and-coming talent scouted personally by Clementina Fleshler, the head of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

Sept. 21: Pianist Andrew Tyson. Next month, just to give an idea of his promise, he is performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto at New York's Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

Nov. 9: Violinist Stephen Waarts. Born in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Waarts studies at the Curtis Institute and is also a star mathematician, winning various math awards.

March 1, 2015: The Hermes Quartet.

For info on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, call (716) 462-4939.

Jimmy Buffett will (sort of) perform at the Transit Drive-In

The man who showed the world the way to Margaritaville is going to help music-lovers find their way to the drive-in to help kick off summer.

Jimmy Buffett and his band the Coral Reefers will perform what is being billed as a first of its kind ‘Live At The Drive-In’ concert on June 19. The concert will be livecast via satellite transmission from the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Texas, to dozens of drive-in theater sites across the United States, including the Transit Drive-In in Lockport.

Transit Drive In

The Transit announced the event today on its Facebook page.

The post noted that "with technological advancements in digital projection and satellite delivery, properly equipped drive-in theatres are now capable of presenting a live concert performance in high definition with ultra bright light output on outdoor screens a hundred feet wide, or larger. CD quality sound is delivered to each vehicle using high fidelity FM broadcast.

"With popular hit songs such as ‘Margaritaville,’ ‘Cheeseburger In Paradise,’ and ‘Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes,’ singer Jimmy Buffett has amassed legions of dedicated fans worldwide, commonly referred to as 'Parrotheads.' ”

Advance tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be puchased on the Transit's website. Tickets also will be available at the theater box office during regular business hours, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Ford, Fisher, Hamill returning in seventh Star Wars film

Actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been included in the cast for 'Star Wars: Episode VII', which has been announced today. (Getty Images)


After months of fan speculation, J.J. Abrams on Tuesday finally lifted the deflector shields protecting the identities of his “Star Wars” cast members. Seven newcomers and six stalwarts will star in the seventh installment of the space epic, which is scheduled for release in theaters in December 2015.

The newcomers are John Boyega, a young actor with mostly television on his résumé; Adam Driver, from HBO’s “Girls”; Oscar Isaac, who had a prominent role in the 2013 Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis”; Domhnall Gleeson, an Irish actor recognizable from the last two “Harry Potter” films; the veteran Swedish actor Max von Sydow; the “Lord of the Rings” star Andy Serkis; and Daisy Ridley, a largely unknown British actress. No information was provided about the characters they will play.

The returning veterans are Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in late 2012, it acquired the popular and lucrative “Star Wars” franchise and immediately said it would produce a seventh installment. Abrams was named the director early last year.

“We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud,” Abrams said in a statement.

– New York Times

Britain-bound Vocalis warms up with Broadway gala


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buffalo's virtuosic Vocalis Chamber Singers, pictured above, are bound for Britain, where they will be performing this summer at the prestigious Cambridge Summer Music Festival. They are preparing for the trip with a fundraiser Thursday, May 8, on in the beautiful lobby of Shea's Performing Arts Center. 

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and the singers are performing classic Broadway songs. A silent auction features prizes including artisan jewelry, weekend stays at a Chautauqua Lake condo, the 1837 Cobblestone Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Canandaigua, and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel. Other prizes include theater and concert tickets, a custom-designed dinner for six with a “Downton Abbey” theme, and an "English pub" dinner for up to 18 guests.

The gala takes place Thursday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Shea's, 646 Main St. in downtown Buffalo. Tickets are $50 and may be had at


Artpark announces full summer lineup

Sara Bareilles, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Hagar and Michael McDonald are among the new acts announced for the Artpark summer season.

Here is the full schedule of shows. Tickets for shows just announced go on sale at 10 a.m. May 3.

First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park

June 10Daryl Hall & John Oates

Advance General Admission $12

June 17 – Widespread Panic

Advance General Admission $7

June 24 – Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Advance General Admission $17

July 1 – Blue Rodeo with special guests 54-40

Advance General Admission $7

July 8 – Boston

Advance General Admission $12

July 15 – Megadeth

Advance General Admission $12

July 22Aretha Franklin (just announced)

Advance General Admission $17

July 29 – Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum presents Sammy Hagar

A Journey Through the History of Rock featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, & Vic Johnson

Advance General Admission $12

Aug. 5 Heart

Advance General Admission $12

Aug. 12Gregg Allman

Advance General Admission $7

Aug. 19 Styx

Advance General Admission $12

Aug. 26 Michael McDonald + Toto

Advance General Admission $12

Coors Light Wednesdays

June 18 – Arctic Monkeys

Advance General Admission $11

June 25 – Ziggy Marley & Steel Pulse

Advance General Admission $6

July 2 – O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips

Advance General Admission $11

July 9 – Sublime with Rome

Advance General Admission $11

July 16 Sara Bareilles (just announced)

Advance General Admission $11

July 23 – 3 Doors Down

Advance General Admission $11

A limited number of “Front of Stage” (standing room only) tickets will go on sale for shows just announced for $27 Tuesdays/$26 Wednesdays. All tickets increase by $5 the week of the concert.

Artpark announced a new “reserved seating”section that will go on sale for all outdoor shows on May 3. A limited number of chairs installed about 80 to 100 feet from the stage in the Amphitheater bowl adjacent to the sound board area (visit for map) will be sold for $26 for all Wednesday shows; $52 for Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band and Aretha Franklin; and $27 for all other Tuesday in the Park concerts. Previously purchased tickets may be upgraded to reserved seating, based on availability, at the box office only.

First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park General Admission Season Packages are on sale now for $120 General admission. Price includes reduced facility fees.

Purchase tickets online at,, by phone at (888) 223-6000, or in person at the Artpark box office (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday).


The Madrigal Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away

Bravos in advance to the Freudig Singers just on the strength of the title of their next concert.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Buffalo Seminary, their Madrigal Mystery Tour will pair Beatles tunes with madrigals. You will get a Beatles tune, then a madrigal, then a Beatles tune, then a madrigal, and so forthe. Will "Summer is icumen in," here performed by a group called the Greenleaf Singers ...

... be paired with "Hear Comes the Sun"? Perhaps.

In any case, a wonderful concept. Tickets are $10. Details may be found on the Freudig Singers' website.

- Mary Kunz Goldman

British Poet Laureate schedules additional Williamsville reading Saturday

Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, has scheduled a second  Buffalo area poetry reading and talk in conjunction with her participation in the Williamsville Poetry, Music, Art and Dance Celebration Sunday afternoon at Williamsville East High School.
This Saturday at 5 p.m., Duffy will be reading from and talking about her work at
Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton Street (near South Cayuga Road) in Williamsville.  Talking Leaves Books, which helped arrange the appearance, will be on hand with a supply of Duffy's books for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Duffy is an award-winning Scottish poet and playwright and the author of over 50 poetry collections, books for children, and plays. Some of her best known collections include
"Standing Female Nude" (Anvil Press, 1985), "The World's Wife" (Picador, 2000), "The Good Child's Guide to Rock'N'Roll" (Children's poetry, Faber & Faber, 2003), "New Selected Poems" (Picador, 2004), and "The Bees," published in the U.S. last year by Faber & Faber.

In 2009, she was appointed to a ten year term as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, becoming the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position. 

On Sunday, Duffy will be the featured guest of the Williamsville Poetry, Music, Art and Dance Celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road in Amherst.

--R.D. Pohl


Upbeat BPO concerts put swing into spring


By Mary Kunz Goldman

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has a couple of snazzy concerts planned for Kleinhans Music hall over the next couple of weeks. This weekend features percussionist Colin Currie on Saturday and Sunday with a percussion concerto by Jennifer Higdon that has sparkle. And Saturday, May 3, brings a big band salute with conductor Matt Catingub, pictured above.

The orchestra likes to do big band salutes around this time of year -- maybe it's a way of warming things up when the weather seems slow to change. Conductor Matt Catingub is presiding over a concert including numbers associated with Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and other legends. Catingub, conductor of California's new Glendale Pops Orchestra, has a flair for the retro. One jazz disc a few years ago by the Honolulu Symphony (Catingub is of Polynesian descent) featured arrangements of his featuring florid strings that could take you back to the 1940s and '50s.

We give you the sultry sounds of the Matt Catingub Big Band.

Catingub and the BPO play the blues, and other big band delights, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

Tickets are $28-$76. For info on BPO events, call 885-5000.

Louisiana-Exchange open studio event planned for Saturday

Tingley-tomasello studios main wall

Artists in two buildings near Buffalo's Old First Ward will fling open their studio doors to visitors on Saturday between 12 and 6 p.m.

At 225 Louisiana St., artists Chris Kameck, Marissa Lehner, Frederick Mount and Gary Sczerbaniewicz will display their work.

At 567 Exchange St., a dozen more artists and design studios will host visitors. They are:

OGRE, Joel Brenden, Anne Muntges, Adam Weekley, Chuck Tingley, Rich Tomasello, Charlie Ertel, Matthew John Pasquarella, Tom Sander, Philip Kuznicki, Studio 33 Design Concepts and WEBB Exchange.

--Colin Dabkowski

Albright-Knox’s Board of Directors and staff are committed to the importance of public art and we enthusiastically applaud the City’s renewed efforts to commit funds to its public art program.  This will be an important addition to the public art initiative that Erie County approved in its most recent budget

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