Canisius Presents April Artscanisius Programs

BUFFALO, NYArtsCanisius presents the following events, which are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified:

  • Monday, April 15 – Meet-the-Faculty Recital featuring Karen Schmid, fortepiano, at 12:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Schmid will be joined by Ansgarius Alyward, violin and Bryan Eckenrode, cello; to present a recital that will include a Haydn piano trio.

Schmid, a Buffalo native, has performed nationally and internationally in recital as soloist and master classes. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Julliard School, she built her own fortepiano, a replica of a 1774 Stein – Mozart’s own piano. Schmid has performed at Canisius College, State University of New York at Buffalo, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Monuments en Musique Series in France and NPR’s “Baroque and Beyond Series,” among others. She has taught piano as a member of the Canisius College Fine Arts Department Faculty since 2005.

  • Friday, April 19 – Studio Art Show Reception for Western New York artist Ani Hoover, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.  Hoover first began painting on 2 x 4 studs using contractor’s scraps from a 2009 home renovation. “Stick Stack” is the latest version of Hoover’s brightly hued and textured studs, which she places horizontally upon each other in a triangle configuration. It is a playful exploration of color, exploration, repetition and pattern.

The show continues during regular library hours through May 10. Visit the website for library hours, or call (716) 888-2900.

  • Friday, April 19 Ignatian Scholarship Day Concert featuring the Canisius College Chorale, Frank Scinta, director, at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.    

Now in its fourteenth season, The Canisius College Chorale remains one of Western New York’s most active collegiate music ensembles.  Composed of 120 undergraduate and graduate members, the Chorale regularly presents concert programs to school, church, and community audiences throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario.  Its repertoire covers more than five centuries of composition and nearly every interpretive style of choral music. In recent years the Chorale has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

  • Sunday, April 21 –  Canisius College Chamber Orchestra performs under the direction of Ansgarius Aylward at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  
  • Monday, April 22 – Meet-the-Faculty Art Lecture featuring Yvonne Widenor at 12:00 p.m. in the Regis Room South on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. Widenor’s lecture, entitled “An Art Historian’s Guide to Contemporary Fiction,” will present an overview of recent fiction written about artists or particular artworks. The writings of Tracy Chevalier, Susan Vreeland, Luanne Rice and others will be discussed.  
  • Tuesday, April 23 Informally Formal Chamber Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  BPO cellists Amelie Fradette, Feng Hew, Roman Mekinulov and David Schmude will perform. The voice of the cello is extremely expressive and can cover several octaves. One cello sings, but four celli can soar. The Informally Formal Chamber Concerts provide an intimate setting where Buffalo Philharmonic Musicians share their favorite chamber works through stories, art and music. Desserts and beverages will be served.
  • Saturday, April 27 ― Combined Concert featuring the Canisius Concert Band under the direction of Paul Biddle, and Canisius Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Schiavone, at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.
  • Tuesday, April 30 ― Student Opera Workshop Production, Melissa Thorburn, director, at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

The ArtsCanisius series at Canisius College presents concerts by professional musicians, including members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Canisius faculty, art shows and lectures by professional artists, as well as student recitals. For more information, contact the Fine Arts Department at (716) 888-2536 or visit the website.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.