Canisius Presents March ArtsCanisius Events

February 12, 2013


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

  • Friday, March 1 – Studio Art Show Reception for “Little Things,” small works by local artist Amy Greenan, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Andrew L. Bowhuis Library. The show continues during regular library hours through April 8. For library hours, visit or call (716) 888-2900.

Greenan’s artwork has been shown internationally, and can be found locally in the permanent collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Her paintings are also featured in the collections of the Gibson Art Gallery at SUNY Potsdam and the Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, KS). “The Abandoned House Series” has been her primary focus since 2009. Greenan uses bright colors, comic-book inspired directness and paint-drip techniques to reveal personal mysteries of these “lost architectural souls.”

  • Monday, March 4 – “Women in Opera: She Performs, She Composes, She Conducts! a music lecture by Carole J. Harris, PhD, adjunct professor of music history, at 12:00 p.m. in the Regis Room North.

Harris will explore the roles of women in opera from the 1600s to the present. Women have traditionally been thought of as divas in the opera but women’s roles have expanded, especially in the present day. Harris is music director at Church of the Nativity UCC in Buffalo. She is a private piano, organ and music theory instructor in Niagara Falls, and has taught courses in music history, music for film, women in music and world music at Niagara County Community College.

  • Saturday, March 9 – Piano Recital by Chelsea Wang, second prize-winner from the 2012 Stecher and Horowitz International Piano Competition, at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Wang has garnered many national and international awards. She performed at the 2010 and 2011 Piano Texas International Academy and Festival as one of the youngest pianists. Wang also participated in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy in 2011. She has appeared in NPR’s “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley in Des Moines. Wang’s program will include Chopin’s Rondo in E flat Major, Op. 16, Beethoven’s Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 22, Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 and Kapustin’s Variations, Op. 41.

  • Sunday, March 10 – Festival of Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The Canisius College Chamber Orchestra performs, under the direction of Ansgarius Alward; The Canisius College Chorale performs, under the direction of Frank Scinta; The Canisius College Concert Band Performs, under the direction of Paul Biddle; and The Canisius College Jazz Ensemble performs; under the direction of Dave Schiavone.


  • Monday, March 11 – Meet-the-Faculty Recital featuring Frank Scinta, piano, at 12:00 p.m. Well-known as one of Western New York’s most active choral directors and music educators, Scinta teaches piano, conducts the Canisius College Chorale, and serves on the faculty of the Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts. He also serves as organist and choirmaster at St. Louis Church in Buffalo and has been associate director of Opera Sacra since its inception in 1975. Scinta has appeared in solo and chamber recitals sponsored by St. Paul’s Cathedral, International Institute, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and WBFO-FM’s Opus Classics Live.


  • Tuesday, March 12 – Informally Formal Chamber Music Recital featuring Don Harry, tuba, at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Informally Formal Chamber Concerts provide an intimate and interactive setting where Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) musicians share their favorite chamber works through stories, art and music. Desserts and beverages will be served. Works by Etienne Crausaz, Peter Schickele, Barbara York and Robert Schumann will be performed.

Harry will perform on tuba, along with Sue Schuman, piano; Al Schlisserman, accordion; Lon Gormley, trombone; and Martha Malkiewicz, bassoon. Harry joined the BPO in 1973. He has taught tuba at the Juillard School of Music, the Eastern Music Festival and the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Harry is currently professor of music at the Eastman School of Music. He has performed with Henry Mancini, New York Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra.


  • Friday, March 15 – Griffins Give Back Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Canisius College students present a benefit concert featuring various soloists, a jazz ensemble, a string group and a vocal group. Proceeds raised will benefit Buffalo Public School 17. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students.


  • Tuesday, March 19 – 11th Annual Student Composers’ Workshop at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Persis Vehar, Canisius College Composer-in-Residence, will lead a workshop for young composers. Vehar has had works commissioned by leading orchestras, opera companies, ensembles, soloists and schools throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards for composition, including ASCAP Awards, American Music Center Composer Assistance Center Grants and Meet-the-Composer Grants


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 at

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