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UB Center for the Arts announces 20th Anniversary Season

UB Center for the Arts Announces 2014-15
20th Anniversary Season


Buffalo, NY- The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo announces its 2014-15 performance schedule. This season marks the Center’s 20th Anniversary and will once again offer a wide variety of programming. Tickets for all events are on sale now unless noted.

The season will feature a number of concerts representing diverse genres. Pop singer/songwriter Christina Perri performs next week. Other fall concerts include: prog-rock pioneer and flautist Ian Anderson performing the Best of Jethro Tull; renowned jazz bassist and vocalist, Esperanza Spalding; and the WYRK Acoustic Show featuring Scotty McCreery. The Australian Pink Floyd Show will make its local debut at the Center for the Arts (CFA), performing Pink Floyd’s hits accompanied by a laser light show and more. Returning to the CFA is guitar virtuoso Brian Setzer, along with his 18-piece band on his popular annual holiday tour. In support of the Center’s ongoing Arts in Healthcare Initiative, musician Stuart Fuchs will work in Women & Children’s Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute for ten days and premiere new music/sound collages at the CFA. Country a cappella group Home Free and the legendary R&B group Boyz II Men will perform in November in a benefit concert for the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo. Spring concerts include the Croatian instrumental duo and YouTube sensations 2CELLOS; blues legend Buddy Guy; and Zap Mama with afro-pop group Antibalas.

The CFA also offers a new concert series. The “New Voices Series” features several up and coming national artists in a series of concerts in the 388-seat Drama Theatre. The series features: Marissa Mulder in Tom Waits…In His Words; Cyrille Aimée; and Becca Stevens Band.

This season will not be without its share of laughs. Returning by popular demand, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway?, perform a night of extraordinary improvisational comedy driven completely by audience participation. Also, Alton Brown, star of “Iron Chef America,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” and “Good Eats,” brings his new tour to the CFA featuring cooking, science, music, and comedy.

The CFA is Western New York’s premier presenter of dance.  This season’s M&T Bank Dance Series features the Western New York premiere of the Richmond Ballet, who will join with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta to present Igor Stravinsky’s enduring and influential masterwork, The Rite of Spring. Returning to the CFA stage this fall is Buffalo’s own LehrerDance, who will offer two world premieres, as well as audience favorites from their diverse body of work. Tango Buenos Aires, one of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, visits the Center with their special authentic and poignant program that celebrates the life of Eva Perón (“Evita”). Contemporary dance company RIOULT Dance NY will make their first visit to the CFA, and also perform outreach activities as part of the annual professional dance residency. The Russian National Ballet Theatre will round out the dance series with their performance of the timeless classic, Sleeping Beauty.  And the holiday season would not be complete without the American Academy of Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker.

Great for families, world-renowned magician Greg Ferwin, will wow the audience during a night of illusion and mystery this September.

The School-Time Adventure Series continues with a series of age-appropriate programs open to school groups only. The season includes: The Berenstain Bears; Stella, Queen of the Snow; Four Score and Seven Years Ago; The Acting Company in Shakespeare’s Macbeth; and Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Cinderella. School groups interested in booking seats should call (716)645-6771.

Off-Broadway hit, Girls Night: The Musical visits this spring. In this hilarious, feel-good comedy five girlfriends re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild night out.

Each season, the CFA offers a number of unique cultural / international performances.  Fall attractions will include: the diverse repertoire of The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir; and a new production by The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China.  The spring season will include a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico under the direction of Maestro Enrique Bátiz.

For more information on all events call (716)645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.

Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Mon-Fri, 10-6) and online at tickets.com. Charge by phone at 1-888-223-6000. For group sales call (716)645-6771.

Press contact:
Dave Wedekindt
(716)645-6775 / drw6@buffalo.edu


A complete schedule of events to date follows below.

2014
September 4      Christina Perri
September 19    A Night of Magic with Illusionist Greg Frewin
September 20    Marissa Mulder: Tom Waits… In His Words
September 26    Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group
October 4          LehrerDance
October 8          The Berenstain Bears Live!*
October 9          An Evening with Esperanza Spalding
October 14        Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
October 15        The Australian Pink Floyd Show
October 22        WYRK Fall Acoustic Concert
November 4       Ian Anderson performs the Best of Jethro Tull
November 10    The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
November 12    Home Free “Crazy Life Tour”
November 13    Stuart Fuchs
November 16    Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour
November 21    Richmond Ballet & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – The Rite of Spring
November 22    Boyz II Men
November 23    Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Extravaganza!
December 5      Cyrille Aimée
December 6-7   American Academy of Ballet – The Nutcracker (on sale in September)

2015
January 27       Stella, Queen of the Snow*
February 5       Zap Mama / Antibalas
February 18     National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
February 20     Girls Night: The Musical
March 2           Tango Buenos Aires
March 5           Four Score & Seven Years Ago*
March 23        The Acting Company in Shakespeare’s Macbeth*
March 27        Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in Cinderella*
March 28        Becca Stevens Band
April 11           RIOULT Dance NY
April 15           Russian National Ballet Theatre in Sleeping Beauty
April 21           2CELLOS
April 22           Buddy Guy (on sale October 10th)

*School-Time performance – open to school groups only