Music in the Woods is supported by:
Thomas B. Burrows
All events are in compliance with COVID-19 safety regulations.
Patrons are asked to maintain social distancing and wear a mask when not seated.
RSVP is required as capacities are limited and may fill up in advance. RSVP links are available by clicking on performance titles.
July 19, July 26, August 2, August 23 at 2PM
Stephen Bell is a retired educator having spent 32 years in education, the final 21 years as Middle School principal in the Springville-Griffith Institute CSD in Western New York. Forty-nine years ago, he was introduced to hand drumming and the mesmerizing pulses of African rhythms. The enjoyment Steve received in working with staff and students and his life-long involvement with percussion led naturally to facilitating drum circles - a perfect melding of two passions. Drums will be provided, or participants may bring their own.
July 26 at 4pm & 6:30PM
Back by popular demand after their Artpark performance in 2018 and Jazz Buffalo’s presentation in 2019, Svetlana & The New York Collective is one of New York’s most beloved swing bands known for their signature vintage-inspired sound, foot–stomping groove and exciting stage presence. Svetlana and her band have released a chart topping Night at the Movies (debuted #1 on the US Billboard Traditional Jazz Album Charts / #2 on Jazz Album Charts) in 2019 and have headlined sold-out shows in premier US venues and abroad.
august 5 at 5PM & 7PM
The UB Faculty Jazz Quartet (Bobby Militello - sax and flute; George Caldwell – piano; Sabu Adeyola – bass; John Bacon – drums) features some of the most experienced jazz musicians in the WNY area. Their credits include Dave Brubeck, Ahmad Jamal, Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The group performs music from the Great American Songbook and jazz standards. For this program the group will feature vocalist Alex McArthur, a rising star on the local scene, who is a former student of the quartet members in the Jazz program at UB.
August 9 at 6:30pm
Described by The New York Times as “...one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American Music scene,” Alarm Will Sound (AWS) will present John Luther Adams’ Western New York premiere of “Ten Thousand Birds” written especially for AWS. The piece is based on the songs of birds that are native to, or migrate through the area in which the piece is performed. It explores the connections between nature and music, a topic that Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winner John Luther Adams has pursued over the course of his remarkable career and is a common theme in Artpark’s programming.
August 16 at 6:30pm
This delightful and unique Baroque program with a theatrical flare will feature an eight-piece ensemble led by music director Moshe Shulman with some of the best WNY musicians, soprano Colleen Marcello Brecker, special guest pianist Sergei Dreznin, and a very special surprise by artist Uta Bekaia. The program will include some of Baroque’s most romantic arias such as Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament,” Vivaldi’s “Sileant Zephyri” and J.S. Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” and more.
August 23 at 2PM & 4pm
The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop performs all original modern Jazz compositions and has collaborated with writers, poets, actors, singers and other artist to create their own unique sound. With the pandemic quarantine the group has continued to meet remotely and has collaborated on a series of new compositions related to the challenges of this time. This will be the first public performance by the group in many months and is sure to express the unleashing of their collective creativity. The band includes: Sara Rogers – vocals; Tim Clarke - trumpet; Nelson Rivera - saxophone; Ken Kuriscak – saxophone; Alec Dube – vibraphone; Jared Tinkham – guitar; Joe Goehle – bass; John Bacon – drums.