Svetlana & The New York Collective - by Jordan Oscar

Music in the Woods

Music in the Woods is an annual series of free, eclectic and intimate Sunday performances set outdoors in Artpark’s scenic Lower Park Emerald Grove area overlooking the Niagara River. The concerts present a slate of both major national and local talent ranging from jazz to Baroque and new music.

The 2020 season took on special significance for both artists and audiences. The outdoor setting allowed for social-distancing and provided rare public performance opportunities for musicians who have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and the suspension of most in-person concerts. Artpark audiences eager for live music also relished the opportunity. All concerts reached capacity quickly in advance with extensive waitlists. And all the jazz artists graciously added second sets to their performance to accomodate more attendees.

All concerts were also live streamed and reached thousands more music-lovers.

The Series in Artpark's Emerald Grove included the following. Click links to view photos and video:


Svetlana & The New York Collective

July 26, 2020 at 4PM & 6:30PM
Svetlana (vocals), Noah Jackson (bass), Henry Conerway III (drums), Harry Graser (piano)
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UB Faculty Jazz Quartet

August 5, 2020 at 5PM & 7PM
Bobby Militello (sax and flute), George Caldwell (piano), Sabu Adeyola (bass), John Bacon (drums), Alex McArthur (guest vocalist)
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Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop
August 23, 2020 at 2PM & 4PM
Sara Rogers (vocals & percussion), Tim Clarke (trumpet), Nelson Rivera (saxophone), Ken Kuriscak (saxophone), Alec Dube (vibraphone), Jared Tinkham (guitar), Joe Goehle (bass), John Bacon (drums)
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Special Engagements

The 2020 Music in the Woods series also included two special area premieres staged in different areas of Artpark. Visit the links for more details.

Alarm Will Sound performing "Ten Thousand Birds" by John Luther Adams

August 9, 2020 at 6:30PM
Mainstage Theater Terrace
Acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound (AWS) presented John Luther Adams' Western New York premiere of "Ten Thousand Birds" written especially for AWS.
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Baroque Dreams

August 16, 2020 at 6:30PM
Mainstage Theater Lawn
This delightful and unique Baroque program with a theatrical flare featured an eight-piece ensemble led by music director Moshe Shulman with some of the best area musicians, special guest pianist Sergei Dreznin, soprano Colleen Marcello Brecker, performer Phil Wackerfuss, and a very special costume creation by artist Uta Bekaia.
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Music in the Woods 2020 was supported by:

Thomas B. Burrows