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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Performs on Campus

The BPO returns to campus on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff and students to see and hear the BPO perform in the warm acoustics of the Montante Cultural Center. Tickets are $25 general admission and $12 for students and can be purchased in the Fine Arts Office, LY 406, at the door the night of the concert or online at

This year’s program includes Franz Schubert’s “Overture in the Italian Style,” Bottesini’s “Fantasy on Themes from Bellini’s La Sonnambula” for double bass and orchestra with BPO principal bassist Daniel Pendley as soloist; Tomasi’s “Fanfares Liturgiques for Brass and Percussion;” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C Major.” The BPO will be led by its new associate conductor, Stefan Sanders, in this concert.

Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative conductor, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. In addition to his position with the BPO, Sanders is the music director of the Round Rock Symphony (TX) where he is attracting much praise for innovative programming, seeking new venues and collaborations with local arts organizations, attracting broader audiences, and redefining the orchestra’s role in its community. Prior to a career as a conductor, Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra,” with the Czech Philharmonic can be heard on the Albany Records label. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons. While he has performed on stage in the Montante Cultural Center as bass trombonist with the BPO, this concert marks his first performance at Canisius in his role as conductor.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Meet-the-Faculty Recital

Music of the Romantic Period will be highlighted at the next Meet-the-Faculty Recital, featuring Melissa Thorburn, mezzo-soprano and Karen Schmid, piano. Their performance is on Monday, February 25 at noon in the Montante Cultural Center. The duo will perform works by Gluck, Saint-Saens and Richard Strauss. Karen Schmid will also perform Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major.” This recital is free and open to the public, and is a wonderful way to spend your lunch hour!

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Retirement Reception for Estelle Siener

Please join us in the Grupp Fireside Lounge on Thursday, January 29 at 2:30 p.m. to thank Estelle Siener for her 21 years of service to Canisius College. Light refreshments will be served.

With great dedication, Estelle has led the academic computing area of the college, including the Faculty Technology Services Center, the Helpdesk and the academic technology specialists. She assisted countless faculty and staff members in their technology explorations and has taught many students to utilize technological tools. Her leadership has helped the college to become a more technology enhanced and conscious environment. We wish her well as she retires.

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate, Academic Affairs