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Tip-Off Your Super Sunday with Canisius Basketball

Here’s a great way to get ready for the Super Bowl. Check out your Golden Griffin men’s basketball team at the Koessler Center. The Griffs host Marist at 2 p.m. and the Super Bowl doesn’t kick-off until after 6 p.m. – so plenty of time to enjoy both.

And, one “really” lucky fan is going to head home from the hoops contest with an incredible prize, compliments of Pepsi. Registration for the “Ultimate Tailgate Experience” will take place through halftime of the game. The winning entry will receive a 42″ Smart TV, charcoal grill, a Bose speaker, two chairs, a “Made in Buffalo” food package, Super Bowl hats and Buffalo Bills knits and plenty of Pepsi product.

You must be present to win. Current Buffalo Bills broadcaster and former Bills great Mark Kelso will be on hand to assist with the drawing.

For tickets, call 888-2885, or visit Follow @GoGriffs.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Free Ice Cream at Basketball Game

What a way to spend a Friday night – free ice cream and Golden Griffin basketball!

This Friday night your surprising Griffs (11-8) host Quinnipiac (11-8) at the Koessler Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Canisius enters the game in fourth place in the MAAC with a 6-4 league record (one game out of second place), while Quinnipiac sits one game behind at 5-5.

Following the game, there will be free ice cream for all fans, courtesy of Anderson’s. In addition Canisius students will receive complimentary “Fear the Stache” t-shirts with an illustration of Jim Baron’s famous lip blanket on the front.

The event should have a festive atmosphere. Tickets are available by calling 888-2885, or visiting

For additional information on the game, go to

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

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