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Music Library Presents Julius Eastman Exhibit

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The Music Library is pleased to announce its new exhibit, Performing the Music of Julius Eastman, currently on display in the library.  A summary of the exhibit is available online at

Julius Eastman portrait

Photograph by Chris Rusiniak

The exhibit contains writings about the multi-talented Julius Eastman (1940-1990) by three musicians who worked with him in Buffalo and New York City: Jan Williams, Joseph Kubera, and Bobby Previte. It also includes text by Eastman scholar Jeff Weston about the challenges presented by the notational practices of Eastman in his scores and text by John Smigielski about the three works presented on a famous concert at Northwestern University in 1980. The exhibit also features rarely-seen photographs of Julius Eastman by former Buffalo resident Chris Rusiniak.

Eastman’s music remained in relative obscurity until recently. Renée Levine-Packer and Mary Jane Leach co-edited a collection of writings about Eastman titled Gay guerrilla : Julius Eastman and his music in 2015 and the level of attention to Eastman’s life and career has greatly increased since then. While the Music Library does not hold a single Julius Eastman collection, it does hold extensive documentation about Eastman’s career here in Buffalo and at UB, both as a Creative Associate and as a faculty member.

The exhibit complements the Burchfield-Penney Art Center’s night of Julius Eastman events  Friday, Feb. 10th.   The program of events  is listed online at: ,

William Shakespeare Exhibit in the Music Library

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William Shakespeare


The Music Library is displaying an exhibit as one of a number of exhibits throughout the University Libraries commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The Music Library exhibit, titled If Music Be the Food of Love: Shakespeare in the Music Library, provides an overview of topics from the perspectives of both music in Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in music. The exhibit highlights some lesser-known titles from the holdings of the Music Library, including French operas by Frédéric Le Rey, Georges Adolphe Hüe, and Edmond Missa.

An online summary of the exhibit is available.

June in Buffalo 2015 is here

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It’s that time of year again and the concerts for the 2015 June in Buffalo festival have commenced with Saturday’s concert presented by the June in Buffalo Performance Institute. This year’s composition faculty includes director David Felder, Martin Bresnick, Brian Ferneyhough, Bernard Rands, Roger Reynolds, Harvey Sollberger, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, and Charles Wuorinen. Featured ensembles and performers include Ensemble Signal, Meridian Arts Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, Heather Buck, Brad Lubman, Ethan Herschenfeld, and Irvine Arditti. A schedule of all the events is available online at

The Music Library is pleased to host an exhibit written and curated by Ethan Hayden, Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition. Ethan’s exhibit celebrates this year’s festival as the 30th anniversary operating under the direction of Dr. David Felder. Ethan has written a series of blog post articles about the members of this year’s composition faculty and also interviewed David Felder for this year’s festival. The exhibit draws on some of those articles (available in the Blog archive at

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts in 1964

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Lukas Foss and Allen Sapp

This past Fall was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of The Center of the Creative and Performing Arts.  The first Creative Associates recital was presented November 13 1964 and the first Evenings for New Music concert was performed on November 29th. The Center survived until 1980. Approximately 120 musicians came to Buffalo as Creative Associates from 1964 until its close. They presented about 700 musical works on 124 Creative Associate Recitals and more than 400 works on 173 Evenings for New Music concerts. About a dozen of the musicians who came to Buffalo as Creative Associates later joined the faculty of the UB Music Department, including three from the first class: Jan Williams, Sylvia Brigham-Dimiziani, and Laurence Bogue.

The current exhibition in the Music Library provides the historical background of the founding of the Center by Lukas Foss and Allen Sapp. The exhibition contains documents, clippings, concert programs, and photographs pertaining to the creation of the Center and its first class of Creative Associates.

An online summary of the exhibit contains the full text of the Rockefeller Foundation proposal written by Lukas Foss and Allen Sapp for the creation of the Center.

Music Library Exhibit featuring Cameron Baird, founder of the UB Music Department

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Cameron Baird

Cameron Baird

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith
Photograph by Rudolph Hindemith

Did they or didn’t they? Come view the new Music Library exhibit, Cameron Baird: Bringing Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland to Buffalo, and see how you would answer the questions: Did Paul Hindemith really teach at the University of Buffalo in 1940? Should Aaron Copland have been allowed to serve as the first Slee Lecturer in Music in 1957?

The exhibit addresses both questions, and includes letters, photographs, and newspaper articles that touch on greater issues of how politics before and after World War II shaped the careers of artists such as Hindemith and Copland. Excerpts from Copland’s testimony before the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by Joseph McCarthy are provided in the physical exhibit and a link to the full testimony is included in the online summary.

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

Cameron Baird is at the core of both stories. He shaped the musical culture of Buffalo in many ways and the stories presented in the exhibit demonstrate to some degree the range of his influence in the musical world at the time. The stories also provide a measure of his humanitarianism and courage in the face of political factors beyond the world of music.

The slightly expanded online summary of the exhibit is available online at: