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Buffalo Women and Arts Festival Offers Concerts, Coffeehouses, and More!

Women in the Arts Festival 2014

The biennial Women in the Arts Festival is an opportunity to discover new music and arts by
Composer Dr. Barbara Harbach
regional artists in Buffalo, New York. Enjoy art by Elizabeth Lambert Mararian, sip some coffee while enjoying the modern opera Libertaria, enjoy chamber concerts and lectures at the Montante Cultural center, or even bring your toddlers to a fun and free family music event. There is something for every arts lover of any age this year at the Women in the Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York. Many events will be hosted at regional Canisius College and Buffalo State College. We hope to see you there!


Friday, February 21-Friday, April 4: Art opening and exhibit: Elizabeth Lambert Mararian, artist. Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 28, 5-7pm, Andrew W. Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College. 

Canisius College

Saturday, March 1: Piano recital: Jennifer Campbell, a finalist of the 2012 Sixth New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The 
Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. 3pm, Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit Free and open to the public.

Monday, March 3: Meet-the-Faculty Recital, Canisius College faculty members Jane Cary, piano; Karen Schmid, piano; Ellen Barnum, bassoon; James Wright, baritone. 12noon, Montante Cultural Center. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit

Tuesday, March 4: Lecture: “Women’s Musical Roles in 18thJane Cary, Professor of Fine Arts/Music and Director of Music at Canisius College. A look at
women composers, performers, librettists and copyists from the North and the South. 2:30pm, Regis Room, Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 5: Lecture: “21st Harbach, Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 12noon, Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit

Century Women Composers,” presented by Dr. Barbara Thursday, March 6: Coffee House, featuring faculty and student lectures, performances and LReitsman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, reading from Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle and an excerpt from Gloria Anzaldua on Latina lesbians; Cantio Sacra, under the direction of Bradley Wingert, performing choral works by women composers; Sabrina Pena Young, composer, presenting segments from her virtual opera Libertaria; Tom Colgan, SJ, speaking on “Spirituality as the Art of Living Out One’s Experience of the Mystery of Love;” and vocal music by Canisius College voice students. This event is an open house, so come for as long or as little as you want. Light refreshments will be served. 12noon-4pm, in the Montante Cultural Center Balcony Reception Room, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit Free and open to the public.

Friday, March 7: Organ lecture/recital: “Historical Women Composers for the Organ,”
presented by Dr. Barbara Harbach, Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Presented by the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity. 7pm, Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. $10 suggested donation. For more information, contact Carole Harris, Women in the Arts Festival Coordinator, 716-298-1310 or

Friday, March 7: Lecture: “Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism and Social Justice,” presented by Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor of BITCH magazine. The lecture offers an overview of media and pop culture as a focus to feminist activism. Presented by the Canisius college Women & Gender Studies Program, which is celebrating its 25th Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College. For more information, contact Tanya Loughead,
Department of Philosophy, at Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 11: Concert: Buffalo Chamber Players. Included are compositions by
composers Lili Boulanger and Buffalo composer Caroline Mallonee. 7:30pm, Ciminelli Recital Hall, in Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College campus. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Rockwell Hall Box Office (716-878-3005) or online. Free student admission tickets are available in person at the box office with valid student ID. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and one hour prior to concert time.

Sunday, March 16: Recital: Karen Schmid, pianist; Linda Mabry, pianist; Musical Delights piano quartet (Linda Mabry, piano; Rebecca Torres, violin; Leslie Bahler, viola; Christine Treimanis, cello). Program will feature works by women composers Fanny Mendelssohn, Joan Tower, Germaine Tailleferre, Agathe Backer-Grǿndahl, Dora Pejačević. 3pm, Church of the Nativity UCC, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Buffalo (Town of Tonawanda). For more information, contact the church at 716-875-3365 or Carole Harris, 298-1310 or $10

Monday, March 17: Event: “Classical Music for Kids,” presented by local composer Sabrina Peña Young. A fun, free arts event for children and their families. Includes story time, learning about women in music, making instruments, an instrument zoo and more. 10am-12noon, Restoration Church, 504 Frankhauser Road, Amherst, NY 14221. For more information, call 716-541-0794 or contact the church at

Friday, March 21: Screening: “Libertaria: The Virtual Opera,” by Sabrina Peña Young, award-winning composer and media artist. Music critic Greg Stepanich (Palm Beach Arts Paper), says of the opera “It was a heroic effort, and the level of singing in the animated opera was very high…It sounds like a graphic novel, and looks like one. As a story, it is very much in line with the good vs. evil sci-fi tradition, with the added bonus of a plucky female heroine.” 11am-noon, Buffalo State College, Rockwell Hall. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 30: Closing event. Details TBA.
For further information on all events:
Contact: Dr. Carole Harris, WNY Women in the Arts Festival or

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