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Buffalo Women in Music Festival Events - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IN THE 2016 WNY WOMEN IN THE ARTS FESTIVAL



Art Exhibit: “Rachel Ostrow: Runaway Sun,” featuring the works of East Amherst native Rachel 

Zastrow. Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport, NY 14094. Admission is free, but a $5 

donation per person is encouraged. For information on gallery hours, visit 


Art Exhibit: “An Historical Survey of Women Artists,” Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 

Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY. In response to the lack of representation of women in the arts, artist and Buffalo native Coni Minneci created a series of paintings, 2003-2006, to honor the history of women artists. From A to Z, twenty-six paintings are a tribute to some of those women. Disparity has long been the unfair position of women in the arts and society. This reality defines the purpose of Coni Minneci’s series, from Sofonisba Anguissola to Marguerite Thompson Zorach, they range and if you are not aware of their names, now is the time to become familiar with them! Each painting includes a short write-up that explains each artist’s significance. For more information, visit 


The Ladies First Jazz Big Band, 1-3pm at The Tralf, 622 Main St., Buffalo, NY. The acclaimed all-female big band presents its 14th Annual Women’s History Month Show. Special guests: The Buffalo Dolls. Tickets $20 presale, $25 day of the show. Partial proceeds to benefit The Zonta Club of Buffalo. 


Music Lecture: “Manhattan Project: Desegregating the Metropolitan Opera in the 20th 

Century” by Carolyn Guzski, assistant professor of music, SUNY College at Buffalo. Canisius College, 12 noon, SC Regis Building, Main St., Buffalo, NY. 

Free and open to the public.


Music Lecture: “From Naiads to Lady Gaga,” presented by Dr. Barbara Harbach, professor of music at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Dr. Harbach will present a provocative look at women composers from ancient times to the present day: where we were and where we are now. Dr. Harbach is a renowned composer, recording artist, organist, harpsichordist and scholar. 3pm, F Building Theatre, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 

14132, 716-614-6222.  Free and open to the public.


Music Lecture: “From Naiads to Lady Gaga” by Dr. Barbara Harbach, professor of music at 

University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Harbach will present a provocative look at women composers from ancient times to the present day: where we were and where we are now. Dr. Harbach is a renowned composer, recording artist, organist, harpsichordist and scholar. 12noon, Buffalo State College, Rockwell Hall (room TBA). Free and open to the public.


Theatre Lecture, “The Role of Women in Shakespeare” presented by Kate LoConti, 

Instructor/Coordinator of the Theater Arts at Niagara County Community College, 2pm, F Building, Room F151.  Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132, 716-614-6222. Free and open to the public.


Art History Lecture, presented by Nancy Knechtel, professor of art history at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Sauders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132, 716-614-6222. She will discuss 18th-Century painter Madame Vigee-Lebrun, court painter to Marie Antoinette and a survivor of the French Revolution. F Building, room TBA. Free and open to the public.


Book Club Lecture: Author Nancy Reisman discusses her book, “Trompe d’Oeil: A Novel” 4:30-

5pm at the Burchfield Penney Gallery at SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222, 

716-878-6011. Call for more information. 


Art Exhibit by Joyce Hill in the Library on the Canisius College Campus. 5 to 7pm opening 

reception. Exhibit continues through April 22. 

Free and open to the public.


Organ Master Class with renowned NYC-based organist Gail Archer. Presented by the Buffalo 

Chapter American Guild of Organists. 10am, Bacon Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., 

East Aurora, NY. Free and open to the public. 


Organ Recital by renowned NYC-based organist Gail Archer. Ms. Archer will present a concert of works by women composers through the ages. 4pm, Bacon Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora, NY. Free-will offering. 


Music Lecture and Demonstration: “Clara Schumann: A Woman Ahead of her Time” with guest presenter Ruth Wurster (as Clara Schumann) and pianist Karen Schmid of the Canisius College faculty. 12noon, Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College, Main Street, Buffalo, NY. 


Chamber Music Concert by The Musical Delights piano quartet, who will present a concert of chamber music by women composers, historical and contemporary. The Musical Delights members are Linda Mabry, piano; Rebecca Torres, violin; Leslie Bahler, viola; and Karlee Lewis, cello. 7pm, The 

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214, 716-833-1151. $10 

suggested donation. Reception will follow.


Kids and Family Event: “Kids and Family Music Day” presented by local composer Sabrina Pena Young. The event will include story time, crafts, an instrument zoo and light refreshments. 10:30am to 12pm, Restoration Church, 504 Frankhauser Road, Amherst, NY, 716-541-0794. Free and open to the public, with free parking behind the church. More information:


In Celebration of Women: An Afternoon of Artful Expression. A varied event from 2pm to 8pm at the 24 Below Gallery and Café, 435 Third St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Browse offerings by local artists Bernadette Hoppe, Jeanne Kratt, Betsy Marie and Monica Stanley. Be inspired by local poets Herb Kauderer (2pm) and Monica Stanley (6pm). Kauderer, extensively published poet, currently nominated for several awards in various categories and professor at Hilbert College, will present writings celebrating women. Niagara Falls native Monica Stanley will read poetry from her first chapbook. The day-long event will also feature art by Monica Stanley; leaded glass art by Jeanne Kratt; jewelry by Bernadette Hoppe, one of the founders of Women’s Gifts, the large event held each year in November.  Mediumship Readings available by Betsy Marie. Presented by Written Image 

Publishing and 24 Below Gallery & Café. Music by Sound Experience. Meals, treats and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event from the 24 Below menu. Free and open to the public.

For more information:

Carole Harris, Coordinator

WNY Women in the Arts Festival



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