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Nichols School Student Composer Wins Honorable Mention at Competition

Nichols School Student Composer Wins Honorable Mention at Competition

Nichols School freshman, Jason Zhou, won an Honorable Mention in the First Annual Persis Vehar Competition for Excellence in Composition. Corinne Damerau-Best, Nichols' Director of Choral and General Music for the Middle School, encouraged Jason to submit the sonata he wrote in her composition class as an eighth grader last year.

An event will be held at Canisius College on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and includes a program at the Montante Cultural Center. Jason will have the opportunity to share information about his piano composition and himself. In addition, a CD recording of his work will be made at the Montante Cultural Center and provided to him following the performance.

UB Symphony Orchestra First Spring Concert

UB Symphony Orchestra First Spring Concert

Daniel Bassin and the UB Symphony Orchestra present their first spring concert, Fin de siècle Paris and Swan Lake, at Lippes Concert Hall on UB’s North Campus, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is free. Contact Daniel Bassin at 716-645-0627, or by email, for more information, or visit the orchestra on Facebook

Come join the UBSO in their first concert of the spring semester!

You’ve Gotta Have Art Festival

Sales and display of a variety of fine arts featuring 40 Western New York artisans. Music, crafts for kids and much more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence; Free. 689-1039

Find your Inner Tour-Guide, at the Historical Society

Find your Inner Tour-Guide, at the Historical Society

There's no time like the present to start volunteering--and the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is a great place to do it!

We are seeking docent tour guides, volunteers for community outreach programs, assistants for special events and research team members. If you are interested in learning more, join us for free orientation and training sessions this spring. During April and May, we'll be holding several FREE sessions. The dates are Saturdays, April 9, 16, 23, or Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21 -- each session starts at 10 am and goes until 2 pm. We recommended that attendees bring a packed lunch.

Art(ifacts) & Crafts: Be a Quilter, See Vintage Examples Up Close

Art(ifacts) & Crafts: Be a Quilter, See Vintage Examples Up Close

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sew WHAT?! A classic way to experience fun, see if you are interested in learning more about quilting, and be around those with similar interests. Yes, the Historical Society wants YOU to join a range of quilters--whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro--in a casual and social setting, to be inspired by quilts from the Historical Society's collection.

Practice quilting basics, demonstrated by an experienced Quilter’s Guild instructor. In the magnificent setting of the Historical Society, be guided to put together a project--all materials are supplied. A member of the Historical Society staff will show exceptional quilts from the Historical Society’s collection.

Location: Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court (corner of Elmwood Avenue).

Time: March 8, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Pan-Am building.

Eerie Goings On at Torn Space: "Fall of the House of Usher" (Catch it While You Can)!

Eerie Goings On at Torn Space: "Fall of the House of Usher" (Catch it While You Can)!

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Like an extended Edward Gorey illustration come to life, Torn Space's production of "The Fall of the House of Usher," written by Steven Berkoff, based on the Edgar Allen Poe story, is relentless in its macabre creepiness--though it does throw in a light touch.

As directed by Irish Classical Theatre Company's artistic director Vincent O'Neill, the play, at 70 minutes long, offers an intense portrait of the Usher siblings, Roderick (David Oliver) and Madeline (Cassie Gorniewicz), as they molder in their ancient crumbling home. They are the last of their family line, and it's not giving away to much to say that it's not looking too good for the name to carry on. O'Neill, who studied in his youth with master mime Marcel Marceau, evokes his training in his staging and direction--the agile cast, which also includes Andrew Kottler, is physically able to bring the audience along for the ride.