"We're starting off the new semester with a real bang," said Dr. Leslie Sabina, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Bonaventure, which coordinates the series. Hailed as the most popular and sought after big band in the world today, the Glenn Miller Orchestra plays an average of 300 dates a year all around the globe. Sabina feels fortunate to have secured one of those performances for St. Bonaventure.
"We saw that they're performing in Buffalo with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Feb. 16 and 17, so we inquired and were able to get them scheduled here first, on the 13th," said Sabina. "We're grateful the scheduling worked out, and excited about the performance. It should be very cool gig."
The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders in the Swing Era of the 1930s and '40s. Today, the 18-member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements, as well as more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.
Other spring semester performances include: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Rathskeller on campus: Jazz 'n' Wings with The Les Sabina Septet. Outside of the classroom, Sabina is an award-winning composer and accomplished saxophonist. He and his septet, some of the best jazz musicians in the region, will play contemporary jazz as chicken wings are served up, courtesy of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Quick Center: LanDforms. This dance and performance art duo is composed of Leah Crosby, a creative dance teacher on Martha's Vineyard, and Danielle Evelena Doell, a dance performance artist based in Seattle, Wash. Both are fine arts graduates of Ohio University, where they met. They describe their unique performances as "sometimes funny, usually tragic, and always absurd."
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Quick Center: Sal Andolina's Bistro Musica. This performance of European café music features Sal Andolina, clarinetist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, BPO Concertmaster Dennis Kim on violin, and Dr. Albert Schlisserman on accordion. "These are virtuoso performers," said Sabina. "It should be an excellent and fun concert."
7 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Quick Center: Harmonia Chamber Singers: An Evening of A Capella. A highly regarded regional choir out of Buffalo, this 20-member group presents a variety of modern and Broadway a cappella choral pieces.
The Martine Performing Arts Series is funded by a grant from the James J. Martine Faculty Development Endowment. Named after a longtime former English professor, the endowment funds activities designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning within the core curriculum at St. Bonaventure.
The series expands the arts curriculum beyond the classroom walls, said Sabina, offering students a convenient, no-cost way to experience a variety of performing arts genres. Faculty in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts select the artists, choosing performances that complement the arts curriculum at SBU.
All performances are free for St. Bonaventure University students, faculty and staff. The series is open to the public as well, although general-public tickets are limited and there is a nominal per-person fee of $5 for each event held at the Quick Center. For ticket information, call the Quick Center Box Office at 716-375-2494.
For more information on this event please visit http://www.sbu.edu/about-sbu/news-events/latest-news/news-release/2018/01/05/st.-bonaventure's-martine-performing-arts-series-resumes-with-a-visit-by-the-glenn-miller-orchestra