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The University at Buffalo Department of Music and The Robert & Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music are pleased to present a concert program featuring the string works of UB composer and SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 7:30pm. Concert patrons will be able to experience Felder’s string works in a unique setting involving two different venues, performed by some of the most prominent names in the field of contemporary music.




1st Half:             Baird Recital Hall, works for string quartet performed by the Arditti Quartet


Third Face
 (with video by Elliot Caplan)

2nd Half:           Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, violin concerto performed by Ensemble Signal

                        Brad Lubman, conductor

                        Irvine Arditti, violin


Jeu de Tarot




UB Music Department concert tickets will be available through a variety of outlets this year.  The least expensive and easiest way to purchase tickets is online at  For those wishing to obtain tickets in another manner, there are options according to the following pricing structure:

General Public

$15 plus $2 fee online at

$15 plus $4 fee by phone at 877-987-6487 (Ticketfly)

$19 in person at UB’s Center for the Arts (Tue-Fri, 12pm-6pm)

$22 in person at the door (one hour before concert time)

Seniors/UB fac, staff, alumni/non-UB students

$10 plus $2 fee online at

$10 plus $4 fee by phone at 877-987-6487 (Ticketfly)

$14 in person at UB’s Center for the Arts (Tue-Fri, 12pm-6pm)

$17 in person at the door (one hour before concert time)

All UB students with a valid ID will receive one complimentary ticket to all UB Music Department events.

For more complete information on this program, please visit “Edge of the Center,” UB’s Center for 21st Century Music blog at:


David Felder has long been recognized as a leader in his generation of American composers. His works have been featured at many of the leading international festivals for contemporary music, and earn continuing recognition through performance and commissioning programs. Felder’s work has been broadly characterized by its highly energetic profile, through its frequent employment of technological extension and elaboration of musical materials (including his Crossfire video series, and the video/music collaboration Shamayim), and its lyrical qualities.

Felder has received numerous grants and commissions including many composer’s awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York State Council commissions, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim, two Koussevitzky commissions, two Fromm Foundation Fellowships, two awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet the Composer “New Residencies” (1993-1996) composer residency with the Buffalo Philharmonic, two commissions from the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, and many more. In May 2010, he received the Music Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a career recognition award. Shamayim was awarded a Silver Medal in Music from the Park City Film Festival in Spring, 2011.

Felder serves as Birge-Cary Chair in Composition at SUNY, Buffalo, and has been Artistic Director of the “June in Buffalo” Festival from 1985, when he revived it upon his arrival in Buffalo, to the present. Since 2006, he has been Director of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music at the University. From 1992 to 1996 he was Meet the Composer “New Residencies”, Composer-in-Residence to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and WBFO-FM. In 1996, he formed the professional chamber orchestra, the Slee Sinfonietta, and has been Artistic Director since that time. In 2008, he was named SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest rank in the entirety of the SUNY system. In 2015 he was named Co-Director of the University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative, a plan to bring major international creative artists to the region as guest artists. A dedicated teacher and mentor, he has served as Ph.D. dissertation advisor and major professor for over sixty composers at Buffalo, many of whom are actively teaching, composing and performing internationally at leading institutions. Nearly 900 ’emerging’ composers have participated in June in Buffalo, the festival Felder pioneered and dedicated to younger composers upon his arrival in Buffalo in 1985. Felder served as Master Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in February-March, 2010. His works are published by Theodore Presser, and Project Schott New York, and portrait recordings are available on Albany, Bridge, Mode, and EMF. On June 1, 2013, a new Blu-ray surround portrait recording (90 minutes) with numerous works was released on Albany/Troy 1418.



Based in London and founded by Irvine Arditti during his time at the Royal Academy of Music in the mid 1970s, the Arditti Quartet is globally recognized as a promoter of contemporary classical music. Although the members have changed throughout the years, the spirit of the group has not. Collaboration is quite important in their creative process, as they always want to work with the composer whose music their performing or debuting. According to their website, “World premieres of quartets by composers such as Abrahamsen, Ades, Andriessen, Aperghis, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Manoury, Nancarrow, Reynolds, Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Xenakis and hundreds more show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire.” Not only has the Arditti Quartet been hailed as, “the world’s pre-eminent contemporary music quartet,” by The Guardian, received a Grammy nomination, and won an International Music Critics Prize, they have also toured internationally in places like Europe, Korea, and the United States, and have met much acclaim and fanfare throughout all of their endeavors.



Based in New York and founded by the “new music dream team” of Co-Artistic/Executive Director Lauren Radnofsky and Co-Artistic Director/Conductor Brad Lubman, the Ensemble Signal, “…features a supergroup of independent artists from the modern music scene.” Since its debut in 2008, the Ensemble has performed over 200 concerts, has given the NY, world, or US premieres of over 20 works, and co-produced ten recordings. Brad Lubman has also been a guest conductor for the LA Philharmonic and other national Philharmonics, including the Netherlands and France. The group has even been placed on the Billboard Classical Crossover Charts for their recording of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. They regularly work directly with nearly all the composers they perform in order to offer the most authentic interpretations, a list that includes Steve Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Oliver Knussen and Hans Abrahamsen. Performing across the nation in a wide variety of musical instrumentation, stylings, and sizes, their diversity led the New York Times to refer to them as, “one of the most vital groups of its kind.”

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