Music Notes: Immigrant-Inspired Music

Music influenced by Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Philharmonic pays tribute to New York Harbor with a multimedia spectacular. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

This is the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas performing John Williams' Liberty Fanfare, inspired by the Statue of Liberty. You can catch the band's annual Veterans Day Pops Concert Sunday (11/9) at 7:30?p.m. in North Tonawanda's Riviera Theatre and hear the fanfare Friday night (11/7) at 8?p.m. in Kleinhans with the BPO. The orchestra will also pay tribute to Ellis Island with a work by California Composer Peter Boyer called "Ellis Island: The Dream of America." Boyer says he's long been fascinated with stories of immigrants.

See Peter Boyer himself at Kleinhans Music Hall Friday (11/7) at 8?p.m. Guest Conductor Wes Kenney will also lead the second movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony.

Also this week, the Ars Nova Musicians continue Viva Vivaldi at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday (11/9) at 6:30?p.m., while the New Zealand String Quartet continues the Slee Beethoven Cycle Saturday at 8?p.m. in UB's Slee Hall.

And on Friday (11/7) at 8?p.m., Organist Peter Richard Conte steps to the console fo the Fiske Pipe Organ in Slee Hall. He plays one of the largest pipe organs in the world at the former Wanamaker Department store in Philadelphia.

Organist Ralpha Bach is in recital on a new Allen Electronic Organ at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 2669 Sheridan Drive in the Town of the Tonawanda. Vocalists Anne Kenney, Daniel Windagle, and Amber Powers will join him Sunday (11/9) at 2?p.m.

And the Gallery Players of Niagara feature works of Johannes Brahms on Sunday (11/9) at 2?p.m. in the Rodman Hall Arts Centre, 109 Saint Paul Crescent, in Saint Catherines, then at 8?p.m. in Saint Mark's Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. There'll be one performance on our side of the border Monday (11/10) at 8?p.m. in Daemen College's Wick Center.