Music Program

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Hallwalls & BAVPA present

Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts Middle School Guitar Ensembles

This school year, Hallwalls embarked on an extensive arts-in-education partnership with the Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts, the City of Buffalo's grades 5-12 public magnet school for excellence in the arts and academics, which recently reopened in its new state-of-the-art facility on Buffalo's East Side, on the corner of East Ferry St. and Masten Ave. This multi-year, multidisciplinary partnership is funded primarily by a major grant from the Empire State Partnership (ESP) program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Tonight's concert in Hallwalls' Cinema (in the basement of BAVPA alumna Ani DiFranco's "Babeville") features the 7th/8th-Grade Guitar Ensemble and the 5th/6th-Grade Guitar Ensemble—both under the direction of well-known Buffalo guitarist Rick Strauss—as well as individual ensemble members playing in duos, trios, and solos.

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