The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present Esperanza Spalding and the Radio Music Society Tour on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, North Campus).
The performance is sponsored, in part, by Monaco's Violin Shop & Music Center and A Best.
If "esperanza" is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name at birth. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, and a natural beauty that borders on the hypnotic, the prodigy-turned-pro might well be the hope for the future of jazz and instrumental music.
Listeners familiar with her stunning 2008 debut, "Esperanza," which spent 70 weeks at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart, are well aware that Spalding's unique, style-spanning presence was worth recognition. After the release of her second album, 2010's "Chamber Music Society," that judgment was confirmed when Spalding became the first jazz musician to receive the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Spalding's latest release, "Radio Music Society" is her most diverse, ambitious and masterful offering yet. All 11 songs are accompanied by conceptual short films, which further express Esperanza's inspiration and story behind each track.
Tickets for Esperanza Spalding are $42, $37, $27 and $38 (groups). Tickets are available at the Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including www.ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000, or in Canada, 416-870-8000. For more information, call 716-645-2787.