Buffalo Suzuki Strings students will perform a holiday concert for the patients and staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the 17th consecutive December. Violin, viola, cello, piano, classical guitar and harp students 3-18 years of age will perform in the Roswell lobby from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.
This concert has become a special tradition for Buffalo Suzuki Strings every December since 1998. Students enjoy sharing their gift of music with the patients and staff at Roswell Park during the holiday season each year.
Mary Cay Neal, director of Buffalo Suzuki Strings, said she is honored to bring her students to Roswell for this annual concert. "We are blessed to have the opportunity to bring our young students to such a welcoming facility as Roswell Park. It is our privilege to share the uplifting sounds of holiday music."
Founded by Mary Cay Neal in 1969, Buffalo Suzuki Strings is modeled after Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's Talent Education Program in Matsumoto, Japan. Buffalo Suzuki Strings is committed to carrying out Suzuki's pedagogical vision. While there are many Suzuki teachers, it is unique to have an entire school steeped in the Suzuki method. In fact, Buffalo Suzuki Strings is one of only a few schools in the U.S. to teach the Suzuki method with such a broad range of instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano, classical guitar, harp, double bass and Music for Infants and Toddlers.
Throughout its 46-year history, the school has produced students who play at the highest levels. Buffalo Suzuki Strings' students have performed with all of the orchestras in Western New York, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Its Friendship Touring Ensemble has performed in 28 countries around the world - putting Buffalo and Buffalo Suzuki Strings on the world map for Suzuki musical excellence.
Buffalo Suzuki Strings provides a child-friendly, conservatory-like atmosphere dedicated to teaching the Suzuki method of music to children birth to age 18.