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Buffalo Suzuki Strings 50th anniversary celebration begins Saturday


Thu, Oct 18th 2018 01:50 pm
Buffalo Suzuki Strings will kick-off its 50th anniversary celebration this Saturday, Oct. 20, at its home: 4 Webster St., North Tonawanda. There are a variety of special events planned for BSS families between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the highlight being special guest, world-renowned concert violinist and teacher Brian Lewis performing a short recital beginning at 10 a.m.
Founded by Mary Cay Neal in 1969, Buffalo Suzuki Strings has been a music education institution for hundreds of local families over the past 50 years. Neal studied directly with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and was a pioneer in bringing the Suzuki Method to the U.S. in the 1960s. Suzuki believed all children have the ability to learn a musical instrument the same way they learn their native tongue, if taught in a nurturing environment with parental involvement and support.
The 50th anniversary year for Buffalo Suzuki Strings will have a variety of special activities and events planned, including BSS alumni returning to give a professional concert in June 2019.
"We want this to be a year of celebration for our current families, BSS alumni, and the Western New York community," Neal said. "Having Brian Lewis with us - such an influential person of the Suzuki Method that is committed to carrying Dr. Suzuki's legacy for future generations - is the perfect way for us to kick-off our 50th anniversary year."
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 24 countries around the world.

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