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Alarm Will Sound (Image by Michal Ramus/provided by Artpark & Company)
Alarm Will Sound (Image by Michal Ramus/provided by Artpark & Company)

Artpark adds Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus to JP Jofre, Alarm Will Sound double-bill


Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:15 pm

Artpark & Company on Monday announced a performance by JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band and Alarm Will Sound as part of the “New Music in the Park” series on Aug. 7, in the Artpark Mainstage Theater. The performance is sponsored by HSBC Bank.

As a special addition to the evening of music, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus will perform from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the adjacent Mainstage Theater terrace. The BPC was previously scheduled to perform at Artpark on Aug. 1, but adverse weather forced a postponement of the concert.

Tickets for the original BPC concert are valid, and ticketholders will also be able to attend the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band and Alarm Will Sound concert at no additional charge. Conversely, ticketholders for the main concert may also attend the BPC performance at no additional charge. The headline show will begin at 8 p.m.

The Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus presents its first concerts since the pandemic lockdown. Selections include Vivaldi’s exuberant "Gloria" to celebrate the joy of singing together, once again, after nearly 17 months. The program also features Gabriel Fauré’s "Requiem" – a simple prayer for the peace of departed souls – sung in remembrance of the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artpark & Company stated, “JP Jofre is known as one of the world’s foremost soloists on the bandoneon that Astor Piazzolla catapulted to fame. Jofre is also a brilliant and pioneering composer whose work transcends nuevo tango to encompass the neoromantic, indie classical and jazz.” JP Jofre and the Hard Tango Chamber Band includes Ron Wasserman (double bass), Eric Silberger (violin), Amy Kang (cello) and Pablo Cafici (piano).

The program includes these “Hard Tango,” “Milongon,” “After the Rain,” “Taranguino,” “Manifiesto,” and “Universe.” Also “La Camorra 3” and “Libertango” by Piazzolla.

Artpark & Company continued, “Returning after a sold-out event in 2020, the 20-piece Alarm Will Sound once again bring their engaging, otherworldly sounds to Artpark, playing music with an irreverent charm and daring seldom heard in stodgy halls. …

“Alarm Will Sound’s set will include a previous collaborative work with Queens-based artist Eartheater, who distills foley-filled digital production and classical composition into works suspended between reckless romanticism and detailed sonic tapestries. ‘When Fire is Allowed to Finish,’ her work with Alarm Will Sound, contains six emotionally charged movements. The music is fearlessly expressive, lush and emotional – bound to jolt even the most jaded listener.”

For this project, composers Aaron Parker, Steve Snowden and Conrad Winslow were enlisted to orchestrate Eartheater’s musical ideas.

Tickets for the event are $12 and are available at artpark.net.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test are not required for this event. Patrons will just be required to maintain social distance and wear a mask if they are not fully vaccinated.

This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Artpark’s 2021 season is supported by M&T Bank, Cullen Foundation, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Wright Beverage Distributing, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

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