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(Jon Lehrer Dance Co. Image credit the studio/courtesy of Artpark & Company)
(Jon Lehrer Dance Co. Image credit the studio/courtesy of Artpark & Company)

Artpark & Modern Disposal Services present 'Power of Niagara'


Mon, Aug 9th 2021 09:45 am

‘A celebration of arts, nature and a sustainable future’ set for Aug. 21

Artpark & Company and Modern Disposal Services will present “Power of Niagara,” “A celebration of arts, nature and a sustainable future” on Aug. 21. The evening will be a celebration of the environment, including a performance of “Branché” by Cirque Barcode & Acting for Climate Montréal; the world premiere of “The Power of Niagara” by Jon Lehrer Dance Company; performances by Buffalo String Works; and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta.

Tickets ($20 for adults, $10 for children) are available at the Artpark box office, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston; and online at ticketmaster.com. A VIP package is also available for $150, including reserved seating for BPO and Buffalo String Works and an afterparty reception with JoAnn Falletta.

Admission proceeds will support Buffalo String Works and Artpark’s sustainability program. For details, visit https://www.artpark.net/events/power-of-niagara.

A press release stated, “On this special day, Artpark & Company and Modern Corporation are announcing a joint commitment toward making Artpark a more sustainable place for nature, art and performance. Join us in celebrating the energy savings achieved through sustainable lighting replacements. With an understanding of the impacts of our decisions on the environment, we endeavor to transform our practices to be the best partners along with artists and park visitors to pass on a thriving and sustainable Artpark to the next generation.”

•“Branché” by Cirque Barcode & Acting for Climate Montréal will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the Emerald Grove stage. Performed in a natural setting, Artpark said “Branché” is a collaboration between the companies Cirque Barcode & Acting for Climate Montréal. “It is a show to address the climate crisis, created in a way as to have minimal impact during creation and while touring. Designed to be played in parks or forests and centered on group acrobatics, ‘Branché’ is a celebration of the strength of community and our relationships to each other and to nature. It is a show to get people outside and inspire them as to what is possible if we work together.”

•“The Power of Niagara” by Jon Lehrer Dance Company will follow at 7 p.m. on the recreated “Niagara 1979” “Painted Parking Lot.” Artpark said, “The internationally renowned Jon Lehrer Dance Company (JLDC) will bring edge-of-your seat excitement with a world premiere performance inspired by the power and majesty of Niagara. With JLDC’s trademark combination of artistry, athleticism and accessibility, this breathtaking performance will inspire and entertain, speaking to audiences of all backgrounds and dance experience. Music inspired by the Niagara Region as well as music that evokes the strength and beauty of water will create a luscious soundscape that the performers and audience will be swept up in. The combination of all these elements along with Artpark’s natural beauty and commitment to producing one-of-a-kind art, will bring about a truly awe-inspiring event.”

•Buffalo String Works will take the Artpark Amphitheater stage at 8 p.m. Artpark said, “Buffalo String Works’ Mission Is To Deliver World-Class Music Education To Diverse Youth That Inspires Personal And Community Transformation.” It Provides “Rigorous Music Instruction And A Creative Home For 96 Refugee, Immigrant And Historically Marginalized Youth. They Recognize The Significance Of Music As A Universal Language, And By Lifting Up The Voices Of Their Students And Parents, They Cultivate Youth To Be Agents Of Social Change.”

Falletta will conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at 8:20 p.m. on the Artpark Amphitheater stage. This will be her only live performance in the area this season with the BPO. Artpark said the musicians will “celebrate the nurturing power of connection with the environment we are born into and are responsible for sustaining: Chris Rogerson’s Among Mountains, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral.’ ”

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.

Visit https://www.artpark.net/ for more information on this and additional events at Artpark.

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