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June in Buffalo set for June 3-9

Ensemble Signal and Slee Sinfonietta performing on the stage at Lippes Concert Hall.

Ensemble Signal and UB's Slee Sinfonietta, shown here in concert at UB's Lippes Concert Hall, are among the noted ensembles performing at this year's June in Buffalo.


Published May 28, 2019

June in Buffalo, the annual, world-renowned new music festival and conference dedicated to emerging composers, will take place June 3-9 on the North Campus. 

The week-long symposium, under the artistic direction of David Felder, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Music and Birge-Cary Chair of Music Composition, offers an intensive schedule of seminars, lectures, workshops, professional presentations, participant forums and open rehearsals for the accepted students, as well as afternoon and evening concerts open to the general public.

It is presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music.

Each year, between 80 and 100 student applications from around the globe are received and reviewed, but only about 25 are accepted into the program. All student participants have one work performed publicly during the week by musicians who have dedicated a significant portion of their musical careers to the presentation of very recent music.

Students also have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by the five or so distinguished senior composers who are invited each year to take part in the festival. This year’s senior composers are Felder; Anna Clyne; Brian Ferneyhough; Stephen Hartke; Lei Liang, whose appearance is supported by the UB Confucius Institute; and Rolf Wallin.

Some of the world’s most renowned ensembles will be performing at June in Buffalo, including Ensemble Signal, the Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente and UB’s own Slee Sinfonietta.

Also performing will be violinist Irvine Arditti, a noted soloist and first violinist with the Arditti Quartet.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will close the festival on June 9 with a program that includes the world premiere of Felder’s Die Dämmerungen.

A complete schedule of June in Buffalo performances is available on the Center for 21st Century Music’s website. Many of the performances are free; others are ticketed according the Department of Music’s regular pricing structure.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Center for the Arts box office, online at or one hour before concert time at the box office adjacent to the concert location.