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Buffalo String Works announces next installment of The Bridge: Through Folk Music Buffalo String Works (BSW) is excited to announce the next installment of our cross-cultural, interdisciplinary arts series The Bridge. For each of us, our family and our culture make up integral parts of our identity. In this concert Through Folk Music, Buffalo String Works presents music derived from deep, personal connections between composers and the folk music of their own cultures – from Italy and Ireland to Armenia, Nepal, Burma, and Hungary. The use of folk music as inspiration is a way for composers to form a bridge from themselves to their ancestry as well as from their cultures to new audiences. These musical bridges bring communities together, inspiring us individually and collectively, whether we are refugees, immigrants, or native Buffalonians. 

This evening of folk-inspired music is performed by Buffalo String Works Teaching Artists and conducted by Jaman Dunn, Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and BSW Orchestra Director, on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm at D’Youville Academic Center, 6th floor. As with all performances of The Bridge, admission is free and a social hour with light refreshments follows. 

Repertoire includes Rumanian Dances, Belā Bartok; Libertango and Oblivion, Astor Piazzolla; Karen Song (trad. Burma); Resham Firiri (trad. Nepal); Groung, Mary Kouyoumdjian; Ancient Airs and Dances, Ottorino Respighi; and traditional Irish fiddle tunes. 

Julie Merulla

About The Bridge: In an effort to extend a welcoming hand towards Buffalo, NY’s diverse west side community – largely made up of newly-arrived refugees and immigrants – Buffalo String Works launched a concert series, The Bridge, in February 2018. Each performance presented by The Bridge honors Buffalo’s refugee and immigrant population through its programming with the intention of bridging gaps within the refugee community and between the community and Buffalo itself. The Bridge showcases high-level, professional performances from across the artistic disciplines, including music, dance, and visual art. All performances are free, open to the public, and take place at various venues on Buffalo’s west side. For more information, please visit https://www.buffalostringworks.org/the-bridge

About BSW: Mission: Buffalo String Works strives to foster vibrant, inclusive communities through the transformative power of music. We provide rigorous music instruction and a creative home for refugee and immigrant children displaced from all over the world. Our classes encourage a sense of community and possibility. For our students especially, the universal language of music can be a lifeline. We aim to cultivate a positive space that supports their development into curious, confident, committed individuals who make a difference in their new home: exceptional musicians who are also exceptional citizens. Through our programming, which also includes introducing acclaimed artists to underserved neighborhoods where they are rarely seen, Buffalo String Works transcends borders and bridges opportunity gaps between our students and their adopted city. For more information please visit www.buffalostringworks.org.