BPO, Irish Classical Theater and LehrerDance Collaborate on Rare Production of Moliere Comedy ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’

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Western New York’s leading cultural institutions are joining forces to make you laugh.

On Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Classical Theatre Company and LehrerDance will come together to present Moliere’s comedy “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” at KleinhansMusic Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

Written in 1670, the class-conscious satire and slapstick humor of Moliere’s comedic masterwork still resonate today. “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” follows Monsieur Jourdain, a merchant who desperately wants to join the aristocracy. He seeks to learn the “noble arts” of fencing and dancing, and fantasizes about marrying his daughter to nobility and taking a noble wife himself, despite already being married. The aristocracy does not come off unscathed in this play, which ultimately ends happily for all characters involved.

The Buffalo Philharmonic will perform music written by Richard Strauss for the 1917 German premiere of the play. Strauss is best-known for his operas, particularly “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Salome.” The orchestral suite for “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” is unusual among his works, in that Strauss gave it a distinct Baroque flavor to echo the history of the play. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth, and the music will be recorded for Naxos Records. JoAnn Falletta will conduct the orchestra.

“I find it absolutely delightful that a play written in 1670 can still be completely charming, hilarious and just as relevant in 2014 as it was in the 17th century,” said Falletta. “Working with the Irish Classical Theatre Company and LehrerDance makes this production a dream come true for me.”

Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil will join the BPO for the weekend’s performances as guest concertmaster. In addition to his responsibilities with the Cleveland Orchestra, Preucil also teaches at the Cleveland Institute for Music. His ConcertmasterAcademy teaches violinists the leadership and communication skills needed to ascend to the position of concertmaster, and Preucil has been assisting the BPO in its concertmaster search.

The play is directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti and stars Irish Classical Theater Company Artistic Director Vincent O’Neill as Monsieur Jourdain. The rest of the cast is comprised of notable Western New York actors. Kelli Bocock-Natale, a multiple Artie Award recipient for both acting and directing, will play opposite O’Neill as Madame Jourdain. Bonnie Jean Taylor, who has acted and danced with most major theater companies in Western New York, will play the Jourdains’ daughter Lucille. Her suitor, Cleonte, will be played by NiagaraUniversity graduate Zak Ward. Ray Boucher, Kevin Kennedy, Nicholas Lama, Brian Mysliwy, andImmanuel Naylor round out the cast.

“At the Irish Classical Theatre Company, we have a long tradition of collaborating with other theatres and arts organizations. Interestingly, we have done more collaborative performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra than with any other organization in the area. As we experience the talents of Moliere and Strauss, let us celebrate at the same time the diversity and wonderful richness of our arts scene here in Buffalo,” said O’Neill.

Five members of the internationally-acclaimed LehrerDance will perform in several scenes, adding a dance element to the show.

“LehrerDance started in Buffalo with the hopes of working with the top culturals. Being onstage with Irish Classical Theatre Company and the BPO is the perfect fulfillment of that hope. It’s such a fun, good-natured entertaining show. What LehrerDance brings to it is fun, good-natured dance. That’s why I feel it’s such a great fit,” said Jon Lehrer, artistic director and founder of LehrerDance.

Audiences can experience the production three times: at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31; at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Complimentary coffee and donuts are available before the Friday performance starting at 9:30 a.m.One hour prior to curtain time on Saturday and Sunday, the audience is invited to attend “Musically Speaking,” a talk that will further explore both the play and the music.

Tickets range from $29 to $67 and are available at bpo.org, at the box offices of Kleinhans Music Hall and Irish Classical Theater, and by calling (716) 885-5000. Students with ID may purchase their tickets at the Kleinhans Music Hall box office for $10.

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Secure Victory Party – You’re Invited

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Hope you can make it to this one- it’s our last opportunity to raise money this year!

On Thursday, October 23rd at 6pm, we will be hosting a Secure Victory Party at the Irishman Pub in Williamsville, NY. I really hope you can make it!
Tickets are $20 per person, and you can be a sponsor of the event for as low as $49. Sponsorship levels are $49, $99, and $250.

WHAT: Secure Victory Party
WHEN: THIS THURSDAY, October 23rd, 6pm-8pm.
WHERE: Irishman Pub, 5601 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
TICKETS: $20 per person, sponsorship levels of $49, $99, and $250.

Checks can be made payable to “Friends of Steve Meyer”. Credit card contributions accepted. NO business checks will be accepted. You can also pay ahead at www.electstevemeyer.com/donate.

RSVP is not required but highly encouraged. Click here to RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/vQCphwnIZv

Questions? Call or email: (716) 833-0376 or steve@electstevemeyer.com.

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Andrew Cuomo’s Book Released Today, Oct 21, 2014

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All Things Possible
by Andrew M. Cuomo is Available Now

In what the New York Times described as “an insightful coming-of-age political autobiography”, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reflects on his rise, humiliating fall, and surprising comeback in politics. In a series of compelling, behind-the-scenes stories, he recounts his dramatic personal and political setbacks, how he overcame them when he was written off, and reveals what he’s learned about effective political leadership that enabled him to enact marriage equality, gun safety, and balanced budgets.

Already featured in The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the New York Times Magazine, and more, this is “a side of Andrew Cuomo that is never seen,” … and it shows what it takes to be … “a reform Democrat who gets things done” (The Daily News). For a sneak peek at some of the book’s most moving stories, take a look at this Wall Street Journal article and watch Governor Cuomo’s interview on CBS This Morning.

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Corruption Rules Up-Coming November Elections

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Comment from Concerned Citizen: On Corruption Rules Up-Coming November Elections.

Harsh words. Unfortunately true.

The ZBA is apparently the ACS, Amherst’s Catering Service.  As long as they exist, in this capacity,
the residents and the integrity of Amherst do not have a chance. Whatever the town board decides
can easily be undone by this bunch of swindlers, catering to swindlers, whether it is zoning, height
restrictions, setbacks, etc.

The Town Board should, by all accounts, reign them in.  Or, themselves?

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Anti-Fracking Rally Outside of Cuomo’s Buffalo Debate

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Wednesday, Oct. 22nd
Outside of WNED Studios 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo NY 14202
(close to Erie St. & Lower Terrace)
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Be part of the Fracking “BAN” Wagon & help welcome Governor Cuomo to Buffalo this Wednesday!
He is holding a campaign debate in Buffalo, a very important event for him where he’ll be describing his vision for New York’s future, with lots of media present.
And it’s a very important event for us – we must show him the power of the movement demanding that New York’s future be frack-free!
It’s imperative that we have a strong showing to drive home to Cuomo that the Buffalo region also opposes fracking, as he has been greeted by anti-fracking protestors all across the state at his public appearances.
Please join us if you can make it!

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Higgins is Playing Small Ball in the Big Leagues

The following are quotes from the Buffalo News’ Washington Bureau chief Jerry Zremski, who coincidentally is also the President of The National Press Club. The article is linked here.

Zremski offers a stinging criticisms of the Congressman, who has served for 10 years in the House of Representatives. He writes:

  • He’s introduced fewer bills than most of his peers, and the only ones he’s steered to passage assign new names to post offices and the new federal courthouse in Buffalo.
  • Some who think that being a member of Congress is first and foremost a federal government job, [think] Higgins is playing small ball in the big leagues.

Higgins lacks the national profile, stature in the Congress, and political capital that would be expected of someone with his senority. Higgins is the ranking member of the Homeland Security subcommittee that oversees the NSA’s mass survaillence programs, yet has never appeared on a national news program.

“I could certainly polish myself up and get on those [television] programs, but you’ve got to be able to contribute something to what they’re looking for,” Higgins said.

Zremski appropriately notes that Higgins’ lacks the political clout of his peers:

  • Higgins’ low profile has not gone completely unnoticed, though. Roll Call named him to its “Obscure Caucus”.
  • Higgins’ name has appeared in Politico, a daily must-read for Washington insiders, only 60 times since the news site’s founding in 2007. Among House Democrats first elected the same year as Higgins, the median number of Politico appearances was 246.
  • Asked to comment on Higgins, Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the widely respected Rothenberg Political Report, said: “It’s been 10 years since I’ve even thought about him.”

There is considerable disconntent with the Congressman’s lackluster performance. Many observers say that “he lacks the caliber of leadership that the region needs.”

“He should be taken to task for acting less like a congressman and more like a city councilman in Washington,” said James E. Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo and a Republican.

In the Buffalo News’ opinion section, the editorial board delivers a scatahing rebuke of the Congressman:

“One thing is for sure: Higgins is not the kind of national political figure that the late Rep. Jack Kemp, R-Hamburg, was, nor has he carved out a role in the House leadership like Republican Reps. Bill Paxon and Thomas M. Reynolds.”

The above assessment begs the question: Why is Higgins being re-elected every two years? The low expectations of the Buffalo-Niagara Region becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as we continue to accept poor results.

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Drone Flew Over Larkinville Concert

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Are drones watching YOU?

Local attorney Dan Ward, said he believes a drone was flown over a concert last month at Larkin Square.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like that before in my life,” said attorney Daniel Ward, who says he and a few of his friends were in the crowd last month at a Larkin Square concert. Lance Diamond, a Buffalo performer was on stage. And Ward says there was something strange in the sky.

“Somewhere around 8 p.m., out of the sky appeared, it was dark it would appear to be a drone, it had two red lights and two green lights and it circled the crowd or the audience multiple times,” he said.

Ward says a small drone was flying about 200 feet over the crowd and was in the air for at least an hour.

“It seemed to be surveilling the audience and I don’t think that has any place in a democracy to have that kind of surveillance over the general public,” Ward said.
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Corruption Rules Up-Coming November Election

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The Election of November 6, 2014 will go down in history as the most corrupt election in the State of New York.

First there are incumbents who are buying their seats.  They are the old masters who know how to keep their seats, some for over 40 years while making big money on the side.

Then we have candidates who are running who are liars, who have rigged elections and know how to hide over a $100,000 of election money.  They are still rewarded with a guaranteed judgeship.

Amherst’s growth brought with it a true criminal element.  That element has run the show for nearly all the developement in our area.  They “guided” the building of nearly every development in our area. Every time a new building goes up the developers bring partners with them who the residents have never heard about.  These partners control when a developer can build, where they buy their materials, if a person can work on a job.  They control the head of the Planning Board and ZBA as well as some if not all Town Board members.  Point of interest:  The ZBA has heard presentations from 72 developers and their voting record is 72 – 0 in favor of the developers.

Amherst is becoming a haven for criminals in New York.   There are so many different inroads made by the new criminals, from the Corp of Engineers to some members of our Town Board, to every other Board in Amherst.

Our Town Board meetings are a complete joke.  This is where much of the Town graft money is dished out by certain people.  Amherst is going to go downhill as this element gets a stronger hold in the future.

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Book Lovers Are Completely Obsessed With This Website

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Last year, Random House quietly gave away Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, for free for one week. Millions of readers were unaware of the week-long giveaway.

A select group of readers did take advantage of the promotion, though. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time. BookBub notified nearly 1 million readers of the free Da Vinci Code deal last spring.

“It’s the Groupon of books,” Dominique Raccah, the publisher of Sourcebooks, told The New York Times about deal sites like BookBub. “For the consumer, it’s new, it’s interesting. It’s a deal and there isn’t much risk. And it works.”

Why did Random House give away a bestselling ebook that usually retails for $9.99? The company’s goal was to hook new readers on Brown’s thrillers and drum up interest in his new book, Inferno. The free ebook even included the prologue and first chapter of Inferno.

“It makes it almost irresistible,” Liz Perl, Simon & Schuster’s senior vice president explained to the The New York Times. “We’re lowering the bar for you to sample somebody new.”

Book lovers have now become practically obsessed with BookBub. In many cases, they’ve downloaded hundreds of books that publishers and authors have promoted on the site.

“I now have more books than I can read in a lifetime,” said Suzie Miller of Auburn, Wash. She said she has downloaded more than 350 free books using the service.

For readers, part of the appeal of BookBub is that it does not list every single free ebook on the market. Instead, BookBub’s expert editorial team selectively curates only the highest-quality ebooks to feature in their email and on their website. In most cases, the deals can be purchased for any ereading device, including Kindle, iPad, Nook, and Android.

Readers can select which genres they would like to receive, so each email is matched to their preferences. BookBub features more than two dozen genres of books, including mystery, romance, literary, historical fiction, nonfiction and more.

With millions of readers using BookBub’s service, this type of promotional concept seems to be resonating with both publishers and readers alike. To find out more about the service, go to www.bookbub.com.

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Local Construction Projects Carry Total Price Tag of $16.6 Billion (Yes, Billion With a B)

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Transformational is perhaps the best way to describe how the region’s development landscape is changing in ways that were only a dream years ago.

In the last three years, more than $16.6 billion worth of economic development projects have taken hold, ranging from neighborhood advancements such as turning a vacant Lombard Street building on Buffalo’s East Side into a whiskey brewing operation to SolarCity Corp.’s $5 billion plant on South Park Avenue.

$16.6 billion. That’s the value of construction projects in eight counties of Western New York, based on Business First research into 620 projects in the eight-county region.

Core Strength is Business First’s comprehensive look at the transformation of the core of Western New York. Our 2014 guide provides a look at developments — finished, under construction and proposed — that are changing the regional landscape, from the Lake Erie shoreline and Niagara Falls to thriving suburban towns. (More details are available in our 64-page Core Strength publication. You can obtain copies by contacting Karen Schiffmacher at kschiffmacher@bizjournals.com.)
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