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Renaissance Music in an Industrial Cathedral

Everyone who has ever sung in the shower loves it; Turkey Trot runners as they go under the Route 198 bridge shout about it, and church choirs who sing in cathedrals are moved by it.

It’s the reverberation created by sound in an enclosed space that takes you and your voice to another place. Imagine how much reverberation and echo you’d get inside an old, round, tall, grain elevator.

This Saturday evening, July 23, for about an hour starting at 6:30 p.m., two classically trained musicians, vocalist Esin Gunduz and oboeist/English Hornist Megan Kyle, will team up in Silo City’s Marine “A” Elevator as the duo “Senso di voce” for a magical, mystical, mystery tour through past ages of music.

From Medieval, to Renaissance, to Baroque, to contemporary, the music will flow temporally and spatially in an uninterrupted soundscape connected by improvisations and disconnected sound. As Megan Kyle said: “The silo is almost a 3rd member of our group.”

The doors open at 6pm Saturday at Marine Elevator “A” at 120 Silo City Row, at the foot of the Ohio Street Bridge on the Buffalo River. Or, if you’re familiar with RiverWorks, continue on Ganson Street until you cross Ohio Street. The suggested donation is $10. Listen to a conversation with the two performers here.

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Lead image: Maryam Muliaee

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Written by Peter Hall

Peter Hall

If you enjoy public radio and television in Buffalo, you’ve probably heard or seen Peter Hall asking you for money. He’s the co-host of “Theater Talk” with Anthony Chase (Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO, 88.7 FM) and is the afternoon drive host on Classical 94.5 / WNED where he also produces and hosts “Buffalo Philharmonic Live” (Sundays at 5 p.m. repeating Tuesdays at 11 p.m.) broadcasting BPO performances conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Around town he’s the emcee for Buffalo Chamber Music Society concerts, the Falletta competition, and the Camerata di Sant’Antonio concerts. If you see him at a play or musical with a pen in his hand, he’s probably writing a review for buffalorising.com.

In past lives he has been a Director of Membership for Western New York Public Broadcasting (PBS and NPR), a Director of Marketing for Canisius College, and before that was a Director of Marketing for Fisher-Price. He feels fortunate to have worked for some of the most trusted brands in Western New York.

Growing up in the Amherst school system, music, the arts, literature, outdoor activities, and teaching were important in his family. His grandfather, the painter W.J. Schwanekamp, has works on display at the Burchfield-Penney. His father was a high school English teacher and his mother was a public librarian. In high school, in addition to running track and cross country and being in the ski club, Peter played various instruments in the orchestra, had leading roles in the plays, and was an editor of the high school newspaper. Peter holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo. For over twenty years he has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Canisius College’s Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

Depending on the season, on weekends he can be seen riding with the Niagara Frontier Bicycle Club or teaching downhill skiing at Kissing Bridge.

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