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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

Written by Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall continues trying to figure out how “it” all works. For Classical 94.5 WNED and on-stage with the Buffalo Chamber Music Society he’s conducted over 1,000 interviews with artists to get at answers. On “Theater Talk” his favorite question of co-host Anthony Chase is simply “What’s goin’ on?” In every situation he’s in Peter wonders: “What’s the big picture here?” And, “if I had to teach this, how would I break it down to explain it?”

That’s why he loves writing reviews. A show with a strong message that makes him laugh and cry and think about life is a good show. Heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO 88.7 FM “Theater Talk” repeats Saturday afternoons at 5:55 p.m. on Classical 94.5 WNED, the radio station where Peter is currently the afternoon drive host as well as producer and host of “Buffalo Philharmonic Live” (Sundays at 5 p.m. repeating Fridays at 10 p.m. on WNED). For the Buffalo Chamber Music Society he moderates on-stage pre-concert chats with the artists and is on-stage host of the Falletta (classical guitar) Competition.

Peter holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo. For twenty-five years he has been an adjunct professor for Canisius College’s Richard J. Wehle School of Business. He is currently a member of the “Artie Awards Committee.”

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