Batavia, New York — As the holiday season quickly approaches, the Genesee Community College Foundation is busy preparing for Encore 2011, an annual holiday gala that supports student scholarships. Community members are invited to “A Winter Wonderland” on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. The festivities begin with a Gala Reception and continue with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) performing in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the College’s Batavia Campus.
Encore 2011 will feature for the first time, a “Meet the Artist” opportunity in the new Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery. Encore attendees will have the chance to meet award winning artist and Lockport, NY native, Joseph Whalen. His exhibit includes 50 watercolor and acrylic paintings. From landscapes to pool halls, Whalen creates visual narratives in a style that recalls early 20th century realism. The Roz Steiner Gallery will be open for the entire evening during Encore for viewing of Whalen’s exhibit.
The BPO will once again be conducted by renowned conductor, Paul Ferington. Mr. Ferington, hailed as a distinguished local guest conductor, is in his 27th year on the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s conducting staff. During this time, he has conducted the BPO in more than 400 concerts. A guest conductor and recital accompanist nationally and internationally, Ferington has received the Beaux Arts Award for Contributions to the Arts from the Niagara Council of the Arts, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the OperaBuffs of Western New York Educator of the Year Award. In addition to conducting, he is on the music faculty at Buffalo State College and serves as conductor/music director for the new college-community Buffalo State Philharmonic Orchestra.
The evening event begins at 5:00 pm with a private Prelude Reception with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, Paul Ferington as well as artist Joseph Whalen. This reception is open to all Conductors’ Circle and Golden Baton Society level sponsors. For all guests, a Gala Reception Grandioso with sensational food selections will follow at 6:00 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum. An Encore Energico Chance drawing to win an opportunity to be a BPO Guest Conductor will be held at 7:30 p.m. Guests will proceed to the Stuart Steiner Theatre for a holiday pops concert at 8:00 p.m. with two-time Grammy Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and then afterward enjoy Delectable Dessert Finale in the William W. Stuart Forum.
Chairpersons for Encore 2011 are Stafford, NY residents, Rick and Jane Scott. Proceeds from Encore support the Genesee Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Foundation would like to thank Five Star Bank, the lead corporate benefactor, for its continued support of Encore.
For tickets, please call the Foundation at (585) 345-6809. Tickets are limited; patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Sponsorship support is welcome at the following levels: Conductor’s Circle provides six tickets for $1,000; Golden Baton Society provides four tickets for $600; and the Inner Circle provides two tickets for $300. Singular Platinum Patron tickets are $100 each. The evening is black tie optional.
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