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Friends of Hispanic Arts and Canisius College present a classical guitar concert, featuring Buffalo native classical guitarist Michael Carlos Mendoza. The event will take place at the Marie Maday Theater, Canisius College, across the street from the Montante Ctr., on November 11, 2017, at 7:00 PM. It is co-sponsored by Mexicanisius and the Latin American Studies Department.

Michael Carlos is a member of a young cadre of excellent guitarists who are contributing to the evolution of the classical guitar, in terms of the instrument’s palette of tone and color. His interpretative style focuses on extracting every little gem of musical beauty hiding in the compositions he plays. In this recital, Michael will be playing mostly, but not exclusively, music of Hispanic composers. Besides Albeniz,Villa-Lobos, Barrios, Merlin and other Hispanics, his program will include music of Roland Dyens , J.S. Bach.

Buffalo has a number of first rate guitarists. Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical, Country and Western all are very well represented in the community. Michael is one of Buffalo’s Classical representatives, although he is quite versed in other styles, such as Jazz and Rock. He is also an electric bass player. He is an accomplished composer and arranger and an excellent pedagogue. He teaches at Amherst School of the Guitar. He is a Suzuki teaching Method certified.

This promises to be an enjoyable evening of beautifully played spanish guitar music, as well as a learning experience since Michael enjoys telling the audience stories and information about the pieces he plays.

Michael holds degrees in music and guitar performance from Fredonia School of Music, SUNY Fredonia and The Eastman School of Music, Univ. of Rochester.

Tickets are $10.00 and available at the door or, ahead of time at 716-207-4720. Canisius College students with ID free.

 

 

 

Being a teenager begins the age of responsibility, including trying to figure out what career paths lay ahead. Parents, guidance counselors, and teachers play a key role in the process, but real world exposure to career options is limited. It is even more limited when a teenager shows interest and potential excellence in the field of life sciences (science involving living things such as plants, animals, or living things in general), but has no outlet to explore what area within the life sciences arena may show the most promise for them.

Once again, thanks to a generous grant from the Cullen Foundation one of the Buffalo Zoo’s newest tools will be available to complement traditional career counseling. The grant has allowed for the development of an innovative experiential learning program for teenagers (ages 14-18) who show an interest in careers in life science.

The Life Science Career Lab program gives teens the chance to try on at least six different life science career hats to see if any of them fit. Excited by this offering, Buffalo Zoo Curator of Education Tiffany Vanderwerf stated that “teens today need every bit of help in defining their potential career path, so we are thrilled that we have the chance to work with this age group again in 2018 to explore their options in this field; a field near and dear to our hearts.” The Zoo’s mission includes educating the public and professionals alike in the topics of threatened and endangered species, habitat conservation, and the overall puzzle of how each component in the environment is directly linked to one another. To this point, Vanderwerf adds “science isn’t just about putting on a lab coat and looking under a microscope. While that can be fun for some, science can also be about getting outdoors to figure out how to save plants and animals from extinction, caring for the health of humans and animals, or managing the use of land resources.”

This new and unique program will take a hands-on approach to career exploration. Eight weeks in duration and running on Saturday mornings, the program culminates with an event at the Zoo for students to showcase their efforts to family, educators, and friends. Not only that, students will be rewarded for their efforts if completing the program in its entirety, with a $250.00 Visa gift card.

The program will offer a limited class size, with some eligibility requirements. Additional information, along with the formal application is available on the Zoo’s web site, www.buffalozoo.org. The application deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017.

 

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