In celebration of its First Anniversary, the Buffalo Civic Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm in St. John the Baptist Church: 168 Chestnut St. in Lockport. Admission is free: However, donations to help support the orchestra are encouraged.
The program will feature three works representing the “Overture Project”: Ambroise Thomas’s Overture to Raymond, the Geoffrey Toye version of the overture to Ruddigore by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and the Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé. Other great works to be performed are Haydn’s “Military Symphony” (Symphony No. 100), On the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin, the Piet Hein Rhapsody by Dutch composer Peter Van Anrooy, and the Artist’s Life Waltzes of Johann Strauss, Jr.
Former BPO Assistant Conductor (under Michael Tilson Thomas), John H. Landis will lead the orchestra. The Buffalo Civic Orchestra is committed to providing music of the highest quality at churches and schools throughout Western New York.
Maestro Landis envisions a variety of programs: some showcasing choirs and organ soloists, side-by-side programs with area high schools, as well as thematic programs to celebrate various ethnic festivals and holidays. The Overture Project will introduce audiences to many lesser-known opera overtures.
Landis brings over fifty years of experience conducting orchestras and opera companies and will utilize his extensive personal music library with the new orchestra.
Renowned WNY Violinist, Gregory Docenko will serve as Concertmaster of the Buffalo Civic Orchestra. He is a co-founder of the orchestra, along with trombonist, Jennifer Landis, and cardiologist/musician, Friedrich Albrecht.
The musicians of the orchestra will include professional players, as well as talented students and amateur musicians. Membership is by invitation, and all are volunteering their talents.
The Buffalo Civic Orchestra is the newest orchestral ensemble in Western New York. Unlike the other orchestras in this area, the Buffalo Civic Orchestra is not a year-round ensemble meeting on a weekly basis.
It is, instead, an orchestra that is assembled for special concerts and events requested by area churches and educational institutions. There is no financial obligation to be a member of the orchestra.
The orchestra is conducted by veteran Western New Yorker, John H. Landis. The Concertmaster of the orchestra is well-known violinist and educator Gregory Docenko. The personnel is drawn from a pool of free-lance adult musicians, and specially selected talented student musicians.
The Buffalo Civic Orchestra is accepting string players for our June 23, 2019 concert.
Attendance is required for the concert (obviously) and at least TWO rehearsals.
Sunday, June 23, at 4:00pm
Friday, June 14 from 7-9:30 pm
Tuesday, June 18 from 7-9:30 pm
Friday, June 21 from 7-9:30 pm
168 Chestnut St., Lockport, New York, United States
John Landis, a native of Chicago, was raised in Cleveland. He studied piano, trumpet, timpani, theory and conducting there and at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. He earned a B.M. from the Eastman School of Musicin Rochester, NY. There, he was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Philharmonia, often appearing as a conductor of light operas. His principal conducting teachers have been John Farinacci, Orien Dalley, George Szell, Howard Hanson, Frederick Fennell and Josef Blatt.
After military service with the U.S. Air Force musical units in Washington, Mr. Landis headed to New York for a position as conductor and tour manager for the Boris Goldovsky Opera Theatre. From 1970 to 1972, John held the position of Assistant Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He continued performing with the BPO as a conductor, arranger, percussionist, and keyboard player until 1983. He also taught at the University of Buffalo and was Music Director of the Niagara Falls Philharmonicand the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra.
While in Albuquerque, NM for seven years, Landis was a University of New Mexico music professor, conductor of opera and ballet throughout the southwest and California, and program director for classical radio station KHFM. He returned to Buffalo in 1990 as a program host/announcer for WNED-FM. WNED programs hosted by Landis included the “afternoon drive” program, and a ‘new-releases’ program entitled What's New? Until his February 2009 retirement, he also served as music adviser for Music from Chautauqua.
Mr. Landis was conductor/music director of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 2015, is currently Music Director of (716) TROMBONES and WNY’s Buffalo Civic Orchestra.
John is widely respected for his vast knowledge of classical music, and is one of Buffalo’s finest conductors, musicologists, and piano accompanists.
Gregory Docenko, Concertmaster
Henri Star Muhammad
Maureen Reed, Principal
Diane Williams, Principal
David Meyer, Principal
Gilbert Pease, Principal
Craig Incontro, Principal
Megan Blake, Principal
Friedrich Albrecht, Principal
Sheryl Hadeka, Principal
Stephen Budnack, Principal
Jennifer Landis, Principal
Stephen Lattimore, Principal
The Buffalo Civic Orchestra is an entirely volunteer-based organization, and we rely on donations from music lovers such as yourself. We thank you very much for your support!
BCO John H. Landis LIVE Debut Concert, Faure Pavane
BCO John H. Landis LIVE Debut Concert, Dvorak Dances 6, 8
BCO John H. Landis LIVE Debut Concert Schubert 8, First Movement
John H. Landis conducting Beethoven 9 with The Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra. 2014
Gregory Docenko is a professional violinist, composer, arranger, entertainer, and music teacher in Western New York. With a performing career spanning decades, Mr. Docenko is currently Concertmaster of the S.E.M. New Music Ensemble and the Buffalo Civic Orchestra. He is former Concertmaster of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra. Greg also holds violinist positions at the Clarence Summer Orchestra, the Camerata di Sant’Antonio Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond String Quartet, and as a substitute with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a soloist, Greg has appeared with the S.E.M. New Music Ensemble, the Buffalo New Music Ensemble, the Buffalo Civic Orchestra, and his own Johann Strauss Orchestra of Buffalo, which he also conducts.
As a teacher, Mr. Docenko specializes in stringed instruments, and brings over thirty-five years of experience in both Suzuki and traditional methods. In addition to his own private teaching studio, Greg is currently an educator at Twin Village Music, Sacred Heart Academy, and the NSOA-ASTA String Conference at SUNY Fredonia. Before retiring from Buffalo State College, Greg taught at the Buffalo Community Music School, Southtowns Suzuki Strings, Niagara Falls Community Music School, Orchard Park Boosters Summer String Program, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Award-winning musician, Greg Docenko performs a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, liturgical, jazz improvisation, as well as ethnic and ‘gypsy’ music. He is well known as a “strolling violinist” with the ability to play any request, regardless of difficulty/obscurity. Greg has been described as “a great entertainer!” “can play all styles off the top of his head,” “amazing!” “what variety!” “a mix of Heifetz, Liberace, Grappelli, & Charlie Daniels!”
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