Medina Journal-Register — The Medina-based Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. has increasingly made a name for itself in WNY for hosting concerts with some of the best and most interesting talent to be found — everything from Buffalo’s Easy Street Big Band to the internationally acclaimed vocal group Anonymous 4.
ORG will kick off its 2014 concert season on Jan. 25 with the first of a trio of performances.
“We’ve always tried to book high-quality, distinctive ensembles,” said Skip Draper, President of ORG. “To that end, we’re very excited about this year’s trio of events.”
The series starts with an exclusive appearance of Moshe Shulman and the Buffalo Tango Orkestra. According to ORG, the event will be “an initimate evening of elegant music from a by-gone era – when the tango was an international phenomenon.”
Well known throughout Buffalo, the Buffalo Tango Orkestra was formed in summer 2012 to perform Argentine tango and other styles of tango such as “Nuevo” and “European.” Since its first performance in August 2012 at the Elmwood Arts Festival, the orchestra has appeared at Smith Opera House in Geneva and “Tango Cafe” in Rochester, as well as Milonga Paradiso in Toronto and other venues.
The Medina tango event will be hosted in Medina’s West Center Street Masonic Lodge.
“ORG is always looking to highlight our beautiful architecture when we book a concert event,” said Draper. “Like so many others, we have always admired the Masonic Lodge. We approached them with this event in mind and they were thankfully excited to do it.”
The lodge, built in 1922 as a Christian Science Church, is a new venue for ORG. Carpet will place a damper on any tango attempts. The focus will be directly on the European/Latin American music itself.
BTO is under the direction of Moshe Shulman, a Russian-born Israeli composer. Playing the violin, viola, bandoneon and accordion, Shulman received both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, and a Ph.D. in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). He has studied with Mark Kopytman, David Felder and Johannes Schollhorn.