Tonawanda News


April 21, 2013

Forty-five years of making music

Buffalo Suzuki Strings hosts master teachers for workshops, concert


Tonawanda News — Since Suzuki died in 1998, he said, this is an opportunity for those who never were able to study with him personally, he said. “Those stories need to be told.”

A concert, open to the public, will take place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Musical Arts Center. There will also be an an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. that day, during which parents of current students will serve as hosts to take prospective students and parents around to classes, while older students show off an “instrument zoo” where children can try out the instruments.

Sarah Mitchell, a violin and “Music for Infants and Toddlers” teacher who came to Western New York from Tennessee seven years ago to teach at the center, said it’s an atmosphere like no other.

“This is another kind of family,” she said. “People may think of music lesson as just another extracurricular activity, one more for their kids to do, and that’s fine. But if they come here, they will realize quickly that we’re really a lot more than that.

“There are Suzuki programs in different places throughout the country — but this one’s special. As a teacher, it’s a really special place to be.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Buffalo Suzuki Strings open house and concert with Suzuki master teachers • WHEN: The open house will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The concert will take place at 10 a.m. April 27. • WHERE: Buffalo Suzuki Strings Musical Arts Center, 4 Webster St., North Tonawanda. • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit or call 743-8728.

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