Located at 3 Symphony Circle in Buffalo, NY, the 2,400 seat Kleinhans Music Hall is one of the finest acoustical concert halls ever built in America. The principle architect was Eliel Saarinen, who is most famous for his National Museum of Finland. His son, Eero, designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Flight Center in NYC, Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C, and had a hand in helping with the Kleinhans project.
On a recent excursion to the Queen City, I was able to swing by this graceful masterpiece in the heart of the Allentown Historic District. There are several notable features that strike the senses about this building. The reflecting pool is certainly one. The shape of the building is another (some say it is shaped like a cello, while others contend that it is most certainly a violin). But it is the acoustics inside that have garnered Kleinhans’ international reputation as a world class performance venue. Pianist Arthur Rubenstein once said, “Any artist gives his best in a hall such as this.”
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College.
I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join.
I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.”
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