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Music Notes: BPO Performs Mahler

JoAnn Falletta
JoAnn Falletta

The BPO concludes its classics season with a Mahler extravaganza, plus reports on June in Buffalo and Bach and BeyondBy Bill Raffel, WBFO

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Philharmonic closes its classics season with a massive Mahler symphony. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Mahler's Third is the only work on the program Saturday and Sunday, with JoAnn Falletta conducting the orchestra and BPO chorus, but the Boys and Girls choirs from Saint Paul's Cathedral all directed by Dale Adelmann, joined by Mezzo Soprano Soloist Claudine Carlson. Performances take place Saturday (6/8) at 8pm and Sunday (6/9) at 2:30pm with preconcert talks an hour earlier.

(WBFO Program Note: BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta and Assistant Conductor Ron Spigelman will be featured in a special live Talk of Buffalo call-in program, Tuesday June 25th at 3PM on WBFO.)

As mentioned last week on Music Notes, the June in Buffalo New Music Festival gets underway today. Performers this week include the Slee Sinfonietta, Bozzini String Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, the Baird Trio, and Meridian Arts Ensemble.

The Bach and Beyond Festival features the International Baroque Soloists directed by Grant Cooper. Performances take place Friday (6/7) and Saturday (6/8) at 8pm along with Sunday (6/9) at 4pm in the Fredonia Opera House, with Bach's lunches Tuesday (6/4) through Thursday (6/6) at restaurants around Fredonia.

The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival takes place Saturday (6/8) and Sunday (6/9) at 7pm in Saint Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora. Saturday's recital includes a Trio by Haydn, a string quintet of Beethoven, a trio by contemporary composer Bright Sheng. Sunday's program includes Three Fantasias for Three Viols by Pourcell, Bartok's Third String Quartet, and Brahms Piano Quartet in A.