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Music Notes: BPO Concert to Air on WBFO


The Buffalo Philharmonic features The Red Violin in a special NPR broadcast this week.By Bill Raffel, WBFO

Buffalo, NY – The BPO returns to BFO. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Last April, violinist Charles Weatherbee joined Joann Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic for a concert called The Red Violin.

The featured work was a Chaconne composer John Corligliano put together, based upon his film score for The Red Violin. It tells the story of an instrument made in the Italian City of Cremona where Stradaveri and Guarneri made the best violins of all time. Passed on from generation to generation and still coveted today. Except the instrument in the story was stained with blood from the violin-maker's murdered wife, dooming all future owners.

The soloist Charles Weatherbee is a native of Clarence and now the concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. And he's also the soloist in Alexander Courage's Fantasy on Porgy and Bess for Violin and Orchestra.

The concert opens with Dances of Galanta by Zoltan Kodaly and concludes with a symphony that also has an eastern European dance-like flavor, Dvorak's Symphony Number Six.

In his review of this concert last April, critic Herman Trotter noted the Dvorak had many patrons buzzing with delight on the way out of the hall. And hopefully you will after hearing this special broadcast with Joann Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Thursday (12/12) at 2?p.m. on WBFO.

If you're a regular Talk of the Nation listener, you should have no problem remembering to hear this concert. But in case you aren't, why not jot this on your planning calendar or enter in your palm pilot now so you don't forget. Why not let your friends know to tune in as well. Learn more about this concert by reading BPO Program Annotator Ed Yadzinski's notes online.

Now for live concerts in the area. Marvin Hamlisch leads the BPO and Chorus in the annual holiday pops concert, Friday (12/13) at 7:30?p.m., Saturday (12/14) at 8 pm, and Sunday (12/15) at 2:30?p.m. and 7:30?p.m. in Kleinhans.

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society presents a Baroque Christmas with Soprano Julianne Baird from the Aulos Ensemble from New York City. That's tomorrow (Tuesday, 12/10) at 8?p.m. in Kleinhans, with a pre-recital talk at 7:15.

Another favorite holiday concert takes place in the Our Lady of Victory Basilica at Ridge and South Park in Lackawanna. Marcia Giambrone leads the Buffalo Choral Arts Society and a brass ensemble in a program called "What Sweeter Music" Friday (12/13) and Sunday (12/15) nights at 7:30?p.m. Over one hundred voices will perform one of Robert Shaw's arrangements "The Many Moods of Christmas."

The Western New York Chorale presents Choral Music for Advent from Spain, Mexico, and other nations Sunday at 4?p.m. in Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, and the corner of 7th Street and Maryland Ave on Buffalo's West Side.

The Unitarian Universalist Church Choir presents Johann Sebastian Bach's 63rd Cantata, Sunday (12/15) during the 11?a.m. service at the corner of Elmwood and West Ferry.

Organist Charles Bradley gives a free half-hour recital in Saint Paul's Cathedral downtown, Friday (12/13) at 12:30?p.m.

Finally, the Pan-Am ensemble at UB performs tonight (Monday, 12/9) at 8?p.m. in the Baird Recital Hall on the North Campus.