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Music Notes: Muir Quartet Returns

Muir String Quartet

Some familiar musicians will play the next installment of the Slee Beethoven cycle.By Bill Raffel, WBFO

Buffalo, NY – Some familiar faces return to continue the Slee/Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

The Muir String Quartet is in residence at Boston University. But outside of that city, their touring schedule this season brings them to Buffalo more than any other place. They've already presented another recital in the cycle. And in April, they'll join former Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director Lukas Foss at the piano, for a recital sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

But Beethoven is this Friday's focus. The Quartet has performed the entire Slee Cycle before. But Cellist Steven Reynolds says it really doesn't matter whether they present the entire cycle or only selected quartets.

See Cellist Michael Reynolds and the other members of the Muir Sting Quartet perform this Beethoven quartet, Serioso, along with two others Friday (1/24) night at 8 p.m. in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus.

The next night in Slee will feature a recital by Baritone and Stratford, Ontario native James Westman Saturday (1/25) at 8:00 p.m. Legendary vocalist Marilyn Horne selected Westman herself to be part of a prestigious outreach program.

Baritone Anton Belov and Pianist Lydia Brown give a free recital Sunday (1/26) at 3 p.m. in Kleinhans, sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

The Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus is in concert Friday (1/24) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo and Saturday (1/25) at Saint Paul's Cathedral downtown. Both performances begin at 8 p.m.

Also at Saint Paul's, Pianist Julie Runion gives a free half-hour recital Friday (1/24) at 12:30 p.m.