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Music Notes: Heard In Buffalo

A local group prepares a concert of music written in or featuring Buffalo or Buffalonians.By Bill Raffel, WBFO

Buffalo, NY – You've heard of Herd About Buffalo. Now the Freudig Singers will open their 20th anniversary season with a program called "Heard in Buffalo." Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

The concert will feature works of Buffalo Composers, whether it be folks such as Aaron Copland who taught at UB for a couple years, to famous native son Harold Arlen.

The Choir of Trinity Episcopal Church under Tim Socha's Direction will join them, on the weekend of October 25th and 26th. The Director of the Freudig Singers, Roland Martin, says the idea for an all Buffalo performance actually came from the group's chair, Elizabeth Bailey-Sands.

See this all Western New York concert with the Freudig Singers and Trinity Episcopal Choir on Saturday, October 25th at 7:30?p.m. in Saint Joseph's University Church, on Main Street near the UB Campus. The concert will be repeated on Sunday, October 26th at 7:00?p.m. in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church on South Buffalo Street.

I'm telling you about this so early because next week is the fall fundraiser installment of Music Notes. Here are some other concerts over the next couple of weeks:

The Emerson Quartet opens he 80th anniversary season of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society on Tuesday, October 14th at 8?p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. A preconcert talk begins at 7:15?p.m.

The Muir String Quartet continues the Slee/Beethoven cycle on Friday, October 24th at 8?p.m. in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus.

Also in Slee, the Kevin Norton/Haewon Min Percussion and Piano Duo feature music of Anthony Braxton on Thursday, October 16th at 8?p.m. Admission is free. And Flutist Cheryl Gobetti Hoffman is in recital on Tuesday, October 21st at 8?p.m. featuring works from the time of Schubert to nowadays.

The Amherst Symphony welcomes the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim, as soloist on Sunday, October 26th at 7?p.m. in the Amherst Middle School Auditorium. Steven Thomas conducts.

The Buffalo Philharmonic pays tribute to Blood, Sweat and Tears on Friday, October 17th at 8?p.m. in Kleinhans. Then Joann Falletta conducts Brahms Fourth Symphony along with Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto with Ilya Gringolts as soloist. Performances take place Saturday, October 18th at 8?p.m. and Sunday, October 19th at 2:30?p.m. with preconcert talks an hour earlier. On Sunday, October 26th at 2:30?p.m., Assistant Conductor Ron Spigelman leads a children's Halloween concert.

Opera Sacra presenting a recent opera by Stephen Paulus called "The Three Hermits," based upon a story of Leo Tolstoy about a Russian bishop and the lessons learned from three hermits. Performances take place on Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th at 8?p.m. in Saint Joseph's University Church.

Pianist Theresa Walters performs works of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt on Sunday, October 19th at 7:30?p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center of Canisius College.

Organist Russell Patterson, a graduate of UB, gives a recital on Friday, October 24th at 7:30?p.m. in University Presbyterian Church at the corner of Main Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

At Saint Paul's Cathedral, violinist Mathew Tworek joins pianist Paul Hartley for a free half-hour recital on Friday, October 10th at 12:30. Organist Andrew Schmidt gives a recital at the same time on October 17th.

And, the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Benefit Concert will take place Sunday, October 19th at 5?p.m. at the Wutz Concert Hall, at 4 Webster Street in North Tonawanda. Performers from the Houston Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and The Julliard School will perform chamber music of J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Sarasate and Kreisler.