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OPERA RETURNS

The story of Frederic Chopin is timeless. The world will never quite get over the fragile young man who played his haunting music at the salons of 19th century Paris. His life, too, has been the subject of much exploration and speculation. Think of "Intermezzo," in which Hugh Grant played Chopin and Judy Davis played his eccentric love, the novelist George Sand.

Not long ago, Canisius College composer-in-residence Persis Parshall Vehar completed a one-act opera about Chopin and Sand's tumultuous romance. It was commissioned by Austin Peay State University and premiered there March 14. Buffalo will be able to hear the piece at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, when it's performed in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center.

The singers will be mezzo soprano Sharon Mabry and tenor Thomas King, both of whom teach at Austin Peay State University. Vehar will play piano. Topping off the program will be songs by Chopin and also his famous Ballade No. 1 in G minor. The audience will also hear songs by Poldowski (Irene Wieniawska Paul), the daughter of the famed 19th century violinist and composer Henryk Wieniawski.

Admission is $10. For information, call 888-2820.