Is it a septet? An octet? No, no, nonet!
Sorry, couldn't resist. But attention must be drawn to the Czech Nonet, the nine musicians heading to Kleinhans Music Hall's Mary Seaton Room on Tuesday. One of the world's oldest continuously performing chamber ensembles, the group was founded in 1924. Its unusual instrumentation -- violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn -- allows for a wide, creative repertoire.
The nonet, an enormous success from the start, records for the Praga record label. Tuesday's concert, which takes place courtesy of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, begins with Mozart's Concertante, K. 452, and ends with Brahms' Serenade in D, romantic music perfect for Valentine's Day. In between, we'll hear the the Nonet No. 2, written in 1959 by the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is $20, with students half price. A preconcert talk with the artists, led by WNED-FM's Peter Hall, begins at 7:15 p.m.
For information, call 838-2383.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman