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Feast of violins

Let the feast continue! Violinist Charles Haupt, who had a distinguished career as concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, has planned a sumptuous new installment in the lineup of concerts he calls "A Musical Feast."

On the table is a wide smorgasbord of treats. Feng Hew, the BPO's associate principal cellist, joins Haupt in a duet by Kodaly. Haupt, who enjoys the quirks and intricacies of new music, also has programmed a few modern pieces. Internationally reputed percussionist Tom Kolor will be performing "Rebound" by the pioneering Greek composer Iannis Xenakis. Soprano Tony Arnold and flutist Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman, two UB artists known for pushing the artistic envelope, are joining Kolor for John Cage's "Music for. . .," and Gobbetti Hoffman will also be heard in a piece by the visionary Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.

The concert also features violin virtuoso Charles Castleman, who heads the strings department at the Eastman School of Music. Castleman, a good friend of Haupt, is performing the Violin Sonata No. 2, written in 1967 by Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. The piece has never been performed in Buffalo before. Weinberg, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, was a close friend of Dmitri Shostakovich. He has been considered one of the greatest Soviet composers, likened to Shostakovich and Serge Prokofiev.

Rounding out the concert will be "Primavera," or "Spring," by the Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave. It will be performed by Arnold and Gobbetti Hoffman.

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., on the campus of D'Youville College. For information, call 829-7668.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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