Who needs a cool, temperate summer? Not the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, that's for sure. The orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta are winding up Summerfest at Artpark with a weekend of heat and fire.
At 8 tonight, Falletta conducts an evening of opera arias. The theme is Italian -- "The Barber of Seville," "Rigoletto," "La Traviata." Guest artists will be soprano Jane Redding, tenor Benjamin Warschawski and baritone Grant Youngblood. Youngblood, remember, brought tremendous swagger and hammy humor to the role of Figaro in the BPO's summer 2005 production of "The Barber of Seville." It will be fun to see him again.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, a South American program features music by tango titan Astor Piazzolla and also the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. A team of award-winning tango dancers, Pilar Alvarez and Claudio Hoffman, will throw themselves into a variety of numbers, including "Oblivion," one of Piazzolla's most popular tangos. Bandoneon soloist Daniel Binelli will be a special guest.
At 3 p.m. Sunday Mexican guitarist Pablo Garibay will return. He won the most recent JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition and is flying in from Germany, where he currently lives, to be the soloist in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. Also on this splendid program: the colorful "Capriccio Espanol" by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Dvorak's vivid, sunny "New World" Symphony. (See "Tell Me" on Page 2 for more on Garibay.)
Admission is $15 to $48.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman