The Buffalo Chamber Music Society makes a habit of pulling off coups. This week, though, the group has outdone itself. Coming to town for a concert Tuesday night is the Zehetmair Quartet, an ensemble that has never played Buffalo before.
One of the talents that distinguishes the Zehetmair musicians from their colleagues is that they play from memory. "They don't play from music, which is scary," says Clementina Fleshler, the director of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. For a chamber group, playing from memory is quite a feat of coordination. "They must not change personnel too often."
Critics speculate that playing from memory might guide the Zehetmair to greater musical depth. "The Zehetmair Quartet play without stands or music -- but the dramatic results prove it's a risk worth taking," wrote a reviewer in the London paper the Guardian.
Tuesday, the Zehetmair will play an enchanting early piece by Mozart, the String Quartet in G, K. 156. Hindemith's String Quartet No. 4 follows, and the musicians end with the String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41, by Robert Schumann, whose music is something of a specialty of theirs.
Admission is $20. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. For more information, call 462-4939.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman