As the patron saint of lost items, St. Anthony has had to listen to millions of complaints from frustrated Catholics about where on Earth they left the keys. Now, the Camerata di Sant' Antonio -- on the auspices of St. Anthony of Padua church -- is giving the guy a break. In their "Concerto di Natale" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the church (160 Court St.), the 4-year-old group will send up exultation and praise to their patron in a concert featuring Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Diana Sachs.
Sachs will start things off with a performance of famed tango composer Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla's "Winter in Buenos Aires." Other works in the program include Johann Wilhelm Hertel's double concerto for trumpet and oboe and Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria," under the baton of the group's director, Christopher Weber.
The show will be followed by a reception in the church hall, where, according to the Camerata's Web site, "the audience is encouraged to meet the musicians and to partake in homemade Italian cooking, native wines, traditional sweets and spontaneous outbursts of Italian folksong."
That's a party that sounds worthy of St. Anthony himself.
Tickets are $17, $12 for students and $5 for kids under 12. For more information, visit www.cameratabuffalo.com or call 854-2563.
-- Colin Dabkowski