When tragedy strikes, music can bring people together. At 1 p.m. Sunday, a musical tribute in Lippes Hall in Slee Hall will celebrate the life of the flutist Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman, who lost her long battle with cancer Aug. 1.
The gathering will include brief talks by Gobbetti Hoffman's friends, who were legion.
"People will talk about what they felt about her," said her husband, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra cellist Monte Hoffman.
The focus, though, will be on music. Performing will be many musicians who were friends with Gobbetti Hoffman. Many of them played music with her, in professional situations or just for fun.
Among the performers will be saxophonist Susan Fancher, oboist Cheryl Bishkoff, flutist Catherine Bull and Brazilian pianist Catarina Domenici. Also lending their talents will be former BPO Concertmaster Charles Haupt and the eminent violist Jesse Levine, who will be performing a Mozart duo.
Violinist Elmar Oliveira will also perform, as will violist Sandra Robbins, flutist Sabatino Scirri and BPO harpist Suzanne Thomas. A special guest artist will be Gobbetti Hoffman's 7-year-old grandson, Hayden Hoffman.
Anyone who knew or admired Gobbetti Hoffman is invited to attend the musical memorial. A champagne and dessert reception will follow.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman