Aleksandr Haskin, the flutist who was supposed to have been featured Sunday on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society's upcoming free Gift to the Community Concert, has canceled because of a family emergency. We are getting a violinist instead.
The violinist is Benjamin Beilman, a promising young performer who took recent honors in the Young Concert Artist Auditions. Joining him will be Anna Polonsky, a pianist with a good career going in her own right. Polonsky has given two fine performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Beethoven and Weber. She has also performed on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society series, accompanying cellist Efe Baltacigil.
Sunday, Beilman and Polonsky will be playing Bach's Sonata No. 3 in E major for violin and keyboard, followed by Prokofiev's Sonata No. 1. Beilman will then go it alone for Prokofiev's Sonata for solo violin, Op. 115. Wagner's "Albumblatt," arranged by August Wilhelm, will follow. The afternoon comes to a fiery close with the Fantasy on Bizet's "Carmen" by Jeno Hubay, a showpiece recorded by Gil Shaham.
The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is free and tickets are not needed.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman