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Classical music expands through the summer season

Summer is a time for music. Music outside in the night air, music on a sunny afternoon, music inside in air conditioning or even music in the dark cool of an old church, with the doors open, the breezes wafting in.

This season, classical music has all these options, and more.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is expanding its offerings. New this year are three concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall, providing a wonderful air-conditioning opportunity in addition to lively music. One of the concerts is a follow-up to the Latin-themed "BPOle" concert last season, and another features the young Polish-born pianist Igor Lipinski, playing Gershwin. The BPO is also taking it on the road in a kind of mini-tour.

The Chautauqua Institution has a stirring symphony season planned that begins with renowned pianist Peter Serkin on June 30. New music makes up a good part of Chautauqua's Logan Chamber Music Series, with a bunch of freewheeling ensembles scheduled.

Find the music that's right for you -- then simply sit back and listen.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta is taking the orchestra to a couple of concerts outside our immediate area -- one in the Stanley Center for the Arts, a historic movie palace in Utica, and the other at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The mini-tour marks the Philharmonic's debut in SPAC and features concertmaster Michael Ludwig playing Mozart's "Turkish" Violin Concerto.

Closer to home, the orchestra plays an array of free concerts in area parks as well as other special events. For BPO info, call 885-5000.

June 10 (2:30 p.m.): Falletta conducts the BPO in a concert for the University at Buffalo's June in Buffalo series in Slee Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst.

June 30 (8 p.m.): Matthew Kraemer, conductor, in Holiday Valley (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville).

July 3: After the Bisons game at Coca-Cola Field, Paul Ferington conducts the BPO in its annual Independence Day Eve concert. Performance begins at about 9 p.m.

July 13 (7 p.m.): BPOle 2! features Wendell Rivera and his Latin Jazz Ensemble with the BPO, conducted by Kraemer in Kleinhans Music Hall.

July 14 (6 p.m.): Paul Ferington conducts the BPO and the band Forever Young in the music of the Grateful Dead in a free concert outside the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls.

July 15 (7 p.m.): Kraemer conducts the BPO at Artpark.

July 18 (11:45 a.m.): Ferington conducts the BPO in a free lunchtime concert at M&T Plaza in downtown Buffalo.

July 20 (7 p.m.): "Rhapsody in Blue," featuring Igor Lipinski on piano, conducted by Kraemer, in Kleinhans.

July 21 (7 p.m.): Kraemer conducts BPO Fantasy Camp, in which adult amateurs will play alongside BPO musicians, in Kleinhans.

July 25 (8 p.m.): BPO performs in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

July 26 (7 p.m.): BPO performs in the Stanley Center for the Arts, Utica.

July 27 (7 p.m.): "Bolero!" features the BPO, associate principal cellist Feng Hew and violinist Shieh-Jian Tsai in Kleinhans.

Concerts in the Parks

All concerts start at 7 p.m., are conducted by Kraemer and are free.

June 26: Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island.

June 27: Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora.

June 29: Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.

July 6: Delaware Park, Kraemer conducts the 1812 Commemoration Concert.

July 7: Lancaster Band Shell, Artel Metz Drive, Lancaster.

The Roycroft Chamber Series

Expat pianist Eugene Gaub comes home to Western New York every June with his wife, violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub, and they join friends for four evenings of chamber music. Their friends include a lot of musicians in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Unless otherwise noted, concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora (at Maple Street and Main Street/Route 20A). Admission is $20; $15 in advance. Advance tickets are available at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora and by mail from Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, P.O. Box 281, East Aurora, NY 14052.

June 9 (8 p.m.): Mozart's Flute Quartet No. 1, featuring soloist Susan Royal; Dvorak's Terzetto in C for Two Violins and Viola; and Ravel's Piano Trio, featuring pianist Gaub, violinist Tigran Verdanyan and cellist Eva Herer.

June 10 (7 p.m.): Beethoven's Piano Trio in E Flat, Op. 1, No. 1; Erwin Schulhoff's Duo for Violin and Cello, with violinist David Niwa and cellist Roman Mekinulov.

June 15 (8 p.m.): Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 11 in F, K. 413, arranged for piano and string quartet, featuring Gaub; Debussy's Sonata For Flute, Viola and Harp, with harpist Suzanne Thomas; and the Clarinet Quintet by Max Reger, featuring BPO Principal Clarinetist John Fullam.

June 16 (8 p.m.): Boccherini's Trio for Strings in A; Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, with Gaub joined by BPO musicians Anna Mattix and Glenn Einschlag; and Beethoven's Third "Razumovsky" Quartet.

Bach and Beyond

Every June, Bach and Beyond, led by Music Director Grant Cooper, spotlights baroque music at the ornate Fredonia Opera House (9 Church St., Fredonia). This year's festival features vocal music, thanks to soprano Janet Brown, who performs in the opening and closing concerts. Tickets are $20, or buy all three concerts, plus a closing reception, for $45. For information, call 679-1891.

Saturday (8 p.m.): As a special preview, the Opera House presents a screening of the film, "The Silence Before Bach," by Pere Portabella; $7 adults, $5 students.

Next Friday (8 p.m.): Music of Bach, Pietro Locatelli and Handel, featuring Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C.

June 9 (9 p.m.): Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3, also music by Francesco Geminiani, Vivaldi, Telemann and Handel.

June 10 (4 p.m.): An all-Bach program with the Violin Concerto in A Minor, Cello Suite No. 6, Orchestral Suite No. 4 and Cantata BWV 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen."

> In Chautauqua

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Concerts are in the Chautauqua Amphitheatre at 8:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

June 30: The great pianist Peter Serkin joins guest conductor Roberto Minczuk and the CSO for Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. Also, the "Academic Festival Overture" by Brahms and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8.

July 3 (8 p.m.): Soprano Michele Ragusa, a local favorite, joins the CSO and guest conductor Stuart Chavetz for an Independence Day blowout culminating in Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."

July 5: Timothy Myers conducts violinist Clara-Jumi Kang in the Violin Concerto of Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Also, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and the Prelude to Act 3 of Wagner's "Lohengrin."

July 10: Grant Cooper conducts the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence in a program including excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty."

July 12: Andrew Grams, guest conductor, and Alexander Schimpf, piano, perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. Also, Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" and Stravinsky's "Concerto in D."

July 14: Steven Osgood, guest conductor, and the Chautauqua Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists present a night of opera highlights.

July 17: Michael Stern, guest conductor, conducts Ravel's "A boat on the ocean"; Bernstein's Suite from "On the Waterfront" and Debussy's "La Mer."

July 19: Guest conductor Stern collaborates with cellist Amit Peled in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1. Also, Stephen Hartke's "Muse of Missouri" and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2.

July 21: Robert Duerr, guest conductor, leads the CSO in Brahms' "A German Requiem," with soloists Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano; and Tyler Duncan, baritone.

July 24: Sarah Ioannides is the guest conductor with bandoneon virtuoso Jorge "Coco" Trivisonno in music of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Also, music of Debussy, Dukas ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice") and Gershwin.

July 26: Christopher Seaman, guest conductor, with pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, a Chautauqua favorite, in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4. Also, Sibelius' "Finlandia" and Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony.

July 28: Seaman and Gavrylyuk join forces again for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Also, Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

July 31: Conductor and pianist Andrew Litton in a program including Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien," Gerald Finzi's "Eclogue," Op. 10, for piano and strings, and Franck's Symphony in D Minor.

Aug. 2: Violinist Anne Akiko Myers joins Litton for Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Also, Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

Aug. 4: Stuart Chafetz, guest conductor, leads the Chautauqua Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists in an Opera Pops concert.

Aug. 9: Pianist Ian Parker joins guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen for Gershwin's Concerto in F. Also, Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.

Aug. 11: Grant Cooper leads the North Carolina Dance Theatre in a program ranging from Beethoven to Philip Glass.

Aug. 14: Richard Kaufman, guest conductor, and Brian Reagin, violin, are featured in a concert that celebrates the 80th birthday of composer John Williams.

Aug. 16: Guest conductor Andrew Constantine and flutist James Walker in Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1. Also, Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" and Elgar's "Enigma Variations."

Aug. 18: Composer Michael Colina joins conductor Ira Levin and violinist Anastasia Khitruk in the world premiere of Colina's "Baba Yaga: Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra." Also, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and the Overture to Glinka's "Russlan and Ludmilla."

Aug. 21: Guest conductor Noam Zur and pianist Daniil Trifonov team up for Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. Also, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and the Overture to Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus."

Chautauqua Logan Chamber Music Series

These nine concerts take place at 4 p.m. Mondays in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at the Chautauqua Institution. This year's season stresses the new and the different. Call 357-6200.

June 25: East of the River, global and medieval chamber music with recorder, percussion, violin and oud.

July 2: New Arts Trio, with Rebecca Penneys, piano; Jacques Israelievitch, violin and Arie Lipsky, cello.

July 7: Ethel, string quartet with contemporary repertoire.

July 16: Chautauqua String Quartet, comprising Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra musicians Vahn Armstrong and Diane Bruce, violins; Eva Stern, viola and Jolyon Pegis, cello.

July 23: Chautauqua Chamber Winds, also musicians from the Chautauqua Symphony.

July 30: Carpe Diem String Quartet, a group with an eclectic repertoire.

Aug. 6: Haimovitz, Frank and Friends: Offbeat cello virtuoso Matt Haimovitz teams up with violinist Pamela Frank, violinist Andy Simionescu and violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama for music of Haydn, Beethoven, Gideon Klein and Adrian Pop.

Aug. 13: Sybarite 5, a freewheeling quintet that plays "everything from Radiohead to Mozart."

Aug. 20: A Far Cry, chamber music group from Boston that specializes in the unpredictable and is the chamber music group in residence at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum.

The Chautauqua Opera

This summer, like last year, the Chautauqua Opera features two productions.

July 7: Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," in the Amphitheater, in Italian with English supertitles.

July 27 and 30: Puccini's "Manon Lescaut," in Norton Hall, in English with English supertitles.

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