June in Buffalo, the University at Buffalo's annual international festival of new music, winds up on Sunday in high style with a lively concert featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director JoAnn Falletta, and celebrity classical guitarist Eliot Fisk.
Fisk is performing the guitar concerto by Robert Beaser. With its elements of bluegrass and a finale that could be described as perpetual motion, it is challenging and athletic to watch. (Fisk is the only guitarist so far to perform it, perhaps because he is the only one who can.) Beaser is one of the composers in residence at this year's festival, at which Fisk has also performed his arrangement of the folk song "Shenandoah."
Also on the program is music by this year's other featured composers. They are "Incendio" by UB composer and professor David Felder, "Cross-Currents" by Fred Lerdahl and "Jeu de Timbres" by Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky.
The concert takes place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus, Amherst. Admission is $12. For info, call the BPO, 885-5000.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman