Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman performs with the BPO this weekend.
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The music of Johannes Brahms takes center stage this weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is performing the great Romantic composer’s Symphony No. 1. Overflowing with noble melodies, this symphony has sometimes been credited with winning over people who never thought they would like classical music. It is that expansive and beautiful.

Adding to the concert’s appeal, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman is coming to town to perform the Violin Concerto No. 1 of Max Bruch, another German Romantic master. Like Brahms, Bruch was bearded and gruff looking, but wrote music of heart-stopping loveliness. Bring a Kleenex for the Adagio of this concerto.

Gluzman, a protege of Isaac Stern, plays a Stradivarius that once was owned by the great Hungarian virtuoso Leopold Auer. Auer studied with Brahms’ close associate Joseph Joachim and performed with the 19th century pianist and composer Anton Rubinstein.

This is a concert imbued with glamour. It begins with romantic music by an American master, Samuel Barber, titled “Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance.”

There are two concerts. The first is at 10:30 a.m. Friday and begins this season’s Coffee Concert series. The second is at 8 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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