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A Polish quartet, and a Bulgarian violinist

Founded in Warsaw in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet plays with flair and fortitude, especially when it comes to the music of the group’s namesake. Szymanowski’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56, is front and center on Tuesday, when the quartet performs in Kleinhans Music Hall’s Mary Seaton Room courtesy of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. The program ends with Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80, and begins with Mozart’s brooding D Minor String Quartet, K. 421.

It is an eventful week for the Chamber Music Society. Sunday brings the next of its much-anticipated Gift to the Community concerts. Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova, praised by the Washington Post as having “impressive power and control,” is presenting a recital with pianist Amy Yang. Hristova, the winner of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, will perform two of Beethoven’s most beloved sonatas, the “Spring” Sonata and the “Kreutzer” Sonata. Between those come two pieces that are a change of pace: Lutoslawski’s “Subito” and the part of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” that is titled “Praise to the Immortality of Jesus.”

Hristova’s recital takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday. It is free and tickets are not needed.

The Szymanowski Quartet’s performance is at 8 p.m. Tuesday and admission is $20.

For info on the Chamber Music Society, call 462-4939.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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