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Award-winning flutist Seiya Ueno giving free concert

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society is starting its 2015-16 season with a freebie. The society’s Gift to the Community concerts, held on several Sunday afternoons a year, feature up-and-coming musicians who are attracting acclaim in classical music.

Buffalo will welcome Japanese flutist Seiya Ueno for a show at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. He has taken top honors in many competitions including the 2014 European Young Concert Artists Auditions, first in Paris and then in New York. At 19, he won the Grand Prix in Paris at the Jean-Pierre Rampal Flute Competition and performed the Reinecke Concerto with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France. In Japan, Ueno also has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic. Since 2004, Ueno has given recitals annually in Tokyo and Osaka.

In Buffalo, he will be playing Bach’s Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030 and Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.” He also will be performing the Sonatine of Pierre Boulez, and Richard Strauss’ Sonata in E Flat, Op. 18. The concert winds up with François Borne’s “Carmen” Fantasy, based on Bizet’s ever-popular opera.

Admission is free and tickets are not needed. Call 462-4939.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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