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Buffalo Chamber Players begin Albright-Knox residency

By Mary Kunz Goldman

News Classical Music Critic

The Buffalo Chamber Players have been named Ensemble in Residence at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Their inaugural concert there, on Oct. 1, reaches across centuries.

It begins with a piano trio take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” and culminates in Mozart’s C Minor Viola Quintet, an arrangement Mozart made of one of his Wind Serenades. Between is an aria from Handel’s “Xerxes,” sung by Colleen Marcello, and a Sonata For Two Clarinets by Francis Poulenc.

The group will present two world premieres: “How Small I Am,” a piece for strings by Caroline Mallonée; and Rob Deemer’s “Eulogy For Strings.” And on the classic side, the concert also features Johannes Brahms’ lovely Two Songs for voice, viola and piano. The first is a look back on a lost love and the second is a lullaby for the Christ Child.

The concert takes place at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at 8 p.m. Oct. 1. Tickets are $20 at the door or online at buffalochamberplayers.org. Call 270-8292.

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