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BPO mixes late Viennese sparkle with wistful Mozart

Eldar Nebolsin has already collaborated colorfully with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The Uzbekistan-born pianist is featured on the BPO’s Naxos recording of Ernst von Dohnanyi’s “Variations on a Nursery Theme,” a witty treatment of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” An artist of consummate technique, Nebolsin is associated with such virtuosic showpieces.

We will see a different side of him Saturday and Sunday, when he joins the BPO and Music Director JoAnn Falletta for Mozart’s last piano concerto, the Piano Concerto No. 27. This concerto stands alone among Mozart’s piano concertos for its wistful, valedictory qualities.

The lovely first movement is uncharacteristically quiet, and the last movement revisits a song Mozart wrote called “Komm, lieber Mai,” (“Come, dear May”), a yearning for spring that has achieved folk song status in Germany. It will be interesting to see how Nebolsin handles this delicate, introspective piece.

This is an all-Viennese concert. Framing the Mozart will be music by late Romantic Viennese masters. It begins with “The Birthday of the Infanta” by the late Romantic Viennese composer Franz Schreker. And it ends with Richard Strauss, the “Ariadne Auf Naxos” Symphony Suite. This is the kind of rich sparkle for which the BPO is becoming known. Expect drama and glory.

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $34.50-$86.50. For info, call 885-5000.

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