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‘A Musical Feast’ serves up an evening of French delicacies

For the adventuresome Buffalo concert series “A Musical Feast,” it’s time for dessert. The season wraps up May 13 with an evening of French confections. It features some notable talent. Making an encore appearance will be Charles Castleman, the distinguished – and very entertaining – violinist who has charmed audiences of the series in the past. Joining him will be pianist Claudia Hoca, celebrating her recovery from a 2013 car accident. They will be playing the Poeme, Op. 25, by Ernest Chausson, the French composer who died young in a bicycle accident. They will also be playing a rarely heard sonata by Maurice Ravel.

In addition, Hoca will collaborate with University at Buffalo master cellist Jonathan Golove for Three Pieces for Cello and Piano by Nadia Boulanger, the French conducting pedagogue, and the Nocturne for Cello and Piano by her fascinating younger sister, the tragically short-lived Lili Boulanger. Charles Haupt, the founder and artistic director of “A Musical Feast,” has personal feelings for this music because he was awarded a two-year scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. May 13 in the Tower Auditorium at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Tickets are $20 general, students $10. For more info, call 878-6011.

– Mary Kunz Goldman