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Buffalo Chamber Players throw a curveball

The Buffalo Chamber Players have a new concert planned that toasts the unusual and pioneering. While many composers have concentrated on the string quartet, the piano trio, the standard chamber orchestra and other traditional groups, the Chamber Players like to form surprise combinations. The musicians will throw a curveball or two at the audience in “Unconventional Voices” at 8 p.m. May 19 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

The concert includes Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes” for clarinet, string quartet and piano. And a piece for English horn, violin, cello and bass by Michael Haydn, Josef Haydn’s brother. The BCP’s composer in residence, Caroline Mallonée, has written a piece called “Throwing Mountains” for bass clarinet, cello, bass and piano. Frank Bridge’s “Lament” calls for two violas. And a highlight is sure to be the “Tempest Fantasy” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Moravec.

After the concert, patrons are invited to a reception where they may meet Moravec, Mallonée and the musicians.

Tickets are $20, students $5. Tickets also cover admission to the Albright-Knox after 5 p.m. on the day of the concert. They can be purchased at, or call 882-8700.

– Mary Kunz Goldman