On April 2, the Friends of Vienna welcome the piano/clarinet duo, Misuzu Tanaka and Maksim Shtrykov. Both Juilliard grads, the pair met in 2012, felt an instant connection, and formed a collaboration that has taken them to concert halls around the world. Their aim is to explore the repertoire for clarinet and piano and bring that unique combination into the mainstream. For their Buffalo appearance, they have planned a program rich in Romantic music.
Setting the mood will be Three Romances by Clara Schumann. An Intermezzo by her husband, Robert Schumann, follows. The concert also includes Salvador Brotons' Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 46; and the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Frances Poulenc.
The concert's centerpiece is the Sonata in E Flat for Clarinet and Piano by Johannes Brahms. Brahms understood both clarinet and piano and wrote beautifully for both instruments, so this piece promises to be a highlight.
Admission is $12; students $5. Tickets are available at the door, cash or check only. The concert takes place at 3:30 p.m. April 2 at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave.