The Friends of Vienna, Buffalo's long-running grassroots classical concert series, is starting its new season at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 with a recital of Viennese music.
Pianist Stephen Manes, formerly the head of UB's music department, has designed a program that spans three centuries. It begins with Haydn and ends with four lush, deeply Romantic pieces by Johannes Brahms. In between will come a pair of Schubert impromptus, Beethoven's Sonata in A, Op. 101, and several pieces by Arnold Schoenberg.
The Sunday series continues with a varied group of distinguished musicians.
Oct. 29: Violinist David Colwell and pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky perform sonatas by Beethoven and Grieg in addition to the "Much Ado About Nothing" Suite by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Nov. 19: A return appearance by Susan Yondt, a Western New York native who is now a professor of piano at Sweden's Royal College of Music, Stockholm. Yondt is playing music composed by 19th and 20th century Scandinavian women.
March 25, 2018: A recital by James Piorkowski, distinguished professor of guitar at SUNY College at Fredonia.
April 8: The Clara String Quartet, an ensemble made up of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians: violinists Amy Glidden and Loren Silvertrust, violist Megan Prokes, and cellist Eva Heuer.
April 29: The season wraps up with a double bass recital, starring BPO Associate Principal Bass Brett Shurtliffe.
All concerts take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave.
Individual tickets are $12 and are available at the door. Season tickets are $55. To order tickets in advance, send checks payable to The Friends of Vienna to Mary O'Leary, Treasurer; the Friends of Vienna; 104 Parkwood Ave., Kenmore, N.Y. 14217.