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Introducing the BPO Chamber Orchestra

Coming soon to a church near you: the new Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

This new group, a kind of pared down version of the Philharmonic, is thanks to BPO concertmaster Dennis Kim. While his role in the BPO is thrilling, Kim also likes music written for smaller groups of musicians, and he organized chamber groups in other places where he has lived and worked, in Finland and in Asia. A chamber orchestra opens the door to more performances of music by Bach, Mozart and other composers whose music, for all its greatness, predated the present large orchestra and is heard rather seldom in large concert settings.

For their first mini-tour, Kim and his colleagues will be playing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Dvorak's Serenade For Strings. The centerpiece of the concert is Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. In this famously beautiful piece of music, Kim will be joined by the young Canadian violinist Alice Lee. Lee, 18, is the winner of the BPO's inaugural Young Artist Violin Competition, which took place in June 2017. She is currently studying in Switzerland at the International Menuhin Music Academy.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra has multiple performances of Bach and Dvorak at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park; 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence; and 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 885-5000 or visit bpo.org.

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