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On Monday at 12:10 p.m. the Central Library, Lafayette Square, will inaugurate a new series of noontime concerts called Musical Mondays. Leading off will be Philharmonic violinist Diana Sachs and Fredonia pianist Phyllis East playing Beethoven's Sonata in A Major, Op. 30 No. 1 and Brahms' Sonata in D minor, Op. 108. On April 3 it will be "Music From France" with cellists Mary Artmann and Jonathan Golove and pianists Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams. The Paganini Duo, consisting of violinist Sally Martin and guitarist Richard Falkenstein, will be the guest artists on April 10, while the closing program on April 17 will feature the world-touring Buffalo Guitar Quartet.

-- Herman Trotter


The centerpiece of Sunday's 5 p.m. recital by organist Michael Burke on the magnificent Fisk Organ in Slee Hall, UB North Campus, will in a sense make good on a promise left over from the elaborate festivities surrounding the dedication of that organ five years ago. In order to display as much of the organ's potential as possible, excerpts from many works were played at that time, one of which was Lou Harrison's Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra. On Sunday the same performers, Burke and the UB Percussion Ensemble conducted by Jan Williams, will be back in Slee Hall to play the entire concerto. Burke will also play the last works written by Johannes Brahms, Eleven Choral Preludes, Op. 122, plus Franck's glorious E Major Chorale and the seldom heard "Toccata Villancico y Fuga" by Alberto Ginastera.

-- Herman Trotter


Jonathan Richman is a rocker whose punk style has been compared to Iggy Pop and the MC5. Richman has been a cult hero since starting the Modern Lovers band in Boston back in the early 1970s. Richman may have aged, but he hasn't lost his rock 'n' roll attitude or fresh sound. Richman now records for Rounder Records, which has been releasing the old tapes of Modern Lovers, a band that included Jerry Harrison, David Robinson and Ernie Brooks. Richman also released a new album, "I Jonathan." Jonathan Richman is back touring and on Tuesday at 8 p.m. plays the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place.

-- Anthony Violanti


The Annual Spring Concert of the Buffalo Suzuki Strings, now in its 26th year, will find some 225 young musicians ready and able to perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts. Ranging in age from 2 (no kidding!) to 18, the students will be deployed in 11 different performing groups depending on age and experience. The feature of Sunday's concert will be the U.S. premiere of Divertimento for Strings by the Hungarian composer Leo Weiner (1885-1960), a score which was presented to the group during a 1989 tour of Hungary. The same advanced group of 37 players who will debut the Weiner Divertimento will make an April 7-21 "Friendship Tour" with performances in Cleveland; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans; Atlanta; Gainesville, Ga.; Greenville, N.C.; and Williamsburg, Va.

-- Herman Trotter

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