GUITARS THROUGH THE AGES
Big things are in the works for the Buffalo Guitar Quartet. On Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Canisius College Student Center the quartet will present the final and featured concert in Canisius' 125th Anniversary Celebration Series, a program entitled "From Elizabethan England to 1993 California." That covers some 400 years of music extending from a group of five pieces by the great William Byrd (1543-1623) to the 1993 composition by Californian Buzz Gravelle entitled "They Go on Mumbling. . ." (An Elegy for John Cage), which will be receiving its regional premiere. A BGQ spokesman says the guitars are "prepared" by the attachment to the strings of objects like paper clips, plastic bags and fishing sinkers so that they buzz and twang and wheeze, quite unlike the sound of a conventional guitar. In addition, there will be two works by John Bull (1562-1628), a transcription of Bach's Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord, S. 1031, the well known Introduction and Fandango by Boccherini with its hypnotic repetitive rhythmic patterns, five pieces by the late Spanish composer Moreno-Torroba (1891-1982) and three pieces by Francis Poulenc. Then one week later the BGQ is off to South America for a March 31-April 5 teaching and concertizing tour of Colombia.
-- Herman Trotter
STRINGING OUT A CAREER
Pierre Bensusan is a guitarist committed to world music. Bensusan was born in Algeria during the late 1950s and moved with his family to Paris. He signed a recording contract at 16 and has been putting out a steady stream of critically acclaimed albums for the past two decades. The Los Angeles Times called Bensusan "one of the most unique and brilliant veterans on the world music scene today." David Crosby called him "a musician's musician." Bensusan set up his own record label, "Dadgad Records," and has released six albums during his career. He performs at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place.
-- Anthony Violanti
A CHOIR WITH HISTORY
Dating its existence in its present form back to King Henry VIII's Charter of 1541, the Choir of Men and Boys of Worcester Cathedral in England will make a stop in Buffalo during its second North American tour on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. concert at St. Paul's Cathedral, Church and Pearl streets. In recent years the choir has attracted much attention and acclaim from its participation in and co-hosting of the famed Three Choir Festival, Europe's oldest music festival. Under its director, Donald Hunt, the choir will sing a mixed program including "Give Unto the Lord" by Sir Edward Elgar. (Elgar was born in Worcester and his music has become a specialty of the choir.) Early English music by Weelkes, Tomkins and Byrd, Britten's Missa Brevis, Op. 63, turn-of-the-century anthems by Stanford and Parry, Tippett's five Spirituals from the 1944 oratorio "A Child of Our Time" and "Totus Tuus" by the immensely popular Polish composer Henryk Gorecki complete the choral portions of the program. Organist Raymond Johnson will add Toccata from "Homage to Stravinsky" by Naji Hakim and Psalm Prelude, Set 2 No. 3, by Herbert Howells.
-- Herman Trotter
It's been a difficult time for The Temptations. The Motown legends and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers lost one of the original members, bass singer Melvin Franklin, who died earlier this month. The group has endured its share of sadness in recent years, with the deaths of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. Otis Williams is the surviving member of a group that had such hits as "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "Cloud Nine." The current version of the Temps will appear at 8 p.m. Sunday at Impaxx, 652 S. Ogden St.
-- Anthony Violanti