Doc Severinsen will lead the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a pair of special Halloween Pops concerts called "Doc's Halloween Treat" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall. There will be a costume contest for both audience and orchestra, for which you must register in the Kleinhans lobby by 7:15, with a top prize of an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and dinner at E.B. Green's. Other special features include magic acts by Rob and Carol Allen and a post-concert reception in the Mary Seaton Room. Scary sound effects will punctuate the musical program, which will include "Satan Takes a Holiday," movie themes from "Psycho," "The Twilight Zone" and "Batman," plus "Danse Macabre" and some popular songs appropriate to the evening's subject.
Viva Vivaldi Festival enters its 19th season Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with a concert by the founding Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra and music director Marylouise Nanna in Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 1029 Delaware Ave. Guitarist Jason Vieaux, flutist Christine Bailey and violinist Douglas Cone will be featured in Vivaldi concertos, soprano Cristen Gregory in Vivaldi's motet "Nulla in mundo pax sincera," and violinists Megan Prokes and Tea Prokes in a movement from Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins.
Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble will give a concert at 3:30 p.m. today in School 77, 370 Normal Ave., sponsored by the Community Music School. The after-school concert for students and families is also open to the public.
The Philharmonic String Quartet, consisting of Diana Sachs, Alan Ross, Donna Lorenzo and Anitra Dreyfuss, will present a concert at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at the Ring of Knowledge in the Central Library, Lafayette Square, as part of the Grosvenor Concert Series.
Pianist Judith Kehler Siebert presents a recital at 8 p.m. Friday at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ont.
Organist Daniel Fortune will be the recitalist at the weekly 12:30 p.m. Friday recital in St. Paul's Cathedral, Church and Pearl streets.
Organist James D. Flood will give a recital at 11:15 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church, Niagara Falls, including Maquarie's seldom-heard Symphony No. 1 for organ.
The operetta "The Sorcerer" by Gilbert & Sullivan will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, in Lancaster Opera House, produced by KSL Productions.
Trois Femmes de Musique, a flute/clarinet, cello and piano ensemble, will play Lotti's Flute Sonata in D, a Trio by Cynthia Folio, Beethoven's Trio, Op. 11, and four of Bruch's Eight Pieces for clarinet, cello and piano at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
St. Paul's Cathedral Choirs will present the sixth annual concert of Music for All Saints and All Souls at 7 p.m. Saturday. The special visiting conductor will be Dr. George Guest of St. John's College, Cambridge, England, leading a program including Victoria's "Requiem Officium Defunctorum," "Funeral Music for Queen Mary" by Purcell, Howells' Requiem and two motets by Stanford.
Daniel Mantey, a virtuoso on the shacuhatchi (Japanese flute), will present his final concert before returning to Japan, at 7 p.m. Saturday in Parkside Lutheran Church, Depew and Wallace avenues.
Netherlands Wind Ensemble makes its only Western New York appearance on its current tour at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wesley Chapel, Houghton College.
A Chromatic Club recital at 2 p.m. Sunday will present violinist Mathew Tworek and pianist Joanne Schlegel in a Handel Sonata in D dedicated to the late Buffalo Philharmonic violinist Stanley King, plus other works by clarinetists Victor Chiodo, Andrea Flagler and Roseanne Deni, soprano Jill Raisen-Buerk and harpsichordist Jane Cary in Bach's "Italian Concerto" and a Scarlatti Sonata in D.
The Fisher-Price Discovery Series of Buffalo Philharmonic youth concerts opens with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday concert in Kleinhans Music Hall conducted by Paul Ferington. The program, "The Symphony of Sleepy Hollow," features the Tanzen Dance Company performing to Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre." Baritone David Bondrow of North Tonawanda High School will sing "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera," and other music appropriate to the Halloween weekend will be played. Children wearing costumes may join a Gala Costume Parade. A Kid's Club reception afterward is free to subscribers, $1 for others.
Organist Debi Overton will present a recital at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville, to be followed by the church's choir in an evensong for the Feast of All Saints.
Solo harpist Mario Falcao will present a recital of works by Scarlatti, Liszt, Falla, Prokofiev, Hindemith and Del Tredici at 4 p.m. Sunday in King Concert Hall, Fredonia State College. Immediately afterward Falcao will leave for the Far East, where he will give master classes and concerts and be a judge in an international competition, ending his tour as a guest of honor at the Moscow Conservatory and the first International Harp Competition.
Niagara Frontier Brass will play works of Bach, Holst, Meecham, Debussy and excerpts from "West Side Story" at 4 p.m. Sunday in Church of the Ascension, Linwood Avenue at North Street.
Pianist Brian Preston will present a benefit recital for the John Pierce Langs Piano Competition at 7 p.m. Sunday in Baird Recital Hall, UB North Campus. He will play works of Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart and Liszt. The Langs Competition will be held Nov. 15-16 at UB.
Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra's Fall Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of Maryvale Senior High School, 1050 Maryvale Drive. Conductor John Landis will lead the Szell transcription of Smetana's Quartet "From My Life," plus works of Schubert, Gounod and Mussorgsky.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will present the Beethoven Septet, Op. 20, and Schubert Octet, D 803, during its appearance on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society series, at 8 p.m. next Tuesday in the Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall. The artists will give a pre-concert talk at 7:15.