A musical tribute to the 50th anniversary of the founding of Israel will be a special feature of the week for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It will take the form of a concert in the Stained Glass Series on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Temple Beth Zion, where a 13-year-old piano prodigy, Roman Rabinovich, will be soloist in the glittering Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, with Arie Lipsky conducting. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Rabinovich emigrated with his family to Israel in 1994. He has performed with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta's baton. Lipsky will also link the music with important events in Israel by conducting Leonard Bernstein's "Benediction," written for the Israel Philharmonic's 50th birthday, Paul Ben-Haim's "Fanfare for Israel," composed for the country's 1948 independence celebrations, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, with which the young Leonard Bernstein opened the Israel Philharmonic's 1948 season, subsequently taking on tour to play for soldiers fighting on all fronts in the War of Independence. In addition, Cantor David Goldstein will sing Israeli popular songs orchestrated for the occasion by Alan Weiner.
The week begins, however, with today's 7:30 p.m. TGIF Concert in Kleinhans Music Hall, described in last week's Gusto, and will conclude with a mini-tour to the Quick Arts Center, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, next Friday, for an 8 p.m. concert in which Lipsky will repeat the Beethoven Seventh. The concert will open with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and will also include the dazzlingly colorful "Russian Easter Overture" by Rimsky-Korsakov.
-- Herman Trotter
ONE SINGULAR CREATION
The stage will be more bare than usual. Donna Blue Lachman, the Chicago actress, likes to work alone. She has done one-woman shows of the painter Frida Kahlo and the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg and a piece called "The Thirst: A Solo Work for Jew and Clarinet." She is the founder of Blue Rider Theatre. On Thursday she arrives in Buffalo to perform "Family Secrets" in the Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center. "Family Secrets" is one of the spectacular off-Broadway successes, a long-running one-woman show by Sherry Glaser and Greg Howells. Glasser received high praise from the New York Times, and papers across the country, for the piece itself and her performance. Other actresses, like Lachman with a decided gift for solo performance, have taken it up. "Family Secrets" consists of the interwoven stories of five members of a Jewish family, father, mother, two daughters and grandmother, performed by one actress, and as one reviewer pointed out, spilling everything, contrary to the title's implications. The 8 p.m. performance is sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Jewish Community Center.
-- Terry Doran