"The Greatest of These," a composition for mixed choir and guitar by James Piorkowski, will receive its U.S. premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus as part of the regular Opus: Classics Live Series. Performing will be the composer as guitarist with the Fredonia Chamber Singers, conducted by Donald Lang, who commissioned the new work. The text is taken from the so-called "Love Chapter" (No. 13) in the New Testament's book of First Corinthians. The same performers will again present "The Greatest of These" at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Lancaster Opera House. Wednesday's program will also feature works by Piorkowski and William Ortiz recently released on a Centaur CD called "Freedom Flight." The program will be broadcast on WBFO-FM (88.7) at 4 p.m. Feb. 6.
-- Herman Trotter