WHAT: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta
WHEN: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.
ADMISSION: Free, by prearranged ticket; unclaimed seats will be available at concert time
In another step in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's increasing cultural outreach to the larger community, it is sponsoring a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert, conducted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta, in St. Joseph Cathedral. The program will be made up of purely secular music, with Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor as its centerpiece. The dauntingly difficult flute work in this Bach masterpiece will be played by the orchestra's principal flutist, Christine Bailey. Also on the program will be Handel's galloping "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba," Pachelbel's ubiquitous "Canon" and the Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
The cathedral's resident organist, Mark DiGiampaolo, will precede all this with a minirecital in which he has sought some links with the orchestral program to follow. Alexandre Guilmant's "Paraphrase on Handel's 'Judas Maccabaeus' " adds a touch of Handel to both parts of the concert, and in Dubois' Toccata in G the organist says he finds "the same kind of swirling motion that also propels 'The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.' " The third organ work, Langlais' "Death and Resurrection," has no connection with the orchestra's cathedral program, but by the oddest of coincidences it bears a remarkable titular similarity to a work which the BPO will play on the Oct. 6 Van Cliburn program, Strauss' "Death and Transfiguration."
-- Herman Trotter