Vassilis Varvaresos, 20-year-old Greek pianist, will be the next up-and-coming artist to step into the limelight provided by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society's Gift to the Community Series. Varvaresos was just 14 when he won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His debut at the Kennedy Center led the Washington Post to extol him as "a young master on the rise."
Varvaresos gives a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall's Mary Seaton Room. He has planned an ambitious program. He'll start with Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata, and then ease into Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," or "The Tomb of Couperin," which ends with that dazzling, demanding toccata. Rachmaninoff's "Corelli Variations" will follow, and Chopin's Polonaise in C Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1, and, finally, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which should bring the house down. Will there be an encore? I bet.
The concert is free. No tickets are necessary. For more info, call 838-2383.