Watch out for those musicians born in Brazil. Jean Louis Steuerman, a native of Rio de Janeiro, began taking piano lessons at age 4. He was 14 when he made his debut with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and moved to Europe when he won a scholarship with the Naples Conservatory.
Now, it seems that Steuerman is everywhere. His repertoire reaches from Baroque music to the late 20th century. Rumor has it, too, that he has a touch of the theatrical. One offbeat reviewer, reporting on a performance Steuerman gave at the Kennedy Center of Schumann's Piano Concerto, wrote: "In a final and noble conclusion to the piece, he pounded the piano keys and then exploded out of his seat to meet the applause of the audience."
Steuerman is in town this weekend. He'll be joining the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for one of the world's most popular pieces of music, Grieg's gorgeous Piano Concerto in A Minor. Completing the romantic, expansive program will be Berlioz's "Le Corsaire" Overture and Tchaikovsky's passionate Fifth Symphony. Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 to $67. For information, call 885-5000.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman