Can't afford a trip to Florence? The next best thing is a trip to St. Anthony of Padua Church, where the Camerata di Sant'Antonio is beginning its 2008-09 season.
Now in its sixth year, this illustrious little chamber orchestra will be presenting a program of Romantic music. The evening begins with a string arrangement of Musetta's Waltz from Puccini's "La Boheme" and continues with an Adagio by Guillaume Lekeu that Christopher Weber, the Camerata's conductor, says is rarely heard, having been unjustly neglected in American concert halls for 50 years.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Antoine Lefebvre takes center stage for Schubert's Rondo in A for Violin and Strings. And after intermission, Weber will conduct his own arrangement of Schumann's "Traumerei," followed by the wonderful Russian composer Anton Arensky's "Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky."
As is traditional, a reception will follow, with the audience mingling with the performers.
The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court St., behind City Hall. Tickets are $17 and available at the door. For information, call 854-2563 or visit www.cameratabuffalo.com.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman