Sunday's concert in the series "A Musical Feast" was supposed to be a birthday tribute to Lukas Foss, the former Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor. But Foss died Sunday, so the concert has become a memorial tribute instead.
The spirit is still the same. It's a spirit of celebration for people who love Foss' music and respect the lasting effect he had on Buffalo's musical scene. Charles Haupt, the longtime BPO concertmaster who spearheads "A Musical Feast," has assembled a dream team of performers.
The adventurous young pianist Amy Williams will play Bach, a favorite composer of Foss'. Foss' "Time Cycle" is also on the program, sung by soprano Amanda DeBoer. DeBoer will be joined by Williams as well as clarinetist Jerry Kirkbride, cellist Jonathan Golove and percussionist Tom Kolor, all directed by Jan Williams, a distinguished percussionist and a close friend of Foss.
Others in Foss' circle will also perform.
The concert will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by BPO historian Edward Yadzinski and including Jan Williams, Haupt, Kirkbride, Vigeland, Wincenc, UB composer David Felder and Jan Jezioro.
The event takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Admission is free. For information, call 878-6011.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman