This weekend, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta arepresenting a richly romantic concert, touched with nostalgia.
The concert opens with "Psalm," a brief and moving piece by the late Harry Taub. Taub, the Philharmonic's longtime associate concertmaster, played with the orchestra for an astonishing 51 years. The performance of this music, which ends in a Hebrew chant, is a tribute to this beloved violinist, who died in October at 84.
Ravel's colorful "Mother Goose Suite" comes next. It is followed by Ernst von Dohnanyi's "Variations on a Nursery Tune," a virtuosic take on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." The soloist will be Russian pianist Eldar Nebolsin. Nebolsin, who won the first prize in the inaugural audition of the Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition, has never played in Buffalo before. It will be interesting to glimpse his artistry live. News Critic Jeff Simon, reviewing the pianist's 2007 Naxos recording of Rachmaninoff's Preludes, gave him a four-star rating and called his playing "truly exceptional."
The concert closes with Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra."
The concert takes place at 10:30 a.m. today, part of the BPO's "Coffee Concert" series, and at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $25 to $57. For more information, call 885-5000.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman