Elmar Oliveira has the power of 10 violinists. A few months ago, Oliveira was a last-minute substitute to play in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Brahms festival. The Buffalo News reported: "Any thought of difficulty simply vanished."
In 2007, Oliveira played Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. "You could call what he did Extreme Tchaikovsky," The News reported after that, adding: "At the end, the hall went crazy."
This week Oliveira is in town for a five-day mini-residency at the University at Buffalo.
Today at 7:30 p.m., the Portuguese-born master is giving a recital with pianist Robert Koenig and violist Sandra Robbins. On the program: Mozart's Sonata in B Flat, K. 378; Schubert's Rondo Brilliant, Op. 70; Halvorsen's arrangement of Handel's Passacaglia for violin and viola; and the enchanting violin and piano sonata by the young Richard Strauss. Admission is $20 at the door.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oliveira joins the Slee Sinfonietta and conductor Harvey Sollberger for Bloch's "Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Chassidic Life," Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor and other works. Admission is $20 ($12 in advance).
Both concerts take place in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oliveira will lead a master class at 250 Baird Hall on the North Campus. It is free and open to the public.
For information, call 645-2921.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman