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Poland spring

This weekend, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is exploring the music of eastern Europe. The guest conductor is Antoni Wit, who is the music director of the Warsaw Philharmonic and also teaches at Warsaw's Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music. Wit is conducting Tchaikovsky's glorious and ever-popular "Romeo and Juliet" and Shostakovich's youthful Symphony No. 1.

Two intriguing performances come between these two pieces.

Jacek Muzyk, the BPO's Polish-born principal horn player, is stepping into the spotlight to perform Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4. Muzyk has an uncompromising personality all his own. It will be interesting to see what he makes of this music, a cornerstone of any horn player's repertoire.

The concert also includes a piece by Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, who wrote the music for movies including "The Pianist" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25. Call 885-5000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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