Chamber music is classical music's more intimate side -- a smaller ensemble, a smaller venue -- and, often, a sense of collaboration among friends.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Joseph University Church plays host to a free concert by the Fredonia-based Western New York Chamber Orchestra. The concert features the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 featuring Bach specialist Father Sean Duggan. The concert is also a rare chance to hear the glorious Schubert Mass in C, sung by the SUNY Fredonia College Choir and faculty soloists Shinobu Takagi, Laurie Tramuta, Joe Dan Harper and James Wright. St. Joseph University Church is at 3269 Main St. Admission is free.
The concert repeats at 4 p.m. Sunday in the King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus. Admission to the Sunday concert is $20 at the door. Call 673-3501.
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Buffalo Chamber Players, led by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violist Janz Castelo, are playing music with a Latin slant in Buffalo Seminary (205 Bidwell Parkway). Included is music by Alberto Ginastera, Maurice Ravel, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzolla, the tango king. A highlight will be soprano Sebnem Mekinulov joining the entire cello section of the Buffalo Philharmonic in a performance of Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.
Admission is $15 general, $5 students at the door.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman