The Buffalo Chamber Music Society is beginning its 2012-13 Gift to the Community series. It starts Sunday with an appearance by the celebrated young violinist Paul Huang.
The concert, which takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall, is free, and tickets are not needed. The Buffalo Suzuki Strings provide preconcert entertainment starting at 2:15 p.m.
The Gift to the Community Concerts are the Buffalo Chamber Music Society's way of thanking Buffalo.
Clementina Fleshler, the society's executive director, selects the talent herself, usually at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, held annually in New York City.
The auditions, Fleshler said, typically attract almost 150 young musicians, from approximately 30 countries.
"It's exciting," she said. "You feel for the judges. You wonder how they can even choose a winner. The musicians are all so fabulous."
Huang, a 21-year-old Taiwanese-American, took first prize at the auditions in 2011. He plays a 1713 Stradivarius known as the "ex-Wirth," on loan from the Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation in Tainan, Taiwan.
His Buffalo recital, given with pianist Jessica Osborne, includes music by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saens and the 19th century Belgian violin virtuoso Eugene Ysaye. It ends with the "Carmen" Fantasy by the film composer Franz Waxman.
The Buffalo Chamber Music Society's regular season begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday, also in the Mary Seaton Room. Performing will be the American Chamber Players, playing music by Mozart, Brahms and the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Admission to the Tuesday concert is $20.
The free Gift to the Community Series continues in the spring – Feb. 3, 2013, brings an appearance by German violist Veit Hertenstein, and April 7, 2013, brings a performance by the much-talked-about pianist George Li.
For information on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, call 462-4939.