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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Arild Remmereit

This weekend, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is welcoming a new guest conductor, Arild Remmereit. He has spent the last two years in Rochester, making waves. Remmereit was the music director of the Rochester Philharmonic, but he resigned last fall when the orchestra was plunged into crisis. He found a new footing in Rochester as music director of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, but he recently resigned from that post, too.

Remmereit’s current dream, it has been reported, is to lead a youth symphony. Meanwhile, he is making his debut on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall in a vigorous program of Wagner and Prokofiev. The concert features two masterpieces by Wagner, the Prelude to “Parsifal” and excerpts from “Tristan und Isolde.”

The concert also features Prokofiev’s athletic Second Piano Concerto, with Van Cliburn competition silver medalist Yakov Kasman at the keyboard.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28-$76. For more information, call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman