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Friends of Vienna present an adventure on the piano and violin

The Friends of Vienna are gathering again on Sunday for a piano/violin recital. Amy Glidden, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s associate concertmaster, is teaming up with Eastman School of Music pianist Alison d’Amato for a performance of music from the classical late Romantic eras and the present time.

The soiree begins with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, a beautiful piece with a hyper, charming finale. Glidden and D’Amato also will play Faure’s lively and well-known Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13.

Rounding out the program are more unusual works. One is Caroline Mallonee’s “Crossings,” a work for solo violin. Mallonee, based in Buffalo, is turning into something of a favorite among the area’s classical musicians. The other piece is the Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano by George Antheil (1950-1959). This is a rarity designed to make the crowd sit up and take notice. News Arts Editor Jeff Simon, for one, is an Antheil fan. In his words, the piano/violin sonatas are “some of the most riotous – and perennially exhilarating – masterworks of the American avant-garde of the ’20s and beyond.”

The concert takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Unity Church (1243 Delaware Ave.). Tickets, available only at the door, are $10 general, $5 students and $2 for children under 12.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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