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BPO puts Mozart masterpiece in the spotlight

It’s traditional that the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra begin its new year with a concert celebrating Mozart. This year is extra special, because it features some of the most glorious music the master wrote.

The concert’s centerpiece is the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E Flat. Throughout, this is a beautiful duet between violin and viola, accompanied by orchestra. The middle movement, the Andante, is especially gorgeous. In the brooding key of C minor, it features sublime melodies and exquisite orchestration. Buffalo gets a rare chance to hear this music live at this year’s Mozart birthday concert, taking place this weekend in Kleinhans Music Hall. (Mozart’s actual birthday is July 27.) The viola soloist will be Principal Violist Valerie Heywood, and the violinist is our new Concertmaster, Dennis Kim.

The concert ends with another E flat masterpiece, Mozart’s great Symphony No. 39. It also features an overture by Haydn and a short symphony Mozart wrote as a boy. The concert begins with an overture by Mozart’s fabled rival, Antonio Salieri. Think you won’t be able to tell the difference? Bet you can.

Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders conducts. Concerts take place at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 and 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman