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Celebrated violinist, historic violin joining BPO for Tchaikovsky concerto

Violinist Chloe Hanslip, still in her 20s, has quite a career rolling. Since her debut in 2002 at Britain’s BBC Proms, she has played with major orchestras all over the world. On Saturday and Sunday, Hanslip will be bringing her 1737 Guarneri del Gesu violin to Kleinhans Music Hall for performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She will be playing the rapturous Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, one of the most popular concertos of all time.

Also on the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, making this a full-bodied and romantic concert that’s sure to warm a chilly January day. Setting the stage for the Tchaikovsky will be a short piece called “Due Sorelle” by Paul Gay, a composer, conductor and trombonist from Boston, Mass.

BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts the concert, which takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $34.50 to $86.50. For info, call 885-5000 or visit

– Mary Kunz Goldman