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Violin prodigy returns to Buffalo to play with BPO

It’s not every musician who can make it from Bulgaria to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Born in Bulgaria, Bella Hristova is a unique case. She was a prodigy so impressive that it won her admission to Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute. She went on to Indiana University, where she earned her artist diploma with Jaime Laredo. A remarkable up-and-coming talent, she has performed in a variety of renowned halls, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Her appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion” was just one of a number of eloquent collaborative turns. An accomplished chamber player, she has worked with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Two years ago, Hristova was spotlighted by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society in its Gift to the Community Series. Now she is returning with her 1655 Nicolò Amati violin to perform at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall. She will be playing one of the most enchanting pieces in the repertoire, the “Scottish Fantasy” of Max Bruch. To complete the program, Polish conductor Michal Nesterowicz will conduct the Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Tickets are $34.50-$86.50. Call 885-5000.

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