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Letter: Viva Vivaldi concerts are a gift to community

Viva Vivaldi concerts are a gift to community

I attended the Viva Vivaldi concert on Sunday at the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. The church was full. The concert was wonderful. Most of the musicians play with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The $12 admission was a bargain.

Marylouise Nanna, who plays violin with the BPO, has for 38 years led the Ars Nova Musicians, conducting four concerts every year at Buffalo’s unique churches.

The fact that the Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi, was a priest, makes the venues appropriate. The Buffalo Suzuki Strings, 14 local teenagers in red shirts, taught by Mary Cay Neal, joined the Ars Nova for a spectacular finale.

Nanna is a great musician, a great woman and a great Buffalonian in organizing these special concerts for the enjoyment of thousands over the years. Her conducting is passionate and full of love for music and humanity.

The last concert will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle. What a gift Nanna and Neal give to our city!

Donald Blank


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