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Russian-born dynamo Natasha Paremski returning to BPO

Pianist Natasha Paremski has her own style. When she soloed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in spring 2015, she wore a red gown and red shoes. Musically, too, she's not shy. Born in Moscow, she was a child prodigy. She has made a number of appearances with the BPO, including in 2009, when she was 21. For that concert, she played Rachmaninoff's virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2.

The last time she was here, when she sported that red gown, Paremski played Brahms' deeply romantic Piano Concerto No. 2. It could be said that she rocked the house. The music had strength and excitement, and even from outside, you could hear the applause. Paremski rewarded the cheers with a breathless encore by Prokofiev.

Her next concert with the BPO is a change of pace. She will be showing the classical side of her artistry when she joins the orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. The concert opens with another Beethoven gem, the overture "The Consecration of the House."

Also on the program is "Starsplitter," by Philip Rothman. The piece was premiered at North Carolina's Eastern Music Festival in 2011 -- conducted, coincidentally, by former BPO Music Director Maximiano Valdes. It was praised by one critic as "effervescent" and "sparkling." The concert ends with two colorful, folk-inspired pieces by the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly. One is the Concerto For Orchestra, and the other is "Dances of Galanta," the first piece on the program in 2005 when Falletta and the BPO played Carnegie Hall.

The concert takes place at 10:30 a.m. April 21 and 8 p.m. April 22 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $29-$82. For info, call 885-5000 or visit


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