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Lehrer Dance sets music in motion

If Bach, Charpentier and Vivaldi make you want to dance, you're not alone.

The Buffalo Chamber Players will prove that in event called "Music and Dance," Lehrer Dance is presenting original choreography to the music of the Baroque masters. The evening also includes the world premiere of "Curtains of Light" by Chamber Players composer-in-residence Caroline Mallonée.

The Baroque works are Charpentier’s Overture to "Les arts florissants"; Antonio Vivaldi’s Trio Sonata “La Folia” in D minor, RV 63; and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 in C, played by BPO Associate Principal Cellist Feng Hew. Also on tap are several contemporary works by local composers. Timothy Smith, BPO trombonist, joins a string quartet for jazz-influenced music by Corrado Saglietti. BPO Associate Principal Bassist Brett Shurtliffe is tackling a work by Tom Johnson worth hearing just for the sake of its title: "Failing: A Very Difficult Piece for Solo String Bass."

“We’ve had a fabulous 10th anniversary season -- from our opening concert with JoAnn Falletta, to hosting composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and our concert with Vocalis Chamber Choir," artistic director Janz Castelo said, announcing the concert. This event is one he especially anticipates. "For years, I have admired the innovation and artistry Lehrer Dance brings to all of their productions and we are thrilled to welcome them to our home at the Albright-Knox."

Info: The Buffalo Chamber Players and Lehrer Dance present "Music and Dance" at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This is the final concert the Chamber Players are giving this season. Tickets are $20 general; $5 for students. For tickets or info, visit, or call 270-8292.


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