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Passion from Poland

Pianist Konrad Skolarski embraces rich, Romantic repertoire. His no-holds-barred approach won him high praise from one of Poland's great musicians, Kryzsztof Penderecki.

"A great virtuoso of the piano," Penderecki reportedly said.

Audiences and critics seem to agree. Skolarski, born in 1980 in Warsaw, Poland, grew up in a musical family and performed a Bach concerto when he was only 9. Now a doctor of music, he is a professor of piano at the University of Music in Warsaw. He performs with the Warsaw Philharmonic and other major orchestras. Skolarski is scheduled to perform in spring 2018 as part of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, which will also feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Buffalo can get a peek at Skolarski's artistry when he performs Chopin's passionate Piano Concerto No. 2 with the BPO on Nov. 4 and 5, with Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducting. This concert is a good bet for folks just discovering classical music. Falletta is also conducting two marvelous masterpieces:  Brahms' Symphony No. 1 and Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," a whimsical tone poem based on a kind of Robin Hood figure of German folklore.

"Chopin's Piano":  8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $29-$84. Call 885-5000 or visit




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