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MARY KUNZ AND JEFF MIERS


The sixth annual Bravo International Chamber Music Workshop, a weeklong music camp for young musicians, is all set to begin Monday at Niagara University. And, for the first time, the workshop is welcoming pianists as well as string players.Pianists were not included before because, strange as it sounds, Niagara University had no pianos. An agreement with Steinway dealer De…

Like Beethoven's Ninth, it began as a soft hum. A buzz, almost.Then, crescendo!Now it's loud, the local flap over the national media blitz surrounding Marin Alsop's appointment as music director of the Baltimore Symphony. A big story Monday in the New York Times trumpeted that Alsop was "the first woman to lead a major American orchestra."What about JoAnn Falletta? Buffalo…

Perhaps Scrooge had a point.Amid all the hoopla of the season -- which seems to begin ever earlier each year -- it's pretty easy to grow immune to the infinite joys this time held for us as children.Sometimes this whole Christmas thing seems like one huge scam, an excuse to rack up debt that will last long after the tree comes down and the leftover turkey has met its grisl…

REVIEWThe Waverly ConsortConcert in the Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series.Tuesday evening in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The Waverly Consort is a hard-core medieval group. Tuesday, it didn't appeal to the audience's mainstream sensibilities with "In Dulci Jubilo," say, or "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming." There was not a hit on the program.Instead, the group of abou…

REVIEWBuffalo Philharmonic OrchestraClassics concert, with guest conductor Arthur Fagen and French hornist William VerMeulen.Friday in Kleinhans Music Hall. A real crowd-pleaser is sharing the stage this weekend with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. And he isn't a superstar violinist, cellist or pianist.No, William VerMeulen plays the French horn. It's a relatively u…

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. And it shone on their datebooks. And their datebooks, they realized, were full.That's because it's December -- and we in Buffalo have so much Christmas that we can't get to the Zubaz pants in our closets, the fruitcakes fermenting in our cellars or the six packs of Ballantine XXX chilling outside on our decks. Chri…

The Baird Trio -- violinist Movses Pogossian, cellist Jonathan Golove and pianist Stephen Manes -- has always championed the unusual. And now, the group has found a kindred spirit. Soprano Tony Arnold, a new member of the University at Buffalo faculty, will be joining the trio at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the University at Buffalo's Slee Hall for a dream of a program.Arnold will b…

The Spanish know him as the music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias. Chileans know him as chief conductor of the Opera Teatro Municipal in Santiago. But Buffalonians know Maximiano Valdes as the former conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta's predecessor.Valdes, who married a Buffalonian, maintains his ties to the area. …

REVIEWViva VivaldiThird concert in Vivaldi festival.Sunday night in First Presbyterian Church. A crowd turned out Sunday for the third of four concerts in this year's Viva Vivaldi series. To say it was standing room only was an understatement. The First Presbyterian Church, with its labyrinthine, wraparound balcony, is full of nooks and crannies -- and all of them were …

REVIEWBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Pops Series: Herbie Hancock"Gershwin's World," featuring the Herbie Hancock Quartet.Friday night in Kleinhans Music Hall. Concert repeats at 8 p.m. today. Herbie Hancock, besides being one of the world's better-known jazz pianists, is a pretty funny guy.Friday night, as he prepared to play "Lullaby" by George Gershwin, he unfurled tw…

Full name: Antonio Lucio VivaldiBorn: March 4, 1678, in VeniceDied: July 26 or 27, 1741, in ViennaMarital status: SingleFamily: Vivaldi had four brothers and four sisters. His father was a barber and accomplished violinist.Nickname: "The Red Priest," after the red hair he inherited from his fatherPossible girlfriend: Anna Giro, who met the composer when she was 17, starrin…

Book ReviewA Royal DutyBy Paul BurrellPutnam$26, 405 pages. It didn't matter that Paul Burrell adored his wife, Maria, and their two sons. Princess Diana was his life.Burrell, who was her butler, went everywhere with her, from Australia to Zimbabwe. Home in London, the two of them hung out by themselves and watched movies -- "blubbing," as he puts it, over "Brief Encoun…

PREVIEWWHAT: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with pianist Stephen PrutsmanWHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. SundayWHERE: Kleinhans Music HallTICKETS: $25 to $64INFO: 885-5000 When Stephen Prutsman joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend for Mozart's Concerto in C Minor, K. 491, the odds are he's going to put some lemon in it.Lemon? The phrase comes from T…

Most people in Buffalo have heard of Slee Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. Or, for that matter, University at Buffalo's Slee Hall.But what about the music that Frederick Slee wrote?Buffalo's heritage is full of unsung composers. That's why Roland Martin, leader of the Freudig Singers, took it upon himself to search the basement of UB's music library for forgotten masterpiec…

"Thank you for picking up 'Lewis and Clark for Dummies.' We know you want to spend your reading time on actual Lewis and Clark stuff, so we'll keep this Introduction brief."-- Beginning to the newest addition to the Dummies bookshelfHuge!At Sunday's Bills game against the Washington Redskins, a strange and massive sight: a parade of about a dozen Metro Buses, all bearing l…