This weekend, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes home a brilliant native son, guitarist Jason Vieux. Vieux, who grew up in the Depew/Lancaster area, is now the head of guitar studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was also recently invited to establish a guitar program at the Curtis Institute. He is, in other words, top-string in the classical guitar world.
Vieux, who appeared recently in the prestigious Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series, will be the soloist with the BPO in the Guitar Concerto in D by Antonio Vivaldi, and also the elegant "Fantasy for a Gentleman" by Joaquin Rodrigo. His performances form the centerpiece of a concert called "Baroque Masters."
Conducting will be Piotr Gajewski, founder, artistic director and conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Washington, D.C. Gajewski will also conduct the Overture to "Samson" and Suite No. 2 from the "Water Music" of George Frederick Handel; and Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $25-$72. For info, call 885-5000.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman