Stephen Manes, the pianist who for years led the University at Buffalo music department, is in town. He will be presenting an evening of an exciting and challenging Romantic repertoire at 7:30 tonight at Lippes Hall in Slee Hall, on UB's North Campus, Amherst.
Manes is playing Ravel's "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales," Prokofiev's music from his ballet "Romeo and Juliet" and Mussorgky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." All are showpieces beloved by virtuosi of the past – and in a unifying thread, all are better known in their orchestral arrangements. Manes and his wife, Marta, recently returned from a trip to St. Petersburg, so perhaps it's no accident that two of the three composers represented are Russian.
Admission is $10; seniors $5. For info, call 645-2921.
— Mary Kunz Goldman