The Buffalo Chamber Players recently had to say farewell to an artist who, over the last few years, had been a collaborator and muse: painter Catherine Parker. She died in November at age 85.
The daughter of the great Buffalo artist Charles Burchfield, Parker moved back to Buffalo in her later years and became a remarkable influence on the local arts scene. She became a Catholic, attending St. Joseph University Church, and got to know the church’s music director, University at Buffalo professor and composer Roland Martin. She and Martin collaborated, in a way, on a song cycle based on poems of Pablo Neruda. Parker created paintings inspired by the poems, while Martin set the poems to music. The cycle was performed several times by the Buffalo Chamber Players, a confederation of young musicians led by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violist Janz Castelo. Parker became a devotee and champion of the group. Often, it displayed her paintings at their concerts.
At 11 a.m. Saturday , the Chamber Players are gathering at St. Joseph’s University Church (3269 Main St.), for a concert in memory of their late friend’s rich talent and generous spirit. In Parker’s honor, there will be music, poetry and, of course, her art.
There is no admission charge and all are welcome.
– Mary Kunz Goldman