It is always fascinating to see what is going on with Buffalo couple Clement and Karen Arrison, and the three Stradivarius violins they lend out to up-and-coming musicians worldwide. One of the priceless violins, the “Moller,” made in Venice in 1717 by Francesco Gobetti, is currently in the hands of Tim Fain. Fain is a young virtuoso who has made his name not only through his prodigious technique, but also through his adventurous repertoire.
The Gobetti will be heard under unusual circumstances next weekend, when Fain comes to the University at Buffalo to present an exotic multimedia program called “Portals.” As he plays, he will be accompanied on screen by other musicians, as well as actors and dancers. It is an unusual concept, and has won the attention of Vanity Fair and the New York Times.
“Portals” is the fruit of a collaboration between Fain and Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer for the ballet movie “Black Swan.” The program features an array of contemporary works. Among them are Aaron Jay Kernis’ lovely “Air” and William Bolcom’s witty “Graceful Ghost Rag.” Music by Lev Zhurbin, Nico Muhly and Kevin Puts rounds out the program, and the centerpiece is a new work by Philip Glass specifically written for Fain.
“Portals,” presented by UB and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will take place at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in the Drama Theater in the UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. Tickets are $15-$30. Call 645-2921.
– Mary Kunz Goldman