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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s Gift to the Community Series has its own air of excitement. The free recitals, which take place several times a year, provide a unique showcase for up-and-coming talent. Sunday brings the second of this season’s three Gift to the Community concerts. It features Veit Hertenstein, acclaimed as one of the most talented violists to emerge from Europe in recent years,

Hertenstein was born in 1985 in Augsburg, Germany. He began studying the violin and the piano at the age of 5, switching to viola at 15. He was a winner in the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Currently, he is solo violist in the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Basel, Switzerland.

Joined on Sunday by pianist Pei-Yao Wang, Hertenstein will perform the Sonata in A, Op. 105 by Schumann and an arrangement of music from Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet,” in addition to music by Shostakovich and Piazzolla.The concert takes place Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. This is a free concert.

A performance by a viola ensemble from the Buffalo Suzuki Strings led by David Levine precedes the concert at 2:15. Following Sunday’s concert, the Gift to the Community series continues April 7 with a recital by the celebrated young pianist George Li. For information on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, call 462-4939.

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