If you are at all into classical music in Buffalo, chances are you have savored the artistry of Ivan Docenko. Docenko, pictured above in a rare moment of rest, is everywhere. He is on the faculty at Buffalo State College, where he fills the demanding role of piano accompanist. Known for his mastery of the Mighty Wurlitzer, he is a house organist at the Riviera Theatre and has demonstrated his chops in Nickel City Opera’s annual “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Docenko is also a keyboardist for the Camerata di Sant’Antonio and the Johann Strauss Orchestra of Buffalo. He serves as organist/pianist for St. Luke’s Anglican Church in East Aurora. And, among other activities, he also occasionally accompanies singers for the annual Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
Sunday, Docenko steps into the spotlight as soloist. The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra and its music director, John Landis, have a kaleidoscopic program planned, accurately titled “From Beethoven to ‘Oklahoma!’ ”
Docenko will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Landis is also conducting the overture to Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” and “Espana” by Emmanuel Chabrier. Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony rubs shoulders with selections for orchestra from Richard Rodgers’ “Oklahoma!”
Catch the concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Villa Maria College. Admission is by free-will donation.
– Mary Kunz Goldman