Buffalo will get to see a free recital by the acclaimed 17-year-old pianist George Li, thanks to the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. Li began studies as a boy. His parents had suffered through China’s Cultural Revolution, when Western classical music was forbidden, and encouraged him to develop his gifts. The family’s love of music paid off. Li won the Cooper Competition, which gave him a full scholarship to Oberlin College. And most recently, he aced the Young Concert Auditions in New York, which led to his Buffalo appearance.
Li’s recital is part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s Gift to the Community series. He is playing Beethoven’s “Moonlight” and “Waldstein” Sonatas as well as the Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor by Chopin (the sonata with the famous Funeral March). The concert culminates in two pieces by Liszt, the Consolation No. 3 and the Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto.” It takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Call 462-4939.
– Mary Kunz Goldman