Carol Wincenc, the world-renowned flutist, is flying back to Buffalo, her old hometown. Wincenc is the daughter of Joseph Wincenc, the late longtime Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster. Her homecomings are always a treat.
This weekend, the adventurous flutist will be presenting the world premiere of a flute concerto by Geoffrey Gordon. Gordon is unusual among current classical composers in that he operates from outside academia and does not even have a degree in composition or theory. (He was a journalism major, briefly, at Marquette University, and later became a voice student.) He writes freely, in a variety of contemporary styles. A wide selection of his music is available to hear on his website, www.geoffreygordoncomposer.com.
The concert begins with Chabrier’s “Suite Pastoral.” It ends with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. Though it brims with the mercurial romanticism Rachmaninoff fans expect, this 40-minute symphony isn’t as often played as a lot of Rachmaninoff’s other music. Perhaps the composer was reaching – attempting a few things he hadn’t tried before. In any case, Rachmaninoff loved this symphony and considered it among his best works.
On the podium will be a guest conductor, Christoph-Mathias Mueller. Born in Switzerland in 1967, he is the music director of the orchestra of the medieval German university town of Gottingen. – Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with Carol Wincenc, flute – When: 10 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $27-$74. Info: 885-5000, www.bpo.org.