One of the sweetest stories in Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra history dates to last year, when Megan Prokes, the daughter of longtime BPO violinist Robert Prokes (and violist Patricia Prokes, who sometimes plays in the BPO), won the blind audition for an opening in the first violin section. Megan’s sister, Tea, who now performs full-time with the Toledo Symphony, had also been in the running for the job. The way they supported each other, as well as the joy the community took in this celebration of family talent, added a heartwarming note to the season.
These days, Megan Prokes and her father can both be seen on the stage of Kleinhans Music Hall. On Sunday, in what is sure to be an emotional event, they will be joined by Tea Prokes on stage with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. The three will all be performing, together, the Concerto For Three Violins in D by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Amherst Symphony Orchestra Music Director Steven Thomas has made the Bach the centerpiece of a varied program. It also includes the popular “Barcarolle” from Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman,” and the glorious “Adagio and Phrygia” from Khachaturian’s ballet “Spartacus.” The concert begins with a brass fanfare by Richard Strauss, the son of a horn player. And the evening ends with the first movement of the Symphony No. 2 of Howard Hanson.
The concert is free. It takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday in Amherst Middle School (55 Kings Highway, Amherst). A preconcert event at 6:15 p.m. features members of the Buffalo Suzuki Strings, Mary Cay Neal, director. Visit www.amherstsymphony.com.
– Mary Kunz Goldman