It’s like fire and ice, the sizzling concerts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has planned this week for the cool of Kleinhans Music Hall.
At 7 p.m. Friday, the BPO and Music Director JoAnn Falletta will be joined by the honeyed sound of two priceless violins, in the hands of Augustin Hadelich and Mayuko Kamio, both in their late 20s. The highlight of the evening is Bach’s transcendent Concerto in D Minor For Two Violins, not something you get to hear live very often, let alone played on two Stradavarii. Other music includes Ravel’s “Tzigane” for violin and orchestra, and two smoldering showpieces by Sarasate, “Gypsy Airs” and the Fantasy on Bizet’s “Carmen.”
Hadelich gave a quietly powerful performance at Kleinhans last year of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Kamio does not appear to have played in Buffalo since 2001, when, at 14, she gave an exciting recital. For Friday’s concert, Hadelich will be playing the “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivarius owned by Buffalo philanthropists Clement and Karen Arrison. Kamio plays the 1735 “Sennhauser” Guarneri del Gesu, on loan from an anonymous owner.
Tickets to Friday’s concert are $19 to $49.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Kleinhans stage will be overflowing. Sharing the stage with the BPO will be the Doctors of the World Orchestra, 40 music-minded physicians. The visiting orchestra boasts one musician from Grand Island, bassoonist and cardiologist Friedrich Albert. The rest of the doctors come from all over the United States, as well as points beyond. At last count there were seven from Germany; two from England, and one each from South Africa, Taiwan, Norway, Denmark and Costa Rica.
The program is thrilling. Falletta is conducting Holst’s “The Planets,” Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.” The Respighi can pretty much be counted on to bring the house down, with its ending depicting Roman legions marching home triumphantly along the Appian Way.
All the proceeds of Saturday’s concert are benefiting the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $25. A VIP ticket is $150 and includes a post-concert reception. Call 885-5000.
– Mary Kunz Goldman