A young violin star and a veteran, Old World maestro join forces with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend in a concert full of contrasts. The music shows two very different sides of Romanticism. The audience will be basking in the sounds of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and the Symphony No. 8 of Anton Bruckner, sometimes called the “Apocalyptic.”
Benjamin Beilman, 23, will be the soloist in the violin concerto. Beilman gave a recital three years ago as part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s Gift to the Community series. News Critic Emeritus Herman Trotter praised his playing of a Prokofiev solo violin sonata. “His performance brimmed with warmth and breadth,” Trotter wrote.
As for Gunther Herbig, he is 81 and this appears to be his debut with the BPO. The German conductor was born in what was then Czechoslovakia and studied in Weimar at the Franz Liszt Academy. He was the music director of the East German Berlin Symphony Orchestra, but after a dispute with the Communist authorities, he emigrated to the United States in the early ’80s to lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is music adviser and principal guest conductor for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, as well as holding other posts.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $33-$79. For more information, call 885-5000.
– Mary Kunz Goldman