Michael Ludwig, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s concertmaster, is leaving at the end of this season to pursue a solo career. And he is going out in a blaze of romance. This weekend, he is the soloist in a concert full of German romanticism, performing the Violin Concerto of Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
For years, the Viennese-born Korngold was known for his music in such swashbuckling films as Errol Flynn’s “Captain Blood.” Now there is a new wave of love for his more classical masterworks, such as this concerto. Happily, Korngold blurs the lines between the two genres by working his movie themes into his other work. The Violin Concerto borrows from three different movies: “Juarez,” “Anthony Adverse” and, most famously, “The Prince and the Pauper.”
It’s a glorious piece, and all the great violinists are playing it. This weekend, it will be followed by another Romantic delight, Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony. Beginning the program is Webern’s “Im Sommerwind” (“In the Summer Wind”).
There are three performances. The first is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, part of the BPO’s popular Coffee Concerts series. The concert repeats at 8 p.m. Saturday and once more at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $28-$76. For information, call 885-5000. – Mary Kunz Goldman