Latin lovers will want to clear their calendars, because the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a concert with lots of South American flair. It begins with the Variaciones concertantes, a piece for chamber orchestra written in 1953 by the colorful Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. It moves on to two wildly different works: Beethoven’s fiery Fifth Symphony and the “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Argentinian tango king Astor Piazzolla.
Piazzolla was inspired by Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” and his music, stylish and entertaining, reflects the changing seasons such as what we Buffalonians have been getting big doses of recently. The soloist in the Piazzolla is celebrated violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen.
Koljonen lives in Philadelphia and was trained at the Curtis Institute. She made news not long ago when she collaborated with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta on the premiere of a violin concerto by Persian composer Behzad Ranjbaran.
The concert takes place at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $32-$79. Call 885-5000.
– Mary Kunz Goldman