This weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is playing Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The word is that Meyers will be coming to Kleinhans with a legendary violin, the “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu, an instrument once owned by the virtuoso Henri Vieuxtemps.
The Guarneri was lent to her recently by an anonymous benefactor who is allowing her to keep it for life. The loan is a little puzzling because Meyers already had at her disposal two priceless Stradivarius violins, one of which was once owned by Napoleon. Still, it’s nice that Buffalo will get to hear the instrument that Vieuxtemps played.
And in good hands, too. Meyers is known as highly skilled but also a little offbeat. She has played crossover gigs at venues like New York’s Le Poisson Rouge where she has interspersed Schubert and Messiaen songs like “Smile” and “Over the Rainbow.” She is an original, and adding to the excitement, this is her first performance with the BPO.
The concert also includes Haydn’s “Miracle” Symphony, which gets its name because at its premiere, a chandelier reportedly fell on the hall, but because everyone had moved forward to applaud Haydn’s new creation, no one was hurt. Guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto also will be leading the orchestra in Manuel de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” Suite.
The concerts are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $33-$70. For info, call 885-5000.
– Mary Kunz Goldman