Music Notes: Ars Nova Does Opera

Celebrate Valentine's Day with arias.

Buffalo, NY – The Ars Nova Musicians team up with four vocalists for an operatic Valentine's concert. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Even if you've never seen all of La Boheme, I'll bet you've heard "Musetta's Aria" sometime before. Soprano Cristen Gregory will sing it Sunday (2/8) at 7?p.m. in the Lancaster Opera House, with Mary Louise Nanna conducting. Three other vocalists will join her: Soprano Maria Fortuna, Tenor Timothy Schulman, and Bass Michael Dean, with Raya Lee narrating.

Cristen says this is the second year in a row Ars Nova has done an operatic concert.

WOLN listeners, you can see Cristen Gregory perform with Voci D'Amore on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30?p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church on East Corydon Street in Bradford. Or drive up and join some WBFO listeners as the Ars Nova Musicians present Divas and Their Beaus Sunday (2/8) at 7?p.m. in the Lancaster Opera House.

Ars Nova is made up of members from the Buffalo Philharmonic. And on Friday (2/6) at 8?p.m., Associate Conductor Ron Spigelman leads an evening of Mexican music with the ensemble Mariachi Cobre, before leading an Intimate Portraits concert with Beethoven's Septet and Stravinsky's Soldiers Tale Sunday (2/8) at 2:30?p.m. Both performances are in Kleinhans.

Also this week, Frank Scinta will lead the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Chamber Singers Sunday (2/8) at 2:30?p.m. in the Buffalo Historical Museum on Elmwood Avenue, after leading the Buffalo Arts Academy Elementary Choir in a free half hour concert Friday (2/6) at 12:30?p.m. in Saint Paul's Cathedral downtown. Meanwhile, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra showcases the winners of its Concerto Competition Sunday (2/8) at 3?p.m. in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center.

At Slee Hall on the UB North Campus, Organist Timothy Olson is in recital on Friday (2/6), while the Vermeer Quartet continues the Slee/Beethoven Cycle on Saturday (2/7), both beginning at 8?p.m.

The Amherst Chamber Ensembles perform Saturday (2/7) at 7:30?p.m. in Christ United Methodist Church at the corner of Harlem and Saratoga Roads in Snyder.