Music Notes: Chamber Music on Elmwood

A preview of a chamber music series coming to Buffalo.

Buffalo, NY – As a number of concerts series are winding down, Chamber Music on Elmwood is gearing up for a series of four performances. Good morning. I?m Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Buffalo Philharmonic Violinist Ansgarius Aylward is organizing the festival, which begins Sunday (5/9) at 7 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church, at the corner of Elmwood and West Ferry. The first performance features this Octet in E-flat by Mendelssohn, a Violin Sonata by Prokofiev, plus a number of Madrigals by the UU Chamber Singers directed by Barbara Wagner.

Aylward says the series has grown more complex since the first season with six musicians giving two recitals.

The first installment of Chamber Music on Elmwood begins Sunday (5/9) at 7 p.m. with Ansgarius Aylward as part of the Mendelssohn Octet. Performances continue on the two Sundays (5/16 and 5/23), with a Friday performance on May 21st.

Also this week, the Toronto Children?s Chorus performs Saturday (5/8) at 7 p.m. at the Baker Memorial Church on Main Street in East Aurora, while the Cansius College Choir sings Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Soprano Jill Masters gives a free half-hour recital Friday (5/7) at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Paul?s Cathedral downtown.

And Peter Nero joins the Buffalo Philharmonic for a pops concert Friday (5/7) and Saturday (5/8) at 8 p.m. in Kleinhans.

Next week on Music Notes, Joshua Bell shares a fond recollection of Buffalo. "I was food poisoined. I could barely make it on stage."