Music Notes: Conversation with Midori

A former violin prodigy will play with the BPO.

Buffalo, NY – A former child prodigy returns to play a modern violin concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Midori is now 32 years old and has been playing professionally for 21 years, ever since her surprise debut with Zubin Meta and the New York Philharmonic. This weekend, she'll be featured in a violin concerto by Contemporary Composer John Adams, known for minimalist works such as the Chairman Dances. Adams also wrote this concerto as a dance work, and Midori says the rhythms are complex.

See Midori join Joann Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Friday (3/26) and Saturday (3/27) at 8?p.m. in Kleinhans, with pre-concert talks at 7?p.m. The concert opens with Smetena's Bartered Bride Overture and closes with Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. And I hope you'll join me Tuesday (3/23) at 2?p.m. on WBFO for a special Talk of Buffalo with Joann Falletta.

Also this week, the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas warms up for Carnegie Hall Sunday (3/29) at 7:30?p.m. at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.

The Choir of Buffalo's Unitarian Universalist Church will sing a work of local composer Roland Martin, the Requiem de Camera. Martin himself will play the piano with Barbara Wagner directing the singers and a chamber orchestra Sunday (3/29) during the 11?a.m. service.

Tenor James Burritt signs Friday (3/26) at 12:30?p.m. in Saint Paul's Cathedral downtown.

Two Cellists are in recital this week: UB's Jonathan Golove on Thursday (3/25) at 8?p.m. in Slee Hall with help from other faculty members, and Thomas Carroll on Sunday (3/29) at 3?p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall, sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. The admission is free.

On Friday (3/26) at 7:30?p.m. the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director, David Rudge, will feature three fine soloists to perform the Beethoven "Triple" Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano: Julliard Instructor, Cathy Cho, LA Philharmonic principal Cellist, Peter Stumpf and Piano Virtuoso, Jeremy Denk. These three musicians have worked togther at Marlboro Music festivals and are superb musicians. The concert takes place in the Orchard Park Middle School.

An ensemble called Musica Reservata presents a Chamber Concert on Sunday, March 28 at 7?p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center of Canisius College.