Music Notes: An Old Friend Returns

A former BPO Music Director returns to Buffalo to conduct the orchestra.

Buffalo, NY – Maximiano Valdes returns to lead the Buffalo Philharmonic for the first time since stepping down as Music Director. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

The concert includes orchestra excerpts from Romeo and Juliet by Hector Berlioz, along with this Violin Concerto by the Finnish Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara with Elmar Oliveira as soloist.

Valdes arrived in town last week for a reason you'll learn in our discussion. And he expects conducting the BPO once again will be an overwhelming experience.

Indeed Mr. and Mrs. Maximiano Valdes will return to Buffalo in July. You won't find him conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic then. But you will on Saturday (11/22) at 8 p.m. and on Sunday (11/23) at 2:30 p.m. in Kleinhans, with preconcert talks an hour earlier.

The Ars Nova Musicians conclude the 25th annual Viva Vivaldi series, Sunday (11/23) at 6:30 p.m. in Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church at 348 Porter Avenue.

Three BPO musicians will perform French works for harp, bassoon, and flute Tuesday (11/18) at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College. And the day before (Monday, 11/17), Pianist Frank Scinta gives a free recital there.

The Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church sings Tuesday (11/18) at 8:15 p.m.

Soprano Jennifer Aylmer gives a recital Friday (11/21) at 8 p.m. at Slee Hall on the UB North Campus. Aylmer was hand-picked by famed singer Marilyn Horne to perform across the country under the sponsorship of Horne's foundation.

And Pianists Judith Burritt and Anne Moot present works for Piano Four Hands, Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Paul's Cathedral downtown, and it's free.