On March 2 and 3 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presented an international program of French and German music.
The program opened with Classical Series debut of the “Overture for Orchestra”, a piece composed by France’s Germaine Tailleferre. She was one of the first female composers who earned international recognition for her compositions.
Continuing the French theme, the BPO under the direction of Musical Director JoAnn Falletta performed two compositions by Florent Schmitt – “Musique sur L’eau, Op. 33” and “La Tragedie de Salome, Op. 50”.
British Canadian mezzo soprano Susan Platts joined the BPO for the performance of “Musique sur L’eau”. Not only was it the first performance of the work in the world since 1958, it was also the North American debut of the piece and is being recorded by the BPO for their next album.
Susan Platts returned to the stage along with the Buffalo Girlchoir to perform the vocalizations in “La Tragedie de Salome”.
After the intermission premiere violinist Sarah Chang returns to Kleinhans Music Hall after an absence of over 10 years to join the BO for a performance of the “Concerto in D major for violin and Orchestra, Op. 77” by Johannes Brahms. Written for a violin playing friend, Brahms actually forsakes the violin in the beginning of the second movement and begins it with an oboe solo. The lively third movement features the sounds of Hungarian and Gypsy dances that Brahms heard in the streets of his native Hamburg as a child.
While not overly animated in her movements, Chang is very passionate about her playing and it is easy to see why she is one of the foremost violinists and in such demand to perform with orchestras around the world.