Does anyone else notice how Buffalo is turning into the classical guitar capital of the world? Surely the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition has something to do with it -- but whatever the reason, we have guitarists coming out of our ears. Two are heading this way in the very near future.
The first is Marcin Dylla, the intriguing young Polish artist who won the Falletta competition in 2004 and his since returned as a judge. Dylla will be playing at First Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $20 at the door.
It has been fun having Dylla around. He has such charm. The audience loved his winning performance in '04, and he was easily named the Audience Favorite. Subsequently he told The News' Tom Buckham: "To have the opportunity to play in concert in such a great competition is special. My best performance with an orchestra was here."
The second super-guitarist headed to town is also making a return trip here. This artist is Jason Vieaux. It's pronounced, as I understand it, "vee-OH." Vieaux, who now teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music, grew up here -- in Williamsville, near Transit and Wehrle, he told me once in an interview. "We were right off the exit that said Depew," he said. Which I loved. It is not every day you get to hear an internationally renowned artist say that.
Vieaux will be joining Marylouise Nanna and the Ars Nova Musicians for a concert in this year's Viva Vivaldi series. He will be a soloist on the fourth concert, which takes place Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. -- at First Presbyterian Church, the same church where Dylla is playing Saturday. Viva Vivaldi is always much anticipated and this year's festival has many highlights and surprises. Please watch for details in next Friday's Gusto.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman