The Buffalo Chamber Players is a freewheeling confederation of musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and throughout the community led by BPO violist Janz Castelo. They are celebrating Women’s History Month today (March 21) with a concert of music written by women.
A top curiosity is music by Barbara Strozzi. She was a singer who lived in Venice in the 17th century and, rare for a woman in her day, made her living as a composer. Soprano Colleen Marcello will perform a selection of Strozzi’s songs.
Louise Farrenc was another rarity, a French composer and professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire in the 19th century. The great violinist Joseph Joachim played in the premiere of her Nonet in E, Op. 38, scored for strings and wind quintet, to be heard today.
There also will be a "Berceuse," or lullaby, by Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), whom Erik Satie called "his musical daughter" -- and by the wonderful American composer Amy Beach. Rounding out the evening is "Shadow Rings," a 2010 composition by Buffalo-based composer Caroline Mallonee, whose music has been heard on "A Prairie Home Companion."
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 general admission, $5 for students.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman