By Mary Kunz Goldman
A benefit concert for Claudia Hoca, the distinguished Buffalo pianist badly injured recently in a car accident, has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Hoca, pictured above, is said to be recovering rapidly, and her spirits are good.
According to a tentative program, Pianist Ana Vafai and cellist Jonathan Golove are playing a Debussy Sonata and Charles Castleman is playing a violin sonata by Ysaye. A number of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians will be performing, including Valerie Heywood, principal violist; John Fullam, principal clarinetist; and Amy Glidden, associate concertmaster.
The evening will also include a performance by the Camerata di Sant'Antonio, the resident chamber orchestra of St. Anthony of Padua Church.
In addition to this benefit, the Erie Chamber Orchestra will be taking up a collection for Hoca during its October 8 concert. She was to have been the soloist on that occasion.
This second benefit concert, including music of Respighi and Ibert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Luther Memorial Church, 225 West 10th St., Erie, Pa. 16501.
Meanwhile, cards and good wishes for Claudia may be sent to her brother Theodore Hoca, 160 Buffalo St., Gowanda, N.Y. 14070.
Contributions may be made out to Theodore Hoca and deposited at Community Bank, 76 West Main St., Gowanda, NY 14070-1319. Please write on the check's memo line: "Deposit to the benefit account." Donations may also be made at any Community Bank branch.