By Mary Kunz Goldman
In a surprise announcement, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has disclosed that Cahill Smith, who is soon to be giving a recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, is going to be giving Buffalo a sneak preview at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The recital is free but reservations are required. For reservations, call 242-7824.
Historically, Buffalo has been a town where performers may run through their material before taking it to New York. It is great that we still play that role. We used to see this kind of thing on the Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series. Just as one example, pianist Jeremy Denk (who by the way just won a MacArthur Genius Grant) ran through his repertoire in Buffalo shortly before taking it to Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall.
Smith, pictured above, is a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music. His recital is unusual in that it focuses on the music of Russian Romantic composer Nikolai Medtner. Medtner is a kind of cult figure for pianists. His rich but thorny music was admired by Rachmaninoff and Glazunov. It's appropriate that Smith is presenting this recital here. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has also been exploring Russian Romantic music, culminating in last spring's performance of Gliere's Symphony No. 2, the sprawling, evocative piece the orchestra took to Carnegie Hall in May.
Joining Smith for the all-Medtner program will be fellow Eastman School musicians Yi-Yeon Lee (violin), Hirono Sigimoto Borter (violin), Wendy Richman (viola), Philip Borter (cello), and Yunjin Kim (soprano).
The concert takes place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall.
Don't forget to call for your free reservation!