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If it Ain’t Baroque

“In our performances we try to demystify Classical chamber music,
presenting great music, expertly played, in a very accessible, informal
setting that people don’t usually associate with Classical music,” Janz Castelo wrote in an email to me, explaining the mission of his venture, the Buffalo Chamber Players (BCP). Castelo, a violist, and a number of other musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, formed the BCP in 2007 as a way to feature the lesser-heard masterworks of the chamber music repertoire.

This Wednesday, the Buffalo Chamber Players will perform “If it Ain’t Baroque“, a program designed to highlight the Baroque era, which will showcase a performance of Claudio
Monteverdi’s operatic scene Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. The work is
scored for three voices, strings and basso continuo. The part of Clorinda will be sung by Colleen Marcello, Jeffrey Porter will appear as Tancredi, and the role of narrator will be performed by Alex Hurd. In addition to a variety of other selections, “It Ain’t Baroque” will also offer guests the opportunity to experience J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051, in its rarer original instrumentation: two violas, two violas da gamba, cello, bass and harpsichord. Buffalo gambists Nancy Nuzzo and David Abbott will join the ensemble for the performance.

The Buffalo Chamber Players choose to perform solely at Buffalo Seminary,
“We are an ensemble very much committed to the Elmwood Village. Our
concerts highlight the musical talent that can be found right here in
Buffalo, with many of our musicians living on the Elmwood strip,” Castelo writes. If you wish to get a better sense of this group’s focus, you can see their past programs
online
.

Wednesday, May
26th, 7pm (doors at 6pm)
$15 general admission, $5 students
Buffalo Seminary
205 Bidwell Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 462-5659

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