Gift to the Community Concerts

Artists this Season

Julia Bullock, soprano

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Concert held in Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall

Suleika I - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • Lachen und Weinen
  • Wandrers Nachtlied II
  • Seligkeit
Hermit Songs - Samuel Barber (1910-1981))
  • At St Patrick’s Purgatory
  • Church Bell at Night
  • St Ita’s Vision
  • The Heavenly Banquet
  • The Crucifixion
  • Sea Snatch
  • Promiscuity
  • The Monk and his Cat
  • The Praises of God
  • The Desire for Hermitage
- Intermission-

from La chanson d’Ève - Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • Prima verba
  • Roses ardentes
  • Comme Dieu rayonne
  • Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil
  • Crépuscule
  • O mort, poussière d’étoile
Arrangements by Jeremy Siskind (b. 1986)
Driftin’ Tide - Spencer Williams (1889-1965)Pat Castleton (Ahnes Bage) d. 1993
You Can’t Tell the Difference After Dark - Maceo Pinkard (1897-1962)
Downhearted Blues - Cora “Lovie” Austin (1887-1972) Alberta Hunter (1895 - 1984)
Frog Tongue Stomp: A Lovie Austin Tribute - Jeremy Siskind (b. 1886)
Our Love is Different - Billie Holiday (1915-1959) Sonny White (1917 - 71)
Revolution - Nina Simone (1933-2003) Weldon Jonathan Irvine, Jr. (1943 – 2002)
Four Women - Nina Simone (1933-2003)

This season Miss Bullock makes a San Francisco Opera debut in the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West composed by John Adams to a libretto by Peter Sellars and she joins Dutch National Opera in a company premiere of Simon McBurney’s production of The Rake’s Progress under the direction of Ivor Bolton. The soprano makes a Santa Fe Opera debut as Kitty Oppenheimer in a new Peter Sellars production of Doctor Atomic by frequent collaborator John Adams and she tours North America in recital with performances under the auspices of Boston Celebrity Series, Cal Performances, Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, Carnegie Hall, Harriman Jewell Series, and Spivey Hall amongst others. No less impressive, Julia Bullock joins Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a Bernstein Gala to launch the 2017-18 season and sings Pamina in concert performances of Die Zauberflöte with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Admission Free

SooBeen Lee, violin

Dina Vainshtein, piano

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3 P.M.
Concert held in Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Violin Sonata in G Major, No. 8, Op. 30/3
Allegro assai
Tempo di Menuetto
Allegro vivace
Eugène Ysaÿe - Poème élégiaque in D minor, Op.12

- Intermission-

Béla Bartók - Rhapsody No. 1, Sz. 87, BB 94b
Lassú. Moderato
Friss. Allegretto moderato
Camille Saint-Saëns - Violin Sonata in D Minor No. 1, Op. 75
Allegro agitato – Adagio
Allegretto moderato – Allegro molto

16-year-old Korean violinist SooBeen Lee has been called “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy” (Hancinema). She has already appeared as soloist with every major Korean orchestra, including the Seoul Philharmonic, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Gangneung Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra, and the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System). She also performed with the Wuhan Philharmonic in China, at the Seoul Arts Center, in the Prime Minister’s office for Ki-moon Ban, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Blue House for the King and Queen of Malaysia, and for many state guests in Korea. In her first U.S tour, she made her Washington, DC debut and her New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artists Series, and performed at University of Florida Performing Arts, the Sunday Musicale Series, and Rockefeller University.

Admission Free

Zlatomir Fung, cello

Janice Carissa, piano

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Concert held in Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall

Joseph dall'Abaco (1675 – 1742) - Selections from 11 Capricci for Solo Cello
No. 1
No. 2
No. 6
No. 11
Ernest Bloch (1880 – 1959) - Baal Shem, B. 47
Simchas Torah
Luciano Berio (1925 – 2003) - Sequenza XIV for Cello

- Intermission-

Katherine Balch (1925 – 2003) - Premiere
Johannes Brahms(1833 – 1897) - Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38
Allegro non troppo
Allegretto quasi Mnuetto – Trio

Eighteen-year old cellist Zlatomir Fung is the first prize winner at the 2016 George Enescu International Cello Competition, the 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, the 2014 Stulberg International String Competition, and the 2014 Irving Klein International Competition. Zlatomir was selected as a 2016 Presidential Scholar for the Arts and was awarded the 2016 Landgrave von Hesse Prize at the Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses. He is a winner of the 2017 Astral National Auditions.

Admission Free


Now in its 21st season our Gift to the Community series continues to feature some of the world's most exciting young artists. Two performers from previous seasons won 1st prize at the coveted Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and 10 series performers have been awarded highly competitive Avery Fisher Career Grants. This season the three artists will astound you with their unique creativity and incomparable technique.

Clementina Fleshler - Executive Director

Sunday Afternoons
at 3 p.m.

The Gift to the Community Recital Series is made possible through a grant from the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation.

Gift Alumni

Twenty one years ago the Buffalo Chamber Music Society inaugurated the Gift to the Community concert series, free concerts on Sunday afternoons in Kleinhans Music Hall. Supported by the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation our Gift series continues to attract excellent audiences including many families with children.

Fifty recitalists have performed on our series and, in addition, each one has also performed in an Erie County school for students free of charge. Some of these school concerts have also included master classes.

The artists we present in these recitals are poised on the threshold of major careers and usually play on our series just before their New York debuts. View the slide show to see a few of their recent accomplishments.