The 89th season of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society continues on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with a performance by the Flanders Recorder Quartet. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall and will be preceded by a "Chat with the Artists" hosted by WNED-FM's Peter Hall. The programs include works by Bach, Tarquinio Merula, Frans Geysen, Jan Van der Roost and Johann Strauss.
Since its formation in 1987, the Flanders Recorder Quartet has evolved into one of the world's top ensembles. The group's success in 1990 at the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges, which is sponsored by the Flanders Festival, was the start of an extensive concert career. After more than 1,800 concerts in 42 countries on five continents, including some in world-famous concert halls in Tokyo, New York and Salzburg, the ensemble has attained a prominent position in the world of "Early Music."
The ensemble also makes regular guest appearances at leading music festivals such as those in Helsinki, Paris, Geneva, Boston, Vancouver, Singapore, Taipei and Mexico City. Numerous prizewinning recordings have been made for record companies such as Harmonia Mundi, Archiv/Deutsche Grammophon, Ricercar, and OPUS III. In 2003, the quartet entered a long and intensive collaboration with the German label AEOLUS.
The Flanders Recorder Quartet showcases an instrument that was underestimated for two centuries. In its extraordinary collection are reproductions after illustrations by Virdung (1511), after originals from the collection of Henry VIII, a Baroque contrabass recorder some 2.3 meters in length (which was built by Friedrich von Huene, Boston), and modern recorders by Hans Coolsma, Utrecht. The group's extensive collection of instruments and highly virtuosic performance of a richly varied program makes each concert an unforgettable experience and allows the recorder, one of the most important instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, to shine in its former splendor.
Tickets for this concert are $20 ($10 for students), and may be purchased online at www.bflochambermusic.org or by sending a check to the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, PO Box 349, Buffalo, NY, 14207. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information call 716-462-4939 or visit the website.