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Welcome To The 40th Anniversary Season of Friends Of Vienna!

All concerts are at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoons. Please Note: our opening concert on September 25 has a venue changeit will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street in BuffaloAll other concerts will be at our usual venue, the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY.  Ample parking is available behind both churches.

Friends of Vienna 2016-2017 Season Concert Schedule:           

Friends of Vienna Concert Series Overview

Sunday, September 25,  2016 at 3:30PM*

Works for duo and trio by Beethoven,
and "Fratres" by Arvo Pärt
Learn more. Click here for Buffalo News article.
Listen to WNED's Peter Hall's interview with Dennis Kim
Artvoice: BPO Concertmaster Dennis Kim Visits the Friends of Vienna
Dennis Kim, BPO Concertmaster, violin
David Fung, Queen Elisabeth Prize winner, piano
Soojin Han, cello
*Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street

Sunday, October 16,  2016 at 3:30PM

Gabriel Faure: Après un Revê

Bohuslav Martinu: Theme and Variations on a Slovak Folksong

Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

Maurice Ravel: Pièce en Forme de Habanera

Heitor Villa Lobos: Aria Cantilena from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano

Artvoice: Learn More About The Concert

Natasha Farny, Fredonia School of Music professor of cello, 
Mikying Kim, Fredonia School of Music professor of piano

Natasha Farny

Natasha Farny began her undergraduate studies in Cello Performance at the Curtis Institute and then completed a B.A. in Humanities at Yale University. After receiving her master’s and doctoral degrees at Eastman and Juilliard, she accepted a fellowship for study at the Hochschule
für Musik in Leipzig, Germany.
Ms. Farny has performed as soloist with orchestras that include the Boston Symphony, and the Buffalo and Abilene Philharmonics. In November 2016, she will perform as soloist with the Pennsylvania Symphonia. Abroad, Ms. Farny performed in the Czech Republic in 2011, and she toured Brazil, giving concerts of two programs in four capital cities in 2013.  She recently returned to Brazil in August 2016 as a performer and clinician. Her performances with the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble of Varese’s Ecuatorial took place in Amsterdam, London, Paris, and New York City. Nationally, she has played in New York City at Bargemusic, on Chicago and Rochester (NY) public radio, and at numerous recital series across the country.
Ms. Farny works with various living composers through collaborations with her Trio ANA, with violist Kimberly Sparr, and through her 2012 award from the American Composers Forum “Encore Grant.” She is on faculty at the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia and she has been honored there with several awards, including grants from the Faculty Student Association and the United University Professions, as well as the Hagan Young Scholar Artist Award for outstanding artistic performance.She has been appointed to summer music festivals in Sewanee, TN, Boulder, CO, Anchorage, AK, Chestertown, MD, and Sweden, ME.
Mikying Kim
Mikyung Kim, a native of South Korea, immigrated to Brooklyn, New York at the age of ten. Mikyung received her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from The State University of New York at Fredonia on full scholarship. In 2013, she won Fredonia’s Concerto Competition and that same year, received the school's highest honor, a Performer’s Certificate. Mikyung recently received her Master’s degree in Performance with Father Sean Duggan, on a full Graduate Assistantship at Fredonia. She currently works as a Collaborative Pianist at Mercyhurst University.

Sunday, November 6,  2016 at 3:30PM

An All-Schubert Program
Franz Schubert: String Trio in B flat major, D.581
Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D.667
(Trout Quintet)
Click here for the WNED Peter Hall interview
with Brett Shurtliffe
Click here for the Artvoice Article
Antoine LeFebvre, BPO principal second violin
Donna Lorenzo, violist
Jonathan Golove, UB professor of cello
Claudia Hoca, pianist
Brett Shurtliffe, BPO associate principal bass
There will be no intermission at this performance.
Admission $12.00, Students $5.00

Sunday, March 5,  2017 at 3:30PM

Boléo, a tango string quartet, featuring:
Miranda Shulman, violin
Antoine Lefebvre, violin
Moshe Shulman, viola and the bandonéon
Natasha Farny, cellist
Special Guest: James Piokowski, guitar

The program will feature works by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Moshe Shulman, Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola.

Boléo takes a lateral view of the line between folk and classical chamber music. Composers since the Renaissance have borrowed from indigenous and popular genres, giving chamber music a distinctive timbre or flavor. Boléo's performances capture this phenomenon through authenticity of style, while casting the music in a new light. Boléo performs music that contains dance material both in the classical and folk genres. Moshe Shulman, being the only bandoneon player in WNY, introduces Piazzolla’s music with his instrument.

Sunday, April 2,  2017 at 3:30PM

Artvoice Article: The Romantic Clarinet nationally touring

Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo visits the Friends of Vienna

Buffalo Spree Article: Classically Speaking

The internationally touring Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo, 
featuring a pair of dynamic young artists:
Misuzu Tanaka, Japanese pianist
Maksim Shtrykov, Belarusian clarinetist 
Clara Schumann: Drei Romanzen, Op. 22 for Clarinet and Piano
Robert Schumann: Intermezzo, WoO 22 from “F-A-E” Sonata
Johannes Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op.120 No.2
Salvador Brotons: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op.46
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano


Sunday, April 23,  2017 at 3:30PM

An All-Schumann Program
Buffalo Spree Article: Classically Speaking
Swedish Pianist Susan Yondt Celebrates a Legendary Romance
Susan Yondt, professor of piano, Royal College of Music, Stockholm

Ticket Information

Season ticket prices are:

$50 for all 6 concerts (a 30% savings)* 

Individual adult prices are $12. 

Student prices are $5.  

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*We urge you to purchase season tickets for $50, which is a savings of 30% over the individual admission of $12.00. To avoid long lines at the first concert,  purchase your season tickets ahead of time. Just click on the link below, print out the form and return it to us along with your check. Your name will be kept on the list of season ticket holders. Your cancelled check will be your receipt. We look forward seeing you at our first concert in September.


Update and Donations

Thank you for your patronage and support. Our organization is proud to serve the people of Western New York by producing classical chamber music with truly affordable ticket prices.

The enthusiasm of the artists, together with their choice of music, makes possible our interesting and beautiful Sunday afternoon concert series and we are grateful that the members of our audience appreciate them. We know we could not present the series without your support and regular attendance at our concerts. It gives meaning to everything that we are doing.

In addition to your presence, we also appreciate your financial support. Those who donate to Friends of Vienna make it possible for others to enjoy high quality concerts at a price they can better afford, and help us to provide an expanding series of free concerts in the Buffalo Public School system. Please consider making a special gift for our 2015-16 season. Your tax-deductible donation will be recognized in our program notes:

Become a Friend: donation of $20 and above
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If donating by mail, checks should be made payable to The Friends of Vienna and sent in care of our Treasurer, Ms. Emmie O'Leary, 104 Parkwood Ave. , Kenmore, NY 14217.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors of the Friends of Vienna, we thank you for your kind support.

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The Friends of Vienna gratefully acknowledge the support of
Give For Greatness and Arts Services Initiative. 
and the financial support of Erie County
during their 2013–2014 season.

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