We hope that you will join us for our new season. Apart from the November 7th concert, all concerts are at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons at our usual venue, the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY.
Just a reminder - if you had season tickets for our 2019- 2020, they will be good for our first three concerts!

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Welcome To The 43rd Anniversary Season of Friends Of Vienna!

Welcome to our 43rd Anniversary Season.  We think that you will enjoy our new program lineup. All concerts are at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons at our usual venue, the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY.  All parking spots behind the church are available for your use on Sundays!  Overflow parking is available next door, behind the Gromo Sinus Center.

Full Schedule 2021-2022

The BPO musicians who make up the Artemis Quartet, violinists Amy Glidden and Loren Silvertrust, violist Caroline Gilbert and cellist Eve Eva Herer delivered an unforgettable performance at this venue in 2018.


Delayed for over two years by the pandemic, they will make their return to the Friends of Vienna concert series at 3:30pm on Sunday May 15 at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo, to conclude the 43rd Season of the FOV. Their program includes Shostakovich’s rarely performed String Quartet No.3 in F Major, composed in 1946, just after the horrors of WW II ended, as well as the String Quartet No.3 ‘Folk Songs’ by the unjustly neglected Black American composer Florence Price who was the first Black woman to have her music played by a major American orchestra when the Chicago Symphony performed her Symphony in E Minor in 1933. Their intriguingly designed program also includes Mozart's String Quartet in G major "Spring".

The next concert of Friends of Vienna concert will be held on April 10, at 3:30 PM at The Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. We are proud to present Yuki Numata Resnick, violin and Clarice Jensen, cello with the following program:

Sonata for Violin and Cello - Maurice Ravel

New Work - Clarice Jensen

Duo for Violin and Cello - Jessie Montgomery

Facemasks are optional but recommended

Admission $14, Students $5 – checks and cash only

Sunday  March 13,   2022

The concert will be held at the Kenmore Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd, Kenmore, NY

Please join us for this concert,  featuring  BPO oboist Anna Mattix along with pianist, Susan Schuman. 

September 26 – Ekstasis Duo: Cellist Natasha Farny and pianist Eliran Avni, from the Fredonia School of Music.


October 17 – Violinist Miranda Shulman presents: Beijing meets Buffalo, with pianist Alison d’Amato, vocalist Anne Harley, Associate Professor of Voice at Scripps College and Zhonghei (Daisy) Wu, awarding-winning performer on the guzheung (Chinese zither).

November 7 – The first ever concert of the BPO Double Bass Sextet with Principal, Daniel Pendley, Associate Principal, Brett Shurtliff, Michael Nigrin, Edmund Gnekow, Jonathan Borden, and Nicholas Jones. This concert will take place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo 14209 at 3:30 pm.


March 13 – Anna Mattix, BPO English horn player and friends

April 10 – Violinist Yuki Numata Resnick, Director of Buffalo String Works, along with Brooklyn-based cellist Clarice Jensen

May 15 – The Artemis String Quartet, features BPO members Amy Glidden, Associate Concertmaster, and Loren Silvertrust, violins; Caroline Gilbert, Principal Viola; and cellist Eva Herer

 Tickets can be purchased on the concert date at the door. Season tickets are $60. 00  Individual tickets are $14. Cash or check only!

Sunday  November 7,   2021

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street, Buffalo 

The newly formed Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Double Bass Sextet will perform at the Friends of Vienna concert on Sunday, November 7, at 3:30 PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street, Buffalo. 

This will be a rare and unusual treat for Buffalo concert goers.  The group plans an entertaining program which will combine recent light, and sometimes humorous music with more traditional selections. In the past, bass groups have largely been an afterthought, or an oddity, but recently there has been a rise in new repertoire for the instrument.  The program will include a work by Simon Garcia, a bassist and composer from Spain known for music that is jazzy and rhythmic, employing the entire range of the bass.  When the audience hears selections from composer Daryl Runswick’s ‘Suite and Lowdown’, they will recognize bits of Strauss waltzes as well as traditional American songs.

The BPO double bass sextet features BPO principal double bass Daniel Pendley and associate principal Brett Shurtliffe, along with their colleagues, Edmund Gnekow, Jonathan Borden, Nicholas Jones, and Gary Matz.  Tickets are available at the door, cash or check only.  $14 adults, $5 students. 

A Night in Compostella - Simon Garcia 

Noire est la Noit - Yves Torchinsky

“Suite and Low” - Daryl Runswick

Deploration sur la mort de Johannes Ockeghem - Josquin des Pres

Sixth and Groove St - Lex King

“Urlicht” from the Resurrection Symphony No. 2 - Gustav Mahler

Bass, Bass, Bass, Bass, Bass and Bass - Christian Gentet

Proof of vaccination and facemask are required!

Sunday  October  17  2021

Due to illness, 'Beijing to Buffalo' will not be presented on October 17. Instead we will present a salute to Gershwin featuring Anne DeFazio, vocalist & Claudia Andres, piano. The program is very appealing and we are sure that you will enjoy it! We hope to see you at the Unity Church at 3:30 PM this Sunday, Oct 17. Proof of vaccination and facemasks are required!

Fascinating Rhythm (Lady, Be Good!) - George & Ira Gershwin

The Banjo, Op. 15 - Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Maple Leaf Rag - Scott Joplin

Swanee - Gershwin (transcription)

The Man I Love (Lady, Be Good!)

Someone to Watch Over Me (Oh, Kay!)

Golliwog’s Cakewalk - Claude Debussy

Vodka (Song of the Flame) - Gershwin/Harbach & Hammerstein

S’Wonderful (Funny Face)

I’ve Got A Crush On You (Strike Up The Band)

Prelude I, Prelude II

Summertime - Gershwin / DuBose Heyward

I’ve Got Beginner’s Luck (Shall We Dance)

They All Laughed (Shall We Dance)

Proof of vaccination and facemask are required!

Sunday  September  26   2021

Natasha Farny, cello, and Eliran Avni, piano. They have prepared an exciting program featuring music by George Walker, Alma Mahler, Alexander Zemlinsky, Lili Boulanger, Henriëtte Bosmans, and Nina Simone.

*We urge you to purchase season tickets for $60, which is a savings of 30% over the individual admission of $14.00. 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.


Ticket Information

Season ticket prices are:

$60 for all 6 concerts (a 30% savings)* 

Individual adult prices are $14. 

Student prices are $5.  

Ticketavailablathe door.

Cash or check only.

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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 2018-19 season. Your tax-deductible donation will be recognized in our program notes:

Become a Friend: donation of $20 and above
Become a Good Friend: donation of $50 and above
Become a Best Friend: donation of $100 and above

You may donate to Friends of Vienna online, through Network for Good.

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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, Barbara Jezioro, 495 Starin  Ave. , Buffalo, NY 14216.

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 The John R. Oishei Foundation and Erie County.

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