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Welcome To The 41st Anniversary Season of Friends Of Vienna!

We have a wonderful lineup for our 2017-2018 season!

Our opening concert is on September 17, 2017 and will feature pianist, Stephen Manes in a program of Viennese Piano Music from Three Centuries.

On October 29, we welcome violinist, David Colwell and pianist, Dmitri Novorodsky in a program of Beethoven, Korngold, and Grieg.

November 19th will feature pianist, Susan Yondt with a new program of music written by 19th and 20th century Scandinavian female composers.

After a short winter break, we will resume the season on March 25 with a concert by James Piorkowski, distinguished professor of guitar at the Fredonia School of Music.

April 8th will feature the Artemis Quartet, an ensemble made up of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians: Amy Glidden, associate concertmaster, and Loren Silvertrust, violinists;   newly appointed principal violist, Caroline Gilbert; and cellist Eva Heuer. Their program will trace the development of the string quartet repertoire, including works by Franz Joseph Haydn and Philip Glass.

We will end the season on April 29, 2018 with Brett Shurtliffe, BPO associate principal bass.

All concerts are at 3:30 PM at the Unity Church, 1242 Delaware Ave. Mark your calendars!!  More information will follow.  Visit our website, like us on Facebook, and if you are on our mailing list, check your mailbox!

Friends of Vienna 2017-2018 Season Concert Schedule:           

Sunday, November 19,  2017 at 3:30PM


Learn More: Buffalo Spree article
 Susan Yondt, pianist 

Laura Netzel: 

   Aubade op.57 nr.4

   Valse lente op.57 nr.5

Elfrida Andrée:

   Five shorter tone poems (in context) Op.7

   Sonata for piano op.3, mvt. I, Allegro moderato

   Tone poems for piano, op.4

Dorcas Norre:

Salon piece for pianoforte (1979)

Agathe Backer Grøndahl:

   Ballade op.36 nr.5

   Serenade op.15 nr.1

   Summer song op.45 nr.3

   Concert étude op.32 nr.3

 Admission $12, Students $5 – checks and cash only! 

Sunday, October 29,  2017 at 3:30PM


Learn more: Artvoice Article

 David Colwell, violinist & Dmitri Novorodsky, pianist 

Sunday, September 17,  2017 at 3:30PM


Three centuries of music composed in Vienna

Stephen Manes, Piano 

      Fantasia in  C major……………………………………JOSEPH HAYDN

 Sonata in A Major, Opus 101…………...LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

         Ewas lebhaft und mit der innigsten empfindung

              (Somewhat lively with deepest feelings)

         Lebhaft. Marschmäßig

              (Vivace alla Marcia)

         Langsam und sehnsuchsvoll

              (Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto)

         Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit

              (Fast, but not excessively, and with determination)


Two Impromptus from Opus 142 (D. 935)……….FRANZ SCHUBERT

         Impromptu in B flat major, No. 3

         Impromptu in F minor, No. 4


Three Piano Pieces, Opus 11……………….......ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

         Mäsige (Moderato)

         Sehr langsam (Very slow)

         Bewegte achtelnoten (Moving 8th notes – Con moto)

Four Pieces, Opus 119………………………….JOHANNES BRAHMS

          Intermezzo (Adagio)

          Intermezzo (Andante un poco agitato)

          Intermezzo (Grazioso e giocoso)

          Rhapsodie (Allegro risoluto)


Sunday, March 25,  2018 at 3:30PM

James Piorkowski,
Distinguished Professor
of Guitar, SUNY Fredonia
Learn More: Artvoice Article On James Piorkowski

 Mr. Piorkowski will play works by the baroque  guitar virtuoso Francesco Corbetta along with his own compositions, some inspired by visits to Spain and Venezuela.

Note: There will be a pre-concert event featuring 5 students from the Visual

and Performing Arts Academy.  This will begin promptly at 3 PM and will end at 3:15 PM


Admission $12, Students $5 – checks and cash only!

Next concert Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:30 pm

Artemis String Quartet with BPO members, including Amy Glidden

Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo

Sunday, April 8  2018 at 3:30PM

The Artemis Quartet

Artvoice Article On The Artemis Quartet

                      The Artemis Quartet with BPO members Amy Glidden, Caroline Gilbert,                          Eva Herer & Loren Silvertrust present: 


Tracing the development of the string quartet through the last quarter millennium.

 Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4, "Sunrise"
Amy Beach: Quartet for Strings (in one movement), Op. 89
Ravel: String Quartet in F Major -  "Assez vif" 
Philip Glass: “Company” for String Quartet

Sunday, April 29  2018 at 3:30PM

BPO Associate Principal Bass Brett Shurtliffe with

 accompanist pianist Amber Nicholson

Artvoice Article Here

Peter Hall's Interview with Brett Shurtliffe

Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)

Romance by Gliere

 E. Plutalov’s Humoresque 

And more!

Ticket Information

Season ticket prices are:

$55 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 $55, 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:

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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. E O, 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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