By Andrea Kibler
Even though he's recently retired after thirty-seven years of service to the Buffalo Philharmonic
Orchestra, Charles Haupt shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary concertmaster has developed a Musical Feast series to entertain audiences with an array of musical selections
and notable guest performers including violinist Charles Castleman, violist Jesse Levine, pianist Claudia Hoca, and clarinetist Sal Andolina.
The new concert series, which
premiered in March of this year, combines twentieth century and classical romantic music in a repertoire that creates a fun musical atmosphere. Concert attendees are entertained by
chamber music, chamber orchestra, and solo performances.
The next Musical Feast will be October 3 at the Kavinoky Theatre at D'Youville College. The program will include Bach duos
featuring Haupt on violin and award-winning David Taylor on bass trombone. The concert event also includes "Romance" (Bruch), "Contrasts" (Bartok), and Ysaye's
Solo Sonata No. 3.
Having received training at Juilliard and Mannes College of Music, Haupt brings a wealth of musical experience, talent, and knowledge to his
series. He has
been praised by many reputable sources including the New York Times ("Haupt's lithe and expressive playing is the epitome of singing on the violin") and the International
Herald Tribune, as well as consistently praised by the Buffalo News.
In addition to being a worldrenowned violinist, Haupt has spent twenty-one years as concertmaster of the Mostly
Mozart festival in New York . He has also been a soloist with the New York Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Baird Piano Trio in residence at UB. In regard to his
outstanding service to the BPO, Assemblymember Sam Hoyt presented a resolution to Haupt on his retirement based on the influence of his music and culture to Buffalo . Yet, he says,
"I'm just beginning to hit my stride."
Haupt continues to teach at the Eastman School of Music and to perform in many locations. The Musical Feast series is Haupt's
effort to give back to the city that supported his musical leadership for decades.
The wait for the second installment of the series is almost over: the next event featuring Haupt
and his friends and colleagues will take place on October 3 at the Kavinoky Theatre
( 320 Porter Avenue ). For more information or to order tickets, call 829-7668.
received training at Juilliard and Mannes College of Music, Haupt brings a wealth of musicial experience, talent, and knowledge to his series. He has been praised by many reputable
sources including the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, as well as consistently praised by the Buffalo News.
Andrea Kibler is a journalism student at Canisius College and a 3006 Spree intern.