The guest star is celebrated Scottish percussionist Colin Currie, who appears to have something of a local following. He took part Saturday in a Day of Percussion at Buffalo State College and my guess is that a lot of the students followed him to Kleinhans. People in the modest but passionate crowd cheered him and seemed familiar with the music he played, the Percussion Concerto of Jennifer Higdon. They knew the snap-bang surprise ending the moment it arrived, and jumped up to applaud.
The concert starts with Jerome Moross’ sunny Symphony No. 1, written in 1941 to lift people’s spirits in the face of a looming world war. The Philharmonic is also playing the Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” And rounding out the program is a new and lovely serenade for strings by Russell Platt, “Eurydice.”