As Mahlerians know, a Wunderhorn is a Magic Horn, and that charmed instrument, as performed by RPO Principal Wunderhorn W. Peter Kurau, takes center stage at the final Society for Chamber Music concert of the season. No Mahler is included, but you will hear trios including the horn by two German Romantic-era composers whose paths crossed frequently: Carl Reinecke, whose trio includes oboe and piano; and Johannes Brahms, whose trio for horn, violin, and piano is a gem among his chamber works. "Music for Pat" (2002) by Allen Shawn, whose Oboe Concerto was just premiered by Erik Behr and the RPO, will also be performed by Behr ... all by himself. Kurau and Behr will be joined by violinist Juliana Athayde and pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng. The program also includes an end-of-season tradition for the SCMR: a performance by the talented high-school students in the Hochstein Student Players.
The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester will perform "Wunderhorn!" on Friday, May 18, at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue. 7:30 p.m. $35. chambermusicrochester.org.