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Beethoven himself would have applauded a free performance of his mighty Symphony No. 9 with the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra, the Fredonia College Choir, and soloists. The concert is at Villa Maria College Auditorium Sunday October 26 at 3:00 with a pre-concert talk with the CSO's Music Director, John Landis at 2:00. WNED's Peter Hall found out more in this 14 minute interview than he ever knew before about Beethoven's 9th and you will too!
The Japan Culture Center of WNY will host a Japanese taiko drum performance at the SUNY Buffalo State Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m featuring World-renowned taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi . With five other drummers onstage with Eitetsu Hayashi will be Matthew Bassett, principal timpanist of the Buffalo Philharmonic, who will engage Mr. Hayashi in a "battle of the drums." The concert will also feature shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). There is a taiko/shakuhachi demonstration at Rockwell Hall on Thursday, October 23rd from 12:15 to 1:45. WNED's Peter Hall found out more. Check out this video of Eitetsu performing by clicking here!
"Props to him for being such a wonderful composer" says this weekend's piano soloist with the BPO - Gabriela Martinez - about Rachmaninoff. How does a pianist with normal sized hands tackle his Piano Concerto No. 1? Apparently, as she told WNED's Peter Hall, the composer knew how to arrange all those difficult sounding notes in a playable way. Gabriela performs this weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday night at 8 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.
A young girl is sent into the woods by her step mother (of course) and ends up about to be eaten by the witch Baba Yaga. A little scary, but suitable for everyone grades K and up, and if you come to Shea's this Saturday, October 18th an hour early (at 1pm) you can enjoy snacks, a Halloween costume contest, and various tellings of the story. Neglia Ballet Artists, celebrating their 15th year, dances "Baba Yaga" to Russian music. Executive Director Heidi Halt explains to WNED's Peter Hall why the witch is being danced by a man.
There might be six degrees of separation between you and actor Kevin Bacon, but if you live in Buffalo, there's probably one degree between you, UB, Beethoven, Copland, and the Amherst Symphony. UB's Daniel Bassin invites pianist Stephen Manes to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, which also performs beloved works by Aaron Copland, Sunday, October 19th at 7pm at the Amherst Middle School. WNED's Peter Hall found out more.
In 1961, Ben Jaffe's parents, Sandra and Allan, created a space to preserve and honor the African-American tradition of jazz in New Orleans. Today, Ben continues that legacy, and brings the Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with legendary composer and performer Allen Toussaint to Shea's Performing Arts Center, one night only, Wednesday, October 15th at 8:00. WNED's Peter Hall learns how to say "New Orleans" and a whole lot more in this conversation.
Romantic music is much more than love songs, Vocalis Chamber Choir's Music Director James Burritt told WNED's Peter Hall. Explore the diversity of the Romantic period with music by Bruckner and Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Grieg and more when Vocalis sings Friday, October 17th at 8pm at the Amherst Community Church and Sunday, October 19th at 4pm at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
Van Cliburn competition medalist Fabio Bidini returns to Buffalo by critical acclaim to perform the rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, part of the first of a two-weekend Rachmaninoff Festival with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans. In a conversation with WNED's Peter Hall, Bidini talks about the joys and challenges winning competitions as well as playing Rachmaninoff. He has nice comments about the American music conservatory system and discusses recording Marcel Tyberg's Piano Sonata No. 2 which can be found on the BPO's Naxos CD featuring Tyberg's Symphony No. 2.
The BPO is celebrating Rachmaninoff in a festival of his works over two weekends. Come learn about this composer and pianist who performed at Kleinhans himself and said, “Never have I performed in such a beautiful auditorium.” Paul Ferington presents a musical guide to the BPO's Rachmaninoff Festival during his BPOvations talks, October 8th and 15th at various libraries. WNED's Peter Hall found out more.
For over two decades Quartetto Gelato has been delighting audiences with their eclectic musicianship and for just as long Classical 94.5 WNED has been playing their CDs. Now, this Friday, October 3rd at 8:00pm at Rosch Recital Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus, this Toronto based group performs virtuosic classical , folk, and pop music with theatrical flair and a taste of acrobatics! WNED's Peter Hall spoke with two of the quartet, violinist and tenor Peter DeSotto and 'cellist Liza McLellan.
It's Jacek Muzyk's year! Next May the BPO's principal hornist leads a musical tour of his native Poland with JoAnn Falletta, before that he'll solo with the BPO in Penderecki's Horn Concerto, this November he's touring China, and this Saturday night, October 4th at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall on the Buff State Campus, he's playing the premiere of a special arrangement of Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1 with the Buffalo Brass Choir. WNED's Peter Hall spoke with their Music Director, Nick Delbello along with Jacek Muzyk about the Strauss Sesquicentennial program.
Guitarist James Piorkowski is launching a new album "NINE" (nine original compositions) on the Centaur label. Prior to its release, Piorkowski and friends present "NINE Live" Sunday October 5th at 7pm at Canisius College's Montante Cultural Arts Center and Tuesday October 7th at 8pm at SUNY Fredonia's Rosch Recital Hall. Some of the works deal with hope after tragedy, including "Toward the Light, Flight 3407" and "Eucharisteo" (dedicated to Piorkowski's son Ben who recently passed away). Others celebrate Ben's love of travel, including "One Morning in Venice" and "El Camino a Oviedo." WNED's Peter Hall spoke with the composer/guitarist.
The Miro String Quartet returns to Buffalo this season for all six concerts of the Slee Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. All concerts are at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the SUNY Buffalo Amherst campus, three in February 2015 and three this weekend - Friday 9/26 and Saturday 9/27 at 7:30pm and Sunday 9/28 at 3:00pm. Miro cellist Joshua Gindele spoke with WNED's Peter Hall about the group's origin, their name, how they keep their sound consistent, and offers "if you have any questions, we'll be at the Anchor Bar or Duff's" (eating wings) in between concerts.
It's "All Amadeus" this weekend when Music Director Glen Cortese leads the Western New York Chamber Orchestra in four fairly youthful works by Mozart. Soprano Laura Nowak solos in the gorgeous "Regina Coeli" while piano playing phenom, Dmitri Novgorodsky, plays the first of Mozart's "Vienna" concertos, No. 12 in A, K. 414. Friday night at 7:30 at the Quick Center for the Arts on the St. Bonaventure University campus, and Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm at King Concert Hall on the SUNY Ferdonia campus. WNED's Peter Hall found out more from Maestro Cortese.
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