Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

Young violinist Tim Fain brings his 1717 violin (on loan to him from Buffalo’s Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago) to Kleinhans Music Hall. He’ll  play the “Serenade” by Bernstein with the BPO as JoAnn Falletta conducts, both Friday morning at 10:30am and Saturday night at 8:00pm.  Tim spoke with WNED about his evolving relationship with his violin. 

 "Reflections on a Dance" describes the music on the final Buffalo Brass Choir concerts of this season, Saturday, May 23 at 7:30pm at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Street in OP and Sunday, May 24 at 3:00pm at Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue. Trumpeter and Artistic Director Nick DelBello spoke with WNED about getting that unique brass sound.

"Miniatures and Collages," terms we usually associate with painting, also describe the contemporary music to be performed by the Buffalo Chamber Players Wednesday evening at 7:30 at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo.  Every work on the program is a Buffalo premiere, as Artistic Director Janz Castelo told WNED.

 

The Orchard Park Chorale celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala concert "Seasons of the Hear" at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo Street in Orchard Park Sunday evening, May 17th at 7pm.  Artistic Director Kathleen Keenan-Takagi spoke with WNED about her early influences, including singing with legendary choral conductor Robert Shaw.

 

Music in Buffalo's Historic Places presents a free noontime concert Thursday, May 14th, at the Common Council Chamber on the 13th floor of Buffalo's City Hall.  Eric Huebner has organized a concert of music composed in the same years as City Hall's construction (1931 and 1932) by Antheil, Bartok, and Honegger and performed on Violin, Trumpet, and Cello.  Interspersed between those 20th Century works will be a partita for solo violin by Bach.  Eric spoke with WNED about synergy between the space and the music.

Leon Botstein, who conducts the BPO this weekend (Saturday night at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30 at Kleinhans) tells us that we don’t have an audience crisis in the arts, we have a sponsor crisis; that music directors should move beyond the chestnuts when programming (with special kudos to JoAnn Falletta for doing just that); that the ideal of bringing young audiences to classical music is a myth and a mistake, and much more.  In this free-wheeling conversation, Dr. Botstein also told WNED about this weekend’s programming.

Leon Botstein, academic, historian, scholar, writer, musicologist, and innovator, is in Buffalo (one of his favorite cities) not only to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra but also to speak at the Albright Knox Art Gallery this Friday night at 7pm on the topic of "Arts, Justice, and Innovation.”  WNED found out more.

One musical surprise follows another this Friday evening, May 8th at 8pm when "A Musical Feast" presents mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  Charles Ives' songs in French! Romantic German lieder by famed pianist Artur Schnabel! Contemporary women composer Ruth Wiesenfeld and a dance inspired by Buffalo based Esin Gunduz! In a series known for eclecticism, this final concert of the season may be the most ecumenical yet.  WNED spoke with Julia Bentley while she was baking banana bread.

If "frullato" sounds like something you'd get at a coffee or ice cream shop, then you'll want to be at Kleinhans Music Hall this Friday morning at 10:30am or Saturday at 8:00pm when BPO Principal Hornist Jacek Muzyk plays Penderecki's Horn Concerto "Winterreise" using a variety of cool techniques including actually singing into the horn and "frullato." Find out more in this WNED conversation with Jacek (actually "Dr. Muzyk, Ph.D.")!

 Building on the concept of synergy, Lewiston based poet Robert Giannetti and Buffalo based violist Leslie Bahler bring together words and music.  Their program of about 16 poems and musical examples will be in Youngstown, Saturday, April 25th at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.  In the conversation we hear how this collaboration came to be along with two examples of poetry and music.

Pianist Yoonie Han plays Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the BPO this Friday morning at Saturday night.  In this conversation she talks about differences – between the young and older Chopin, between the Juilliard and Curtis music programs, and between this concert and the last time she arrived in Buffalo but her luggage didn’t (don’t worry, JoAnn Falletta took care of her).

Buffalo's "Charles Ives: An American Maverick" week-long festival wraps up this Tuesday evening at 7:30pm with the Slee Sinfonietta at UB's Slee Hall. Mezzo-Soprano Julia Bently spoke with WNED about why 20th century composers preferred the lower female voice range and also why so many modern "classical" songs are not "sing-along" songs.

The week long Charles Ives festival kicks off this Wednesday at 3pm at UB's Baird Hall, in the first of five opportunities to hear baritone William Sharp sing and talk about Ives, whom many consider the greatest American composer, ever. Joseph Horowitz, with help from the National Endowment for the Humanities ,has created a program similar to the "Dvorak in America" experience a few years back. "Charles Ives: American Maverick" will be at Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday and Sunday. WNED found out more.

The Southern Tier Symphony Chamber Strings present "Bach's Lunch - Music for the Soul, Not the Stomach" at two locations, back to back, this Tuesday March 31st.  First at 11:30am at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean, NY and then at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford, PA.  Executive Director and Violin Soloist Kim Whitney and guest conductor Nick DelBello dropped by WNED to talk about Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and more.

 It's "Cello Power" when four members of the Buffalo Philharmonic bring their talents to the intimate performance space of the Unity Church (1243 Delaware Ave) for a "Friends of Vienna" concert.  Music by cellists, music by Mozart, Paganini, Bartok and de Falla, and music from the movies played by Feng Hew, David Schmude, Eva Herer, and Amelie Fradette who spoke with WNED about this Sunday, March 29th at 3:30.

 

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