Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

Her parents brought her to Kleinhans Music Hall when she was a little girl, and now Gabrielle (Gigi) Monachino is a very accomplished violinist with her own "Lilac Piano Trio." They'll perform for a private dinner reception prior to the BPO's opening night gala, and a number of her coaches from the "Bravo Chamber Music" program (all members of the BPO) will be justifiably proud. WNED's Peter Hall spoke with Gigi and was happy to use the trio's CD for music to accompany the conversation.

"America's Soprano,"  Renée Fleming opens this season's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra classics series on Saturday night, September 13th, at Kleinhans, JoAnn Falletta conducting. Having recently turned 50, Renée's not slowing down, at all. She'll be singing a new role for her, "Hannah," in Lehar's The Merry Widow at the Met, she's trying her hand at producing an opera at the Lyric Opera of Chicago based on Ann Patchett's book Bel Canto, she took a role in straight theater in a play "Living on Love" this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, she was recently at the White House, she sang the U.S. National Anthem at the last Superbowl and was also on Letterman! There were lots of things to talk about with WNED's Peter Hall.

 Hear Italian opera favorites sung by Italians and SUNY Fredonia faculty this Sunday September 6th at 3:30 at the Friends of Vienna recital in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.  If you like composers whose names end in the letter "i" (think Vivaldi, Donizetti, Bellini) this will be a vocal delight.  It's a special concert, before the regular concert season begins. SUNY Fredonia's Julie Newell, soprano, spoke with WNED's Peter Hall.

Film-maker Mary Wall is finishing up a true Buffalo documentary, all about the Buffalo Sabres, the teams heartbreaks and triumphs, and their die-hard Buffalo fans.  For several years now Mary has been filming the individual stories, the ups and downs, and struggles of 12 of those fans, including young opera singer James Wright, who spoke with WNED’s Peter Hall about a special evening, Tuesday, September 9th at 7:30pm at the newly restored North Park Theater on Hertel Avenue.  It’s a chance to find out about the documentary, share in some fans' and enjoy some music sung by Wright as well as Doug Allen, who sings the National Anthems at home games.

George Wesner probably holds the record for most live performances (over 4,000 shows) before the most people (more than 23 million) and he's going to delight audiences at this Summer, not at his "day job" at Radio City Music Hall, but at the Knox Church in Stratford, Ontario. Theatre goers can enjoy a treat at 11:15am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 14, 15, 16 as they listen to a newly restored theatre organ.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more.

The BPO makes its debut on Buffalo's free Thursday summer concert series at Canalside. Unwind after work with the music of Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind and Fire. Matthew Kraemer leads this concert in his farewell as Associate Conductor.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta is always looking for something new and she found it hidden in the BPO string section - violinist Amy Licata and double bassist Brett Shurtliffe have been performing old time fiddle/Irish/Bluegrass/you-name-it music for years, and they'll be playing some high energy arrangements with the BPO Wednesday night August 6th at the Erie County Fair at 8:00pm and Saturday night August 9th at Old Fort Niagara at 7:30.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more.

He’s worked with the best… Chris Botti, Marvin Hamlisch, Wynton Marsalis, and now Chautauqua’s Stuart Chafetz comes back to Buffalo this Friday at 7 to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Pops with guest jazz artist Bobby Millitello over at First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle. WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Buffalo's Vocalis Chamber Choir has been invited to be part of the 2014 Cambridge Summer Music Festival and they'll be singing works by Western New York composers in some of England's finest old cathedrals.  Music Director James Burritt spoke with WNED's Peter Hall before the trip.

As part of the Buffalo Garden Walk’s 20th anniversary festivities, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a “greatest hits” concert at First Presbyterian Church next to Kleinhans Music Hall Saturday, July 26th.  The music starts at 7pm, but come early at 4pm to picnic or enjoy some of Buffalo’s favorite food truck delights.  Bradley Thachuck of the Niagara Symphony will make his fifth appearance on the podium.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Forty Doctor - Musicians from around the world are in Buffalo to play (very loud) classical music with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and raise money for Children’s Hospital.  Classical hits by Holst, Bernstein, and Respighi are on the program this Saturday night at 8 Kleinhans Music Hall. WNED’s Peter Hall found out more. 

The BPO is not on vacation this summer, far from it.  Some of the finest instruments ever created sing in the hands of rising stars Augustin Hadelich and Mayuko Kamio this Friday night at 7pm at Kleinhans Music Hall as JoAnn Falletta conducts a concert featuring music by Sarasate, Bach, and others.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

"Spoiler Alert???"  It's no secret that in grand opera, characters suffer and die, but in Puccini's "Tosca" the baritone gets stabbed, the tenor gets shot, and the soprano leaps to her death.  What you might not know is that "Tosca" is the most error-prone production in history.  If it CAN go wrong, it WILL go wrong in "Tosca."  Nickel City Opera impresario Valerian Ruminski tells WNED's Peter Hall about some amusing mistakes over the last century.  Tosca is live on stage at the Riviera Theatre on Webster Street in North Tonawanda, Friday night at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

When one musician plays a second or third instrument, it’s known as “doubling.”  Most people who attend BPO concerts know Anna Mattix as an English Hornist, but this weekend at the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival Anna “doubles” on oboe!  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Caruso did it, Pavarotti did it, and now, for a new generation, the three young men who make up “Il Volo” are keeping alive the tradition of what is commonly known as “Neopolitan singing.”  Il Volo appears Wednesday night at Kleinhans Music Hall at 8, and WNED’s Peter Hall found out more from Piero Barone.

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