Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

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.

 The 2014 Roycroft Chamber Music Festival offers concerts this Saturday and Sunday at St. Matthias Church in East Aurora,  Saturday night at 8 and Sunday at 7, with a special “sneak peek” concert this Friday, June 6th at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Buffalo.  Many of the Roycroft performers are from the BPO, including English Hornist Anna Mattix and Violinist Megan Prokes, who each “double” on a related instrument.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

 

Italian pharmacist and music lover, Mr. Michele Pittaluga, after being in German concentration camps for five years during WWII, came home to Alessandria, Italy to found the Alessandria International Guitar Competition, with encouragement from the great Andres Segovia.  His daughter, Micaela Pittaluga is the President of the Pittaluga Competition, and is one of the 2014 Falletta Competition judges.  She recently spoke with WNED’s Peter Hall. 

One trick to winning the Falletta Competition is being able to listen to the orchestra (or piano accompaniment during the semi-final rounds).  One trick to a successful marriage is also listening.  Duo guitarists (Ms.) Dale Kavanagh and (Mr.) Thomas Kirchhoff have been happily married and have been performing together as the Amadeus Guitar Duo for 30 years.  They are judges at this year’s competition and WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Social Media helps people make connections.  You're about to use it right now to hear an interview with James Burritt, Lew-Port choral director and music director of Vocalis Chamber Choir.  He tells WNED's Peter Hall about how composer Eric Whitacre created a virtual chorus of thousands.  The Vocalis Chamber Choir joins the Western New York Chamber Orchestra for a concert of music by Mozart and Rutter this Sunday evening, June 1st, at 7:30pm, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street in Buffalo.

 

Some musical premieres are "more equal than others" as Buffalo Chamber Players Artistic Director Janz Castelo to WNED's Peter Hall.  This Friday evening at 7:30 at Buffalo Seminary you can hear music by Richard Wagner that premiered on Christmas morning as a present to Cosima Wagner as well as two works by Leos Janacek.  Wait until you hear what happened at the premiere of one of them.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more.

BPO guest Pops Conductor Jonathan Tessoro has a special reason to feel patriotic for this weekend's "Star Spangled Pops" concert - his kid sister just came home from her recent U.S. Navy deployment.  He's pulled out all the stops, including the Ray Charles arrangement of "America the Beautiful" for soloists, chorus, and orchestra.  Two performances, Friday morning at 10:30 and Saturday evening at 8:00 at Kleinhans Music Hall.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more.

When youthful victims of bullying are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) it’s five times more likely to result in suicide.  As part of the “It Gets Better” project, the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus brings songs of hope in “Rise Up Singing” over three concerts, Friday, May 16th at 8 at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster; Saturday at 8 at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware; and Sunday at 2:30 at the UUCB, 695 Elmwood Avenue.  WNED’s Peter Hall met up with the BGMC’s artistic director Ciaran Krueger and their President Gregory Ciupak.

Inspired by stories collected by Harlem Renaissance writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, Buffalo born composer Darryl Glenn Nettles created a one act, hour long “verismo” opera about a famous bar fight between Lee Sheldon and William Lyons.  “Stag Lee” pairs well with George Gershwin’s shorter one act opera “Blue Monday” – also about a shooting in a bar – Friday May 16th at 8 and Sunday May 18th at 2:30 at 710 Main Street (the old Studio Arena) in presentations by Buffalo Opera Unlimited and The Lehrer Dance Company.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more. 

"Verismo" operas offer realistic – sometimes sordid or violent – depictions of everyday life.  710 Main Street becomes a bar, where gambling and gunshots are the norm, in two one act operas.  Buffalo's native son Darryl Glenn Nettle's "Stag Lee" and George Gershwin's "Blue Monday" (an important artistic step on the way to composing "Porgy and Bess") are presented by Buffalo Opera Unlimited Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm.  Artistic Director Tim Kennedy spoke with WNED's Peter Hall.

Los Angeles based composer Miguel del Aguila has a long relationship with Chautauqua, Buffalo, and JoAnn Falletta, who asked Miguel to write a concerto for BPO Principal Cellist Roman Mekinulov with a tango flavor.  Miguel told WNED's Peter Hall that the cello is THE sound of the tango, but that, while many tangos are sad, he added some humor to his lyrical piece.  It's a world premiere of "Concierto en Tango," Saturday 5/10 at 8pm and Sunday 5/11 at 2:30pm at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Roman Mekinulov, who is a big bear of a cellist, had a Goldilocks story to tell WNED's Peter Hall about collaborating with composer Miguel del Aguila on a cello concerto.  Sometimes the "Concierto Tango" was too easy, sometimes it was too hard, but in the end it was just right.  You can hear it May 10th at 8pm and May 11th at 2:30 pm at Kleinhans as JoAnn Falletta conducts the BPO.  

  

 Chautauqua and TSO favorite, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, will perform The Complete Mozart Violin Sonatas with pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico - all 28 sonatas in one day - Sunday, May 4 at Gallery 345, at 345 Sorauren Ave. (south of Dundas, between Lansdowne and Roncesvalles). The marathon will be divided into four concerts, at 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 5 p.m., with 20 minute breaks in between the four “sets.”  

It's a "Big Band Salute with Matt Catingub" and swing into spring at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday evening at 8:00 at Kleinhans Music Hall.  WNED's Peter Hall spoke with the conductor, arranger, saxophonist, vocalist, and more!