Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

After working with Kurt Masur at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and then on to 14 years with the National Symphony of Bolivia, David Handel comes home to guest conduct the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, this Sunday afternoon, February 8th, at 3pm.  It's a free concert at the Amherst Middle School called "The Latin Beat" and WNED's Peter Hall found out more.


The Western New York Chamber Orchestra presents "Miraculous Miniatures II" featuring SUNY Fredonia music faculty members in new compositions and arrangements by their Artistic Director Glen Cortese.  Music by Bizet, Mahler, Copland, and Cortese can be heard Friday, February 6th at 7:30 in Orchard Park and Sunday, February 8th at Fredonia's Rosch Recital Hall.  Find out what a composer/arranger thinks about in this conversation between Glen and WNED's Peter Hall.


Violinist Augustin Hadelich thoroughly enjoys playing a Stradivarius violin (nicknamed  "Ex-Kiesewetter") on loan to him from Buffalo's Clement and Karen Arrison.  When he played Brahms Violin Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra he spoke about the instrument to WNED's Peter Hall.


Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis appears at Kleinhans Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Sphinx Competition winner flutist Demarre McGill Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30.  She’s just released the new CD “Together” with guitarist Jason Vieaux and spoke with WNED’s Peter Hall about that CD, her harp, and dealing with Lake Erie snow storms.


Catch rising opera stars at the beginning of their careers when the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions come once again to the Flickinger Performing Arts Center on the Nichols School Amherst Street campus in Buffalo.  The Buffalo/Toronto District auditions start at 10am on Saturday, January 10th.  The Great Lakes Regionals start Sunday afternoon at 1pm.  One of the judges, vocal coach Laurent Philippe, spoke with WNED's Peter Hall. 

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Ferington, presents its annual free Holiday Concert in the lobby of the M&T Goldome Center at Main and Huron this Saturday, December 20th, at 1:00pm.  Maestro Ferington tells WNED’s Peter Hall about the venue. Soloists include 14 year old classical guitarist Caleb Samland (a WNED “Young Performer”) and soprano Lori Ullman. In addition to the traditional Carol Sing Along, the concert will feature music of Tchaikovsky, Reger, Bizet, Humperdinck, and Anderson.


It's a brass and organ Christmas with three opportunities to hear the Buffalo Brass Choir, Nick DelBello, Director, with guest organist Peter Gonciarz - Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 at First Presbyterian in Lockport; Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 at Hamburg United Methodist and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3:00 at St. John's Grace on Colonial Circle in Buffalo. WNED's Peter Hall found out more.

Two different versions of “Sleigh Ride” are on the first half of this Friday morning’s (Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m.) coffee concert and Saturday night’s Classics concert as Erin Freeman conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, soloists and Orchestra. After intermission the second half of those two concerts features the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah.” Plus, there’s a “Come and Sing Messiah” at the Eastern Hills Weslyan Church on Sunday afternoon. WNED’s Peter Hall found out more

Michael Ludwig, our BPO concertmaster for so many years, has left to pursue a career playing violin concertos with orchestras.  Guess which orchestra he's playing with this weekend!  That's right, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  WNED spoke with Michael about his current life and the Sibelius Violin Concerto which he'll play Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Kleinhans.

Very romantic, emotional music by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (remember “Finlandia”) is on this weekend’s BPO program (Saturday night at 8, Sunday afternoon at 2:30) as JoAnn Falletta invites former concertmaster Michael Ludwig to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto and English Hornist Anna Mattix to solo in the haunting “Swan of Tuonela.”  WNED’s Peter Hall spoke with JoAnn Falletta.

It's a choral celebration when the Canisius College Chorale joins the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Robert Duerr this Sunday, Dec. 7. Opening with a commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7, 1942) and ending with a carol sing-a-long, the concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway. Before the concert there's a program with the Chorale, Frank Scinta, director, and afterwards everybody is invited to partake in homemade cookies. WNED's Peter Hall and Maestro Duerr had a conversation about this annual event.

Can you improve upon tradition? Of course! Two of the three kings in Nickel City Opera’s presentation of Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Riviera Theater (67 Webster Street) are not only singer and actors, but also directors. Inspired by Menotti himself, they’ve added a minor character, and have new costumes, props, a bigger chorus, and a new sensibility about the plight of the impoverished boy and his mother. Be prepared to laugh-- but also cry-- during this short (55 minute) but moving opera. Gregory Sheppard (King Balthasar) and David MacAdam (King Kaspar) discuss some of the finer points with WNED’s Peter Hall.

Neglia Ballet Artists bring the splendor of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” to Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Saturday night November 29th at 7pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.  Conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit will be their new Associate Conductor, former trombonist, Stefan Sanders, whose favorite moment was the result of a bet that Tchaikovsky won.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Rarely performed and almost never with the original poetry, Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" - 12 miniatures for piano depicting the months of January to December - will be performed by Buffalo born pianist Susan Yondt at this Sunday, November 23rd's "Friends of Vienna" concert at The Unity Church, 1234 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more.


Opera Sacra presents Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites," the story of French nuns who refused to renounce their vocation and were guillotined.  Conducted by Roland E. Martin at St. Joseph's University Church, 3269 Main Street, Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd both nights at 7:30.  WNED's Peter Hall spoke with Opera Sacra's founder, Fr. Jack Ledwon.