Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

When most artists perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, they sit or stand in one spot, but percussionist Colin Currie will be dashing from left to right across the entire stage at Kleinhans Music Hall when he plays a variety of instruments in American composer Jennifer Higdon's "Percussion Concerto" Saturday night at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  How does he arrange the stage, does he have to wear a special outfit, and how does he stay in shape are just some of the questions that WNED's Peter Hall asked.

Composer Russell Platt might not leap on stage with a single bound or bend notes with his bare hands, but he is, in fact, often disguised as a mild-mannered music reporter for a great metropolitan magazine (The New Yorker).  Platt’s “Eurydice, [your-id-a-see] A Serenade for Strings” has its American premiere this weekend (4/26 at 8pm and 4/27 at 2:30pm at Kleinhans) with JoAnn Falletta and the BPO.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Arrangers. They might not write the songs the whole world sings, but they make the hits, says Janz Castelo, BPO violist and Artistic Director of the Buffalo Chamber Players who told WNED’s Peter Hall about a whole program of transcriptions and arrangements, some of them with guitarist JoAnn Falletta. The concert is Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway near Elmwood Avenue.

The Erie County Chamber Winds have discovered yet another forgotten woman in music- Ruth Gipps (1921-1999) a British composer, oboist, pianist and impresario – and she figures prominently on their first CD.  They’re holding a “CD launch” concert in the acoustical marvel we know as the Ciminelli Recital Hall on the 3rd floor of Buff State’s Rockwell Hall this Wednesday, April 16th at 7:30.  BSC Wind Director Rick Fleming spoke about Gipps, acoustics, Harmonie Ensembles (and a whole lot more, as only a professor can do!) with WNED’s Peter Hall.

Even in the 18th century, music was being "dumbed down" to make it more acceptable, but this Wednesday Dr. Gerald Gray will be conducting the original, almost overwhelming, almost violent version of Bach's "St. John Passion" on April 16th at 8:00pm at Rosch Recital Hall in the SUNY Fredonia Campus.  WNED's Peter Hall had questions about the meaning of religious music terms and exactly what Bach was intending.

Is stage fright a good thing?  "Yes!" says SUNY Fredonia School of Music guitar professor James Piorkowski who recently spoke to WNED's Peter Hall about guitarist, composer and arranger Roland Dyens leading a master class for SUNY Fredonia School of Music guitar students who will play original compositions by their fellow composition students.  That's at Diers Recital Hall this Tuesday, April 15th at 5:00pm.  Then, Thursday, April 17th at 8:00, Maestro Dyens plays original compositions of his own at Rosch Recital Hall.

After eight years as Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Ludwig is leaving at the end of this season to pursue an exclusive solo career.  Actually, he's the soloist this weekend at Kleinhans and a few days ago he spoke with WNED's Peter Hall about the history of the Korngold Violin Concerto (remember Heifetz?) and his own musical legacy (which goes back to the teacher of Heifetz, Leopold Auer)!

Erin Freeman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Janz Castelo of the Buffalo Chamber Players continue their discussion with WNED's Peter Hall concerning the Friday April 11 concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Delaware Avenue at 8:00.

It's a matter of physics, says violist Janz Castelo, the Artistic Director of the Buffalo Chamber Players.  It's all about listening, says Erin Freeman, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.  Both organizations team up for "War and Peace: A Concert for Hope" at Westminster Presbyterian Church Friday, April 11th at 8pm.  Janz and Erin tell WNED's Peter Hall how different performing groups can work together.

For every job that Steve Thomas has retired from, he's taken on at least two more, often working with younger people and learning new things.  It's what keeps him invigorated, he told WNED's Peter Hall.  Steve's farewell concert as Music Director of The Amherst Symphony Orchestra is at the Amherst Middle School this Sunday, April 6th at 7:00pm.

You've been to Kleinhans Music Hall but have you ever been on stage with the performers? At 7:30 this Thursday at "Music in Buffalo's Historic Places" the musicians want you right next to them as they play different "Sequenzas" for solo instruments by 20th century composer Luciano Berio. Pianist Eric Huebner explains his concept to WNED's Peter Hall.

The classical guitar is neither easy to play nor to compose for, but at SUNY Fredonia composition and performance students are collaborating and learning from each other, as guitarist James Piorkowski explained to WNED's Peter Hall.

Bugs Bunny?  Founding member Bill Kanengiser explains to WNED's Peter Hall some sources of inspiration for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet 's unique sound.  The LAGQ comes to SUNY Fredonia's Rosch Recital Hall for a Masterclass on Thursday and a formal concert Friday, April 4th at 8pm.

Did cellist Natasha Farny really battle wolves in Brazil?Well, sort of.Hear about her recent trip and what she learned "south of the border" in a conversation with WNED's Peter Hall.Natasha performs this Sunday, April 6th, at 3:30pm at the "Friends of Vienna" concert.

Is getting ready to perform Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" (Friday April 4th at 7:30pm at Shea's) anything like getting ready to be on "Dancing with the Stars?"  Can ballet dancers do "The Electric Slide?"  And what do ballet dancers eat, anyway?  WNED's Peter Hall wanted to know more, and some of the answers from dancer Heidi Halt of Neglia Ballet Artists might surprise you, too.

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