Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

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.

Who is your "guitar hero?" Maybe classical guitarist Jason Vieaux or rock guitarist Erik Clapton.  They themselves would be astounded by what Chinese born Pipa artist Wu Man can do with just ten fingers and four strings.  You’ll be amazed too at this weekend’s BPO concerts.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

A few centuries back, plays had what we call “incidental music” which served the same function that movie music plays in cinema.  In the current run of the play “RED” at “seven-ten Main” abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko listens to a lot of classical music. WNED’s Peter Hall found out why.

"For sheer sonorous beauty, I think this is the top concert of the year" said JoAnn Falletta about this weekend's concert series at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday 3/22 at 8pm and Sunday 3/23 at 2:30.  Sweeping melodies by Barber, Vaughan Williams, and Mahler with special guest soloist Heidi Grant Murphy.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more.

German tenor Jonas Kaufmann can be seen in movie theatres in the encore HD broadcast of Massenet's opera "Werther" Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30pm.  In this extended interview with exclusive web-only content, Kaufmann discussed with WNED's Peter Hall the difference between "operatic" gestures and his more natural style of acting.

 

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