Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

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!

BPO Principal Tubist Don Harry can trace his musical DNA through his teacher to Herbert L. Clarketo John Philip Sousa.   Buffalo Brass Choir’s Nick Delbello and Don Harry told WNED’s Peter Hall what to expect Friday, May 2 at 7:30 at Baker Memorial United in East Aurora and Sunday, May 4th at 3:00 at St. Joseph’s University Church.

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.