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.

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Composer Miguel del Aguila

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.