Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:05

Mezzo-Soprano Julia Bently

Buffalo's "Charles Ives: An American Maverick" week-long festival wraps up this Tuesday evening at 7:30pm with the Slee Sinfonietta at UB's Slee Hall. Mezzo-Soprano Julia Bently spoke with WNED about why 20th century composers preferred the lower female voice range and also why so many modern "classical" songs are not "sing-along" songs.

The Southern Tier Symphony Chamber Strings present "Bach's Lunch - Music for the Soul, Not the Stomach" at two locations, back to back, this Tuesday March 31st.  First at 11:30am at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean, NY and then at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford, PA.  Executive Director and Violin Soloist Kim Whitney and guest conductor Nick DelBello dropped by WNED to talk about Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and more.

 It's "Cello Power" when four members of the Buffalo Philharmonic bring their talents to the intimate performance space of the Unity Church (1243 Delaware Ave) for a "Friends of Vienna" concert.  Music by cellists, music by Mozart, Paganini, Bartok and de Falla, and music from the movies played by Feng Hew, David Schmude, Eva Herer, and Amelie Fradette who spoke with WNED about this Sunday, March 29th at 3:30.


Mozart ‘s opera “Don Giovanni” premiered around the same time as our founding fathers were writing the U.S. Constitution and the ideas of freedom and how we treat our fellows were imbedded in DaPonte’s libretto.  Western New York Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Glen Cortese spoke about this, and more, with WNED on the eve of two performances, Friday March 27th at 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street in Buffalo and Sunday, March 29th at 4pm at King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra continues its very popular Beethoven Festival with a Friday morning "Coffee Concert" at 10:30 and a concert Saturday night, March 28th at 8pm, both at Kleinhans Music Hall.  Pianist Norm Krieger will be recording Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 for a future CD and Buffalo's sweetheart, soprano Emily Helenbrook, joins dynamic local actor Matt Witten for a melodrama based on Egmont.  BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta spoke with WNED.


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