We tend to put classical composers on pedestals, but they were living, breathing men very much struggling to get along in the world as much as anyone. This weekend, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra (with narrator and soloists) presents "Mozart the Hero, Mozart the Legend" including favorite excerpts, some clips from the film "Amadeus," and the complete Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Two performances: Friday September 18 at 7:30 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and Sunday, September 20 at 4:00 at King Concert Hall, SUNY Fredonia.  Artistic Director Glen Cortese spoke with WNED about what made Mozart tick.

Friday, 11 September 2015 17:47

Emily Helenbrook regarding Friends of Vienna

Buffalo audiences have watched her grow up on various stages throughout WNY and this Sunday afternoon 21-year-old soprano Emily Helenbrook takes a day off from studying at the Eastman School of Music to sing a recital of music by Wolf, Berg, Satie, Mozart, and more. The first “Friends of Vienna” recital of the new season begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue, one block south of Gates Circle. Emily spoke with WNED about her new voice coach and her plans for life after Eastman.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 19:23

JoAnn Falletta regarding Lang Lang

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its new season with an all-Rachmaninoff concert featuring superstar pianist Lang Lang playing the beloved Piano Concerto No. 2.  BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta has brought Lang Lang to Buffalo before, and talks about his spontaneity, his physicality, and his down-to-earth manner with his audience.

Friday, 17 July 2015 20:22

Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Toronto-born pianist Stewart Goodyear makes his home in Philadelphia (he is, after all, a graduate of the Curtis Institute) but he's coming back to Ontario, to play J.S. Bach's monumental keyboard solo work - The Goldberg Variations. That work is now a standard in the repertoire primarily because of another Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould. Goodyear will perform at the Westben Arts Festival located on County Road 30 just outside of Cambellford, Ontario, Sunday July 19 at 2 p.m.

The Westben Arts Festival has a vibrant summer musical lineup, including Analekta recording artist Valerie Milot, harp, and her life partner, Antoine Bareil, violin, who bring an intimate evening of favorite classics to "The Barn" 6698 County Road 30 North in Campbellford, Ontario, Thursday, July 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The couple recently spoke to WNED.