Italian pharmacist and music lover, Mr. Michele Pittaluga, after being in German concentration camps for five years during WWII, came home to Alessandria, Italy to found the Alessandria International Guitar Competition, with encouragement from the great Andres Segovia.  His daughter, Micaela Pittaluga is the President of the Pittaluga Competition, and is one of the 2014 Falletta Competition judges.  She recently spoke with WNED’s Peter Hall. 

One trick to winning the Falletta Competition is being able to listen to the orchestra (or piano accompaniment during the semi-final rounds).  One trick to a successful marriage is also listening.  Duo guitarists (Ms.) Dale Kavanagh and (Mr.) Thomas Kirchhoff have been happily married and have been performing together as the Amadeus Guitar Duo for 30 years.  They are judges at this year’s competition and WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Social Media helps people make connections.  You're about to use it right now to hear an interview with James Burritt, Lew-Port choral director and music director of Vocalis Chamber Choir.  He tells WNED's Peter Hall about how composer Eric Whitacre created a virtual chorus of thousands.  The Vocalis Chamber Choir joins the Western New York Chamber Orchestra for a concert of music by Mozart and Rutter this Sunday evening, June 1st, at 7:30pm, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street in Buffalo.


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.