Friday, 17 October 2014 17:59

Gabriela Martinez re: A Russian Splendor

"Props to him for being such a  wonderful composer" says this weekend's piano soloist with the BPO - Gabriela Martinez - about Rachmaninoff.  How does a pianist with normal sized hands tackle his Piano Concerto No. 1?  Apparently, as she told WNED's Peter Hall, the composer knew how to arrange all those difficult sounding notes in a playable way. Gabriela performs this weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday night at 8 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

A young girl is sent into the woods by her step mother (of course) and ends up about to be eaten by the witch Baba Yaga.  A little scary, but suitable for everyone grades K and up, and if you come to Shea's this Saturday, October 18th an hour early (at 1pm) you can enjoy snacks, a Halloween costume contest, and various tellings of the story.  Neglia Ballet Artists, celebrating their 15th year, dances "Baba Yaga" to Russian music. Executive Director Heidi Halt explains to WNED's Peter Hall why the witch is being danced by a man.

In 1961, Ben Jaffe's parents, Sandra and Allan, created a space to preserve and honor the African-American tradition of jazz in New Orleans.  Today, Ben continues that legacy, and brings the Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with legendary composer and performer Allen Toussaint to Shea's Performing Arts Center, one night only, Wednesday, October 15th at 8:00.  WNED's Peter Hall learns how to say "New Orleans" and a whole lot more in this conversation.

Romantic music is much more than love songs, Vocalis Chamber Choir's Music Director James Burritt told WNED's Peter Hall. Explore the diversity of the Romantic period with music by Bruckner and Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Grieg and more when Vocalis sings Friday, October 17th at 8pm at the Amherst Community Church and Sunday, October 19th at 4pm at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.  

Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:54

Pianist Fabio Bidini re: Rachmaninoff Festival

 Van Cliburn competition medalist Fabio Bidini returns to Buffalo by critical acclaim to perform the rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, part of the first of a two-weekend Rachmaninoff Festival with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans.  In a conversation with WNED's Peter Hall, Bidini talks about the joys and challenges winning competitions as well as playing Rachmaninoff.  He has nice comments about the American music conservatory system and discusses recording Marcel Tyberg's Piano Sonata No. 2 which can be found on the BPO's Naxos CD featuring Tyberg's Symphony No. 2.

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