Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

This Thanksgiving weekend, Stefan Sanders conducts Tchaikovsky's great ballet, "The Nutcracker" with Neglia Ballet Artists in two performances at Shea's - Saturday, November 28 at 7pm and Sunday, November 29 at 2pm. Sanders tells WNED that "The Nutcracker" is one of the three great scores of western classical music.

Adam Luebke, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus's new Music Director, recently spoke with WNED about Handel's "Messiah" at OLV Basilica, one performance only, Sunday, November 29 at 8pm.

BLURB: Adam Luebke, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus's new Music Director, recently spoke with WNED about Handel's "Messiah" at OLV Basilica, one performance only, Sunday, November 29 at 8pm.

Buffalo based composer Caroline Mallonee talks about her new composition for string quartet inspired by the concept of "the butterfly effect." It will be part of the "Atmosphere and Texture" concert presented by The Buffalo Chamber Players at the Albright Knox Art Gallery on Thursday evening, November 19th at 8pm (but your ticket also allows gallery viewing from 5pm on).

Violinist Jennifer Koh appears this weekend (November 20 at 10:30 am and Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 pm) at Kleinhans Music Hall with JoAnn Falletta conducting the BPO.  Ms. Koh spoke with WNED about her Korean roots and her recording project "Bach and Beyond."

Jake Shimabukuro has singlehandedly redefined the ukulele. He performs the world's first Ukulele Concerto in its premiere season in concert with JoAnn Falletta and the BPO at Kleinhans Saturday November 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

The collaboration between director Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann resulted the most terrifying and powerful movie score of all time - Psycho. The film will be projected on a large screen as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs the original soundtrack live at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday night, October 31 at 8 p.m. Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders spoke with WNED.

BPO guest pianist, 21 year old phenom Conrad Tao, talks about his lifelong wish to play John Adams' "Century Rolls," a work inspired by the sound of piano rolls. He recently spoke with WNED about his performances of that piano concerto at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday night, October 24 at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.

Opera Week 2015 in Western New York closes out October with a wide variety of opera-related events, including a 7pm concert of Italian favorites offered by the Camerata di Sant'Antonio on Friday October 23 at Parkside Lutheran Church and an "Opera Buffs Inside Opera" lecture at 10:30 in Room 124 Rockwell Hall on Halloween Saturday. Contralto Suzanne Fatta spoke with WNED.

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra plays a tribute to their co-founder, the late Ron Richards, oboist, during their first concert of their 70th season. Guest conductor, cellist Bryan Eckenrode, spoke with WNED about meeting Ron, the Hungarian oboe concerto to be played by Paul Schlossman, the music selections, and the pre-concert event with the Amherst High School Concert Chorale. The pre-concert event is at 6:15, the concert is at 7:00, at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway in Amherst.

Temple Beth Zion on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is hosting a special music event entitled "Blochbuster: Little heard early 20th Century chamber music by three esteemed Jewish composers: Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and Ernest Bloch." Buffalo's "Fever Pitch Quartet" will be joined by two pianists, Saturday, October 17th at 7 p.m. as violist Kiersten Fisher explained to WNED.

Dr. Thomas Witakowski, Principal Conductor and Music Director of both the Amherst Chamber Ensembles and the Chopin Singing Society, brings both groups together for a big sound in the acoustically fascinating Assumption Church at the corner of Amherst and Grant in Black Rock. Both Witakowski and violinist Leslie Bahler spoke with WNED about this Sunday Afternoon, October 18th 3:00 p.m. concert.

Joe Horowitz, through a grant from the NEH's Music Unwound Consortium (the same team that brought us “Dvorak in America” and “Charles Ives: An American Maverick”) has explored how Mexican music influenced “the dean of American music” - composer Aaron Copland - and how he in turn influenced a generation of Mexican composers. It’s the first of this year’s “Know the Score” concerts, at 7 p.m. this Friday night at Kleinhans Music Hall. Stefan Sanders conducts and the narrator will be WNED’s Peter Hall, with whom Joe Horowitz spoke.

The Carpe Diem String Quartet wraps up FinnFest 2015 and kicks off the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s 2015-16 season with an almost-all Finnish program Tuesday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert chat with the artists at 7:15 p.m.) at Kleinhans Music Hall. Violinist Charles Wetherbee spoke with WNED about growing up in Buffalo, attending the Curtis Institute, and about the one non-Finnish work which is actually by the quartet’s violist, Korine Fujiwara, called “Fiddle Suite Montana.”

 Finnish violinist Elina Vahala performs the US premiere of Jaako Kuusisto's Violin Concerto, a work she commissioned. In this conversation with WNED, she describes the work as tonal and exciting, a little bit like a movie score, but never corny. The composer, a fellow violinist and personal friend of Vahala, told her that a violin concerto should be heroic and hard to play. And it is, but not for her. Elina Vahala performs with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday evening, October 10, at 8 p.m.

 BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta is excited about the Kleinhans Music Hall upgrades and Finn Fest 2015 which continues this weekend with two concerts, Friday morning October 9 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday night at 8 p.m.  She recently dropped by WNED for a chat.

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