Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

German tenor Jonas Kaufmann can be seen in movie theatres in the encore HD broadcast of Massenet's opera "Werther" Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30pm.  In this extended interview with exclusive web-only content, Kaufmann discussed with WNED's Peter Hall the difference between "operatic" gestures and his more natural style of acting.

 

Many of our listeners gather spiritual strength from classical music.  Has this winter seemed especially long?  Refresh your soul this Sunday, March 16th at 7:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with "Jubilant Reflections on the Vernal Equinox."  WNED's Peter Hall spoke with Music Directors Chris Weber and Justin Pomietlarz.

Rochester’s Tamar Greene is a young tenor with the national tour of “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” on stage at Shea’s through Sunday. He has three pieces of advice for aspiring singers…. Work Hard, Don’t Give Up, and a third piece of advice you might not have thought of. WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

George and Ira Gershwin's opera about life on Catfish Row has been adapted by Pulitzer winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks with music arranged by Diedre L. Murray into the more "Broadway" styled, very high energy "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess."  It's on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center through Sunday evening, March 16th, and in the cast is Rochester's Tamar Greene, tenor, who spoke with WNED about saying "yes" when opportunity calls.

The play "Red" about painter Mark Rothko opens this Friday at 8pm. As part of the Burchfield-Penney's "2nd Friday" series, "A Musical Feast" offers music by Rothko's friend, Morton Feldman. Talk about synesthesia. It will be like hearing a painting. Then exciting Ukrainian pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky joins husband and wife Shih-Jian Tsai and Feng Hew in Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1, described by Robert Schumann as "the master trio of the age." WNED found out more.

The organ parts are fiendishly difficult, so you won't get to hear Poulenc's Organ Concerto nor Durufle's Reqiuem very often, but this Sunday at 11:00am, Garrett Martin joins musicians (many from the BPO) along with choir to perform these two works at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue at Summer, in Buffalo.  WNED found out more.

The great German composer Beethoven and two South Americans with Italian backgrounds share the stage as violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor Daniel Hege  Saturday night 3/8 at 8:00pm at Kleinhans Music Hall.  WNED found out more as you'll hear in this interview with exclusive web content.

 A violinist who includes the great Leopold Auer in her musical lineage, Elissa Lee Koljonen teaches a master class this Thursday, March 6th at 7pm at Kleinhans Music Hall.  The public is invited to listen in. WNED's Peter Hall found out more.
 

The SUNY Fredonia Trombone Collective can play music from over 500 years ago to music written today, and you'll hear it this Saturday night February 22 at St. Mary's Church in Medina at 7:00 pm.  WNED spoke with the group's mentor, former BPO Principal Trombonist Carl "Maz" Mazzio.

Legendary conductor Gunther Herbig was born in 1931 and this weekend, even though he's in his 80s, he will conduct one of the monumental symphonies by Bruckner, the 8th, at Kleinhans Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday 2/22 at 8pm and Sunday 2/23 at 2:30.  His "secret of youth?"  Everything in moderation and "always have the feeling that you are just at the beginning of your profession" as he explained to WNED.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is on the road again, but this time only across Pennsylvania Street as they donate their time for a concert to help save the dramatic tower atop First Presbyterian Church.  Paul Ferington conducts inside the church this Friday, February 21st at 8:00.  WNED found out more.

Valentines Day will bring a singing couple to the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra's concert this February 14th at 7:30 and there will be songs by some of the great American songwriting "couples" including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Gershwin and Gershwin (George and Ira).  Music Director Dr. David Rudge and tenor Chris Wietig spoke to WNED.

Haydn may have invented the form we know as the symphony, but 150 years later, he would never had recognized it.  Two composers who brought Wagner's huge operatic concepts to the concert hall were Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler.  In anticipation of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Bruckner's 8th and Mahler's 4th, Paul Ferington will present a series of lectures, on Wednesday February 12th at noon at the downtown library, at 6:30pm at Orchard Park, and on February 19th at 7:00pm at the Audubon library.  WNED found out more.

When a composer writes a 9th symphony, it's a big deal.  For Mahler, his "ninth" was "Das Lied von der Erde" (The Song of the Earth) but the forces needed to perform it are so huge that it's rarely offered.  Western New York Chamber Orchestra conductor Glen Cortese has figured out how to do it in the intimate Rosch Recital Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus, Sunday, February 9th at 4:00pm.  Heroic Tenor Mark Deaton and Maestro Cortese explain all to WNED.

Composers from the 1960s Creative Associates and young contemporary creative artists are featured tonight at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall at 7:30pm when Wooden Cities presents a full program of works by Buffalo composers.  It's a free concerts, part of the Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment.

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