Classical 94.5 WNED Interviews

 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.

Van Cliburn Piano Competition medalist Philippe Bianconi returns to Buffalo by popular demand this weekend, Saturday night at 8 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at Kleinhans Music Hall as JoAnn Falletta conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a program featuring Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 6.  WNED spoke with M. Bianconi.

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is in Buffalo with two jazz guitarists - Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo - for a 7:30pm concert Thursday evening, January 30th at the UB Center for the Arts.  She spoke with WNED about the Falletta Competition, last year's winner (her student Celil Kaya), and how she blends the classical and jazz sides of her personality.

Wrapping up their 90th season this spring, you'd think that after all these years The Buffalo Chamber Music Society would not have many works left to premier, but that's not the case. The Szymanowski Quartet from Poland performs quartets by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Karol Szymanowski's Quartet No. 2 (for the first time on the series).  The concert is at the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall this Tuesday night, Janaury 28th at 8:00.  WNED found out more from violinist Grzegorz Kotow and cellist Marcin Sieniawski.

JoAnn Falletta has an ear for talent and so for this January's Mozart celebration at Kleinhans Music Hall, she's invited pianist Enrica Ciccarelli to play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, considered by most to be one of the greatest works by ANY composer for ANY instrument.  The concerts are Friday morning, 1/17, at 10:30 am and Saturday evening, 1/18, at 8:00pm.  WNED found out more.

New England has been a source of great American music, poetry, novels, and also a philosophy embraced by Emerson and Thoreau called "Transcendentalism."  Sunday afternoon, January 19th at 2pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (699 Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry) Daniel Bassin, the new Music Director after Barbara Wagner presided at the church for over 50 years, conducts a benefit concert to continue Barbara's tradition of presenting music by living composers.  Kyle Gann will be at the church to hear his "Transcendental Sonnets" along with works by Charles Ives.  WNED found out more.

Brahms, Mozart, Debussy - three of the greatest composers for the clarinet are on the program when BPO Principal John Fullam joins clarinetist Myra Engle, her sister, mezzo soprano Elisabeth Engle,and pianist John Mitton.  It's Sunday, January 12th, at 3:00 pm, at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main Street in East Aurora.

The co-directors of the June 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto competition - the Castellani Andriaccio Guitar Duo - team up with Maestra Falletta Friday morning 12/6 at 10:30am and Saturday night at 8:00pm at Kleinhans Music Hall to perform music by Vivaldi as part of the BPO's "Classical Christmas." The Duo told WNED that the difficulty of guitar concerti can be likened to a hockey stick.

BPC Conductor Erin Freeman re: Handel's Messiah

 

After she conducts an afternoon performance of The Nutcracker at Shea's, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus's new Music Director, Erin Freeman, heads out to OLV Basilica in Lackawanna to conduct Handel's Messiah. As she explained to WNED, Handel used musical forms popular in the countries where he lived: German fugues, Italian duets, and English anthems.

This story is s in conjunction with Dialogue on Disability (wxxi.org/dod)

by Brenda Tremblay

Talented young flutist Catherine Branch lives with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. Before coming to Rochester to study at the Eastman School of Music, she spent a year traveling across three continents, commissioning and performing pieces inspired by the challenges of living with physical disabilities. In a conversation with Brenda Tremblay, she tells the story of how music propelled her out of a wheelchair and how she's learning to play her unusual body the way she learned to play her flute.

The combination of three instruments - piano, clarinet, and viola - wasn't just used by Mozart. In fact a number of composers will be represented this Sunday afternoon at the Friends of Vienna concert at 3:30 at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue. Performing will be Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Eric Huebner, piano; and , who spoke with WNED.

Practice everything slowly, don't develop routines, and maybe don't adopt a puppy the day you fly back from a concert tour in Korea. Good advice from pianist Simone Dinnerstein, on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall this Saturday night as JoAnn Falletta conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic in a program which includes Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. In this interview with exclusive web content, Ms. Dinnerstein shared insights into her life and music.

A pilot, a philosophical fox, a snake, a rose, and a little prince from Asteroid B-612 who learns that "All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it." Opera Sacra presents Rachel Portman's ("Emma," "Cider House Rules") opera "The Little Prince" based on the book by Antoine de St. Exupery Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23 at 8:00pm at St. Joseph University Church. WNED spoke with Director Reverend Jacob Ledwon.

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