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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

BPC Conductor Erin Freeman re: Handel's Messiah

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.

Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00

Violist Virginia Barron

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.

Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

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.