Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:32

Vincent O'Neill Regarding "Words and Music"

Irish Classical Theatre's Vincent O'Neill talks about Samuel Beckett's radio play "Words and Music" which discusses which is more important in memory - words or music?  Vincent plays "Words" while a 7 instrument group represents music as composed by Morton Feldman at the next "Musical Feast."  It may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this, Friday March 13 at 8pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:04

Vocalis' Music Director James Burritt

With a cappella choral favorites from 13 countries sung in 7 different languages from Latin to Russian to Swahili, Vocalis Chamber Choir presents "Spirit in Sound" Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm at Parkside Lutheran Church in Buffalo and Sunday, March 15, 4:00 at St. Matthias Church in East Aurora.  Vocalis' Music Director James Burritt explains more about the programs.

In a separate interview, Irish Classical Theatre's Vincent O'Neill talks about Samuel Beckett's radio play "Words and Music" which is the second half of the Musical Feast  concert, Friday March 13 at 8pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Performing as both pianist and composer in both halves of the concert, Amy Williams discusses the importance of 20th century composers such as Elliott Carter and Morton Feldman.  And, Thursday, March 12 at Pausa Art House on Wadsworth Street, Amy will play John Cage's landmark "Sonatas and Interludes" for "prepared" solo piano using "preparations" (screws, paper clips, rubber bands) selected by the composer himself. Doors open at Pausa at 6pm, the recital is at 8pm.

The Elora Festival Singers are on their way to prestigious Carnegie Hall where, on Friday, March 13, at 8pm they will participate in "A Capella Next"  - an evening devoted to contemporary choral music.  Featured every summer at the Elora (Canada) Summer Festival, they also provide the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir which appears with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  WNED spoke with Elora co-founder Noel Edison.

For 30 years Tim Kennedy of Buffalo Opera Unlimited has been mounting productions to let local singers showcase their talents.  In this conversation, Tim reveals the percentage of trained opera singers who actually have careers and reveals the tension between Da Ponte (book and lyrics) and Mozart (music) for their first collaboration "Cosi fan tutte" which you can see Friday 3/13 at 8pm and Sunday 3/15 at 2pm at UB's Center for the Arts.