When most artists perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, they sit or stand in one spot, but percussionist Colin Currie will be dashing from left to right across the entire stage at Kleinhans Music Hall when he plays a variety of instruments in American composer Jennifer Higdon's "Percussion Concerto" Saturday night at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  How does he arrange the stage, does he have to wear a special outfit, and how does he stay in shape are just some of the questions that WNED's Peter Hall asked.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:36

Composer Russell Platt

Composer Russell Platt might not leap on stage with a single bound or bend notes with his bare hands, but he is, in fact, often disguised as a mild-mannered music reporter for a great metropolitan magazine (The New Yorker).  Platt’s “Eurydice, [your-id-a-see] A Serenade for Strings” has its American premiere this weekend (4/26 at 8pm and 4/27 at 2:30pm at Kleinhans) with JoAnn Falletta and the BPO.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

Arrangers. They might not write the songs the whole world sings, but they make the hits, says Janz Castelo, BPO violist and Artistic Director of the Buffalo Chamber Players who told WNED’s Peter Hall about a whole program of transcriptions and arrangements, some of them with guitarist JoAnn Falletta. The concert is Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway near Elmwood Avenue.

The Erie County Chamber Winds have discovered yet another forgotten woman in music- Ruth Gipps (1921-1999) a British composer, oboist, pianist and impresario – and she figures prominently on their first CD.  They’re holding a “CD launch” concert in the acoustical marvel we know as the Ciminelli Recital Hall on the 3rd floor of Buff State’s Rockwell Hall this Wednesday, April 16th at 7:30.  BSC Wind Director Rick Fleming spoke about Gipps, acoustics, Harmonie Ensembles (and a whole lot more, as only a professor can do!) with WNED’s Peter Hall.

Even in the 18th century, music was being "dumbed down" to make it more acceptable, but this Wednesday Dr. Gerald Gray will be conducting the original, almost overwhelming, almost violent version of Bach's "St. John Passion" on April 16th at 8:00pm at Rosch Recital Hall in the SUNY Fredonia Campus.  WNED's Peter Hall had questions about the meaning of religious music terms and exactly what Bach was intending.