BPO guest pianist, 21 year old phenom Conrad Tao, talks about his lifelong wish to play John Adams' "Century Rolls," a work inspired by the sound of piano rolls. He recently spoke with WNED about his performances of that piano concerto at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday night, October 24 at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.

Monday, 19 October 2015 19:35

Opera Week in WNY: Suzanne Fatta

Opera Week 2015 in Western New York closes out October with a wide variety of opera-related events, including a 7pm concert of Italian favorites offered by the Camerata di Sant'Antonio on Friday October 23 at Parkside Lutheran Church and an "Opera Buffs Inside Opera" lecture at 10:30 in Room 124 Rockwell Hall on Halloween Saturday. Contralto Suzanne Fatta spoke with WNED.

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra plays a tribute to their co-founder, the late Ron Richards, oboist, during their first concert of their 70th season. Guest conductor, cellist Bryan Eckenrode, spoke with WNED about meeting Ron, the Hungarian oboe concerto to be played by Paul Schlossman, the music selections, and the pre-concert event with the Amherst High School Concert Chorale. The pre-concert event is at 6:15, the concert is at 7:00, at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway in Amherst.

Temple Beth Zion on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is hosting a special music event entitled "Blochbuster: Little heard early 20th Century chamber music by three esteemed Jewish composers: Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and Ernest Bloch." Buffalo's "Fever Pitch Quartet" will be joined by two pianists, Saturday, October 17th at 7 p.m. as violist Kiersten Fisher explained to WNED.

Dr. Thomas Witakowski, Principal Conductor and Music Director of both the Amherst Chamber Ensembles and the Chopin Singing Society, brings both groups together for a big sound in the acoustically fascinating Assumption Church at the corner of Amherst and Grant in Black Rock. Both Witakowski and violinist Leslie Bahler spoke with WNED about this Sunday Afternoon, October 18th 3:00 p.m. concert.