Mozart ‘s opera “Don Giovanni” premiered around the same time as our founding fathers were writing the U.S. Constitution and the ideas of freedom and how we treat our fellows were imbedded in DaPonte’s libretto.  Western New York Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Glen Cortese spoke about this, and more, with WNED on the eve of two performances, Friday March 27th at 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street in Buffalo and Sunday, March 29th at 4pm at King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra continues its very popular Beethoven Festival with a Friday morning "Coffee Concert" at 10:30 and a concert Saturday night, March 28th at 8pm, both at Kleinhans Music Hall.  Pianist Norm Krieger will be recording Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 for a future CD and Buffalo's sweetheart, soprano Emily Helenbrook, joins dynamic local actor Matt Witten for a melodrama based on Egmont.  BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta spoke with WNED.


As the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra winds down the 2014-2015 concert season, JoAnn Falletta has programmed a number of 20th century works.  And, one more time, the BPO's "Explainer-in-Chief" Paul Ferington will walk us through the music at three separate BPOvation events: Wednesday, March 25 at noon at the Downtown Library, at 6:30 at the Orchard Park Public Library, and Wednesday April 1st at 7:00 at the Amherst Audubon Public Library.  All talks are free and open to anyone.  Paul spoke a bit to WNED about some of the composers, including Bernstein, Ives, Penderecki, and Shostakovich.

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents "A Trio of Trumpets" (the BPO's Alex Jokipii, Geoffrey Hardcastle, and Philip Christner) in music from Bizet's Carmen arranged just for them, along with favorites by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Leroy Anderson at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, March 29th at 7pm.  Guest Conductor Stefan Sanders of the BPO spoke with WNED and attempts to answer the question "Who are the orchestra's biggest jokers - the trumpet section or the trombones?"


JoAnn Falletta spoke to WNED about trying an experiment during the first weekend of the two-part Beethoven Festival.  She has programmed both Beethoven's first symphony and his last, the mighty 9th with chorus and soloists. The two works are separated by 25 years, quite different, but both unmistakably Beethoven.  The concerts are Saturday March 21 at 8pm and Sunday March 22 at 2:30pm.