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Michael Ludwig, our BPO concertmaster for so many years, has left to pursue a career playing violin concertos with orchestras. Guess which orchestra he's playing with this weekend! That's right, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. WNED spoke with Michael about his current life and the Sibelius Violin Concerto which he'll play Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Kleinhans.
Very romantic, emotional music by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (remember “Finlandia”) is on this weekend’s BPO program (Saturday night at 8, Sunday afternoon at 2:30) as JoAnn Falletta invites former concertmaster Michael Ludwig to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto and English Hornist Anna Mattix to solo in the haunting “Swan of Tuonela.” WNED’s Peter Hall spoke with JoAnn Falletta.
It's a choral celebration when the Canisius College Chorale joins the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Robert Duerr this Sunday, Dec. 7. Opening with a commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7, 1942) and ending with a carol sing-a-long, the concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway. Before the concert there's a program with the Chorale, Frank Scinta, director, and afterwards everybody is invited to partake in homemade cookies. WNED's Peter Hall and Maestro Duerr had a conversation about this annual event.
Monday, December 8, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday December 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Sunday December 21, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Making a List (Local)- Classical 94.5 WNED announcers offer their annual selections of holiday gift giving suggestions, inspirational quotes, recipes and “Best of the Year” classical CD nominations. (2 Hours) Source: Local
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.
The Nutcracker- It wouldn’t be the holiday without music from this famous ballet by Tchaikovsky! Follow Clara’s Christmas Journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. (2 Hours) Source: CD
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Candles Burning Brightly- More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks. But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday. (1 Hour) Source: APM
Thursday, December 17, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Brother Heinrich’s Christmas/ Hely Hutchinson Carol Symphony- Two traditional favorites: John Rutter’s Christmas fable about the writing of well known Christmas Carol and the Donkey that inspired it and one of the first symphonies to be based on our favorite Christmas carols. (1 Hour) Source: CD
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas- A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols. (1Hour) Source: APM
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Philharmonic Friday Holiday Special (Local)- Join Peter Hall for a wonderful celebration of the season as performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. (1 Hour) Source: Local
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 25 at 9 a.m.
A Krummy Christmas- Bob Krum brings you a musical greeting card for the Holidays! There will be Christmas carols from different countries, along with wonderful performances of many of the old favorites! There’s sure to be surprises, fun and good cheer as Bob celebrates Christmas in his favorite way—with music! (2 Hours) Source: Local
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
The Rose Ensemble: Christmas Revelry in the young United States-Enjoy the music of this holiday season as we listen to carols, anthems, shape note hymns and spirituals as they were sung as Christmas was celebrated across 18th and early 19th century America (1 Hour) Source: Tom Crann
Tuesday, December 23, at 1 p.m.
The Nutcracker- It wouldn’t be the holiday without music from this famous ballet by Tchaikovsky! The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy find the essence of the score(1 Hour) Source: CD
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio- This classical Christmas work was originally performed over several feast days in 1734-1735. We’ll play all six parts in succession, so you don’t have to wait. (2.5 Hours) Source: CD
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 4 p.m.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols- Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music (2 Hours) (Live) Source:APM
Friday, December 26, 2 p.m.
Freiheit! For twenty-fifth anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall we repeat the monumental concert that featured a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by instrumentalists from orchestras from all across the world led by Leonard Bernstein. In celebration of the reunification of Germany Bernstein asked the chorus to substitute at least once for the word joy, “Freude” the word, “Freiheit” Freedom.
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Handel’s Messiah- is one of the most famous oratorios ever written and is a common musical backdrop of the season. More popular portions include “For unto us a Child is born”, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and, the most famous, the “Hallelujah” chorus. (Performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony) (2 Hours) Source: APM
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Johann Strauss, Jr’s delightful operetta, The Gypsy King.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Stratton Rawson’s New Year’s Eve (Local)- Stratton Rawson helps you welcome in 2015 with the two greatest instrumentalists born in America. (3 Hours) Source: Local
Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 11 a.m.
New Year's Day from Vienna 2014 - Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2015. The orchestra has invited Zubin Mehta to welcome 2015 by conducting the annual New Year's concert. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna. Hosted by Laura Carlo. (2 Hours) Source: NPR
Tuesday, January 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)- This choral work tells the story of the Holy Family’s flight into to Egypt. (2 Hours) Source: CD
Can you improve upon tradition? Of course! Two of the three kings in Nickel City Opera’s presentation of Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Riviera Theater (67 Webster Street) are not only singer and actors, but also directors. Inspired by Menotti himself, they’ve added a minor character, and have new costumes, props, a bigger chorus, and a new sensibility about the plight of the impoverished boy and his mother. Be prepared to laugh-- but also cry-- during this short (55 minute) but moving opera. Gregory Sheppard (King Balthasar) and David MacAdam (King Kaspar) discuss some of the finer points with WNED’s Peter Hall.
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