Legendary conductor Gunther Herbig was born in 1931 and this weekend, even though he's in his 80s, he will conduct one of the monumental symphonies by Bruckner, the 8th, at Kleinhans Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday 2/22 at 8pm and Sunday 2/23 at 2:30.  His "secret of youth?"  Everything in moderation and "always have the feeling that you are just at the beginning of your profession" as he explained to WNED.

Thursday, 20 February 2014 18:48

Ryan Nadbrzuch re: A Love Letter to Buffalo

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is on the road again, but this time only across Pennsylvania Street as they donate their time for a concert to help save the dramatic tower atop First Presbyterian Church.  Paul Ferington conducts inside the church this Friday, February 21st at 8:00.  WNED found out more.

Valentines Day will bring a singing couple to the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra's concert this February 14th at 7:30 and there will be songs by some of the great American songwriting "couples" including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Gershwin and Gershwin (George and Ira).  Music Director Dr. David Rudge and tenor Chris Wietig spoke to WNED.

Haydn may have invented the form we know as the symphony, but 150 years later, he would never had recognized it.  Two composers who brought Wagner's huge operatic concepts to the concert hall were Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler.  In anticipation of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Bruckner's 8th and Mahler's 4th, Paul Ferington will present a series of lectures, on Wednesday February 12th at noon at the downtown library, at 6:30pm at Orchard Park, and on February 19th at 7:00pm at the Audubon library.  WNED found out more.

When a composer writes a 9th symphony, it's a big deal.  For Mahler, his "ninth" was "Das Lied von der Erde" (The Song of the Earth) but the forces needed to perform it are so huge that it's rarely offered.  Western New York Chamber Orchestra conductor Glen Cortese has figured out how to do it in the intimate Rosch Recital Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus, Sunday, February 9th at 4:00pm.  Heroic Tenor Mark Deaton and Maestro Cortese explain all to WNED.