American pianist Andre Watts is returning to Buffalo February 20 and 21 to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with JoAnn Falletta conducting the BPO. Immediately following the assassination of JFK, while in Buffalo, he was asked to perform the slow movement to that work for the first time, on TV! Find out how he handled it.
Conductor David Handel and Geoffrey Herd speak with WNED's Peter Hall about the Amherst Symphony Orchestra Valentine's Day Concert, February 14 at 3pm - "Russian Splendor" - with music by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.
Buffalo born pianist and composer Amy Williams returns home for a concert at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center on Friday, February 12 at 8:00 p.m. to play a variety of works involving combinations of piano, cello, flute, percussion, and voice. Each half of the concert begins with Bach and ends with Williams, and in between are works by both Robert and Clara Schumann, as well as contemporary works. Amy spoke from her Pittsburgh home with WNED's Peter Hall.
Soon to be 80 years old, New England composer Paul Gay is very active in the music scenes in Boston, Vero Beach (where he met JoAnn Falletta when the BPO was on tour), and now Buffalo when the finale of his ballet "Due Sorelle" (Two Sisters) will be premiered at Kleinhans, January 30 and 31.
Jazz, the quintessential American music, traveled all the way to Europe and back before becoming a part of the orchestral canon here in its native country. Composers like George Gershwin ultimately became masters of using the sounds of jazz in the symphony hall. A five-piece combo from The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo will join the BPO Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. to illustrate Buffalo’s important role in the birth of jazz in America. Stefan Sanders conducts. Stay after the concert to continue the conversation at a party in the Mary Seaton Room with music by the George Scott Big Band. Stefan Sanders spoke with WNED.