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.  

Joining Canada's Elora Festival Singers at Carnegie Hall on March 13th will be Buffalo's Harmonia Chamber Singers.  But this weekend, the "HarmoniaCS" will sing "Into Light" - it's a cappella by candlelight - Friday March 6th at 8pm at St. Louis Church, Edward at Main in downtown Buffalo, and Sunday, March 8th at 7pm at St. Peter RC Church in Lewiston.  Artistic Director Robert Pacillo speaks about the concept and the venues.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:32

Vincent O'Neill Regarding "Words and Music"

Irish Classical Theatre's Vincent O'Neill talks about Samuel Beckett's radio play "Words and Music" which discusses which is more important in memory - words or music?  Vincent plays "Words" while a 7 instrument group represents music as composed by Morton Feldman at the next "Musical Feast."  It may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this, Friday March 13 at 8pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:04

Vocalis' Music Director James Burritt

With a cappella choral favorites from 13 countries sung in 7 different languages from Latin to Russian to Swahili, Vocalis Chamber Choir presents "Spirit in Sound" Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm at Parkside Lutheran Church in Buffalo and Sunday, March 15, 4:00 at St. Matthias Church in East Aurora.  Vocalis' Music Director James Burritt explains more about the programs.

In a separate interview, Irish Classical Theatre's Vincent O'Neill talks about Samuel Beckett's radio play "Words and Music" which is the second half of the Musical Feast  concert, Friday March 13 at 8pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Performing as both pianist and composer in both halves of the concert, Amy Williams discusses the importance of 20th century composers such as Elliott Carter and Morton Feldman.  And, Thursday, March 12 at Pausa Art House on Wadsworth Street, Amy will play John Cage's landmark "Sonatas and Interludes" for "prepared" solo piano using "preparations" (screws, paper clips, rubber bands) selected by the composer himself. Doors open at Pausa at 6pm, the recital is at 8pm.