In 1961, Ben Jaffe's parents, Sandra and Allan, created a space to preserve and honor the African-American tradition of jazz in New Orleans. Today, Ben continues that legacy, and brings the Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with legendary composer and performer Allen Toussaint to Shea's Performing Arts Center, one night only, Wednesday, October 15th at 8:00. WNED's Peter Hall learns how to say "New Orleans" and a whole lot more in this conversation.
Romantic music is much more than love songs, Vocalis Chamber Choir's Music Director James Burritt told WNED's Peter Hall. Explore the diversity of the Romantic period with music by Bruckner and Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Grieg and more when Vocalis sings Friday, October 17th at 8pm at the Amherst Community Church and Sunday, October 19th at 4pm at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
Van Cliburn competition medalist Fabio Bidini returns to Buffalo by critical acclaim to perform the rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, part of the first of a two-weekend Rachmaninoff Festival with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans. In a conversation with WNED's Peter Hall, Bidini talks about the joys and challenges winning competitions as well as playing Rachmaninoff. He has nice comments about the American music conservatory system and discusses recording Marcel Tyberg's Piano Sonata No. 2 which can be found on the BPO's Naxos CD featuring Tyberg's Symphony No. 2.
The BPO is celebrating Rachmaninoff in a festival of his works over two weekends. Come learn about this composer and pianist who performed at Kleinhans himself and said, “Never have I performed in such a beautiful auditorium.” Paul Ferington presents a musical guide to the BPO's Rachmaninoff Festival during his BPOvations talks, October 8th and 15th at various libraries. WNED's Peter Hall found out more.
For over two decades Quartetto Gelato has been delighting audiences with their eclectic musicianship and for just as long Classical 94.5 WNED has been playing their CDs. Now, this Friday, October 3rd at 8:00pm at Rosch Recital Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus, this Toronto based group performs virtuosic classical , folk, and pop music with theatrical flair and a taste of acrobatics! WNED's Peter Hall spoke with two of the quartet, violinist and tenor Peter DeSotto and 'cellist Liza McLellan.