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Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:33

Tamar Greene re: Porgy and Bess

George and Ira Gershwin's opera about life on Catfish Row has been adapted by Pulitzer winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks with music arranged by Diedre L. Murray into the more "Broadway" styled, very high energy "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess."  It's on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center through Sunday evening, March 16th, and in the cast is Rochester's Tamar Greene, tenor, who spoke with WNED about saying "yes" when opportunity calls.

The play "Red" about painter Mark Rothko opens this Friday at 8pm. As part of the Burchfield-Penney's "2nd Friday" series, "A Musical Feast" offers music by Rothko's friend, Morton Feldman. Talk about synesthesia. It will be like hearing a painting. Then exciting Ukrainian pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky joins husband and wife Shih-Jian Tsai and Feng Hew in Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1, described by Robert Schumann as "the master trio of the age." WNED found out more.

The organ parts are fiendishly difficult, so you won't get to hear Poulenc's Organ Concerto nor Durufle's Reqiuem very often, but this Sunday at 11:00am, Garrett Martin joins musicians (many from the BPO) along with choir to perform these two works at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue at Summer, in Buffalo.  WNED found out more.

The great German composer Beethoven and two South Americans with Italian backgrounds share the stage as violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor Daniel Hege  Saturday night 3/8 at 8:00pm at Kleinhans Music Hall.  WNED found out more as you'll hear in this interview with exclusive web content.

 A violinist who includes the great Leopold Auer in her musical lineage, Elissa Lee Koljonen teaches a master class this Thursday, March 6th at 7pm at Kleinhans Music Hall.  The public is invited to listen in. WNED's Peter Hall found out more.