Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:54

Pianist Fabio Bidini re: Rachmaninoff Festival

 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.    

Monday, 06 October 2014 15:58

Chihuly 2015 Wall Calendar



Pledge Level: $ 60


Dubbed a modern-day Tiffany, Dale Chihuly is famous worldwide for his biomorphic blown-glass sculptures. This stunning 16-month calendar highlights 13 of his most spectacular and colorful works inspired by forms in the natural world.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 19:41

Quartetto Gelato Regarding

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, Oct. 3 at 8:00 p.m. 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.

It's Jacek Muzyk's year!  Next May the BPO's principal hornist leads a musical tour of his native Poland with JoAnn Falletta, before that he'll solo with the BPO in Penderecki's Horn Concerto, this November he's touring China, and this Saturday night, October 4th at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall on the Buff State Campus, he's playing the premiere of a special arrangement of Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1 with the Buffalo Brass Choir.  WNED's Peter Hall spoke with their Music Director, Nick Delbello along with Jacek Muzyk about the Strauss Sesquicentennial program.