Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s seminal "In C "and the 150th anniversary of Brahms’s "String Sextet in G, Opus 36"  the program for the season opening concert by the Buffalo Chamber Players (Wednesday 9/17 at 7:30pm at Buffalo Seminary) also includes works by composers-in-residence Rob Deemer and Caroline Mallonée.  WNED's Peter Hall spoke with BCP Artistic Director (and violist) Janz Castelo and Ms. Mallonée about music as well as raising kids in the city of Buffalo.

Her parents brought her to Kleinhans Music Hall when she was a little girl, and now Gabrielle (Gigi) Monachino is a very accomplished violinist with her own "Lilac Piano Trio." They'll perform for a private dinner reception prior to the BPO's opening night gala, and a number of her coaches from the "Bravo Chamber Music" program (all members of the BPO) will be justifiably proud. WNED's Peter Hall spoke with Gigi and was happy to use the trio's CD for music to accompany the conversation.

Monday, 08 September 2014 19:44

Soprano Renée Fleming

"America's Soprano,"  Renée Fleming opens this season's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra classics series on Saturday night, September 13th, at Kleinhans, JoAnn Falletta conducting. Having recently turned 50, Renée's not slowing down, at all. She'll be singing a new role for her, "Hannah," in Lehar's The Merry Widow at the Met, she's trying her hand at producing an opera at the Lyric Opera of Chicago based on Ann Patchett's book Bel Canto, she took a role in straight theater in a play "Living on Love" this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, she was recently at the White House, she sang the U.S. National Anthem at the last Superbowl and was also on Letterman! There were lots of things to talk about with WNED's Peter Hall.

 Hear Italian opera favorites sung by Italians and SUNY Fredonia faculty this Sunday September 6th at 3:30 at the Friends of Vienna recital in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.  If you like composers whose names end in the letter "i" (think Vivaldi, Donizetti, Bellini) this will be a vocal delight.  It's a special concert, before the regular concert season begins. SUNY Fredonia's Julie Newell, soprano, spoke with WNED's Peter Hall.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:42

Happy Birthday, George Gershwin!

Libras are said to be charming, outgoing, artistic types and American composer George Gershwin, born September 26, 1898, was a society darling. If there was a piano at any gathering, George would be playing music and entertaining all.

Gershwin is known for his jazz inspired opera Porgy and Bess  as well as the jazzy Rhapsody in Blue, but he turned to Ferde Grofe (of Grand Canyon Suite fame) to orchestrate it. Following the success of his rhapsody, he was under some pressure to compose his Piano Concerto F  and adding to the pressure, Gershwin wanted to compose both the orchestral part as well as the piano solo. However, being the socialite he was, finding quiet time was almost impossible. So it was arranged that he could squirrel himself away in one of the practice shacks at the Chautauqua Institution and finish it!

This month's classical composer profile was written by Peter Hall, Classical 94.5 WNED program host.




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