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.

The Elora Festival Singers are on their way to prestigious Carnegie Hall where, on Friday, March 13, at 8pm they will participate in "A Capella Next"  - an evening devoted to contemporary choral music.  Featured every summer at the Elora (Canada) Summer Festival, they also provide the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir which appears with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  WNED spoke with Elora co-founder Noel Edison.

For 30 years Tim Kennedy of Buffalo Opera Unlimited has been mounting productions to let local singers showcase their talents.  In this conversation, Tim reveals the percentage of trained opera singers who actually have careers and reveals the tension between Da Ponte (book and lyrics) and Mozart (music) for their first collaboration "Cosi fan tutte" which you can see Friday 3/13 at 8pm and Sunday 3/15 at 2pm at UB's Center for the Arts.

 The 7 Sutherland Sisters of Lockport fascinated 19th century America, not only for their incredibly long hair (due to their father's “miraculous” hair tonic), but also for their wonderful (and low) voices.  Buffalo female baritone Suzanne Fatta with accompanist Roland E. Martin will present a musical program called “Paralyzing the Boys: The Seven Singing Sutherland Sisters” on Sunday, March 8th at 2pm in Forest Lawn Cemetery’s new Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center accessible off Main Street directly across from Canisius College.

A graduate of Juilliard and Harvard, violinist Rachel Lee Priday plays the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Fredonia College Symphony, David Rudge conducting, this Saturday, March 7th, at 8pm at King Concert Hall. The concert opens with WNED favorite "Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla" and ends with Sibelius.  Rachel Lee Priday spoke with WNED about her famous teachers, how she named her violin "Alejandro," and how she approaches Tchaikovsky.