The Orchard Park Chorale celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala concert "Seasons of the Hear" at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo Street in Orchard Park Sunday evening, May 17th at 7pm.  Artistic Director Kathleen Keenan-Takagi spoke with WNED about her early influences, including singing with legendary choral conductor Robert Shaw.

 

Music in Buffalo's Historic Places presents a free noontime concert Thursday, May 14th, at the Common Council Chamber on the 13th floor of Buffalo's City Hall.  Eric Huebner has organized a concert of music composed in the same years as City Hall's construction (1931 and 1932) by Antheil, Bartok, and Honegger and performed on Violin, Trumpet, and Cello.  Interspersed between those 20th Century works will be a partita for solo violin by Bach.  Eric spoke with WNED about synergy between the space and the music.

Leon Botstein, who conducts the BPO this weekend (Saturday night at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30 at Kleinhans) tells us that we don’t have an audience crisis in the arts, we have a sponsor crisis; that music directors should move beyond the chestnuts when programming (with special kudos to JoAnn Falletta for doing just that); that the ideal of bringing young audiences to classical music is a myth and a mistake, and much more.  In this free-wheeling conversation, Dr. Botstein also told WNED about this weekend’s programming.

Leon Botstein, academic, historian, scholar, writer, musicologist, and innovator, is in Buffalo (one of his favorite cities) not only to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra but also to speak at the Albright Knox Art Gallery this Friday night at 7pm on the topic of "Arts, Justice, and Innovation.”  WNED found out more.

One musical surprise follows another this Friday evening, May 8th at 8pm when "A Musical Feast" presents mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  Charles Ives' songs in French! Romantic German lieder by famed pianist Artur Schnabel! Contemporary women composer Ruth Wiesenfeld and a dance inspired by Buffalo based Esin Gunduz! In a series known for eclecticism, this final concert of the season may be the most ecumenical yet.  WNED spoke with Julia Bentley while she was baking banana bread.