National Opera Week wraps up in Buffalo but not before contralto Suzanne Fatta gives a free OperaBuffs of WNY presentation “Wayward Sisters: Witches, Sorceresses, and Gypsies in Opera” Saturday morning, November 1st (All Souls Day) at 10:30 in Room 124 of Buff State’s Rockwell Hall.  Roland E. "Ron" Martin, accompanies on the piano and harpsichord.  WNED’s Peter Hall found out more.

 


Arts Canisius presents Mostly Mozarts featuring a performance by the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio and the Canisius College Chorale Friday evening October 24 at 7:30 at the Montante Cultural Center on the Main Street campus of Canisius College in Buffalo. WNED's Peter Hall (who gives the pre-concert talk at 7:00pm) spoke with their Music Director, Chris Weber..

Beethoven himself would have applauded a free performance of his mighty Symphony No. 9 with the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra, the Fredonia College Choir, and soloists.  The concert is at Villa Maria College Auditorium Sunday October 26 at 3:00 with a pre-concert talk with the CSO's Music Director, John Landis at 2:00.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more in this 14 minute interview than he ever knew before about Beethoven's 9th and you will too!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:42

Taiko Drummer Eitetsu Hayashi

The Japan Culture Center of WNY will host a Japanese taiko drum performance at the SUNY Buffalo State Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m featuring World-renowned taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi .  With five other drummers onstage with Eitetsu Hayashi will be Matthew Bassett, principal timpanist of the Buffalo Philharmonic, who will engage Mr. Hayashi in a "battle of the drums."  The concert will also feature shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). There is a taiko/shakuhachi demonstration at Rockwell Hall on Thursday, October 23 from 12:15 to 1:45.  WNED's Peter Hall found out more. Check out this video of Eitetsu performing by clicking here!

Friday, 17 October 2014 17:59

Gabriela Martinez re: A Russian Splendor

"Props to him for being such a  wonderful composer" says this weekend's piano soloist with the BPO - Gabriela Martinez - about Rachmaninoff.  How does a pianist with normal sized hands tackle his Piano Concerto No. 1?  Apparently, as she told WNED's Peter Hall, the composer knew how to arrange all those difficult sounding notes in a playable way. Gabriela performs this weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday night at 8 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.