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.

After introducing Buffalo audiences to French Canadian composer Andre Mathieu a few seasons back, JoAnn Falletta and pianist Alain LeFevre played Mathieu's Concerto No. 4 in Carnegie Hall to rave reviews.  This weekend, the "dynamic duo" is back at Kleinhans Music Hall as JoAnn conducts the BPO in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, "a masterpiece."  Alain Lefevre tells WNED about his repertoire, new composers, and why Gershwin's work is so fantastic.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:42

International violin virtuoso Vadim Repin

International violin virtuoso Vadim Repin comes to Toronto's Koerner Hall on Friday, March 6th at 8pm with a program that includes Bartok, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.  He spoke with WNED's Peter Hall about growing up in Siberia, wanting to study the accordion, but being given a violin, life in Vienna, his Guarneri del Gesu violin and Russian bow, and the program he'll perform this Friday night.

Beautiful, contemplative music for organ, orchestra, and chorus by Denis Bedard and Morten Lauridsen will be performed Sunday morning, March 1st, at 11am, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.  From Austin, Texas, now experiencing his second Buffalo winter, Westminster organist and Director of Music Garrett Martin tells WNED’s Peter Hall that the big pipe organ doesn’t like this winter any more than the rest of us.

It's almost time for the Academy Awards! In anticipation, Classical 94.5 WNED will be celebrating some of the great music of film during February. What are some of your favorites? Let us know on our Facebook page, tweet us using @ClassicalWNED  [#MovieMusic] or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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