Norwegian born composer Ola Gjeilo (say “YAY-low”) is bringing his lush harmonies to the final concert of the Vocalis Chamber Choir this Sunday afternoon, June 7th at 4pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street (across from the Anchor Bar). While some have compared his soothing spiritual music to that of Arvo Part or Eric Whittacre, Gjeilo says that he is inspired more by movie composers, for example, Howard Shore, who wrote music for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.  In this conversation with WNED, Gjeilo talks about his musical goals, how he composes, and reveals some insights into composing for the movies and TV.

Trumpeter Byron Stripling’s influences, besides gospel and classical, include jazz trumpet greats Miles Davis, Clark Terry (who got Byron his first job with Lionel Hampton), and Louis Armstrong. This Saturday, June 6th at 8pm he joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Pops and vocalist Marva Hicks for a program called “Ella, Louis, and All That Jazz.”  In this wide ranging conversation with WNED, Byron has some good advice for young musicians.

 10 time Grammy winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is coming to Kleinhans Music Hall this Friday, May 29th at 7pm as the Clarence High School bands celebrate their 50th anniversary. Sandoval will be playing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto, among other selections. In this conversation with Clarence High music director Lou Vitello and WNED, Sandoval gives some surprising advice for young musicians

 In celebration of their special 50th anniversary concert this Friday, May 29th at 7pm at Kleinhans Music Hall, each of the three Clarence High School bands has commissioned a work composed by well-known composers including David Maslanka, Robert Jager, and Thomas Duffy, who joined Arturo Sandoval for a conversation about the future of music. 


Young violinist Tim Fain brings his 1717 violin (on loan to him from Buffalo’s Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago) to Kleinhans Music Hall. He’ll  play the “Serenade” by Bernstein with the BPO as JoAnn Falletta conducts, both Friday morning at 10:30am and Saturday night at 8:00pm.  Tim spoke with WNED about his evolving relationship with his violin. 

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