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.

A young girl is sent into the woods by her stepmother (of course) and ends up about to be eaten by the witch Baba Yaga. A little scary, but suitable for everyone grades K and up; and if you come to Shea's this Saturday, Oct. 18 an hour early (at 1 p.m.) you can enjoy snacks, a Halloween costume contest and various tellings of the story. Neglia Ballet Artists, celebrating their 15th year, dance "Baba Yaga" to Russian music. Executive Director Heidi Halt explains to WNED's Peter Hall why the witch is being danced by a man.

In 1961, Ben Jaffe's parents, Sandra and Allan, created a space to preserve and honor the African-American tradition of jazz in New Orleans.  Today, Ben continues that legacy, and brings the Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with legendary composer and performer Allen Toussaint to Shea's Performing Arts Center, one night only, Wednesday, October 15th at 8:00.  WNED's Peter Hall learns how to say "New Orleans" and a whole lot more in this conversation.

Romantic music is much more than love songs, Vocalis Chamber Choir's Music Director James Burritt told WNED's Peter Hall. Explore the diversity of the Romantic period with music by Bruckner and Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Grieg and more when Vocalis sings Friday, October 17th at 8pm at the Amherst Community Church and Sunday, October 19th at 4pm at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.