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.

If "frullato" sounds like something you'd get at a coffee or ice cream shop, then you'll want to be at Kleinhans Music Hall this Friday morning at 10:30am or Saturday at 8:00pm when BPO Principal Hornist Jacek Muzyk plays Penderecki's Horn Concerto "Winterreise" using a variety of cool techniques including actually singing into the horn and "frullato." Find out more in this WNED conversation with Jacek (actually "Dr. Muzyk, Ph.D.")!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:35

Violist Leslie Bahler

 Building on the concept of synergy, Lewiston based poet Robert Giannetti and Buffalo based violist Leslie Bahler bring together words and music.  Their program of about 16 poems and musical examples will be in Youngstown, Saturday, April 25th at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.  In the conversation we hear how this collaboration came to be along with two examples of poetry and music.

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