Nickel City Opera presents Mozart's ever popular "The Marriage of Figaro" with Metropolitan Opera Baritone Valerian Ruminski as Figaro and soprano Amy Grable as Susannah, the object of not just Figaro's affection but, unfortunately, also Count Almaviva's! This puts the plot into motion and along the way we hear some gorgeous music, including the "Sull'Aria" made famous in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption." Sung in Italian with English supertitles there are two performances at the Riviera Theatre: Friday, June 26th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 28th at 2:30pm.  Amy Grable spoke with WNED.

 There is more variety at the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival concerts than you usually get because on any given evening you have three different groups/formations/styles performing, but this year one consistent factor is cellist  Michelle Djokic who appears on all four nights (Saturday June 6th at 8pm, Sunday June 7th at 7pm and next week as well) at St. Matthias Episcopal Church at the corner of Maple and Main in East Aurora. Michelle spoke with WNED about two of the more unusual works, one for four cellos and one work that is actually video game music

 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