For 30 years Tim Kennedy of Buffalo Opera Unlimited has been mounting productions to let local singers showcase their talents.  In this conversation, Tim reveals the percentage of trained opera singers who actually have careers and reveals the tension between Da Ponte (book and lyrics) and Mozart (music) for their first collaboration "Cosi fan tutte" which you can see Friday 3/13 at 8pm and Sunday 3/15 at 2pm at UB's Center for the Arts.

 The 7 Sutherland Sisters of Lockport fascinated 19th century America, not only for their incredibly long hair (due to their father's “miraculous” hair tonic), but also for their wonderful (and low) voices.  Buffalo female baritone Suzanne Fatta with accompanist Roland E. Martin will present a musical program called “Paralyzing the Boys: The Seven Singing Sutherland Sisters” on Sunday, March 8th at 2pm in Forest Lawn Cemetery’s new Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center accessible off Main Street directly across from Canisius College.

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.