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Monday, 08 September 2014 19:44

Soprano Renée Fleming

"America's Soprano,"  Renée Fleming opens this season's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra classics series on Saturday night, September 13th, at Kleinhans, JoAnn Falletta conducting. Having recently turned 50, Renée's not slowing down, at all. She'll be singing a new role for her, "Hannah," in Lehar's The Merry Widow at the Met, she's trying her hand at producing an opera at the Lyric Opera of Chicago based on Ann Patchett's book Bel Canto, she took a role in straight theater in a play "Living on Love" this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, she was recently at the White House, she sang the U.S. National Anthem at the last Superbowl and was also on Letterman! There were lots of things to talk about with WNED's Peter Hall.

 Hear Italian opera favorites sung by Italians and SUNY Fredonia faculty this Sunday September 6th at 3:30 at the Friends of Vienna recital in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.  If you like composers whose names end in the letter "i" (think Vivaldi, Donizetti, Bellini) this will be a vocal delight.  It's a special concert, before the regular concert season begins. SUNY Fredonia's Julie Newell, soprano, spoke with WNED's Peter Hall.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:42

Happy Birthday, George Gershwin!

Libras are said to be charming, outgoing, artistic types and American composer George Gershwin, born September 26, 1898, was a society darling. If there was a piano at any gathering, George would be playing music and entertaining all.

Gershwin is known for his jazz inspired opera Porgy and Bess  as well as the jazzy Rhapsody in Blue, but he turned to Ferde Grofe (of Grand Canyon Suite fame) to orchestrate it. Following the success of his rhapsody, he was under some pressure to compose his Piano Concerto F  and adding to the pressure, Gershwin wanted to compose both the orchestral part as well as the piano solo. However, being the socialite he was, finding quiet time was almost impossible. So it was arranged that he could squirrel himself away in one of the practice shacks at the Chautauqua Institution and finish it!

This month's classical composer profile was written by Peter Hall, Classical 94.5 WNED program host.




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Film-maker Mary Wall is finishing up a true Buffalo documentary, all about the Buffalo Sabres, the teams heartbreaks and triumphs, and their die-hard Buffalo fans.  For several years now Mary has been filming the individual stories, the ups and downs, and struggles of 12 of those fans, including young opera singer James Wright, who spoke with WNED’s Peter Hall about a special evening, Tuesday, September 9th at 7:30pm at the newly restored North Park Theater on Hertel Avenue.  It’s a chance to find out about the documentary, share in some fans' and enjoy some music sung by Wright as well as Doug Allen, who sings the National Anthems at home games.

Classical 94.5 WNED's Carl Lam to receive The Buffalo Broadcaster Association’s Tim Russert Medal of Merit  at the 2014 Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in September. Click on the link for more information on Carl and the ceremony!