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BPO's JoAnn Falletta re "enLIGHTen" free concert Friday 7/28 at 9 pm

To thank the community for their support, the Richardson Olmsted Campus and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present a free, open to the public, celebratory light show and concert - "enLIGHTen" - sponsored by M&T Bank on the Richardson Campus South Lawn (close to Forest Avenue) Friday, July 28, 2017. The musical concert begins at 9:00 p.m. and features a light show by Projex. Conducted by the BPO's Stefan Sanders, the concert will spotlight the historical function of the Richardson as a place of healing by featuring music written by famous composers who lived with mental illness while they created great works, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Berlioz, among others.

The BPO will perform on the renewed South Lawn while a custom-designed light show is projected onto the face of the Richardson. The light show will be projected onto the front and left side of the Towers Building. Attendees are advised to pick a spot where one can see both sides for the best view of the show. The light show will be designed by local artist Keith Harrington to highlight architectural elements and history of the site.

All bags are subject to inspection. Permitted items are: Strollers, blankets, folding chairs, coolers, and outside food.

Not Permitted: Picnic tables, alcohol, illegal drugs and or drug paraphernalia, pets and animals (except service animals), drones, grills/open flames, bicycles, weapons, fireworks, air horns, and any items deemed dangerous.

In a conversation with WNED|WBFO, the BPO's Music Director, JoAnn Falletta explained how the Psychiatric Center, in its day, was progressive, kind, and nurturing, and used nature and the outdoors to enhance the treatment of the mentally ill. As she explains, Falletta feels that this outdoor concert will honor that legacy.

Senso di Voce re Silo City Concert


Senso di Voce consists of two artists - Oboeist and English Hornist Megan Kyle along with soprano vocalist Esin Gunduz - who love to push the envelope of sound, especially inside the old grain elevators at "Silo City. Their concert last summer was sold out, so this year they've scheduled two. In this conversation with WNED|WBFO, Esin and Megan discuss their music with samples. Where is "Silo City?" If you know Buffalo's River Works, then continue East on Ganson St. past Ohio Street to Silo City Row. There are two performances planned: Friday, July 21, 2017 in Marine “A” Elevator and Friday, August 11, 2017 in Perot Elevator, both events at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are only $10 ($5 for students) purchased at the event or online at

Violinist David Niwa re Roycroft Chamber Music Festival

The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival is held each June and features four concerts with quite distinctly different composers, genres, and performers, eleven of which perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. They are joined by out of town performers, including violinist David Niwa, who spoke with WNED. All four concerts start at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church at the corner of Main and Maple in East Aurora, New York, Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, then Friday and Saturday, June 16th and 17th. By tradition, the festival ends the day before Father's Day. 

Bass Baritone Kevin Deas brings big voice to Kleinhans

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's 2016-2017 Classics season concludes with JoAnn Falletta conducting a program of British compositions written by three Knights of the Empire: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' "An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise," Sir Edward Elgar's "In the South," and Sir William Walton's rarely-performed "Belshazzar's Feast" featuring American bass-baritone Kevin Deas in the dual role of narrator and the blasphemous Belshazzar. Two shows, both at Kleinhans Music Hall, Saturday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. Kevin Deas spoke with WNED

Janz Castelo and Carrie Mallonee re Buffalo Chamber Players May 25

The Buffalo Chamber Players and Lehrer Dance will collaborate in music of the Baroque in the second half of their final concert this season. The dance will be preceded by three contemporary works highlighting our local musical talent, mostly members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. BPO bassist Brett Shurtliffe will dazzle, BPO trombonist Timothy Smith will sizzle, and the entire ensemble will shine as they premiere a new work by BCP composer-in-residence Caroline Mallonée called "Curtains of Light: Eight Overlapping Soundscapes for mixed septet." The concert Thursday, May 25, 2017 runs 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Albright Knox Art Gallery 1285 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222.

Classic Interviews

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell remembers that he first performed Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor with the BPO conducted by Semyon Bychkov back in March, 1986. He was only 18 years old. Now, 30 years later, he returns to play that same concerto with JoAnn Falletta and the BPO on Saturday night, September 17, 2017. In this conversation with WNED's Peter Hall, he explains why he loves that concerto, and talks about a few things he's learned over time
Cellist Mark Kosower
Cellist Mark Kosower
Most violinists start at age 3. Cleveland Orchestra Principle Cellist Mark Kosower was half that age when he began and this student of the great Janos Starker will bring his talent to Kleinhans Music Hall to play Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with JoAnn Falletta conducting the BPO, Saturday, October 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. In a recent conversation with WNED's Peter Hall, Mark Kosower talks about the piece he'll be performing.
Stratford Summer Music Festical
Stratford Summer Music Festival
Why are Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE so different? CBC Radio Host and Stratford Summer Music Festival lecturer Robert Harris speaks with WNED's Peter Hall about this, touching on Beethoven and opera overtures as well. Robert Harris will speak at Stratford on Wednesday, August 17, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. at the University of Waterloo, Stratford campus.
Robert Harris
Robert Harris
CBC radio host and lecturer Robert Harris speaks in this podcast about the last of the great Broadway creators - Stephen Sondheim. Recorded last year around Canada's Stratford Festival for Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake for SWEENEY TODD
Esin Gunduz and Megan Kyle
Esin Gunduz and Megan Kyle
Esin Gunduz, voice, and Megan Kyle, oboe and English horn (and violin!), will perform a concert this July, 2017, of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works re-contextualized through contemporary improvisation techniques and the unique sonic environment of Silo City. They spoke with WNED's Peter Hall about the sound worlds opened up by these pieces, and by the extreme resonance of the silos, which will be further explored in improvised material. The result is an immersive concert experience in which early music and new sounds are intertwined, reverberating in a post-industrial cathedral! For sound clips visit @sensodivoce. Information for the concert is at as well as on Senso di Voce's Facebook page

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