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Amherst Symphony Orchestra packs stage with talent Sunday 10/22


The Amherst Symphony Orchestra and friends present a concert - "Autumn Serenade" - Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. with guest conductor Paul Ferington and guest artists including Sydney Anderson, soprano; the Amherst Central High School Concert Chorale, Justin Pomietlarz, Music Director; the Buffalo Master Chorale, Daniel Bassin, Music Director at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Amherst, NY, 14226. Contributions are encouraged but the Admission is free! In this conversation with Classical 94.5 WNED, Maestro Ferington discusses the program: Glazunov -“Autumn” from The Seasons, Op. 67; Dvorak - In Nature’s Realm, Op. 91, arias by Bellini and Lehar, Vaughn Williams -Serenade to Music (1938); Vaughn Williams -Toward the Unknown Region (1906); ending with the combined forces singing Mascagni - “Regina Coeli” from Cavalleria Rusticana.

Chopin Singing Society Concert, Sunday, October 15 at 3


The Chopin Singing Society’s 118th annual concert will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Saint Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend Street, Buffalo, 14212 in the heart of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia. Along with the singers, Dr. Thomas Witakowski will conduct the Amherst Chamber Ensemble, with Sarah Wilder, clarinet, playing Kurpinski's Clarinet Concerto, and Emma Ziskind, piano, playing some Chopin  At the event, WNED|WBFO's Eileen Koteras Elibol will be honored for her contributions to Polish Culture in Buffalo. For tickets and information visit them on Facebook, or www.acemusic.org or www.chopinsingingsociety.com. In this conversation, Yvonne Verplanke, cellist, and Mary Lou Wyrobek, alto and member of the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius explain more.

BPO's Dennis Kim re Glass Violin Concerto, Part 1 of 2


Appointed Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2015, Dennis Kim came to Buffalo with a wealth of experience. Born in Korea, raised in Canada, educated in the United States, he has served as guest Concertmaster on four continents with eleven orchestras. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Dennis Kim plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor. In Part 1 of a 2-part conversation, and with some musical examples in the background, Dennis talks about the Violin Concerto by American composer Philip Glass which he will play with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta conducting, Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, October 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall.

BPO's Dennis Kim re Glass Violin Concerto, Part 2 of 2


In Part 2 of a 2-part conversation, with some musical examples in the background, Dennis talks about the Violin Concerto by 20th and 21st century American composer Philip Glass. Dennis encourages everyone to support "new" music, reminding us that at one point, Mozart and Beethoven wrote "new" music, which, fortunately, audiences supported.  With the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta conducting, Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, October 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall Dennis will perform as violin soloist. Appointed Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2015, Dennis Kim came to Buffalo with a wealth of experience. Born in Korea, raised in Canada, educated in the United States, he has served as guest Concertmaster on four continents with eleven orchestras. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Dennis Kim plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.

Buffalo Chamber Players at AK 9.28.2017


The Buffalo Chamber Players (made up primarily of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians) begins their "BCP AT THE AK" series at the Albright Knox Art Gallery with "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30.
In this conversation between WNED|WBFO and Janz Castelo, Artistic Director of the BCP, he talks about opening their 11th concert season with the exotic sounds of Bohemia and its fusion of folk and art music, with works by Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bedřich Smetana. In the background, we hear short excerpts from the first work on the program, the Dvořák Serenade for Winds, Cello, and Bass, Op. 44 while Castelo also talks about the Janáček String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata" and the Smetana String Quartet No. 1, "From My Life." Tickets and information can be obtained at www.buffalochamberplayers.org, or by phone at 716.270.8292, or in person at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk.

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 www.silo.city/events/ as well as on Senso di Voce's Facebook page

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