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Finnish composer Kuusisto returns to Buffalo with a new concerto

When Jaakko Kuusisto was first approached to write a new concerto, not for his instruments (violin and piano), but for trumpet, he was intrigued. In this conversation with WNED's Peter Hall, composer Kuusisto talks about his creative process.

BPO Trumpeter Jokipii re Finnish concerto May 12,13

When JoAnn Falletta leads the BPO in contemporary Finnish composer Jaakko Kuusisto’s new trumpet concerto, it will be performed by his friend, BPO Principal Trumpet Alex Jokipii, who spoke with WNED's Peter Hall about collaborating with the composer.

Roberto Diaz to play rare Strad viola with BPO

Eminent violist Roberto Diaz (by day the president of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music) will perform Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” on one of only 12 extant Stradivarius violas, a 1690 instrument known as the "Tuscan Medici" owned by Buffalo’s Baird family and usually in storage at the Smithsonian Institution. Hear this coveted viola when JoAnn Falletta conducts the BPO series May 4th and 5th at Kleinhans Music Hall. Roberto Diaz spoke with WNED|WBFO's Peter Hall.

BPO Bassist Shurtliffe to play a fun mix of shorter works at FOV

A great raconteur and companionable guide to one of the orchestra's most visible but least understood instrument, the "double" bass, Brett Shurtliffe, BPO Associate Principal Bass, will perform a variety of entertaining works, including two original compositions using an electronic "looper" at the upcoming Friends of Vienna Concert, Sunday, April 29 at 3:30 at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. WNED|WBFO's Peter Hall found out more

BCP plays music of Weimar (think "Cabaret") Thursday at the AK

Music between the World Wars was bursting with a new creative life, and from smoky cabarets to very intellectual twelve-tone music, the Weimar Republic was at the forefront. This Thursday the Buffalo Chamber Players offer a program featuring some of the popular (and eventually banned by the Nazis) music and composers of this artistically rich time period, including works by Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, and Richard Strauss. Artistic Director Janz Castelo spoke with WNED|WBFO's Peter Hall.

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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