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BPO Oboeist Henry Ward re Cheektowaga Concert 2/18 at 3pm

Now in his second year as Principal Oboeist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Ward is taking his talents "on the road" to play as a soloist in Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's "Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra" with the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas DelBello, Music Director, on Sunday February 18 at 3 p.m. at Infant of Prague Roman Catholic Church 921 Cleveland Drive Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Other works on this "European Tour" concert include the Symphony in D Minor by César Franck, the Hungarian March by Hector Berlioz, and The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana. Henry spoke with WNED's Peter Hall.

Carnegie Hall's DECODA in Buffalo for Buffalo String Works

Buffalo String Works was formed to bring the gift of music (free instruments and lessons) to the West Side immigrant community and now Carnegie Hall sends their "Decoda" affiliate musicians to teach and put on a FREE concert called "Between Two Worlds" Satruday, February 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm, all ages welcome, to First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle (next to Kleinhans Music Hall). Directors Virginia Barron and Yuki Numata Resnick spoke with WNED/WBFO's Peter Hall.

Composer Wang Jie re Symphony No. 1 with BPO

Born in Shanghai, China, "the Paris of the East," trained as a classical pianist, Wang Jie was told that she shouldn't become a composer but rather she should just get married. Still, she persisted and her Symphony No. 1 will be performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta conducting, at Kleinhans Music Hall Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., February 10 and 11. Wang Jie spoke with WNED/WBFO producer and host Peter Hall.

Project Trio at Kleinhans on Tuesday

The most-watched ensemble on YouTube comes to Kleinhans Music Hall on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.! Project Trio performs their special blend of classical, hip-hop, jazz and world music for the entire community in this special event in Kleinhans’ intimate Mary Seaton Room. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Bassist Peter Seymour spoke with WNED/WBFO's Peter Hall.

Guitarist Sharon Isbin to perform in nearby Erie PA this January

Internationally famous guitar virtuoso Sharon Isbin has performed many times in Buffalo, and will perform with the Erie (PA) Philharmonic this Saturday evening, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Warner Theater at 811 State Street in Erie. On her way to the venue, she stopped by radio station Classical 94.5 WNED in Buffalo for a chat with program host 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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