German composer Johannes Brahms began composing at the age of 11, and he’s considered one of the Romantic Period’s most…
Amit Peled is a multi-sport athlete: He plays basketball and cello. Torn as a teenager between pursuing sports or music, he threw himself toward music, resigning himself to the certainty that he would never be tall enough to play in the NBA.
Guest conductor Maximiano Valdés makes his second appearance this season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
Guest conductor Bruce Hangen and saxophone soloist Kenneth Radnofsky will join the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
John Milbauer and Nicola “Nikki” Melville’s careers have taken them around the globe. Their work placed them in front of classrooms, in recording studios, and to places they said they never could have imagined.
Although the name implies otherwise, Bach’s “4 Duettos” are meant to be performed by only one person. The “duet” in the title refers to the two hands used to play the compositions. Christopher Taylor will open his guest recital at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall with this selection.
For three weeks, instrumental and piano students in the School of Music have been performing in the Music School Festival Orchestra, giving student recitals and attending guest and master classes. Today will kick off the first recital in the first phase of the chamber music series. Five student chamber groups will perform at 2 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.
Performing a work as complex and deeply felt as Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” is a major challenge, especially when the instrumental and vocal forces can combine for only a single rehearsal led by a conductor making his Chautauqua debut.
Yet those assembled forces brought it to vivid life. Having heard the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Kleinhans Music Hall, there was little doubt about their prowess, especially in a work at the heart of their choral repertory. Baritone Tyler Duncan was also making his Chautauqua debut, with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme a welcomed return guest.
Conductor Robert Duerr, a North Tonawanda native, minister, organist and founder of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, had led the chorus, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, last April. His extensive operatic assignments at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera have enriched him with a special sense of drama — an attribute that afforded Brahms’ work the special propulsion it requires.