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BPO bassist Brett Shurtliffe to speak on Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms

Free lunchtime downtown library lecture on classical music

In an effort to develop “audiences of tomorrow” the Buffalo Philharmonic annually reaches out to thousands and thousands of primary and secondary-school children, many on Buffalo’s West Side. And, they also have programs for the rest of us. The “BPOvations” initiative sends BPO conductors, musicians, or staff periodically to three local libraries for free adult education.

The next BPOvation lecture series will feature BPO Associate Principal Bassist, Brett Shurtliffe, with his double bass in tow, talking about “The Three Bs of Classical Music – Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms” at the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library this Monday March 20th at 12:00 noon.

In a conversation, Shurtliffe tells how the same note on the musical staff will be played differently depending on whether it’s in a piece of music composed by Bach, Beethoven, or by Brahms. Those three composers represent the high point of the so-called Baroque (17th century), Classical (18th century) and Romantic (19th century) eras of music. And moving into the Modern era (20th century), some of the sounds, says Shurtliffe, are even “barbaric!”

Shurtliffe will demonstrate all of these sounds and more on his bass fiddle. He will repeat his program the same night, Monday March 20th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Orchard Park library, and Monday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Amherst Audubon library. All BPOvation talks are free and open to the public.

Written by Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall continues trying to figure out how "it" all works. For over 20 years, as a producer and program host on WNED Classical (94.5 FM), he's conducted over 1,000 interviews with artists as he asks them to explain, in layman's terms, "what's the big picture here?" These days Peter can be heard regularly on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5.

On “Theater Talk” (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO 88.7 FM) his favorite question of co-host Anthony Chase is simply "What's goin' on?" As mentioned recently in Buffalo Spree magazine, Peter's "Buffalo Rising reviews are the no-holds barred 'everyman's' take."

A member of Buffalo's Artie Awards Committee, Peter holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo. For over twenty-five years he was an adjunct professor for Canisius College’s Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

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