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BPO presents “best fairy tale ever” – Wagner’s epic “Ring” | Kleinhans gets lightmapped for the first time!

“It’s the best fairy tale ever” says JoAnn Falletta, the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. And, she says, it inspired the books, the movies, and more from “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter” to “The Game of Thrones.” It’s 19th Century German opera composer Richard Wagner’s [say “REE-kard VAHG-nurz”] monumental, four opera, “Ring Cycle” about the Niebelungs who forged a ring of gold, but then put a curse upon it, a curse that ultimately brought the Norse gods to destruction. And even though the music is beautiful, who has time, or even the opportunity, to see four full length operas?

That problem inspired Falletta to program “Wagner’s World of the Ring” to bring the music and the story down to a realistic concert length to be enjoyed by everyone.

In conversation she describes how seven orchestral highlights from the 17-hour “Ring Cycle” by Richard Wagner (with music from Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) compress this timeless mythological fairy tale into a two-hour multimedia extravaganza! Local acting favorite Doug Zschiegner of Road Less Traveled Productions will narrate as JoAnn Falletta and the BPO will take us on a musical journey through Wagner’s epic work of love, greed, revenge and jealousy, both in our earthly world and the realm of the Norse gods. Light mapping by Projex should add a stunning visual element to this concert without the use of a movie screen (which has a tendency to muffle the sound of the orchestra). Two opportunities await: Saturday night, May 6 at 8:00, and Sunday afternoon, May 7, at 2:30, both concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo.

Written by Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall continues trying to figure out how "it" all works. For 20 years, as program host on Classical 94.5 WNED and continuing on-stage with the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, 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?"

As mentioned recently in Buffalo Spree magazine, Peter's "Buffalo Rising reviews are the no-holds barred 'everyman's' take." And, on “Theater Talk” (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO 88.7 FM and Saturday afternoons at 5:55 p.m. on Classical 94.5 WNED) his favorite question of co-host Anthony Chase is simply "What's goin' on?"

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 has been an adjunct professor for Canisius College’s Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

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