... is going to be at the BPO's performance on Wednesday in New York City. Jennifer Gliere is a soprano and originally thought she could not be there because she had a rehearsal of Bach's B Minor Mass. But she has been sprung from the rehearsal -- alleluia! -- and so will be able to go.
Buzz caught up with Miss Gliere while she was sitting in traffic, which is what you do when you live in New York.
One thing we asked her about was the folk hero Ilya Muromets, the legend that inspired Gliere to write his outrageous, rarely performed symphony. Ilya Muromets is a warrior who chalks up all kinds of victories before -- fatal error! -- he defies God and is defeated by the heavenly hosts.
Jennifer Gliere said Russian kids grow up knowing all about this mythical figure.
"What would be our equivalent?" we asked. "Would he be like Robin Hood?"
"More like Bigfoot," she said. "Only not as nefarious."
Buffalo sign of spring: All of a sudden, you hear all these car radios! One song snippet carried on the air on Elmwood Avenue caught the ear of Jeff Paterson, head of the Community Music School.
not unusual for someone to sit at the stoplight at Elmwood and Bryant,
blaring music so loudly that I can hear every word and every beat inside
my office. It is unusual for the song to be 'You Make My Dreams Come True' by
Hall and Oates."
The crowds of promenaders today at the Erie Basin Marina included this family of geese.
The geese purposefully walked a great length along the path -- at least from the Hatch to the battleship -- and didn't seem bothered at all by the people around them. But everyone stepped back to give them room.
Hahaaa... It is great how you can see the big birds' shadows.
In the Buzz column today we lament the loss of Dorothy Malczewski, a legend of the Broadway Market and a woman who was free with her knowledge of food.
Other people are telling us Dorothy brought the butter lamb to
Buffalo, as detailed in that marvelous vintage video above. Our chief
memory of her centered on the time she told us how to roast duck to
impress Howard, the guy we were dating, and whom we eventually married
(the duck worked).
There were a couple of surprise details we had forgotten. One was
that the duck had been Dorothy's idea! Buzz had confessed we were making
dinner for her boyfriend, and she picked up that we hoped to impress
him. "How about a duck?" she said. And we said OK, even though we had
never made duck before.
Another detail we love is that after giving us the recipe, Dorothy
sized us up, like an artist appraising her successor. "I can see why he
likes you," she said solemnly. "You're a good cook."
Thanks to her! And now, the recipe everyone is waiting for ...
So Buzz is sitting here, listening to "Life Without
Christmas" by Giya Kancheli, this piece the Buffalo Philharmonic is
playing at Carnegie Hall next week. It is this kind of haunting piece of
music that Kancheli, who was born in 1935, recalls the cold and
oppressive atmosphere of the Soviet Union, when religion was outlawed.
There is weird scoring. The piece includes an electric bass, and
strings, and piano, and the taped voice of a boy soprano, and, most
impressively, the rumble of Stalin's tanks and machinery.
That rumble sounds most realistic, Buzz thought, listening admiringly.
Then .... oh wait.
It was the construction equipment outside our window! They had a big weight and were boring a pole into the ground.
Wow, this sort of makes the piece complete! Can we record this rumble and add it to our performance at Carnegie Hall? Or, better still, bring along the actual equipment?
After all, as JoAnn Falletta said in Saturday's News: "We aren't taking
just the Buffalo Philharmonic to Carnegie Hall ... we're taking