That is Suzanne pictured at left. She is currently the host of a series called "13 Days When Music Changed Forever." There are episodes about Bach and Mozart as well as 20th Century avant garde events which, we know a thing or two about that stuff here in Buffalo.
What with Vega having been championed by the late Buffalo folk singer Michael Meldrum, and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas a former music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo vibe must be strong these days in the Bay Area. All roads lead to Allentown, you know? It's true.
The upcoming episode is about how piano maker Sebastien Erard gave Beethoven a new piano and inspired him to create revolutionary music. Hear it on the radio or listen to it here. This is a nice show! It's fun to hear Michael Tilson Thomas. He has a cute way of putting things. "You can think of the keyboard as kind of a word processor of sound." Ha, ha! When was the last time you heard the words "word processor"? But it kind of entered the language. Meanwhile Suzanne Vega is a great host. She does not get on your nerves. It is fun to listen to her talking about Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata. And you get to hear a lot of wonderful piano.
San Francisco Symphony broadcasts are heard on WNED, 94.5 FM on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman