WBFO's Music Notes

Buffalo, NY – After 35 years, the classical music critic for the Buffalo News is officially retiring today.

Herman Trotter started reviewing concerts as a free-lancer before replacing John Dwyer as the full-time classical reviewer in 1977. He had also written program notes for the former Buffalo Symphonette and the Philharmonic. while working other full-time jobs.

Herman Trotter says local school leaders need to understand the importance of arts education and the arts in general to the quality of life in Western New York. Herman will write some occasional articles for the Buffalo News as Music Critic Emeritus, but he's looking forward to spending more time reading and travelling with his wife Rosa. And best wishes to Herman as he retires today from the Buffalo News.

Two concerts this week the Buffalo Philharmonic rings in the new year tonight (Monday, 12/31) under the Baton of Assistant Conductor Ron Spiegelman. Soprano Joanna Mongiardo and Tenor Raul Melo will join them for works of Strauss, Lehar, Puccini, and Gounod in the spirit of the annual Vienna New Year's Concert. A black tie dinner starts at 6PM, the concert follows at 9PM, and the night concludes with two jazz bands, a balloon drop, and other New Year's festivities.

Then on Friday (1/4/2002) at 7:30PM, classical meets Hard Rock as the orchestra pays tribute to Led Zepplin.

The Miami of Ohio University Men's Glee Club visits Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Church Friday (1/4) at 7:30PM. That's free at 2100 Baseline Road on Grand Island.

And Roland Martin leads the Chautauqua Chambers Singers in a concert for the Twelfth Day of Christmas in Jamestown's First Presbyterian church. There'll be two performances Saturday (1/5) at 2PM and 7:30PM. Both include the English Boar's Head Carol, with a procession featuring a real taxidermied boar's head. Hey, if the Scots can make a big deal out of a haggis procession, why not let the English have a pig?