Orchard Park Chorale's Music Director Kathleen Keenan-Takagi
Where in the world is JoAnn Falletta? This week she's in Croatia! Here's the story: Before he was deported to Auschwitz, where he died in 1945, composer Marcel Tyberg lived a happy life in a town then called Abbazia in Italy. He composed symphonies, arranged music for local dance bands, and taught piano. One of his students, now Dr. Henry Mihich of Roswell Park, was entrusted with Tyberg's music, and he finally prevailed upon JoAnn Falletta to decipher, perform, and ultimately record some of his teacher's compositions. That recording found its way back to Europe where the town fathers of what is now called Rijeka in Croatia have invited JoAnn Falletta to come and conduct some music by their "native son." The big performance, with the President of Croatia in attendance, will be this Saturday, November 24th, in Rijeka with the Croatian National Opera Orchestra. WNED's Peter Hall found out more.