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By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, June 30, 2016

For years, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma has had a pet project, bringing together East and West.He works toward this goal through his Silk Road Project. The ancient Silk Road trade route brought together people from opposite ends of the earth. And the great cellist boldly wondered, what if music could do the same... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, June 26, 2016

As an opera tenor who had sung from many of the world’s great stages, Sean Panikkar thought he knew about drama. But even he wasn’t prepared for “America’s Got Talent.”He was swept into the show in 2013 almost by accident. Three tenors who had met online and called themselves Forte had auditioned for the show and... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, June 26, 2016

And you thought Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots was something, crowd-surfing in that human-sized hamster ball. Opera singers have the real adventures. Here are 10 that tenor Sean Panikkar has chalked up. • Shalimar in “Shalimar the Clown,” based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. This is Panikkar’s most recent... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra rocks! The 2016-2017 “BPO Rocks” concert series, just announced, includes what promise to be colorful tributes to the Beatles and U2. Brent Havens, who masterminded the BPO’s über-popular tributes to Led Zeppelin and also explored the music of the Rolling Stones and Elton John,... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, June 11, 2016

But is it art? You could ask that question at the Allentown Art Festival, and lots of folks do, between bites of fried dough. It has become a spectator sport on social media, spotting the weirdest items. A broom with Bob Marley’s face carved into the handle. A black velvet painting of a gorilla. Pots adorned with... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, June 11, 2016

By the end of “Shot!,” you will know all about the assassination of President William McKinley. It will be in your head and under your skin. The ambitious two-act opera, composed by Persis Vehar and being premiered at Shea’s Performing Arts Center by Nickel City Opera, was meticulously researched. The libretto, by... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, June 10, 2016

And then there were three.The JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition has named three finalists who will be performing at 7:30 p.m. June 11 on stage with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. They distinguished themselves in a field of eight semifinalists who... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Wednesday, June 8, 2016

One guitarist is a professor at Budapest’s Liszt Academy. Another is a virtuoso not only on the guitar but also on the oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument. Yet another is interested in the relationship between music and the visual arts. A fourth guitarist is a graduate of Finland’s Sibelius Academy. The... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, June 7, 2016

President William McKinley is back. He has been sighted at the Spot Coffee on Elmwood Avenue, shaking hands. And at the Ellicott Square Building, where he delivered a speech. He even strode into the lobby of the McKinley Hotel in Canton, Ohio, home to the McKinley birthplace and presidential library. “This is my... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is ending this season with a blast of triumphant, Romantic music. The final Classics concert features Richard Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony,” a work that, because of its scope and intense demands, is heard only rarely.It’s a first for the BPO’s Classics series, and to up the ante... Read More

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