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By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The voting is in in the swing state of Florida. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is killing it.The BPO and Music Director JoAnn Falletta are away on their Florida and Friends Tour, giving three concerts in the Sunshine State, with glowing results.“The days of the Big Five orchestras – New York, Chicago, Philadelphia,... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday’s “Gift to the Community” recital (sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society) showcased Daniel Lebhardt, a young pianist with substantial technical chops and an impressive tally of wins in numerous prestigious international competitions. The audience at Kleinhans (a full house) responded to his playing... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society has a gift for you – a free recital on Feb. 7 by Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt. Lebhardt, who is 22, is warming up for his debut this spring at Wigmore Hall, the prestigious venue in London, England. On his visit to Buffalo he will be playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 16 in G and... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine’s Day is arriving early this year. The three well-turned-out young men who make up Il Volo, the buzzed-about Italian pop vocal trio, have chosen Buffalo to kick off their spring tour, smolderingly titled Grand Amore. To most, this trio needs no introduction. Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Even though the double bass has a strong role to play in jazz groups, as an anchor and as a vehicle for virtuoso solos, it holds the low ground in an orchestra, rarely getting a chance to shine. Edmond Gnekow, one of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s corps of bassists knows this well. On Tuesday evening, as part of... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The viola, with its low, smoky range, is beneath the radar for many. That perception changed in Buffalo a few weeks ago when Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Violist Valerie Heywood stepped into the spotlight, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Buffalo’s voyage of viola discovery... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, January 31, 2016

The 2016-17 Buffalo Philharmonic season opens with violin superstar Joshua Bell, a known favorite. After that, fasten your seat belt. As the season unfolds, among the soloists Kleinhans Music Hall will welcome is Stewart Copeland, the drummer best known for his years with the Police. Copeland is playing a percussion... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kleinhans Music Hall is alive this weekend with the kind of epic concert that few saw coming. Saturday night’s concert drew what looked like close to a full house, and the applause echoed into the night. The soloist is Chloe Hanslip, a violinist in her late 20s. She is playing the crowd-pleasing Tchaikovsky Violin... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, January 28, 2016

Violinist Chloe Hanslip, still in her 20s, has quite a career rolling. Since her debut in 2002 at Britain’s BBC Proms, she has played with major orchestras all over the world. On Saturday and Sunday, Hanslip will be bringing her 1737 Guarneri del Gesu violin to Kleinhans Music Hall for performances with the Buffalo... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stefan Sanders, the new associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, has another post as well. He is the new music director of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. And at 4 p.m. Jan. 31, he leads the GBYO in its winter concert, at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the University at Buffalo’s North... Read More

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