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By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, May 5, 2016

Another historic violin is heading our way, in the hands of the up-and-coming violin star Mayuko Kamio. Kamio is the current keeper of the “Sennhauser,” a Guarneri dating from 1735, on loan from the Stradivarius Society of Chicago, and will be performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. Wistful and beautiful in that... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, May 3, 2016

There’s a homecoming by a star guitarist. A quartet with a burnished Old World sound. And a wind quintet from one of the world’s most famous orchestras. All of that is part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s 2016-2017 season. The eight concerts, recently announced, begin with three quartets. The Auryn... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, April 28, 2016

It’s astronomical, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming “Know the Score” concert. Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders is conducting the orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Gustav Holst’s popular “The Planets.” And to set off this super-popular music, a video screen will broadcast... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, April 22, 2016

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, established in 1780, has a distinguished new member. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta has been elected to the historic group. The induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Mass.The academy’s purpose, according to its charter, is “to... Read More

By Steve Sucato » Thursday, April 21, 2016

Proof of the adage “Good things come to those who wait,” Thursday night’s long-awaited performance by Richmond Ballet and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in “The Rite of Spring” at UB Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre had everything: excitement, drama, pathos, thrilling music and exceptional dancing.... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, April 19, 2016

With its grand mosaics, sweeping staircases and gleaming skylights, the Ellicott Square Building cries out for opera. Happily the landmark, built in 1895 when Grover Cleveland was president, will soon be echoing with songs and arias.Nickel City Opera and its leader, renowned bass-baritone Valerian Ruminski, is presenting... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It’s not every musician who can make it from Bulgaria to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Born in Bulgaria, Bella Hristova is a unique case. She was a prodigy so impressive that it won her admission to Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute. She went on to Indiana University, where she earned... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, April 7, 2016

A husband and wife, her sister and a friend. That would describe the Jupiter String Quartet, coming to the University at Buffalo to perform the last three concerts of this year’s Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle. Seven years ago, when the group visited Buffalo to play for the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, The News... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, April 2, 2016

John Lennon pleaded with us to give peace a chance. The music the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are performing this weekend show that it’s not that simple. Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote his “Dona Nobis Pacem” as a plea for peace in 1935, as the Nazis were advancing and war was looming. Meanwhile Paul... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, March 29, 2016

As we face an increasingly hectic and dangerous world, it’s nice to have a chance to sit back and listen to music of peace, music that reminds us of faith and higher ideals. So reasoned the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting a concert called “Grant Us Peace.” The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus is joining the... Read More

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