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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 Matt Chandler » Saturday, February 6, 2016

Their third studio album, “L’amore si muove,” has reached No. 1 on the Italian charts and they have appearances on “American Idol” and “Entourage” to their credit. Still, the easy-on-the-eyes – and ears – Italian trio collectively known as Il Volo is far from a household name in the United States. That... 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 Garaud MacTaggart » Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jon Nelson, the series producer, is continuing to bring exciting jazz talent to Buffalo, building on the quality foundation associated with the “Art of Jazz” under the guidance of Bruce Eaton. Sunday’s performances by the Yosvany Terry Quintet in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery were, by turns, intriguing and... 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 Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sure, sure. Everyone knows the trouble with jazz – too archaic, too arcane, too smart, too artsy, too free, too little involved with the body’s viscera or waggling behinds, among other body parts. True or not true (got six months? the debate will take that long), something happening in jazz to counter all that is... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, January 23, 2016

We’ve got a live one in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s new pops conductor, John Morris Russell. And we’ve got another live one in Dee Daniels, the jazz singer he brought with him for “First Ladies of Swing.” The result was one bombastic Saturday evening. They made a great pair, the 6-foot-tall singer,... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, January 16, 2016

At the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Coffee Concert on Friday, the music went down as easily as the doughnuts. This pair of concerts is the BPO’s annual Mozart birthday celebration. It features two luminous Mozart masterpieces, the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, and the Symphony No. 39. In between... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, January 11, 2016

Music icon David Bowie died of cancer on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday. He released his 25th album, “Blackstar,” on Friday. Here's my review of David Bowie's Buffalo show (originally published May 26, 2004). David Bowie has always been ahead of the curve. It was no surprise, then, that his sold-out... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, December 20, 2015

According to ancient tradition, the Twelve Days of Christmas do not start until Dec. 25. But thanks to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, we’ve already seen the ladies dancing and, deafeningly, heard the drummers drumming. Most of all, we’ve seen the lords a-leaping. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, whose thunderous take... Read More

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