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By Mary Kunz Goldman » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

On the afternoon and evening of Aug. 21, the Amherst Senior High School auditorium will turn into an opera house, and the public is invited. Cadenza, a workshop led by renowned soprano Sebnem Mekinulov, is holding its annual recital. The student... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, August 11, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins is back in the spotlight.  She was the wealthy socialite and arts supporter who, in the 1940s, tried to will herself into being an opera singer. She even rented out Carnegie Hall and gave a sold-out recital. Alas, her voice... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, July 31, 2016

Virgil Thomson and John Cage are two of America’s greatest classical composers; both figure crucially in new books.This is a story about my accidental fleeting intersections with both....Thomson (1896-1989) was the greatest combination of composer and critic in American music. Further proof of the literary side of that... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, July 22, 2016

Do we hear a crescendo? The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's summer season will culminate in what promise to be three big events. At 3 p.m. July 24, JoAnn Falletta leads the BPO at Artpark in an all-Beethoven program. Featured will be the overture to... Read More

By Zoe Chevalier » Friday, July 15, 2016

If you like listening to music while enjoying the outdoors we have something for you. The BPO is once again offering a free concert at 7 p.m. on July 16 at the Chestnut Ridge Conservatory, at the sledding hill near the Casino. The evening’s program commemorates the 50th anniversaries of "Batman" and "Star Trek"; the... Read More




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By Alyssa Fisher » Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Balé de Rua dance troupe landed in Buffalo on Tuesday evening, a few days before their weekend performances at Artpark. On Wednesday, they headed to Canalside. The Brazilian dance company held a pop-up performance on the Canalside boardwalk to... Read More

By Alyssa Fisher » Monday, June 27, 2016

Author Nancy Davidoff Kelton says writing memoirs and going through therapy are different things. Think “A ha!" versus “Oy vey.” She will elaborate on this and discuss her memoir, “Finding Mr. Righstein,” during three events beginning... 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... 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 Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Classical J.S. Bach, “The French Suites BWV-812-817” (Harmonia Mundi, two discs). The always-winning harpsichordist Richard Egarr has a persuasive theory about why Bach’s “French Suites” have been relatively unloved both on record and in live performance compared to so much other Bach keyboard music. For... Read More

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