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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

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




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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

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... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Monday, June 13, 2016

Throughout its 31-year period of shepherding by Artistic Director David Felder, June In Buffalo is and always has been, a place and time for like-minded musicians to get together and work on their craft, creating new ways of making music by writing it,... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday evening’s BPO performance began with a rousing performance of Emmanuel Chabrier’s “Espana” and closed out with some well-chosen orchestral highlights from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.”But the bulk of the concert was devoted to the guitar – the finals of the seventh biennial JoAnn Falletta International... 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

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