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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

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

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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

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, June 10, 2016

And then there were three.The JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition has named three finalists who will be performing at 7:30 p.m. June 11 on stage with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. They... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Wednesday, June 8, 2016

One guitarist is a professor at Budapest’s Liszt Academy. Another is a virtuoso not only on the guitar but also on the oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument. Yet another is interested in the relationship between music and the visual arts. A fourth... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, June 7, 2016

President William McKinley is back. He has been sighted at the Spot Coffee on Elmwood Avenue, shaking hands. And at the Ellicott Square Building, where he delivered a speech. He even strode into the lobby of the McKinley Hotel in Canton, Ohio, home to... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is ending this season with a blast of triumphant, Romantic music. The final Classics concert features Richard Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony,” a work that, because of its scope and intense demands, is heard only rarely.It’s a first for the BPO’s Classics series, and to up the ante... Read More

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