Kleinhans Music Hall is setting the stage for a fantastic new season of music with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a partnership that dates back more than 80 years—when it performed at the hall’s opening night on Oct. 12, 1940.
Kicking off on Sept. 17 with “Midori Returns” and closing June 11, 2023 with Verdi’s “Requiem,” the 2022-23 concert season promises to take you around the globe with bold and diverse musical experiences for everyone.
“Whether they realize it or not, everyone knows some classical music,” says AndréeRenée Simpson, the BPO’s marketing manager. “Commercials, television shows, podcast intros and favorite films frequently feature classic music as the sound bed.”
Among the many anticipated concert highlights include superstar violinist Midori (Sept. 17), world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Nov. 18), Empress of Soul Gladys Knight (Oct. 8) and Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman (Dec. 8).
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Gladys Knight, the seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, headlines the BPO Pops series, which also includes The Doo Wop Project, The Music of ABBA and Unforgettable: Nat & Natalie.
The BPO Rocks series features tributes to The Moody Blues, Deep Purple and The Beatles, plus a performance by Jefferson Starship. Watch and listen as the nostalgia kicks in with “Back to the Future” and “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” in concert with the Film Series.
This season will also spotlight collaborations with Western New York institutions like the Irish Classical Theatre Company in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The SUNY Fredonia Hillman Opera Program will join for Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” And the powerful voices of the GRAMMY Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and SUNY Fredonia Chorus will combine for Verdi’s “Requiem.”
Celtic Woman returns for a special engagement to jumpstart the holiday slate, which wouldn’t be complete without the annual Classical Christmas and Holiday Pops concerts.
Simpson adds that at $7 general admission, BPO Kids performances are introductory musical journeys that entertain the entire family while inspiring an interest in orchestral music.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra strives to make concerts affordable for all budgets. Anyone who plans to attend at least a few of this season’s shows should consider purchasing a subscription for the best value. Package options start at $150 for six concerts—savings of up to 40% off regular prices.
“We have single tickets as low as $30 for several concerts,” Simpson notes, “but they are first-come, first-served and often sell out a few days before the concert.”
For more information, call 716.885.0331 or visit bpo.org.
Making the most of your orchestral maneuvers at Kleinhans
Designed by the iconic Finnish father-son architectural team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, the mid-century modern Kleinhans Music Hall accommodates 2,400 seats across its main floor and balcony. The decision to forgo a proscenium creates the impression of seamless unity between the audience and the performers.
For first-time orchestra attendees, the BPO shared a few helpful tips on what to expect.
- The best seats in the house are a matter of personal preference. For piano performances, sitting on the left side of the main floor or balcony may provide a better view of the musician’s hands as they play.
- Most shows last around two hours with an intermission in the middle.
- Unsure of how to dress? Check out the First Timers Guide online at bpo.org.
- During classical concerts, it’s standard to hold your applause until the end of each work.
- Drinks are available at the main floor and balcony bars, but beverages may not be carried into the main hall.
- Finally, check your conceptions at the door and just enjoy.
“Try to let go of any preconceived notions of what an orchestra performance entails and prepare to let the environment envelop and transport you into an unexpected place,” recommends AndréeRenée Simpson, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s marketing manager.