Buffalo's favorite Irish tenor is coming to town for a New Year's weekend concert with its favorite symphony.
Ronan Tynan will sing such classic Irish tunes as "Isle of Hope," "Isle of Tears" and "Fields of Athenry" during "A Night With Ronan Tynan and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra" Dec. 30 in Kleinhans Music Hall.
Music Director JoAnn Falletta will conduct the program, also featuring popular favorites "Into the Fire" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," as well as the holiday showstoppers "Walking in the Air" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
The 7 p.m. concert to benefit Buffalo Sabres Foundation youth programs will precede the nationally televised New Year's Day "Winter Classic" matchup between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Tynan's appearance in Kleinhans also will be a first, pointed out Larry Quinn, the hockey club's managing partner. "I can't think of a better way to kick off the New Year and the 'Winter Classic' weekend," he said. First Niagara will sponsor the concert.
Falletta said she is eager to be on the stage for the first time with Tynan, one of the three original Irish Tenors, and hopes the program will draw new fans to the BPO.
Left unanswered was whether Tynan, a New York City resident who loves the Sabres and has come to HSBC Arena to sing "God Bless America" before several games, will perform before the Jan. 1 outdoor contest. The Sabres, who are bringing in Tynan for the Nov. 21 game against the Ottawa Senators, were mum on that possibility Wednesday.
The tenor's new Christmas CD, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," is available on his Web site, www.ronantynan.net, and will be in stores Dec. 4. It is also available in the Sabres gift shop at the arena.
Concert tickets are on sale at $35, $45, $55, $65 and $75, with a limited number of $200 "maestro seats" available that include a postconcert reception and a signed copy of Tynan's autobiography, "My Life 'Til Now."
Students 18 and younger with identification will receive $10 discounts on $35 and $45 seats. Tickets may be purchased at the HSBC Arena and Kleinhans box offices or online at www.bpo.org or www.sabres.com. For more information or to charge by phone, call 885-5000.