The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Delaware Park in 2012. (Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News)

No summer is complete without the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing under the stars.

At Kleinhans Music Hall, you can hear every single note with crystalline distinctness. But concerts outdoors have a different magic. A beautiful Buffalo summer evening, the fun of relaxing on a blanket with a cooler, the lovely surroundings of a park or a parkway -- take all this into account, and Mozart never sounded better.

This summer, the Philharmonic's concert season shines with both tradition and newness.

The BPO is teaming up again with Shakespeare in the Park for an evening of music and theater. There's also a performance at the Ellicottville Music Festival. And at Canalside, the BPO is joining Strictly Hip for a tribute to the Tragically Hip.

The season ends with a literal highlight. July 28 brings a light display at the Richardson Complex by Projex, theBuffalo team that masterminded the visuals for the BPO's recent exploration of Wagner's "Ring." BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts this pioneering free concert, which celebrates the grand re-opening of the Richardson Olmsted Campus and promises to be one of the most memorable events of the summer.

Here is the orchestra's summer schedule.

8 p.m. June 30: Fans of the Hip will be happy when the BPO teams with Canadian conductor Bradley Thachuk for an evening of the music of the Tragically Hip. The show will feature Strictly Hip, Western New York's top Tragically Hip tribute band. The concert is in celebration of Canada Day Eve and Canada 150. It takes place at Canalside in Buffalo. Admission is $5.

8 p.m. July 1:  The BPO performs "Pirates and Princesses" at the Ellicottville Music Festival, Holiday Valley Resort. $30; tickets available at ellicottvilleny.com.

9 p.m. July 3: The BPO holds its popular annual Independence Eve Celebration at Coca-Cola Field with the Buffalo Bisons. Tickets are available at bisons.com.

7 p.m. July 18: The BPO joins forces with the company of Shakespeare in Delaware Park to present an evening of music and theater featuring "Macbeth," "The Tempest," "Romeo and Juliet," and more. The free concert takes place on the recently-renovated Shakespeare in Delaware Park stage.

July 21: The BPO is returning to Artpark for a tribute to Broadway. The concert, called "Broadway Today," features three vocalists singing music from "Beautiful," "Mamma Mia," and an entire medley of songs from Disney's series of smash Broadway hits. They'll also sing songs from classic Broadway shows, including "Cabaret" and "The Sound of Music."

9 p.m. July 28: On the South Lawn of the Richardson Complex, Projex is  designing and choreographing a light show using the latest in light mapping technology to transform the Richardson towers. JoAnn Falletta, the BPO's music director, will conduct the BPO in music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and more.

BPO concerts in the parks

These concerts are a summer tradition and are all free.

7 p.m. June 27: Elmwood Village Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert Series, Bidwell Park.

7 p.m. July 6:  The BPO gives a concert at the North Park Academy Lawn, 780 Parkside Ave.

7 p.m. July 9:  The BPO plays Niawanda Park.

11:45 a.m. July 11: The BPO performs at the free M & T Plaza Concert Series.

7 p.m. July 19: The BPO plays Clarence Town Park.

For info on BPO events, visit bpo.org or call 885-5000.

 

 

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