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The final concert in the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s 93rd season, held Tuesday night in Kleinhans Music Hall, featured an intriguing program by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS for short). The program showcased well played, intriguing scores by Bela Bartok and Dmitri Shostakovich along with a masterpiece from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s cat…

Much to the delight of its fan base, Celtic Woman, a polished, high gloss take on (mostly) Irish music, came to Shea’s Performing Arts Center Tuesday evening and delighted the crowd by blending talented performers and lush arrangements into a seamless whole. With roots in the Riverdance phenomenon and Anuna (the distinguished Irish chorale), Celtic Woman has hit a sweet…

Members of the Dover Quartet are all fairly young, having graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music (where they originally played together as the Old City String Quartet) in 2010. They’ve risen quickly into the upper ranks of their profession and have recently garnered the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant for 2017. Their venture into the first pair of the Slee B…

John Morris Russell, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor led the BPO Friday through a wildly successful program based on one of the most popular Broadway confections of the 21st century – “Jersey Boys”. The term “jukebox musical” refers to a revue built around a specific composer, group, or time period that (sometimes) uses a thin ske…

Buffalo Chamber Players and the Vocalis Chamber Choir Albright-Knox Art Gallery Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30 pm   “Opus Number Zoo,” Thursday’s program by the Buffalo Chamber Players - the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Ensemble-in-Residence - was created as a complementary offering to the museum’s current exhibit, “Menagerie: Animals on View.…

People go to concerts for inspiration, for fun, for intellectual release. Sometimes those reasons show up at the same time in the same venue and then the lucky folks in attendance have reason to celebrate. It was that way at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s program Tuesday in Kleinhans’ Mary Seaton Room where the Escher Quartet and Jason Vieaux (the Buffalo raise…

Two deservedly prominent Western New York arts organizations - the BPO and Lehrer Dance – combined for an impressive concert at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts with a program that combined old and new into a nearly seamless whole. While the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is used to being a heavyweight on the scene, this event was built around Jon Lehre…

Abridging a global literary classic is a tricky business, especially one so imbued with national pride as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust,” a tome holding the same exalted cultural position in Germany that “Don Quixote” holds in Spain. That’s part of the reason why Neil Wechsler’s restructuring and adaptation of the legendary (and lengthy, two-part) te…

You can trace the musical “bloodlines” of guitarist Mary Halvorson’s group through an impressive chart of more than a decade’s worth of important, cutting edge jazz outfits. She’s worked with Mark Ribot and Tim Berne but her time spent playing in a couple of Anthony Braxton’s bands may have made the biggest impact on her approach to music. Halvorson’s c…

Think of a sandwich where something that may or may not be in your tasting wheelhouse is surrounded by the “staff of life.” You’ll either appreciate the experience or yearn for something more familiar. Musical “sandwich” programming is an art where favorite pieces provide the entrance to and the exit from works, historically important or not, that invite explo…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s inaugural Pops concert of the season was a pretty solid success. There was nary an unfilled seat in the house and the parking lots – and many of the side streets – were filled with cars. Program music drawn from popular soundtrack scores by John Williams was a safe hit with the audience, and the orchestra – led by BPO Pops cond…

Multi-stage concert programs have the virtue of showcasing a number of acts across a variety of platforms at the same time. This virtue also has a drawback, especially when intriguing performances overlap, causing audiences to make a decision to see one in its entirety or split the time and perhaps miss a specifically good moment; it’s a bit like going for a one-dish mea…

Members of the Hasselback family have made noteworthy contributions to the Western New York jazz scene, a fact that made their appearance at the final concert in this year’s Albright-Knox Summer Jazz Series an intriguing one.Pianist John Hasselback Sr. worked with a number of major league performers (Maynard Ferguson, Cab Calloway, and others) and taught in East Aurora s…

 Sunday, at the Masten Jazz Festival, was a day to honor a couple of folks who played big parts in the local music community: James “Pappy” Martin, the late bassist and a key person in the development of the Masten Jazz Festival, and Elvin Shepherd, the former trumpeter-turned-saxophonist who mentored Grover Washington Jr. and others.Between every set performed there …

Sunday’s concert outside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery took place under a hazy sky and in steamy temps, the kind of weather that made shade a premium. Hundreds of listeners jammed together beneath canopies of well-leafed trees (and/or umbrellas) as intermittent breezes provided varying degrees of relief. The crowd spread to either side of the gallery steps and across the…