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Buffalo is one patriotic town. Friday morning's "Swingin' Stars and Stripes," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Memorial Day concert, drew a huge crowd. There were lots of little kids and from the clamor before the concert, you would have thought you were at a baseball game. And that was just the beginning. Once the concert began, people kept rising to their feet. …

At the McCarthys' cottage on Lake Erie, the kitchen clock is stuck at a quarter to 10. Its message is clear. Here, you are beyond time. Instead of going by the clock, this cottage adopts the rhythms of the lake. What a majestic lake this is. Just yards from the screened windows, it stretches as far as the eye can see. The McCarthy family laughs recalling a friend…

Matt Catingub brings spring with him. The extroverted pops maestro with Hawaiian flair has made several appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and each has been more entertaining than the last. Catingub does it all. He sings – he is the son of singer Mavis Rivers, who was known as Polynesia’s First Lady of Song. He plays the saxophone and the piano. B…

Former TV reporter Mike Igoe has already reinvented himself at least once. He left television to become an assistant professor of communication at SUNY Fredonia State College. Now, he is back in the spotlight, because of his new gig: shopkeeper. For decades, Igoe has been collecting vestiges of the past. In college he bought a barber chair, because it reminded hi…

Let us salute the festive lines of summer. Lines for the Viper at Darien Lake, as you watch the train whirl and listen to the screams. Lines for a concert at Canalside, as you chat with your neighbors while waiting to get frisked. Those are just two summer lines we've encountered on our 100 Things journey. Lines don't have to be a pain, like the line at the DMV. …

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 th…

If Bach, Charpentier and Vivaldi make you want to dance, you're not alone. The Buffalo Chamber Players will prove that in event called "Music and Dance," Lehrer Dance is presenting original choreography to the music of the Baroque masters. The evening also includes the world premiere of "Curtains of Light" by Chamber Players composer-in-residence Caroline Mallonée…

Let there be more light. Having collaborated on a presentation of music from Wagner's "Ring," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo light-mapping team Projex are working together again. They will be presenting a free event at 9 p.m. July 28 at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. JoAnn Falletta, the BPO's music director, is conducting. The evening will include …

The Harmonia Chamber Singers are known for their explorations of challenging classics, both modern and ancient. On May 19 and 20, however, the group is ending its season with "A Night at the Theater." It's a concert of music from movies, television and musicals.  On tap are songs from such shows as "Wicked," "Godspell," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music," "Miss Saigon,…

Now that's what you call a symphony. That's all anyone could think Friday at Kleinhans Music Hall, as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra brought Sibelius' Second to a glorious close. Christopher Wilkins, our guest conductor, stood with arms outstretched, as if swimming on the sea of sound. Then the final chords, billowing, filled the hall. Hundreds of listeners leapt,…

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society is almost 100 years old, but it is still vibrant and creative. Its 2017-2018 season puts the classics front and center. But it presents the music in new contexts. The Danish String Quartet, performing in spring 2018, is giving a concert with a hunting theme -- Haydn's quartet nicknamed "La Chasse," or "The Hunt"; followed by Mozart's fa…

Hear that A? It's the talented musicians of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, tuning up for another concert. Ansgarius Aylward -- the orchestra's music director, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's assistant concertmaster, has assembled a concert full of Romantic music. The afternoon begins with Brahms' "Tragic" Overture. Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, known as …

"A Musical Feast" likes to reach across centuries. Its collaborative concert May 12 takes the listener on a voyage from the Middle Ages to the present day. Part of the concert will focus on Alexander Scriabin and Maurice Ravel. Pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky, a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, is performing Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2, Opus 19, known as the…

Had she lived until now, had she not been killed by the Nazis, Anne Frank would now be in her 80s. But her story is as overwhelming as ever. As the world observes the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and continues to confront evil, "The Diary of Anne Frank" continuously takes on new relevance. A 2016 adaptation by Wendy Kesselman of the stage drama "The Diary of Ann…

The iconoclastic Englishman John Ireland was known mostly for his songs and other miniature pieces. But his piano concerto, premiered in 1930, was an immediate hit. Certain effects can remind listeners of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, which actually followed it. With its dance band effects, it was likened to Gershwin. Whatever you hear in it, the lively and varied concert…