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In September, celebrity vocal coach Andy Anselmo gave $500,000 to Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The gift was a pledge toward a new arts center on the campus. Now, with Christmas in the air, Anselmo is announcing a new gift. He is pledging an additional $200,000. This new bequest will help fund a residency in the arts center by the ed…

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Christmas Eve is a night for music. Paul Ferington, the retired conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, loves to celebrate that. In what has become an annual tradition, he will be conducting a free concert with a chamber orchestra on Christmas Eve at Williamsville United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Oakgrove in Williamsville. Titled “Stille Nacht…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Holiday Pops turned Kleinhans Music Hall into a sea of red. Musicians wore red. The audience, packing the hall from top to bottom, wore red. I wore red. Only John Morris Russell, the BPO's principal pops conductor, put a different twist on Christmas attire, rocking a snowy white jacket. There was a good energy to the concert. Slip…

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Rushing about our everyday business, we sometimes miss the treasures that hide in plain sight. One wintry day a couple of years ago reminded me of that. I had been at a lunch meeting with a colleague from Amherst. The wind and sleet had kicked in. "Let's cut through the Ellicott Square Building," I suggested. And in we went -- beneath the carved entranceway, throu…

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For some of us, Christmas music isn't just something that comes out in December, or November if you're pushing it. For some of us, Christmas music is a hobby gone out of control. I personally have several hundred Christmas records -- vinyl LPs ranging from opera to jazz, Bach to Bob Goulet. And behold, I have received tidings of great joy: I have a kindred spirit in …

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Everybody's waiting for the man with the bag -- and, finally, he's here. John Morris Russell, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra principal pops conductor, is known as Mr. Christmas, for reasons that rapidly become evident at his annual Holiday Pops. Morris, who also is the music director for the Cincinnati Pops, collects Christmas music. He loves to fill his programs with curi…

Lifestyles

This is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it's the most Buffalo time of the year. Let's celebrate that in our holiday shopping. Museums, galleries, even hospitals have decked their gift shops for your shopping pleasure. Treat yourself to a stop at one of them. The reasons are many. First, it's fun. You might not have two hours to devote to perusing …

Deck the hall! Kleinhans looks great this Christmas. Every year, it seems to get prettier and prettier. Trees upstairs and down, wreaths wherever you look, beautiful decorative presents. "A Classical Christmas" also sparkles. This is the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's classical take on Christmas, to be followed Dec. 15-17 by Holiday Pops. The classical Christmas conce…

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Poinsettias aren't shy. They sport names like Luv U Hot Pink, Ruby Frost and Advantage Red. And at the annual Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.), they don't just command center stage, filling the atrium under the big glass dome. They demand total control. They are everywhere. Follow them, and you discover a new wor…

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We're making a list and checking it twice. And we would like to invite you to join us. Because when the Christmas season ends, we don't want to have any regrets. The holidays are hectic. The days fly by. Too often, we don't have time to do the things we wanted to do. To bask in the beauty of a Christmas tree, say. To hear one of our town's magnificent choirs. To enjo…

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Configuration Dance Theatre is switching on the lights for a Buffalo-centric production of "The Nutcracker." The Tchaikovsky ballet will be set against the fanciful backdrop of the Pan-American Exposition of 1901. The magic begins at a Christmas party in a beautiful Buffalo home. Some of the city’s most prominent citizens are present. And the Christmas tree glows, for t…

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Hope does not die easily when it comes to locating Grateful Dead tapes, real or imagined. In January 2017, a grassroots search began for a recording of a historic concert the band gave on March 17, 1970, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Lukas Foss, who was then the orchestra's music director. It has long been considered unlikely that any recording exists. But…

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The Dover Quartet shot to fame in 2013 after sweeping the Banff International String Quartet Competition, a kind of Olympics for string quartets. Trained at the Curtis Institute and mentored by members of the great Guarneri Quartet, the Dover continued its rise by winning the Cleveland Quartet Award. The four musicians -- violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena …

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This weekend's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert turned out to be one of those sleeper hits. On the program are three of classical music's known quantities – Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Mendelssohn's much-played Violin Concerto, and Mozart's Symphony No. 41, the "Jupiter." The guest soloist is French violinist Arnaud Sussman, and the guest conductor is Andre …

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A yuletide or two ago, covering the 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once, we did our Christmas shopping on Elmwood Avenue. This year, we're hitting Hertel. Make no mistake, we'll find time for Elmwood too. You can't stay away. But Hertel Avenue, the jewel of North Buffalo, increasingly clamors for attention. The fun begins in earnest this weeke…