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Buffalo's Harmonia Chamber Singers have two ambitious events planned. Led by Rev. Robert Duerr, guest conductor, the choir is reaching for the next level with music ranging from the medieval era to modern times. "The Road Home" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and is described as "a requiem for those we love." The concert, without intermission, is designed to unfold sea…

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In the 1960s and '70s, the musical avant-garde flourished in Buffalo, exemplified by the Creative Associates at the University at Buffalo. Its shock waves reached Kleinhans Music Hall, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's music director, Lukas Foss, embraced the experimentation. That old spirit lives on in the concert series called "A Musical Feast." Organizers de…

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The lengthening shadows, the early darkness, the scent of cinnamon, it can all mean only one thing. The year is turning into a pumpkin. Embrace it. We brag about our seasons here in Buffalo, and now is the time to celebrate that. Find a big orange gourd, throw your arms around it, heft it up and haul it home. Sure, you can find pumpkins at any supermarket. But for be…

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Bill Murray packed them in Wednesday in Kleinhans Music Hall. All ages were there, filling the seats to the rafters. And all night, that packed hall was silent. It wasn't just the star power, that it was Bill Murray, whom everyone knows from movies, before us on the Kleinhans stage. I think everyone got over that in five minutes. It was that the evening was so unu…

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Two priceless violins owned by a philanthropic Buffalo couple are stopping home for a visit, thanks to a party planned by WNED Classical 94.5 FM. The station, celebrating 40 years of broadcasting the music of the masters, is importing two high-wattage violinists to perform at a gala at the WNED studios at 3 p.m. Nov. 4. The guest violinists are Augustin Hadelich and Tim…

Buffalo is seeing the wild side of Dennis Kim, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's concertmaster, this weekend. Kim is the soloist in the entertaining Violin Concerto by Philip Glass. Actually, we are seeing the wild side of the entire orchestra. Music Director JoAnn Falletta at the helm, the BPO is performing a bang-up concert of soulful but showy American music. It c…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is anticipating a Poland spring. In March 2018, the orchestra is traveling to Poland to perform in four cities, in four of the nation's most acclaimed concert halls. It is the orchestra's first overseas tour since 1988. The tour was announced Saturday before the BPO's concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. The centerpiece of the tour will…

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Birds, do it, bees do it. Turtles, deer, and black-capped chickadees do it. Let's do it. Let's go to Tifft. Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., is a kind of miracle, a home for wildlife in the heart of what was once industrial Buffalo. There, a tweet is a bird call, not something that pops up on your phone. Tifft is home to a cattail marsh and all kinds of…

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A celebration of American music with a colorful set of concerts stretching from now into the spring of 2018 is being hosted by SUNY Buffalo State College. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 with a look at the evolution of bebop. The first program, called “Birth of Bebop: Tad, Diz, and Monk at 100," features the Buffalo Jazztet, a group starring Buffalo State music facul…

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Buffalo is about to see the soulful side of Bill Murray. The comedian is coming to Kleinhans Music Hall on Oct. 11 with "New Worlds." It's a program he has put together with German cellist Jan Vogler, whom he met by chance on an airline flight. (See accompanying story.) Joining them will be several other musicians, including violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Pe…

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Bill Murray likes to live life by chance. His hilarious interactions with strangers are documented in a book called "The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing," by Gavin Edwards. Once, he stuck two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne into a snowbank by a bank's drive-through window. He mouthed "Happy New Year" to the teller, and…

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After rocking the house with American music last week, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is at it again with a program that centers on Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3. The symphony, which includes the famous "Fanfare For the Common Man," is a piece close to the heart of Music Director JoAnn Falletta. "I love it more and more," she said. "It's a piece of such nobility, s…

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Charlie Albright, the hotshot young pianist, cuts a captivating figure. Friday morning at Kleinhans Music Hall, he appeared from the wings in a white Nehru jacket and dark trousers. With dash, he sat down at the Steinway. You knew he would pull no punches and take no prisoners. His performances of two pieces --  George Gershwin's famous "Rhapsody in Blue" and Duke E…

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We don't need to go to Germany for Oktoberfest. We have Ulrich's. Ulrich's 1868 Tavern, at 674 Ellicott St., is more than Buffalo's oldest bar. Opened in 1868, it is a reminder of the days when Buffalo was a capital of beer brewing and German culture. The years when Germans -- our area's most populous ethnic group -- were visible. The late Buffalo News columnist Ray…

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JoAnn Falletta, the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Charles E. Burchfield Award. The Burchfield Penney Art Center, which bestows the award annually, made the announcement Sept. 27. According to the gallery, the award recognizes great achievements in the arts, in addition to honoring commitment to environmental sustainab…