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Christmas music can be a lot like snow. It has been known to start early. And you sometimes get deluged in it. No worries. Let it snow! We'll sort it out for you. Here is a curated selection of concerts -- in categories, all over the yuletide map. Choose what appeals to you. Better still, choose one from each category -- we dare you! Now there's a merry Christmas. Ch…

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Kleinhans Music Hall, this weekend, is the home of the hits. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is performing three pieces everyone loves, each a masterpiece in its own right. The guest soloist is Arnaud Sussmann, an up-and-coming violinist born in Strasbourg, France. Sussmann was the winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and is a member of the Chamber Music Societ…

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Holy Angels Church, which has towered over Porter Avenue since 1875, was built to last. The church's organists are, too. Robert Chambers, Holy Angels' current organist, has been on the job for 70 years. In October, he announced his retirement, effective at the end of this year. But his fellow parishioners have been trying, with some success, to persuade him to rethin…

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It's as much as part of Thanksgiving weekend as family, friends and football. On the Western New York autumnal table, it ranks up there with pumpkin and potatoes. Who among us has not consumed gallons of Mayer Bros. cider? When it comes to our spirit of gratitude and togetherness, the apple is at the core. And our Big Apple is Mayer Bros., the legendary cider maker i…

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Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, for enjoying the comforts of home. From family to football, from pumpkin pie to the mighty green bean casserole, there's plenty to keep us content. But let's talk turkey. At some point, you will need to get out. Wouldn't it be fun, with all the expats and relatives back on the scene, to celebrate things that are going well in our …

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There's one thing to do once you walk away from that turkey. And that is to get in the rest of your recommended 10,000 daily steps. One way to do that is shopping. Do Black Friday, but with a twist -- by thinking local. Grab deals at Elmwood Avenue's Black Friday With Boutiques from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. In the Village of Hamburg, Green Friday features specials Nov. 24…

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There was no Vivaldi on the program, but that didn't stop Viva Vivaldi from wrapping up its 39th season with vigor -- and variance. Over years of going to this festival, which features the Ars Nova Musicians led by Marylouise Nanna, I never remember a program made up entirely of Vicarious Visionaries (the term applied to composers other than Vivaldi). Not only was there…

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Maximiano Valdes is back in town. And this time, the former Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director is here to stay. You can't be so bold as to say for good. There is no telling what these glamorous, globetrotting conductors will do. What we can say is that Valdes, who is guest conducting the BPO this weekend, turned around before the Friday morning concert and…

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It's the most Buffalo time of the year. Spirits soar as we warm up for the Turkey Trot, one of the 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once. And for the World's Largest Disco, another adventure on our bucket list. Friends and relatives flock in from out of town, craving wings and beef on weck. Thanksgiving is in the air. It's fun to celebrate this …

Viva Vivaldi, the Ars Nova Musicians' annual Baroque homage, is ending its 39th season with some serious off-roading -- a performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. The soloist is Nichols grad and Boston College student Alexander Aylward. Last year for Viva Vivaldi, Aylward played Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and brought the house down. This year, he joins the …

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Few people, on stage or off, are funnier than Valerian Ruminski, the noted baritone who is the general director of Nickel City Opera. So it is sure to be memorable when the curtain rises on the company's newest production -- "The Music Shop," a musical comedy by Richard Wargo. "The Music Shop," based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, is a one-act comedy, sung in Englis…

Pianist Susan Yondt grew up in Buffalo and has lived for years in Sweden, where she teaches and performs. It's always a homecoming when she performs for Buffalo's Friends of Vienna, and this year, she has thrown in a twist: She'll be performing works by women composers, contemporary and historic, all from Scandinavia. Yondt performs at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Unity Church…

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Maximiano Valdes is back for a weekend. He was music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1998, during which time he cut a dashing figure and married a Western New Yorker, Jody Snyder. Currently music director of the Puerto Rico Symphony in San Juan, he continues to exhibit high spirits and dedication to music. He and the Puerto Rico orchestra were f…

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It's about to get more difficult for Western New Yorkers to get their fingers on a Steinway piano. Denton, Cottier and Daniels, the Amherst firm that bears the title of the world's oldest Steinway dealer, is no longer going to sell Steinways. For 157 years, Denton, Cottier and Daniels has been the exclusive Steinway dealer for all of Western New York. But Michelle Tr…

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The Buffalo Chamber Players, the adventurous group led by Buffalo Philharmonic violist Janz Castelo, are exploring what can be done with a clarinet. On the lyrical side of the spectrum is the Clarinet Quintet by one of music's great Romanticists, Johannes Brahms. This masterpiece for clarinet and string quartet, filled with bittersweet beauty, ranks with great clarinet …