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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,…

The Queen of hip-hop, Mary J. Blidge, will bring her "Strength of a Woman Live" tour to Buffalo at 8 p.m. Aug 4 in Shea's Performing Art (646 Main St.). The long-time R&B musician, who debuted in 1992 with her freshman album "What's the 411?," will be on tour in support of her just-released album, the well received "Strength of a Woman." Lalah Hathaway opens the sho…

The Struts have all the makings of a big-time rock 'n’ roll band. Its frontman has the voice of Freddie Mercury and the moves of Mick Jagger. Its arena-accommodating singles are overstuffed with addictive choruses and hooks; and its on- and off-stage image seems inspired by a mix of Mötley Crüe and multiple readings of Stephen Davis’s “Hammer of the Gods.” …

Before opening last year’s “Live at St. Pancras Old Church” album with a sublime take on 2008 single “You’ll Only End Up Joining Them,” notably prolific singer/songwriter Kevin Devine clarifies the volume of his work for those who may have just discovered it. “I have a lot of records,” he said. “I’m only 35, but I have, like, a 70-year-old’s amount…

The only positive aspect of being smacked-down by a flu-with-an-attitude – besides the involuntary weight-loss – is the sudden availability of time to do nothing but listen to music (and sweat).  That was me, from Sunday to Thursday. I had to give my tickets to Todd Rundgren's  Wednesday show at the Riviera to a friend, but perhaps in compensation, Rundgren released …

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,…

JAZZ Diana Krall, "Turn Up The Quiet" (Verve) There's more than a little sorrow attached to Diana Krall's newest surefire favorite for her fans. Krall hadn't worked with producer Tommy LiPuma since 2009 before she recorded this last year. The two of them wanted to go back to the most intimate possible sound -- with trio, quartet, quintet and strings. Tragically, L…

" '90s babies, make some noise!" That's how Chance the Rapper greeted his fans at a sold-out tour stop in Detroit last week, proving that he knows his base, and quite likely, making those in attendance born well before the '90s  feel more than a touch awkward. With the exception of game-changer Kendrick Lamar, no artist in hip-his so clearly poised to seize his own …

1) Joe Nichols, 7 p.m. May 12 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets range from $27 to $30 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Veteran country star Joe Nichols has been in country music for over two decades, fine-tuning both his sound and live performances along the way. Over time, the baritone has gravitated toward "traditional country," according to Cleveland's S…

JAZZ Sarah Partridge, "Bright Lights and Promises: Redefining Janis Ian" (Origin) An extremely interesting if not entirely convincing record. Once upon a time, Janis Ian's fame came as a teen folk singer whose espousal by Leonard Bernstein of all people jolted everyone. "Society's Child" was written and recorded when she was 14 years old. "At Seventeen"  became p…

JAZZ Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, and Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop "Loneliness Road" (Rare Noise) What's this? you might well ask. Excellent question. Drummer/composer Bobby Previte has been playing with composer/keyboardist Jamie Saft for a while now. But on these slo-mo ballads, the two of them are playing with maximum sensitivity with the most lyrical and delic…

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…

Popular alternative-rocker act Imagine Dragons has announced a new tour that includes a stop in Buffalo at 8 p.m. Nov 1 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). The Las Vegas four-piece has turned itself into an alternative radio heavyweight since debuting in 2012. Blending together dance-friendly synth-pop with soaring, arena rock hooks, the group has found …

Todd Rundgren is 68, but he packs more activity into a month than most 20-year-olds dare to tackle in a year. So far this year, Rundgren has performed as part of an Aretha Franklin tribute at Carnegie Hall; crafted a new album, "White Knight," due May 12; appeared at Coachella Festival with rising teen power-pop band the Lemon Twigs; spoke and performed as an Artist in …