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It’s astronomical, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming “Know the Score” concert. Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders is conducting the orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Gustav Holst’s popular “The Planets.” And to set off this super-popular music, a video screen will broadcast stellar imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. …

It’s astronomical, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming “Know the Score” concert. Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders is conducting the orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Gustav Holst’s popular “The Planets.” And to set off this super-popular music, a video screen will broadcast stellar imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. …

Brody Dolyniuk is the master tribute artist. He stood in for Freddie Mercury at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s tribute to Queen. He also stepped into Mick Jagger’s shoes. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall, he sat at the Steinway, donned flashy glasses and sang the bittersweet ballads of Elton John. This BPO Rocks concert was as close as you could get to Sir Elto…

He stood in for Freddie Mercury. He returned to pay tribute to Mick Jagger. And now the intrepid Brody Dolyniuk is back at Kleinhans Music Hall, this time singing the music of Elton John. “I enjoy being versatile and doing different things,” he told The News in 2013, on the occasion of one of his previous visits. “I can jump from Freddie’s style to Mick’s style …

As we face an increasingly hectic and dangerous world, it’s nice to have a chance to sit back and listen to music of peace, music that reminds us of faith and higher ideals. So reasoned the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting a concert called “Grant Us Peace.” The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus is joining the orchestra for the soulful “Dona Nobis Pacem” of R…

Eldar Nebolsin has already collaborated colorfully with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The Uzbekistan-born pianist is featured on the BPO’s Naxos recording of Ernst von Dohnanyi’s “Variations on a Nursery Theme,” a witty treatment of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” An artist of consummate technique, Nebolsin is associated with such virtuosic showpieces. W…

Intense and emotional, Bach’s oratorio “St. Matthew Passion” can move a listener to tears. A narrator, chorus and soloists tell the story of the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, and many elements along the way give a human dimension to the drama. It begins with a gripping chorus in tones that suggest the unearthly and supernatural. The journey continues w…

John Morris Russell, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal pops conductor, is still pretty new here. But already, a few truths are emerging. If you don’t think you’ll like the concert, you will. If you’re psyched for the concert and know you will love it, it will be even better than you anticipate. Finally, it’s a good bet that Russell will send you o…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has just announced a gift for you – a free recital at Kleinhans Music Hall at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The afternoon concert will feature violinist Edoardo Zosi and pianist Enrica Ciccarelli performing music by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Paganini and Tartini. The pair are warming up for a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, which wi…

Jim Curry looks enough like John Denver so that when he starts to sing, it can feel kind of surreal. “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Calypso” ... you can find Curry on YouTube singing these songs, and it’s pretty convincing. Curry, who was featured on the CBS TV movie “The John Denver Story,” is generally regarded as the best Denver tribute art…

Piano legend Andre Watts embraces big music and radiates strength. He was last in Buffalo in 2011 for a solo piano recital, and the chords are still echoing, such a number did Watts do on the Liszt B Minor Piano Sonata. “Watts approached it as if going into battle,” The News reported. “Even before he played those smoky low opening octaves, you could sense he was in …

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Pops season has its own allure, separate from the much-anticipated Classics season. This year the season is generating special buzz, because of the zippy presence of the orchestra’s new principal pops conductor, John Morris Russell. Russell, also is music director of the Cincinnati Pops, has been wowing the crowds, approaching his …

The 2016-17 Buffalo Philharmonic season opens with violin superstar Joshua Bell, a known favorite. After that, fasten your seat belt.As the season unfolds, among the soloists Kleinhans Music Hall will welcome is Stewart Copeland, the drummer best known for his years with the Police. Copeland is playing a percussion concerto he wrote.Also making his BPO debut is the flamboy…

Kleinhans Music Hall is alive this weekend with the kind of epic concert that few saw coming. Saturday night’s concert drew what looked like close to a full house, and the applause echoed into the night.The soloist is Chloe Hanslip, a violinist in her late 20s. She is playing the crowd-pleasing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and she has her own way with it. To conclude the…

David Bowie's death hit music fans and musicians hard, and tribute shows across the world are being performed in his honor. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Jeans n' Classics will play "The Music of David Bowie" at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). Tickets will range between $29 and $49, with limited VIP passes available for $75. Ticke…