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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 …

Many love Neil Diamond. Few admit to it. Put a paper bag over your head, if need be, and head to Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. Nov. 11, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by San Francisco-based Super Diamond, a leading, high-octane Neil Diamond tribute band. You'll hear all your surreptitious favorites: "Sweet Caroline," "Coming To America," "Cracklin…

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A good house turned out Saturday to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. And with good reason. With music by Chopin, Brahms and Richard Strauss, how could you lose? And on hand to play Chopin's Second Piano Concerto was Konrad Skolarski, from Warsaw, Poland. Everything was in place for a night of richness and romance. It all culminated in a wonderful performance …

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Pianist Konrad Skolarski embraces rich, Romantic repertoire. His no-holds-barred approach won him high praise from one of Poland's great musicians, Kryzsztof Penderecki. "A great virtuoso of the piano," Penderecki reportedly said. Audiences and critics seem to agree. Skolarski, born in 1980 in Warsaw, Poland, grew up in a musical family and performed a Bach concerto …

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It's hard to imagine conductor Michael Tilson Thomas at retirement age. When he led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was a boy wonder. Tilson Thomas announced Oct. 31 that, in June 2020, he would be stepping down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. The 2019-2020 season will mark his 75th birthday. It will also mark his 25th year leading the San Franci…

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Oh, man. That's what I kept saying, watching the Coffee Concert edition of Cirque de la Symphonie at Kleinhans Music Hall. A troupe of top-notch cirque performers -- Russian, by the look of their names -- are joining the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell for a glittering variety of crazy stunts. I thought it would be good…

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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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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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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…

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Charlie Albright is a pianist, a composer and an improviser. The New York Times has lauded his "jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity.'" Buffalo is going to get to see that virtuosity head-on when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra joins Albright for what promises to be a smoking "Rhapsody in Blue." We pause to remind audiences that this is one of those occasions when t…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening gala radiated a special star power this year. German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, one of the world's most famous and enduring virtuosi, was here to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, one of the world's most famous concertos. Mutter doesn't perform much in the United States, but her name looms large for classical music …

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Autumn is full of fun. Even the most devoted summer-lovers can't resist the lure of apples and pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the World's Largest Disco. At the same time, with the sun setting earlier and winter closing in, our thoughts grow deeper. Our minds turn naturally to matters of eternity and the supernatural. How to sort it all out? With classical musi…