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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to astronaut John Glenn, born on this date in 1921, “There is still no cure for the common birthday.” . . . DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, drive-thru only, from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10 and include roasted potatoes, a roll, homemad…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the David L. Miller Memorial Bandshell in Niawanda Park, along the Niagara River in the City of Tonawanda. The concert will be conducted by Stefan Sanders, who leads performances on the classics, pops, and education and family concerts. The orchestra will perform music from Star War…

East Aurora is alive with the sound of music. The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival is in full swing. The concerts feature a host of the region's most prominent musicians, many from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, the festival welcomes some new talent. Cellist Bob Donowick, a Juilliard graduate from West Seneca, is joining the roster. So is cellist Sarah …

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an impressive sight to see on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall. But what's under the stage is equally impressive. That's where the orchestra's vast music library is stashed. The library holds scores of scores -- some 3,000 pieces -- covering centuries' worth of symphonic literature. The library is staffed by two full-time librarians…

Buffalo is one patriotic town. Friday morning's "Swingin' Stars and Stripes," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Memorial Day concert, drew a huge crowd. There were lots of little kids and from the clamor before the concert, you would have thought you were at a baseball game. And that was just the beginning. Once the concert began, people kept rising to their feet. …

Matt Catingub brings spring with him. The extroverted pops maestro with Hawaiian flair has made several appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and each has been more entertaining than the last. Catingub does it all. He sings – he is the son of singer Mavis Rivers, who was known as Polynesia’s First Lady of Song. He plays the saxophone and the piano. B…

No summer is complete without the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing under the stars. At Kleinhans Music Hall, you can hear every single note with crystalline distinctness. But concerts outdoors have a different magic. A beautiful Buffalo summer evening, the fun of relaxing on a blanket with a cooler, the lovely surroundings of a park or a parkway -- take all th…

If Bach, Charpentier and Vivaldi make you want to dance, you're not alone. The Buffalo Chamber Players will prove that in event called "Music and Dance," Lehrer Dance is presenting original choreography to the music of the Baroque masters. The evening also includes the world premiere of "Curtains of Light" by Chamber Players composer-in-residence Caroline Mallonée…

Let there be more light. Having collaborated on a presentation of music from Wagner's "Ring," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo light-mapping team Projex are working together again. They will be presenting a free event at 9 p.m. July 28 at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. JoAnn Falletta, the BPO's music director, is conducting. The evening will include …

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,…

Hear that A? It's the talented musicians of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, tuning up for another concert. Ansgarius Aylward -- the orchestra's music director, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's assistant concertmaster, has assembled a concert full of Romantic music. The afternoon begins with Brahms' "Tragic" Overture. Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, known as …

The iconoclastic Englishman John Ireland was known mostly for his songs and other miniature pieces. But his piano concerto, premiered in 1930, was an immediate hit. Certain effects can remind listeners of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, which actually followed it. With its dance band effects, it was likened to Gershwin. Whatever you hear in it, the lively and varied concert…

You think you've seen it all when you see mountains rising over the stage of Kleinhans Music Hall. But this weekend, that's just the beginning. How about a huge horse, striding in from the wings? Or a flock of birds wheeling into the distance? Perhaps prettiest of all was a sparkling, shimmering river. The images were the work of the local company Projex. Projex col…

Forget hackneyed cartoons about horned helmets. Buffalo is about to see Richard Wagner's "Ring" in a new light. Literally. On May 6 and 7, orchestral excerpts from the four operas that make up the cycle "The Ring of the Nibelungs" will pour out to the accompaniment of light-mapping, a spectacular kind of light show that beams over the entire hall. The lights are the c…

Natasha Paremski has brought the house down before with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. But until now, she has played "big" music, like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. On Friday morning, the question loomed: How would she do with a subtle Beethoven concerto? The news was good. Actually, it was wonderful. I don't particularly remember the details of Paremski's p…