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Election Day is looming. You're nervous and on edge. You're going to need something to calm you down. And classical music, research suggests, could do the trick. Could Mozart top Merlot? Could Vivaldi replace Valium? It could happen, suggests recent research in Bochum, Germany.  The German researchers assembled 120 participants. Half of them spent 25 minutes ly…

John Lennon pleaded with us to give peace a chance. The music the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are performing this weekend show that it’s not that simple. Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote his “Dona Nobis Pacem” as a plea for peace in 1935, as the Nazis were advancing and war was looming. Meanwhile Paul Hindemith, in Germany, was experiencing the same desper…

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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…

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June will see yet another year of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. And the festivities surrounding it are getting started a little bit early. At 7:30 p.m. March 22, Ekachai Jearakul is presenting a bargain recital at Kleinhans Music Hall. The recent winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, Jearakul is two-time Falletta Competiti…

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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…

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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 …

Sunday’s “Gift to the Community” recital (sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society) showcased Daniel Lebhardt, a young pianist with substantial technical chops and an impressive tally of wins in numerous prestigious international competitions. The audience at Kleinhans (a full house) responded to his playing with standing ovations and bounteous applause after e…

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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society has a gift for you – a free recital on Feb. 7 by Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt. Lebhardt, who is 22, is warming up for his debut this spring at Wigmore Hall, the prestigious venue in London, England. On his visit to Buffalo he will be playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 16 in G and ending with Liszt’s hallucinogenic Sonata in B Minor…

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Valentine’s Day is arriving early this year. The three well-turned-out young men who make up Il Volo, the buzzed-about Italian pop vocal trio, have chosen Buffalo to kick off their spring tour, smolderingly titled Grand Amore. To most, this trio needs no introduction. Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto have stirred the hearts of millions in their TV ap…

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The viola, with its low, smoky range, is beneath the radar for many. That perception changed in Buffalo a few weeks ago when Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Violist Valerie Heywood stepped into the spotlight, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Buffalo’s voyage of viola discovery is going to continue Feb. 5,with a visit to the Unive…

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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…

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In 1891, when Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky visited Niagara Falls, he had no idea what honor lay in store for him.As he rode the elevator to the foot of the falls, as he complained about the ugliness of the slicker he had to wear, he could not guess that years in the future – i.e., now – it would be “The Nutcracker” that would officially, every year, kick off Western Ne…

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Rolling Stone magazine has called Hawaiian-born ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro a hero. He has taken the ukulele to places it has never been before. Shimabukoro has turned George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” into “While My Ukulele Gently Weeps.” He has reimagined “Don’t Stop Believing” into an anthem of belief in the ukulele. Recently, as a f…

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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society never outgrows the spirit of adventure. Its 92nd season is full of surprises. It starts on an offbeat note on Tuesday with the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a freewheeling group based in Ohio. The Carpe Diem Quartet lives up to its name, seizing the day for all manner of exotic repertoire. The musicians are known not only for their classical …

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When Kleinhans Music Hall opened 75 years ago Monday, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra struck up an orchestral arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, some Beethoven and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.“That was the opening night concert, but it was actually a three-day affair,” said Lauren Becker, curator of the Music Hall’s new Archive Room.The following day featured…