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Kriner Cash, superintendent of the Buffalo city schools, spent a lot of time Saturday contemplating what he'll say tonight from the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall, the same stage where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed Buffalo only a little more than 50 years ago. Cash will be particularly conscious of the young adults and children in the audience from throughout…

Comedy

As Buffalo bears down to endure another cold, snowy winter, it’s easy to fall into dour and grouchy behavior. Comedian, entertainer and Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique is headed to Kleinhans Music Hall on Jan. 6 to open 2018 with a show that looks to lift hearts and temperatures … in the room, at least. “I’m going to tell you something, this show is going to be s…

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The chamber musicians knew what they wanted for Christmas. A harpsichord. Not a common request, given that the instrument became obsolete in the 18th century. On a harpsichord, the strings are plucked, not hit with hammers the way strings are on a piano. The resulting festive, twinkling sound is especially popular around Christmas. It lends that note of authentici…

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A viola with a colorful history is coming to Buffalo, thanks to a Buffalo Chamber Music Society concert. In a way, it's a homecoming for the instrument, which is owned by Buffalo's own Baird family. It is on loan from the Library of Congress, where it is housed. The viola is called the "Tuscan-Medici," because it was part of an ensemble made in 1690 for the Grand Duke o…

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The Bible is at the feet of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who leans from the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall to clasp the hands of men and women in the crowd before him. They surge forward, beaming, at the front of a line that stretches beyond range of the camera. The date is Nov. 9, 1967. The image, in a file at the Buffalo History Museum, was captured by Robert L. Sm…

Kleinhans Music Hall has canceled the National Geographic Live event scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. today. The event was to feature the underwater photography duo of David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. It will be rescheduled at the earliest possible time, Kleinhans officials said. All tickets will be honored for the new date and time. For more info, call 885-5000.

Music

Call him Mr. Christmas. Lots of people do. We speak, of course, of the man in red himself -- John Morris Russell, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's principal pops conductor. The word is out that Russell collects Christmas music, that he has tons of it, mostly on vinyl. This passion shows in his work. In 2015, his first Holiday Pops concert with our orchestra charmed …

Music

You hear his music in "The Exorcist" and "The Shining." Even his sacred music, written in tribute to such figures as Pope John Paul II and St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a sense of brooding darkness. Yet when Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta met Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki in 2015, she found him a delight. She and the rest of a contingent…

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Krzyzstof Penderecki has been called the most significant Polish composer since Chopin. He has traced a unique path, having abandoned the avant garde of his early years in favor of a more traditional, tonal form. Much of his music has a certain darkness, to the extent that it can be heard in horror movies including "The Shining" and "The Exorcist." His brooding sacred musi…

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People say Kleinhans Music Hall is all curves. Such is its sleek, modern grace. But the hall began in the usual pedestrian way, with a cornerstone. And it's appropriate we celebrate the anniversary of the laying of that cornerstone, on Sept. 12, 1939. It was the moment when one of Buffalo's most audacious buildings came into being. Kleinhans Music Hall, which marked its …

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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 to Robert …

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 desperation …

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There was a “Pops Party” scheduled for Saturday night in Kleinhans Music Hall. If you arrived early and had a special ticket, you could celebrate Happy Hour with Colleen Williams and Bobby Jones at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 and a concert featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Pink Martini. The initial festivities were essentially a fundraiser with the…

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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 out smiling…

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How about “Born to Write”?Bruce Springsteen, who will perform Feb. 25 at First Niagara Center, is also going to be showing up on book shelves this fall.Simon & Schuster will publish Springsteen’s autobiography – completely unsurprisingly, it will be titled “Born To Run” – on Sept. 27.The Boss has been working on his life story for seven years, commencing work immediate…