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In September, celebrity vocal coach Andy Anselmo gave $500,000 to Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The gift was a pledge toward a new arts center on the campus. Now, with Christmas in the air, Anselmo is announcing a new gift. He is pledging an additional $200,000. This new bequest will help fund a residency in the arts center by the ed…

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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. T…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and LehrerDance are looking east for inspiration. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, at UB's Center For the Arts, they will be joining forces for a new interpretation of Hermann Hesse's novel "Siddhartha." Jon Lehrer, the founder and director of LehrerDance, and BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders both worked to develop the piece. They read the n…

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The title of “The Yeats Project” implies something workmanlike and studious, while the reality of “The Yeats Project” on the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s stage is the exact opposite. The show literally has wings. Through an inspired collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater, the spiritual voice of Yeats’ vision of Ireland comes vividly to life in two sho…

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A historic collaboration is taking place this weekend in Kleinhans Music Hall. The Irish Classical Theatre, LehrerDance and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are all joining forces for “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme,” the classic Moliere comedy performed with music by Richard Strauss.Moliere’s “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” – “The M…

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“Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” means “The Middle-Class Gentleman.” The playwright Moliere wrote the broad comedy in 1670 as a private entertainment at the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. It was performed with music by the French Baroque master Jean-Baptiste Lully.The farce, a bonbon for the French nobility, skewered a doltish nouveau-riche merchan…

For the third year running, Buffalo’s LehrerDance opened the M&T Bank Dance Series in University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. The internationally touring professional dance company presented six works by artistic director/choreographer Jon Lehrer, including two world premieres Saturday night on the Mainstage Theatre. The vibrant program opened with “Fused by 8” (20…

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The cutting-edge, internationally touring dance company LehrerDance is performing Saturday on its Buffalo home turf. For the third year in a row, the company is kicking off the M&T Bank Dance Series with a colorful slate of pieces that are sure to draw comment. Two world premieres are planned, called “Cash or Check?” and “Femeie de Lume” (Romanian for “Woman of the Wo…

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One reason why the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts is beloved among Western New Yorkers is its sheer variety of events. The 2014-15 season is no different, as a press release includes dates for myriad genres of music, theater, dance and comedy. We've selected a few highlights from the calendar, which ranges from Sept. 4, 2014 through April 22, 2015, and then p…

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This week’s free entertainment as part of the 45th Annual M&T Bank Plaza Event Series starts with “In Jest,” a comedy variety show with Nels Ross, on July 28. The shows run from noon to 1 p.m. at One M&T Plaza, Main at Division Street in downtown Buffalo. Also this week, the series will feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on July 29; “Back to the Bars” on …