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Stefan Sanders, the new associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, has another post as well. He is the new music director of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. And at 4 p.m. Jan. 31, he leads the GBYO in its winter concert, at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.The concert features Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful …

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On Monday afternoon, with the sun trying to peek through the clouds, radio station WXRL played Hank Williams Sr.’s 1949 song, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” For listeners, it was a fitting tribute for the news that followed: Ramblin’ Lou Schriver, the man who owned and ran the station and who for just shy of 70 years was the soul, the voice and the Stetson-weari…

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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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Bambino Bar & Kitchen, the Italian restaurant at 297 Franklin St., has closed its doors.The restaurant’s Facebook page expressed gratitude to customers for over five years of business at the Theater District location.“Make sure you keep an eye on the Facebook page for possibly a new location or try our sister restaurant on Hertel Ave., BOSS, Buffalo’s Original Steak …

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Habitat For Humanity is raising money to build a house in honor of Pope Francis. Such a grassroots campaign calls for a grassroots band to kick-start the fundraising. And Habitat for Humanity has found a legendary band that fits the bill: the veteran country rockers Pure Prairie League. Even if you have not heard Pure Prairie League in person, you have most likely heard th…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebration of Finnish music, in tandem with FinnFest USA, comes this weekend to a colorful conclusion when the BPO presents three exotic works from the frozen north. The Symphony No. 1 of Einojuhani Rautavaara is on the program, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor. The true curiosity will be the U.S. premiere of Jaako Kuussisto…

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UB’s Music Department is going full steam into the new semester. Friday, the faculty recital series gets off to a dramatic start, with an all-Beethoven evening featuring Stephen Manes.Manes, professor emeritus, was for years the head of the UB music department. He lives in California now, but he happily schedules occasional homecomings. This concert is something of a tou…

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The Marilla Grill, a restaurant that has been a landmark in Marilla for 162 years, is closing its doors. Sunday will be the last day, said its owner of 30 years, Jeff Lewinski.Lewinski declined to disclose specific reasons for closing the restaurant, which he said his family has owned for 70 years. “I’m 52 years old,” he said. “It’s time to do a job that isn’t …

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Jazz musicians are joining forces Friday at Pausa Art House for a good cause.The Magdalene Project, headed by Joanne Lorenzo, combs the streets of Niagara Falls, N.Y., for people in need. Among the folks they help are people who suffer from drug abuse, prostitution, domestic abuse, alcoholism and an inability to care for children. Working with local Christian churches, the…

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Every year, Buffalo complains about our long winters. Yet every year, we can’t wait to show summer the door. “But I’m still here,” summer protests. “What are you doing with those jeans and boots? And what is with the pumpkin latte? There’s still yummy strawberry ice cream at Anderson’s!” “Summer, get out. Your time is up. It’s fall.” “Is not.”…

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Singer and actor Cheyenne Jackson will shortly be making the transition from Broadway favorite to Buffalo favorite. He will be the featured act in a one-night-only event at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.The evening is being called a variety show, which is something we don’t hear all that often these days.Jackson, famous n…

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ClassicalYo-Yo Ma, celloKathryn Stott, pianoSongs From the Arc of Life[Sony Classical]3.5 starsThe premise of this disc is irresistible. “A life is an arc of experience, from beginning to end and all the notes in between,” the jacket purrs. “‘Songs From the Arc of Life’ is a musical journey ... a window into our universal adventure through life and time.”Actual…

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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society is starting its 2015-16 season with a freebie. The society’s Gift to the Community concerts, held on several Sunday afternoons a year, feature up-and-coming musicians who are attracting acclaim in classical music.Buffalo will welcome Japanese flutist Seiya Ueno for a show at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. …

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Pardon my purple prose. But here I am, a native Buffalonian, and all these years, I never had a loganberry.“You’re kidding!” exclaimed Howard, the Tonawanda guy I married. He said that when he was a kid, his family loved loganberry so much his mother had to stock the syrup.“I was raised on the stuff,” he said, staring at me. “How can you have never had a loganb…

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So far, so good.If the rest of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classics concerts this season are anywhere near as good as the opening concert was, we are in for some real excitement.There was a lot to celebrate Wednesday at Kleinhans Music Hall as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off its season. We were welcoming superstar pianist Lang Lang. He was playing …