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In new Kleinhans concerts, audience takes the stage

Kleinhans Music Hall is planning three concerts with a twist. The performer will be in the middle of the main stage, and the audience will be seated on stage close by.

Limited tickets will be available to each event. All concerts are at 7 p.m.

To begin the adventure, cellist Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes is performing Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. These are intense, acknowledged masterpieces, and they will be presented all in a row, for an immersive experience. Lastrapes has given performances of these pieces all over the world, and has published his own edition of them. He will perform them March 6.

April 3 brings American classical guitarist Xavier Jara. Jara, who studied in Paris, is on a 50-city recital tour, part of his prize as 2016 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition. Classical guitar is a quiet and intimate art, and to be part of the onstage audience for this event should be a treat. Jara's appearance in Buffalo is co-sponsored by the Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Studio.

The third concert will appeal to fans of world music. The Buffalo Gamelan Club - Sari Raras Irama  has been bringing people together and introducing them to Javanese music and culture since 2015. Director Matt Dunning has put together an evening that will showcase a variety of traditional Javanese music and dance pieces from the royal Mangkunegaran Palace and the city of Solo. Special guest Pamardi Tjiptopradonggo is one of the preeminent performers of Javanese dance. They will take the stage, surrounded by their audience, on May 4.

“We’re always seeking opportunities to offer different concert experiences, to fully utilize the architectural and acoustical treasure that is Kleinhans Music Hall, and to deepen people’s connections to music," Daniel Hart, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's executive director, said in a statement. "We have done a couple of events like this in the past, and audiences seem to enjoy it."

Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Attendance at the April 3 event is free to members of Friends of Falletta, a group of donors who support the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Call 885-5000 or visit


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