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Sometimes one goes to an orchestra concert mainly for entertainment and enjoyment, to revel in the sounds of the familiar. Other times, one goes to be challenged, to experience something with fresh ears and ultimately learn something new in the process.  Saturday’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra program, “Classical Sax,” was a satisfying combination of both. With Music …

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The 2019-2020 season is JoAnn Falletta’s 20th anniversary celebration, but it is also quickly shaping up as the “Year of the Violin” at the BPO. Between Tianwa Yang’s thrilling "Rondo Capriccioso" in the season opener, followed by Canadian superstar James Ehnes’ stunning "Korngold Concerto," violin lovers in Buffalo have have enjoyed quite the feast of offerings this fa…

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Like the proverbial fine wine, maestra JoAnn Falletta's relationship with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra gets better with age. And there were plenty of reasons to raise a glass during the BPO's season opener, "Favorites and Friends," celebrating Falletta's 20th year at the podium. While the concert title presumably referred to the evening's starry roster of guest so…

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"Tonight was my first opera – I hope they do more!" "I just didn't know what to expect ... but wow." If overhead comments in the lobby are any indication, the BPO made quite the impression with its season-ending "Carmen in Concert."  Music director JoAnn Falletta has consistently shown a knack for effective programming, and Georges Bizet's "Carmen" – a greatest hits …

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Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Saturday night’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert, “Bidini and Brahms,” was heavy on romance.  Music director JoAnn Falletta’s programming of three Romantic masterpieces was an ideal showcase of the BPO’s strengths and her own larger-than-life podium presence. Headlining the program was the colossal Brahms Piano Concerto…

The classical music world is big on composer milestones. Last year saw 100th anniversary celebrations for Debussy and Bernstein, and 2020 is already full of RSVPs for Beethoven’s 250th birthday. A 262nd anniversary? When you're Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, each and every birthday is a musical anniversary worth celebrating. Thus, the BPO’s annual tradition of a January co…

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Though the weather outside was frightful, there was plenty of heat on the Kleinhans Hall stage Saturday night. “The Music of Led Zeppelin,” the latest offering from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in its BPO Rocks series, was the perfect antidote to the winter storm and sub-freezing temperatures. Indeed, the energy onstage was matched by the buzz of the near-capacity…