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Many were called. Nine were chosen. John Morris Russell, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's  principal pops conductor, announced earlier this season that he was seeking singers to compete for a guest slot in the "Buffalo Sings," BPO concert. The successful singer will perform "Over the Rainbow" at the concert on April 14. Nine finalists have been chosen to compete …

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The internet be darned. Books live. Many of them live right here in Buffalo, at Old Editions Book Shop & Cafe. It is one of the nation's great bookstores. It is amazing considering its size how it has floated around. Owner Ron Cozzi founded it in 1976 on Hertel Avenue, and then it went to Allentown, then to University Heights, and currently is in downtown Buffalo…

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There is a guest conductor in town. Leading the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend is Rebecca Miller, a California conductor who has made a name for herself in Great Britain. She is a powerhouse. She cut an irresistible figure sporting skinny black pants, old-fashioned tails and -- the kicker -- black flats that had some kind of sparkle in the heels. Energet…

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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 int…

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Fei-Fei Dong was a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and earned praise from the Dallas Morning News for her "winning stage presence." She is coming to Kleinhans Music Hall to join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the most winning concertos ever written, the Piano Concerto in A Minor of the romantic German composer Robert Schu…

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You know those ice bikes you see gliding around the ice at Canalside? They are moving into the fast lane. Made only in Buffalo, they can now be found in Rochester, Vancouver, British Columbia, and, most recently, in Green Bay, Wis., at the request of the Green Bay Packers. They have been celebrated by National Geographic. But how many of us here have experienced this…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, embarking on its first overseas tour in 30 years, is looking forward to pleasing the people of Poland. But first, the orchestra will have to please the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The world has changed since 1988, when the BPO last crossed the ocean, bound for Austria and Switzerland. For example, new rules monitor mat…

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Unique in the world, the University at Buffalo's Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle has been rolling since 1955. That was when Alice Slee -- following the wishes her husband, Frederick, set down in his will -- gave a bequest that would fund annual performances in Buffalo of all 16 Beethoven string quartets. Frederick Slee had even specified the order in which he would like them …

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It hasn't happened, scholars point out, since 1945. It is sending shock waves through Buffalo's Catholic community. For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday – a solemn occasion that marks the start of Lent – falls on Feb. 14, the ancient feast of St. Valentine. The Catholic Church has relaxed somewhat since Vatican II in the early 1960s. But the rules of Ash …

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This weekend's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert goes perfectly with our snow. No wonder a decent-sized crowd made it to Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday night, despite the slippery roads. The music was just what we needed to hear. The centerpiece is Sibelius' Violin Concerto, brimming with icy beauty. The other main attraction is Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade." …

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Two voices dominate the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's 2018-2019 season. And here's a hint. Both got a boost from the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. On second thought, don't try to guess. Just enjoy the surprise. The pops series features Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth who will appear on April 6, 2019. Chenoweth's many acco…

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On Valentine's Day, it's time for a treat. Winter-weary Western New Yorkers owe it to ourselves to go to a flower shop. It doesn't have to be for romantic reasons. You can choose flowers for family, friends or simply yourself. And you don't have to break the bank. A single bloom can do the trick. "I can't tell you how many customers come in once a week, usually older…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is welcoming a Finnish violinist for a concert full of foreign flair. The central piece of music is Sibelius' Violin Concerto, performed by Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä. Vähälä appeared with the BPO in June 2016, as part of a celebration of the music of Finland. On that occasion, she performed the American premiere of a concerto by J…

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Why go to the Buffalo Zoo this time of year? Two reasons. First, admission is just $5, across the board, through February. And parking is free. Second, you will see the winter differently. The tropical animals will be inside, and you may share in their tropical comfort. The animals who are outside are there because they want to be. Because they love it. Luna th…

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We're getting to that time of year again. The time of year when Buffalo starts looking less like a beautiful snow globe and more like a salt-smudged wasteland. Those pretty, cheery Christmas lights are gone. Hawaii and Florida are looking pretty good. Or a Caribbean cruise -- or a Gulf coast getaway, or --- or --- But what if you can't get away? You'll have to enj…