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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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The boldface title in the BPO program said “Paganini’s Violin” and that was appropriate. Even though Antonin Dvorak’s oeuvre contributed two out of the three pieces on Friday night’s concert, his pair of works – the “Carnival Overture” and the Czech composer’s Symphony no. 6 - acted more as a framing device for Nicolo Paganini’s first violin concerto. At one point in…

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The developer who purchased the Clement Mansion property from the American Red Cross' Western New York chapter sold the agency's former Blood Services building to a family advocacy organization, which will use it to help children who have suffered from sexual and severe physical abuse. The sale to BestSelf Behavioral Health completes a transformation of the historic Del…

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John Morris Russell's high-energy tenure as the principal pops conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is set to continue through 2022. The BPO and Russell agreed to extend their contract for three more years after the initial agreement expires in August 2019. "I'm thrilled to continue this beautiful relationship with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and al…

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If you were looking for Waldo or Dora at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's “Star-Spangled Spectacular” performance Friday, chances were slim you’d find them unless you’d made prior arrangements or serendipity was involved. That’s another way of saying Kleinhans Music Hall was a packed house filled with folks primed to hear a musical celebration of Memorial Day and ho…

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One of Michael Joseph's few remaining local commercial holdings is in the midst of a major renovation and upgrade that will soon see 10 new luxury apartments added to the building where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra used to have its offices. Joseph's Clover Management, which renovated all of the apartments he owns on Allen Street between Delaware and Franklin Stree…

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It’s astronomical, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming “Know the Score” concert. Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders is conducting the orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Gustav Holst’s popular “The Planets.” And to set off this super-popular music, a video screen will broadcast stellar imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. For stargazers…

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It’s astronomical, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming “Know the Score” concert. Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders is conducting the orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Gustav Holst’s popular “The Planets.” And to set off this super-popular music, a video screen will broadcast stellar imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. For stargazers…

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Brody Dolyniuk is the master tribute artist. He stood in for Freddie Mercury at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s tribute to Queen. He also stepped into Mick Jagger’s shoes. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall, he sat at the Steinway, donned flashy glasses and sang the bittersweet ballads of Elton John. This BPO Rocks concert was as close as you could get to Sir Elton wi…

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He stood in for Freddie Mercury. He returned to pay tribute to Mick Jagger. And now the intrepid Brody Dolyniuk is back at Kleinhans Music Hall, this time singing the music of Elton John. “I enjoy being versatile and doing different things,” he told The News in 2013, on the occasion of one of his previous visits. “I can jump from Freddie’s style to Mick’s style to Robert …

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As we face an increasingly hectic and dangerous world, it’s nice to have a chance to sit back and listen to music of peace, music that reminds us of faith and higher ideals. So reasoned the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting a concert called “Grant Us Peace.” The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus is joining the orchestra for the soulful “Dona Nobis Pacem” of Ralph Vaugh…

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Eldar Nebolsin has already collaborated colorfully with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The Uzbekistan-born pianist is featured on the BPO’s Naxos recording of Ernst von Dohnanyi’s “Variations on a Nursery Theme,” a witty treatment of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” An artist of consummate technique, Nebolsin is associated with such virtuosic showpieces. We will see a…

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Intense and emotional, Bach’s oratorio “St. Matthew Passion” can move a listener to tears. A narrator, chorus and soloists tell the story of the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, and many elements along the way give a human dimension to the drama. It begins with a gripping chorus in tones that suggest the unearthly and supernatural. The journey continues with aria…

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John Morris Russell, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal pops conductor, is still pretty new here. But already, a few truths are emerging. If you don’t think you’ll like the concert, you will. If you’re psyched for the concert and know you will love it, it will be even better than you anticipate. Finally, it’s a good bet that Russell will send you out smiling…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has just announced a gift for you – a free recital at Kleinhans Music Hall at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The afternoon concert will feature violinist Edoardo Zosi and pianist Enrica Ciccarelli performing music by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Paganini and Tartini. The pair are warming up for a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, which will t…