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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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Beneath the guidance of Music Director JoAnn Falletta, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has become a bit of a touring machine. In 2018, Falletta led the orchestra on its first international tour in more than 30 years, a jaunt through Poland that included a stop at Warsaw’s legendary Beethoven Easter Festival, where she became the first woman American conductor to lead…

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Sarah McLachlan, the Canada-born singer-songwriter and pop music foundress (she birthed women-focused, traveling Lilith Fair of yore), played Artpark Mainstage on Wednesday night. The sold-out show featured "My amazing big band," as she called them, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She is calling this her "Summer Symphony Tour," as she performs with various U.S. and Can…

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For city dwellers, an occasional urge to escape clusters of buildings, traffic nuisances and cookie-cutter houses must be satisfied. Some fulfill their desire to get away by exploring the Buffalo-area's splendid parks, while others might schedule day trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake or Crystal Beach. From an event standpoint, this week's lineup offers a chance to relax away…

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Thousands of people, including neighborhood residents and those who left decades ago, crowded the Central Terminal Saturday for the first East Side Festival. The seven-hour event gave visitors a chance to see what has been done to save the gigantic former train station – and how much more needs to be done. A series of musical performances highlighted the festival, sp…

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The Buffalo Bisons are staging their 25th annual Independence Eve celebration tonight in Sahlen Field, featuring a post-game concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the season's largest fireworks show. But there are a few items for fans to note in the wake of Tuesday night's rainout. Here's a rundown of the late afternoon/evening: 1. Tickets remain on sale.…

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When Buffalo-based Tragically Hip tribute act the Strictly Hip first booked its June 8 show at Kleinhans Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, it was set to be a significant affair for a variety of reasons. It would be the nearly 25-year-old band’s first performance inside the hollowed confines of Buffalo’s historic music hall, a pinnacle achievement for a…

Kleinhans Music Hall became a recording studio on Saturday night as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra unveiled the East Coast premiere of Richard Danielpour’s vibrantly effective “Passion of Yeshua," a score commissioned by the BPO in conjunction with the Oregon Bach Festival and the Soli Deo Gloria Music Foundation. The piece is a large-scale work blending the full in…

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In line with the new addition to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra catalog, Ottorino Respighi's "Roman Trilogy", here is one man's personal -- and provisional -- list of the best of the BPO on record: The Complete Music of Carl Ruggles Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas Neither the quality of performance or the sound quality of this are on the level of the greatest B…

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There's a new record by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and it's a beauty. It's a traversal of Ottorino Respighi''s "Roman Trilogy" -- in other words, on one record Respighi's major music from 1916-1926:"Roman Festivals," "The Fountains of Rome" and "The Pines of Rome." The latter two have been performed together on record since long before Maestra…

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Not since the Quidditch World Cup has a crowd of witches, wizards and muggles been as raucous as the group watching 2001’s “Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone” at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre on Feb. 21. And if the opening night crowd for this screening — which featured accompaniment from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra — is any indication, the performances on Feb. 22 and 24 s…

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For two days, and over the stretch of two concerts, musical metaphysics reigned in Kleinhans Music Hall. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's current program features works — Alexander Scriabin's “Poem of Ecstasy," or fourth symphony, and Gustav Holst's “The Planets” — that have their philosophical underpinnings in the spiritual worlds of theosophy and astrology. The…

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It's time for Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta to make an important update to her bio: Three-time Grammy Award winner. Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, brought home another Grammy Award Sunday – for a recording of works by the American composer Kenneth Fuchs with the London Symphony Orchestra. The award, for best class…

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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JoAnn Falletta is excited about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's 2019-2020 season -- her 20th season as music director. Powerhouse guest musicians, including Canadian violinist James Ehnes and Buffalo native and guitarist Jason Vieaux, are on tap for the Classics Series. So, too, are guest conductors Leonard Slatkin of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Wilki…