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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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Back from Poland, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is getting back into the swing of things. It must be disorienting, especially with April looking more like January. Before the Friday morning coffee concert, you could see musicians making their way through the falling snow toward Kleinhans Music Hall, toting their instrument cases. Such as been the scene countless ti…

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It will be a night of romance and glamour when André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra return to KeyBank Center for a performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 29. It is part of the Rieu's 11-date North American arena tour. Tickets are $113, $93, $73 and $53 and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 3 (box office, andrerieu.com, tickets.com, or by calling 888-223-6000). “I’m so excited …

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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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"He's the Axl Rose of Buffalo classical music," Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls says. "He throws himself into every project he's involved in, with everything he's got." Takac is referring to Richie English, the classical music prodigy, educator, arranger and pianist he hired as "composer-in-residence" for his GCR Audio recording studio in 2009. While comparing English …

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A Musical Feast, Buffalo's adventurous concert series, is back in fine form, with an evening brimming with new music. The centerpiece of the group's next concert is "Coleccion Nocturna," by Buffalo composer David Felder. Inspired by a poem by Pablo Neruda, the music is scored for clarinet and piano. Felder's special blend of electronics helps it evoke what concert organ…

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Election Day is looming. You're nervous and on edge. You're going to need something to calm you down. And classical music, research suggests, could do the trick. Could Mozart top Merlot? Could Vivaldi replace Valium? It could happen, suggests recent research in Bochum, Germany.  The German researchers assembled 120 participants. Half of them spent 25 minutes lying do…

John Lennon pleaded with us to give peace a chance. The music the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are performing this weekend show that it’s not that simple. Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote his “Dona Nobis Pacem” as a plea for peace in 1935, as the Nazis were advancing and war was looming. Meanwhile Paul Hindemith, in Germany, was experiencing the same desperation …

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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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June will see yet another year of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. And the festivities surrounding it are getting started a little bit early. At 7:30 p.m. March 22, Ekachai Jearakul is presenting a bargain recital at Kleinhans Music Hall. The recent winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, Jearakul is two-time Falletta Competiti…

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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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Piano legend Andre Watts embraces big music and radiates strength. He was last in Buffalo in 2011 for a solo piano recital, and the chords are still echoing, such a number did Watts do on the Liszt B Minor Piano Sonata. “Watts approached it as if going into battle,” The News reported. “Even before he played those smoky low opening octaves, you could sense he was in the zo…

Sunday’s “Gift to the Community” recital (sponsored by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society) showcased Daniel Lebhardt, a young pianist with substantial technical chops and an impressive tally of wins in numerous prestigious international competitions. The audience at Kleinhans (a full house) responded to his playing with standing ovations and bounteous applause after every p…

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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society has a gift for you – a free recital on Feb. 7 by Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt. Lebhardt, who is 22, is warming up for his debut this spring at Wigmore Hall, the prestigious venue in London, England. On his visit to Buffalo he will be playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 16 in G and ending with Liszt’s hallucinogenic Sonata in B Minor. In b…