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The Buffalo Chamber Players are settling into their first season as the ensemble-in-residence at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, offering up their usual mix of interesting programing and varying lineups. On the whole, this is a very good thing, with musicians drawn from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a pool of other talented local performers. That said, there are t…

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There was a “Pops Party” scheduled for Saturday night in Kleinhans Music Hall. If you arrived early and had a special ticket, you could celebrate Happy Hour with Colleen Williams and Bobby Jones at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 and a concert featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Pink Martini. The initial festivities were essentially a fundraiser with the…

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Mexican-American culture took the stage Thursday night as the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno danced and Los Lobos played music. The resulting concert was a whirl of color and sound, rhythms echoing back and forth among dancers and musicians, as each ensemble told tales in its own way, working in tandem sometimes and by themselves at others. Los Lobos has been…

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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Based on the sheer number of folks who attended both days of this year’s Lewiston Jazz Festival, held Friday and Saturday, and the multitude of events available for the crowds to revel in, it appears all the hard work that the staff and their associates have put into this project was rewarded handsomely.An abundance of music stages and musicians were on hand. Food vendors …

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It’s always a good thing when festivals are doubly blessed with good weather and fine music. Such was the case for this year’s Lewiston Jazz Festival, with an abundance of pleasant temperatures and regional musicians with national abilities.The only real problem, and it isn’t a bad one to have, is that there were a number of venues running simultaneously. If you wanted to …

By Garaud MacTaggart Buffalo News Contributing Reviewer It was a bright and sunshine-laden day when this year’s Pine Grill Reunion got underway, one of those perfect summer days that, for 2015 at least, waited until the end of the season to make an appearance. The weather was good, the park was packed with an audience geared up for the performers, and the musicians were us…

The June In Buffalo Festival, founded 40 years ago by Morton Feldman and associates, has been led/curated by David Felder for the past 30 years. During that time it has become one of the world’s foremost venues for displaying the talents of cutting-edge composers and performers while offering opportunities for a younger generation of musicians to take part in the process a…

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the June In Buffalo Festival and the 30th year for David Felder as the festival’s artistic director. It’s kind of a big deal for aficionados of classical music experimentation, the thing where sonics and spacing meet to create the previously unheard or rarely performed.The New York New Music Ensemble took the stage Monday night in Li…

The roots of the Juilliard String Quartet go back to 1946, when the four original members combined forces. As in any long-standing organization, changes brought new musicians into the ensemble as others gradually left the fold.Cellist Joel Krosnick, after his stint as a founding member of the Group for Contemporary Music, became the youngest member of the Juilliard String …

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The Ariel Quartet is a smart, talented, relatively young (all of them just a shade over 30) classical music ensemble that has garnered a healthy number of competition prizes and concert reviews over the years. As winner of the ninth annual “Cleveland Quartet Award,” the quartet was afforded the opportunity of performing in some highly regarded concert programs this season…

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Andrew Tyson’s Sunday afternoon piano recital at Kleinhans Music Hall featured a well-designed program where gems from the 18th and 19th century by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frederic Chopin, and Robert Schumann framed two of the “TroisPreludes” by the 20th century’s Henri Dutilleux. The opening Allegro of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in F major (K. 332) marks its entrance by floa…

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LEWISTON – The last of this season’s Tuesday evening concerts at Artpark was a showcase for artists whose biggest impact on popular music came during the 1970s and ’80s – Michael McDonald and Toto. It’s a felicitous pairing in many ways but mostly because these folks have intermingled in studios and on stages many times over the decades. The original members of Toto made …

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The rain held off and the music went on. That’s how Sunday afternoon was for those folks lucky enough to brave the weather forecast and spend some time down at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for a couple of hours worth of splendid jazz performances. An ad hoc septet of regional players with impressive “chops” and the résumés to prove it, the Three Brothers and a Distant Co…

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LEWISTON – It was one of those summer days where the sun had a filter around it, giving off a soft, diffused light that seemed gentler than the humidity and heat accompanying it. An intermittent breeze floating up from the gorge behind the Artpark stage was the only relief until the sun floated down behind the horizon. An announcement from the stage mentioned that folks s…