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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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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…

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Every Christmas season finds chestnuts roasting by an open fire and being played in concert. This time JoAnn Falletta, along with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, tossed a slight wrinkle into proceedings and it helped differentiate it from other seasonal offerings they’ve performed in the past. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet and Handel’s oratorio “Messi…

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Guess what? You can wear a Santa hat to eight of these 10 events, which comprise some of Western New York's best activities this weekend, without any concerns over appropriateness. Take advantage of this while you still can! Here is what's ahead. 1. SantaCon Buffalo, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 along Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo. Cost is $10 in advance here or a…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's instruments have made it safely to the cargo hub in Liege, Belgium. The customs process went smoothly. Staffers, led by a cargo expert identified only as Giuliano, removed the instruments from the pallets and loaded them onto a HEED truck. It was a little tricky to make it all fit into one truck, but they did it. Now the instrumen…

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CLASSICAL MUSIC "Kodaly, Concerto for Orchestra and Other Works" performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta (Naxos). No one ever said that friendship with a genius was easy. Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok were lifelong friends from the time they met. They were near-contemporaries (Bartok was a year older) and after they investigated Hungary's n…

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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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A good house turned out Saturday to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. And with good reason. With music by Chopin, Brahms and Richard Strauss, how could you lose? And on hand to play Chopin's Second Piano Concerto was Konrad Skolarski, from Warsaw, Poland. Everything was in place for a night of richness and romance. It all culminated in a wonderful performance …

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Two priceless violins owned by a philanthropic Buffalo couple are stopping home for a visit, thanks to a party planned by WNED Classical 94.5 FM. The station, celebrating 40 years of broadcasting the music of the masters, is importing two high-wattage violinists to perform at a gala at the WNED studios at 3 p.m. Nov. 4. The guest violinists are Augustin Hadelich and Tim…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is anticipating a Poland spring. In March 2018, the orchestra is traveling to Poland to perform in four cities, in four of the nation's most acclaimed concert halls. It is the orchestra's first overseas tour since 1988. The tour was announced Saturday before the BPO's concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. The centerpiece of the tour will…

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Buffalo is about to see the soulful side of Bill Murray. The comedian is coming to Kleinhans Music Hall on Oct. 11 with "New Worlds." It's a program he has put together with German cellist Jan Vogler, whom he met by chance on an airline flight. (See accompanying story.) Joining them will be several other musicians, including violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Pe…