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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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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…

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A Lancaster custom home builder is pursuing a plan to construct five attached single-family town houses near Kleinhans Music Hall in a $2 million project that will be considered by the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday. Severyn Development – owned by William Severyn Sr. and sons, William Jr. and Alex – wants to put up the three-story structure on five new separate parcel…

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 her long-awaited Buffalo concert debut, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, of course, sparkled. Whether you know her from Broadway as the original Glinda in “Wicked,” or from her television role in the adored “Pushing Daisies,” you know that she glitters wherever she goes. Her 4-foot-11 frame and pixie voice are hard to miss. But it’s her opera training and Oklahoma…

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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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This week brings laughs and loves with a few Valentine’s Day comedy shows in Buffalo. Here’s what we have our eye on this weekend: For those looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas, comedian Steve Byrne begins his headlining weekend with a special show at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, and stand-up shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16. A diverse performer who created and sta…

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An annual Buffalo celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., postponed during a January snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall. The event, organized by Buffalo's Concerned Citizens Following the Dream Committee, will be held in the year marking the 90th anniversary of King's birth. Among the recipients of speci…

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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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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s December offerings got off to a great start over the weekend by programming a key score from Ludwig van Beethoven’s massive catalog of hits (the Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor) and pairing it with what is arguably the finest orchestral work by Franz Schubert (his Symphony no. 9 in C major). Pianist Sara Buechner was the featured sol…

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Kleinhans Music Hall was a serene scene on Tuesday night with a snow-globe setting outside the beautiful building, and a pleasant performance inside of “The Best of Christmas” by Irish outfit Celtic Woman with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Influenced by Riverdance and following a familiar path, PBS-propelled Celtic Woman is four women, as the singular name eschews…

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Mark Anthony Bourdain's 62nd birthday at a celebration of food and drink offered by restaurant people honoring the late television star's impact on their lives. All proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said Lait Cru Brasserie owner Jill Gedra. She's organizing the event with Kate Elliott, general manager of Community Beer Works' up…

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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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Baskin-Robbins long bragged about having 31 flavors of ice cream. Roo Buckley beat that in a night. Buckley, a former Rue Franklin cook who owned the Coda and now works at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, has been serving some of the wildest ice cream flavors anywhere for 15 years. Customers who dare can experience amazement, thought-provoking flavor encounters, or dismay…

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Kriner Cash, superintendent of the Buffalo city schools, spent a lot of time Saturday contemplating what he'll say tonight from the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall, the same stage where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed Buffalo only a little more than 50 years ago. Cash will be particularly conscious of the young adults and children in the audience from throughout…