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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has just announced a gift for you – a free recital at Kleinhans Music Hall at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The afternoon concert will feature violinist Edoardo Zosi and pianist Enrica Ciccarelli performing music by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Paganini and Tartini. The pair are warming up for a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, which will t…

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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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Lang Lang could be considered the Donald Trump of the piano.Few are on the fence about him. The more critics accuse him of empty showmanship, the more his popularity rises. He talks a lot about China. And to top it off, his hair is often commented on. (Lang Lang’s ’do has been known to be spiky and outrageous, and there’s a YouTube video called “How Lang Lang Did His Hair.…

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“Glee” fans in the crowd for Matthew Morrison’s BPO performance may see a familiar, if silent, face behind the piano. That’s Brad Ellis, Morrison’s live-show music director – and the always-mute pianist on “Glee.” Ellis, who’s worked with Morrison since the leading man’s “Glee” audition six years ago, is in charge of arranging music and working with the orchestra behind …

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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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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s Gift to the Community series almost always gets the music community buzzing. The free Sunday concerts – there are three of them in the 2014-15 season – spotlight up-and-coming musicians. Usually they are scouted personally by Clementina Fleshler, the head of the Chamber Music Society. She attends the Young Concert Artists International A…