1:51 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

New Albright-Knox director aims to bring "spirit of fun" to gallery

Janne Sirén, new director at Albright-Knox at a news conference inside the Gallery
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The new leader of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is being called a "visionary" arts director with extensive European experience.

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5:36 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Albright-Knox taps Finn Janne Siren to be new director

Janne Sirén, new director at Albrigth-Knox
Photo provided by Albright-Knox

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has gone overseas to find its new director. Janne Sirén, director of the Helsinki Art Museum in Finland, will take over for Louis Grachos, who left the museum last year for a job in Austin, Texas.

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10:35 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Author Mick Cochrane on his new book "Fitz"


Mick Cochrane, a professor of English and director of creative writing at Canisius College, is a published author of short stories and four novels. His most recent,  Fitz, has just been published.

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10:07 am
Mon December 10, 2012

BPO: "All Roads Lead to Carnegie Hall"

Carnegie Hall
Photo from Wikipedia

The month of May might seem far away, but not for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The BPO has launched "All Roads Lead to Carnegie Hall," a fundraising effort to generate sponsors for it's May 8 performance in New York City.

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12:26 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Theatre Talk: 'Tis the season for holiday shows!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Lancaster Opera House
Photo from Lancaster Opera House Website

This week on Theatre Talk  co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase rundown a number of holiday theatre productions. 

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10:02 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Kleinhans upgrades will be felt, not seen

Executive Director Dan Hart details the HVAC upgrades to the landmark music hall.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

By this time next year, Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall will be operating much more efficiently.

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4:17 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Theater Community Mourns the Death of Brother Augustine Towey

Brother Augustine Towey (1937-2012)
Credit Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

The area theater community is mourning the death of Brother Augustine Towey, who founded the Niagara University Theatre shortly after arriving at the University in 1963 as a English professor.


Brother Towey, known to friends, colleagues and students simply as "Bro," built the theater group into a nationally renowned undergraduate theater program. He retired from Niagara in 2005, and died in Philadelphia yesterday after a long illness. He was 75.

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10:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Neglia's Nutcracker ballet is a family affair

Nico & Sergio Neglia in the Neglia studio in Bufffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Neglia Ballet Artists and The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be delighting audiences this weekend with The Nutcracker at Shea's Performing Arts Center. 

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9:12 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Theatre Talk: 2012: End of the Road

2012: End of the Road
Photo from Road Less Traveled Productions Website

Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella & Anthony Chase discuss 2012: End of the Road.  It's now on stage at Road Less Traveled Productions in Buffalo.


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10:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

BPO strives for wider appeal

Buffalo Philharmoic Orchestra
Photo from BPO Website

Some symphony orchestras in the U.S. have been struggling financially.  The Philadelphia Orchestra filed for bankruptcy this past year.  Other orchestras,  like Chicago and Atlanta, have dealt with labor disputes.  But the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra ended its fiscal year this past summer with a balanced budget.

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5:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Theatre Talk: What's on stage?

This week on Theatre Talk -- Neil Simon's "God's Favorite" at Lancaster Opera House.  Radio Golf -- at  The Manny Fried Playhouse and the Jewish Repertory Theatre performs the whipping man.

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9:43 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Through a citizens eye: Visions of Greater Buffalo

Visons of Greater Buffalo on display at CEPA Gallery at Market Arcade in Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

CEPA Gallery continues its mission to present photo-related art to the community.  CEPA will show off the works of 50 individuals at its Market Arcade studios in downtown Buffalo.  CEPA's Visions of Greater Buffalo event is Thursday evening. 

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10:50 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Theatre Talk: 33 Variations

33 Variations at Musicalfare
Credit Logo from Musicalfare Website

Each Friday WBFO brings you Theatre Talk with co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.  For 20 years they've teamed up to discuss Buffalo's rich theatre & arts programs.

This week Jim & Tony dig into 33 Variations now on stage at Musicalfare.  It features Beethoven's Diabellia Variations. 

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9:49 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Buffalo State ready to open new Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall

Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall at Buffalo State's Rockwell Hall
Photo from Buffalo State Website

Buffalo State's Music Department will unveil a brand new concert hall Sunday, November 4.  A ribbon cutting will be held for a multi-million dollar, 194-seat recital hall. 

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor JoAnn Falletta to perform at the new Ciminelli Recital Hall located at Rockwell Hall

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5:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Theatre Talk: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde the Musical to open at Shea's

Just in time for the Halloween season, Jekyll and Hyde the Musical will open at Shea's Performing Arts Center.   WBFO's Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase kick off this week's conversation with a review of the show.

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10:22 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Theatre Talk: Book of Mormon & Bread & Puppet Theatre

This week on Theatre Talk, WBFO's co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony chase discuss The Book of Mormon.

Plus, a Victorian comedy called Mr. and Mrs. Nobody and the Bread and Puppet Theatre tour stops for a one-night show at the Foundry in Buffalo.

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9:25 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Theatre Talk: Young Audiences and A Streetcar Named Desire

This week's Theatre Talk chat kicks off with a discussion on Young Audiences.

WBFO & AM-970's Jim Santella and Anthony Chase also review "A  Streetcar Named Desire" -- now on stage through this weekend at Torn Space in Buffalo.  And a reminder about Knuffle Bunny at the Theatre of Youth! 

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9:28 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop to be inducted into Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

Boyd Lee Dunlop's CD cover
WBFO News photo

Buffalo pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop wowed music lovers around the world last year with the release of his first recording -- Boyd's Blues -- at the age of 85.   The CD charted on billboard and was critically acclaimed. 

Thursday evening Dunlop and his brother, Frankie, will be honored with their induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. 

WBFO & AM-970's Chris Jamele spoke with Dunlop about his music, his brother and the legacy that his induction represents.  Life and time have softened Dunlop's dynamic voice. 

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9:39 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Inspired by St. Francis: Francis, The Holy Jester

Italian stage star Mario Pirovano in our WBFO & AM-970 studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

St. Bonaventure University is celebrating the Feast of St. Francis with some special events.  Tuesday evening  Italian stage star Mario Pirovano will perform Francis, The Holy Jester by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. 

St. Bona philosophy professor Dr. Michael Chiariello traveled to Italy where he convinced Pirovano to perform his internationally acclaimed one-man show in the U-S.  He agreed. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley had the privilege of interviewing Pirvoano just hours after arriving in Buffalo to discuss his North American tour. 

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8:03 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Theatre Talk: Billy Elliot The Musical & more

Billy Elliot The Musical is on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center
Photo from the Shea's Website

Billy Elliot The Musical is on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The story of a small town boy in England who takes ballet class while his father thinks he is at boxing lessons. 

WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk critics Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss the musical and review other local theatre.

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9:45 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Indigo Girls symphony tour comes to Buffalo with the BPO

Indigo Girls

An iconic American folk rock duo has just embarked on a brand new tour.

The Indigo Girls are conducting their first-ever symphony tour.  They will be performing on stage this Friday night,  September 28 at 8 p.m. with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, who explains why they decided to perform their hit songs with symphony orchestras.

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10:03 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Sprucing up Kleinhans Music Hall

Inside Kleinhans Music Hall
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

When the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra opens its season tomorrow night, patrons might notice a sharper sound.  Renovation work was conducted to Kleinhans Music Hall over the summer.   The work has altered the acoustics to its original sound.

A few BPO members were warming up for rehearsal on the main stage Thursday morning.  When you enter the auditorium you can smell new carpeting.   All the seating -- more than 1,500 seats -- were carefully pulled out for the carpet installation. 

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9:49 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Theatre Talk: Seth Rudetsky’s Big Fat Broadway Show

Seth's Big Fat Broadway Show was one of the first show's of the season at 710 Main Theatre in downtown Buffalo.

Seth Rudetsky is the nationally known Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio.  His new touring one-man show came to Buffalo last week for Curtain Up! 

Theatre Talk co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase kick off this week's theatre review discussing the show.

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10:09 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Theatre Talk: 31st Annual Curtain Up!

Shea's Performing Arts Center, Main Street entrance
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's fall theatre season takes center stage Friday evening with the 31st Annual Curtain Up!

WBFO & AM-970"s  Theatre Talk co-host Anthony Chase is this year's Curtain Up's chair.   Chase joins Jim Santella for a preview of tonight's event and planned performances.

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2:30 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Shiny new doors preserve history at Shea's

New brass doors at Shea's are replicas of the Main Street original doors of 1926
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Shea’s Performing Arts Center officially unveiled its brand new brass doors in downtown Buffalo.

The doors are replicas of the Main Street original doors of 1926. 

Shea’s President Anthony Conte said local companies assisted in the replica project.

"We believe that these doors are exactly the same as the doors that were hear 86-years-ago," said Conte during a news conference Thursday morning in front of Shea's on Main Street.

The Pearl Street entrance doors to Shea's are also being replaced.

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5:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Theatre Talk: Mr. and Mrs. Nobody, Green Day musical American Idiot

It's a packed-filled fall theatre season across the Buffalo area, and no one fills us in better than what's on stage then our Theatre Talk co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase!

One week from Friday, Curtain Up! will be held in downtown Buffalo to officially kick-off a new theatre season.

Mr. and Mrs. Nobody opens September 14th at the New Phoenix Theatre.  But if looking for something this weekend,  the Green Day musical, American Idiot is on stage Friday and Saturday at UB's Center for the Arts.

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9:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Theatre Talk: Curtain Up!

2112 Curtain Up! invitation
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's theatre district is preparing for this seasons Curtain Up! 

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The annual event celebrates the city's many theatre groups, large and small.   WBFO & AM-970's long-time Theatre Talk host Anthony Chase is this year's Curtain Up! chair. 

Chase and Jim Santella discuss some of upcoming fall theatre for Buffalo in this week's Theatre Talk edition.            

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10:51 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Buffalo furniture company goes Hollywood

Some of the furniture Kittinger produces will appear in a Hollywood movie.
Chris Caya/WBFO News

A Buffalo based manufacturer with roots stretching back nearly 150 years is filling an unusual order.

The Kittinger Furniture Company has been commissioned to build replicas for an upcoming thriller set in the White House.

Kittinger has made furniture for presidents for the past several decades. Sony Pictures has commissioned the company to replicate the furniture now being used in the Oval Office. 

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5:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Shaw Festival's "Come Back, Little Sheba"

Come back Little Sheba on stage at Shaw Festival, actor Ric Reid with actress Corine Koslo
Photo from Shaw Festival Website, photo by David Cooper

Shaw Festival actor Ric Reid has one of the major roles of the season in Niagara-on-the-Lake this season.  He is portraying Doc in Come Back, Little Sheba. 

WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond had a chance to speak with stage veteran.

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9:21 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Theatre Talk: Silo City

Buffalo's former grain elevators
WBFO News file photo

Silo City opens on Buffalo's waterfront Saturday.  The old, abandon and historic grain elevators will come alive for performances by Torn Space Theatre Saturday.  That kicks off this week's Theatre Talk conversation with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase. 

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