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The 139th season of the Chautauqua Institution is underway.  The nine-week season is expected to attract 170,000 visitors. 

Chautauqua is truly unique -- a place where visitors spend their summer vacation learning and expanding their horizons.   The community is bustling with the start of the summer season.  Chautauqua President Tom Becker likens it to the excitement students and teachers experience each year on the first day of school.

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss the opening of Shakespeare in Delaware Park and other local productions.

WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk hosts, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss winners of the Tony Awards and new performances that will be on stage at 710 Main Street, the former Studio Arena Threatre.


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A big change is on the way at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Director Louis Grachos is stepping down after ten years for a post in Austin, Texas. 

As of January, Grachos will head up the new AMOA Arthouse,  formed by the merger of the Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse at the Jones Center.

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All this week the University at Buffalo is bringing together 25 emerging composers from around the world for June in Buffalo. 

Since 1975, June in Buffalo has dazzled audiences with a unique blend of instrumental performances. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley talked with UB's Birge-Cary chair of Music David Felder about performances he has been directing for 27 years.   As they conducted the interview, musicians were hard at work rehearsing for the shows.

June in Buffalo kicked off Monday and performances will continue through this Sunday.  


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The Vocalis Chamber Choir will be closing out its 10th anniversary season with a special program featuring the works of Handel. 

Triumph & Majesty will be performed Sunday, June 3rd at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Buffalo. 

WBFO & AM-970'S Eileen Buckley sat down with Vocalis's music director Jamie Burrit and Vocalis special guest, Norwegian composer Andrew Smith, whose work will also be featured at this Sunday's performance.

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss the local production of Damn Yankees and the touring production of Memphis. 


Eight international guitarists will be competing next week in the 5th annual JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.  Semifinalists will compete on June 6th and 7th and will be aired on WNED-TV at 7:30 p.m.

The final top three will perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans with Falletta conducting on June 9th.

WBFO & AM-970'S Eileen Buckley spoke with Falletta about who this competition attracts guitarists globally.

 The competition is presented by WNED and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The Buffalo Chamber Players, made up primarily of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, will premiere an international competition this Thursday evening.

A special concert will feature two out-of-town composers to be held at Buffalo Seminary. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley attended a recent rehearsal and talked to the artistic director and found of the Buffalo Chamber Players Janz Castelo.

The Buffalo Chamber Players concert is Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Seminary. 


The threat of a strike has forced organizers of The Stratford Shakespeare Festival to make preparations.

A job action has been threatened by call-centre staff over wages and the fear of having the department's work contracted to outside services. Negotiations are ongoing and phone lines remain open, but organizers suggest that patrons purchase tickets online to avoid potential delays.

Should a strike occur, it would be the first such labor action in the Festival's nearly 60 year history.

 WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk critics rundown this season's Artie nominees. 

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase tell us who has been nominated for the 22nd Annual Artie Awards.  Winners will be announced Monday, June 4th at the Town Ballroom!

For a full list of the Artie nominess

Good luck to the nominees!


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For the first time, a local audience will have a chance enjoy the original choreography of George Balanchine

Neglia Ballet Artists and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra present “An Evening of Tchaikovsky” featuring Serenade and the second act of Swan Lake at Shea’s.   

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Thousands of spectators have flocked to Niagara Falls in recent days to watch wirewalker Nik Wallenda. 

As WBFO & AM-970's Daniel Robison reports, he's practicing in public to draw tourists and help the local economy. 

Theatre Talk: Frozen

May 18, 2012

Theatre Talk this week previews the local production of Frozen and Ramona and Juliet.

The FBI in Buffalo unveils a dedication Thursday to a special agent who died some 69-years ago in a plane crash.  

30-year-old Harold Haberfeld was on a special mission for the Buffalo FBI office when the plane he was onboard exploded in a South American jungle. 

WBFO & AM-970’s Eileen Buckley says the local FBI office recently learned of Haberfeld and has prepared an overdue tribute.

Theatre of Youth opens Friday night with Charlotte's Web opens.

This week WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk hosts, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase tell us about Charloette's Web and other shows on stage in the Buffalo area.

After four years of dust gathering on the stage of the Studio Arena Theatre, promoters say the arts center will be open in time for Curtain Up! in September.

While the building has been purchased out of foreclosure by 710 Main Street, that company has hired Shea's to run the place and find the array of productions to fill the stage.

The announcement Studio Arena will re-open brought a cheer from Bea Militello. The Bijou Grille president says her restaurant lost one-third of its business when Studio Arena closed.

"It's vital to our business," said Militello.

Press Pass: Michigan Street African American Heritage

Apr 23, 2012
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For several years efforts have been underway to create a cultural tourism site in an area now called the Michigan Street African American Corridor in Buffalo. 

WBFO & AM-970’S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss why it has taken so long to finalize the site which holds deep, rich historic significance in African American history in this week's Press Pass conversation. 

Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella & Anthony Chase takes us to the Big Apple then back to the Queen City for their review of what's on stage this spring.

Several local sites designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright can now be seen on one day-long tour. 

The Darwin Martin House, Graycliff Estate, the Blue Sky Mausoleum and the Fontana Boat House are among the stops on the All Wright All Day tour announced today by Martin House Restoration Corporation Executive Director Mary Roberts.

"This will be one of the most fun-filled architectural educational tours that you can take," Roberts said.

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Bucking the trend of the volatile broadcast industry,  WNED-FM  is celebrating 35 years of focusing on one  musical genre, classical music.

Known now to listeners as "Classical 94.5, WNED," the station signed onto the air at 7 a.m. on April 18,1977.

Since then the station has upgraded from mono to stereo and from vinyl discs to cd's.

WBFO & AM-970's Jay Moran brings us some of the sounds and thoughts of those who have kept the format flourishing through 35 years.

Photos provided by Allita Steward

Recently some notable local jazz musicians gathered in Buffalo to recreate a famous photograph.  Proceeds will benefit the restoration of a Buffalo home once owned by world-renowned jazz legend Elvin Shepherd and a new city school.  

WBFO and AM-970’s Eileen Buckley tells us about the local remake the iconic 1958-photo -- “A Great Day in Harlem”.

The significance of the “A Great Day in Harlem” photo to Buffalo centers on Elvin Shepherd.  Allita Steward is assisting with the Shepherd House Restoration Committee.

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band perform in concert tonight at the sold-out First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo as part of the "Wrecking Ball" tour.  

Springsteen last appeared in Buffalo in November 2009.  It turned out to be the last concert featuring saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in June 2011.   Tonight's concert will include a tribute by Springsteen to his old friend. 

WBFO and AM970's Mark Scott has a preview of tonight's show.




It’s Friday and that means we welcome back to our WBFO and AM-970 “breakfast table” Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.  

This week our Threatre Talk co-hosts bring us some delightful Rodgers and Hammerstein music to discuss MusicalFare’s “A Grand Night for Singing” that opened this week. 

They also tip you off about “Hello Dolly” at the Palace Theatre in Lockport and much more!

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A great American classic is being performed at the New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.  

Come Back, Little Sheba –depicting a broken down marriage – was the creation of American playwright William Inge.

WBFO and Am-970’s Eileen Buckley recently sat down with some of the cast members and director to learn why this production was selected.

Come Back, Little Sheba first hit the Broadway stage 1950, then in 1952 Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth stared in the Academy Award winning movie version.

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Secrets of the Trade."

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This week on Theatre Talk Jim Santella asks Anthony Chase about the latest production on stage at Road Less Traveled Production.

Clean Break is now on stage through April 1st.  It’s about a gambler and his estranged daughter.          

They also discuss Emperor and Galilean at Torn Space Theatre. Torn Space is located on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.   





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WBFO and AM 970's Chris Jamele speaks with Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly in this week's Press Pass conversation.

Local election news kicks off their interview, specifically, the special election for the 145th Assembly seat.

Chris and Geoff also discuss Artvoice's review of a possible satellite location for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.



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WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk guys Jim Santella & Anthony Chase brings us the latest from the stage.

This week they review  The Irish Classical Theatre Company's ' "Fish out of Water", and "Time Stands Still" at the Kavinoky Theatre. 

Buffalo Seminary students celebrate women's history

Mar 8, 2012
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This is International Women's Day and to celebrate Buffalo Seminary students are performing a drama titled "Chamber Music."

The play explores some of the most memorable women in history. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley was invited to a rehearsal and discovered how students are embracing these challenging roles to honor the accomplishments of women.