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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra doesn’t know when its musicians will get to take the stage again at Kleinhans. So until then, the orchestra is partnering with Classical WNED to air archived performances on Tuesday nights until they resume playing. 

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For 17 years, Video Games Live has bought the music of Zelda, Pokemon and other well-known games to sold-out symphonic stages across the world. The production will be playing with the BPO Saturday night at Kleinhans Music Hall. The show’s creator, video game composer and guitarist Tommy Tallarico, has been writing music for games for over 30 years. He spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about his storied career, his family in Niagara Falls and VGL’s success.

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African-Americans currently make up less than two percent of larger orchestra members in the United States. That lack of representation is a struggle for many groups, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Orchestras around the country, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, have little to no African-American representation, especially for instrumentalists.

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra delivered an special holiday concert for students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf Wednesday morning at the school on Main Street. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this was the 32-year the BPO performed at the school.

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Fifty-two speakers were heard Monday nght, as the Erie County Legislature went through one of the rituals of the budget process: a three-hour-long public hearing on the County Executive's proposed spending plan.

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Harry Potter films would likely be a lot less exciting without a musical score. But what happens when that musical score accompanies the film live? Buffalo will find out this February.


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Jaman Dunn is the new Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's assistant conductor and outreach coordinator. He wants to expand the BPO's reach into the Western New York community and spoke to WBFO's Nick Lippa about how it can be done.

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In most American cities, the assistant conductor assists. But in Buffalo, he conducts—a lot! Todd Craven is the new "AC with the BPO."


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Doctors from around the world are in Buffalo this week not to discuss medicine, but to play music. With some help from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, they performed music at Oishei Children’s Hospital for patients and parents. It’s part of the hospital’s Healing Arts Initiative which focuses on bringing performances and visual artworks into their facilities. WBFO’s Nick Lippa has more.


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Starting Fourth of July celebrations on the third of the month has become a Western New York tradition, started by the Buffalo Bisons more than two decades ago. For this year's celebration, the Herd is offering new twists on a classic tradition.

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The 2018 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition wrapped up Saturday night at Kleinhans Music Hall. Bokyung Byun of South Korea won first place. She was the first woman ever to win the competition. Byun also won the Musicians Choice award as voted by members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when many recall the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of the Nazis. It has a special meaning for Robbie Hausmann, cellist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. His German great-grandmother, Toni Marcus, was one of the 1.1 million people killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. And when the BPO toured Poland last month, he visited the camp -- to honor her with music. He spoke about it with WBFO's Nick Lippa.

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Next month, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be hitting the road, and leaving the country for its first international tour in three decades. The BPO are invited guests to headline concerts in Poland, including Warsaw's prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival.


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The economic power of Western New York's arts community is detailed in a new study from Americans for the Arts, which estimates a $352 million regional impact.


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There are unseen heroes in the orchestra family. Some of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s heroes work in the basement of Kleinhans Music Hall, but now they are being brought out into the light.


Music & dance collaboration at Albright-Knox

May 25, 2017
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A blending of dance and music will be presented this evening at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal of the Buffalo Chamber Players and Lehrer Dance for their collaborative performance Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. 

The BPO serves thousands of school-age children with free concerts, but what about adults? For many years, the "BPOvations" have served as popular "music appreciation" courses.

It takes two trucks to transport the International Touring Organ which will grace the stage of Kleinhans Music Hall when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta welcome organist Cameron Carpenter to perform some rather loud music Friday morning and Saturday night. The all-digital organ's sounds were "sampled" from some of Carpenter's favorite organs.

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Eighteen-year-old African American violinist Maria Sanderson is the latest Sphinx Competition Winner and she's coming to Buffalo.

Arts and culturals brace for possible cuts

Feb 27, 2017
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The local arts and culture community is preparing for cuts in federal funding. The White House Office of Management and Budget has suggested eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities among others.


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For the first time ever, eminent classical composer Krysztof Penderecki of Poland will be performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday and Sunday. The concert is titled "Poland's Maestro." WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with him to discuss his work.     

This Tuesday, Shakespeare in Delaware Park uses their "down time" between shows (The Winter's Tale ends Sunday night, July 17 and The Taming of the Shrew opens on July 28) to "put on a show" with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

BPO promotes music education to school leaders

Mar 1, 2016
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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra hosted a Western New York Symposium for educators. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the event feature a welcome and call to action from BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta. 

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He is best recognized as George Costanza, the quirky, bald sad sack from the hit television sitcom Seinfeld. But long before staring on TV, Jason Alexander was acting, dancing and singing on Broadway. The Tony-Award winning star will be in Buffalo Saturday night to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with Alexander about his show and his ties to Western New York.


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A decades-old celebration of Finnish culture and heritage makes its way to Buffalo this weekend.


Broadway and television star Cheyenne Jackson will appear Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for its Pops Series at Kleinhans Music Hall.  Jackson will performing 'Music of the Mad Men Era'.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Jackson ahead of his  Buffalo visit where reveals his love for music of the late 50's and 60's. 

BPO trumpets start of $30 million campaign

Sep 17, 2015
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The chairman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Trustees is kicking off the orchestra's new fundraising campaign with a $1 million gift. The gift from Lou Ciminelli will help reach the ambitious goal of $30 million.


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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's home on Symphony Circle is getting a comprehensive makeover. Managers at Kleinhans Music Hall will soon unveil major renovations, all part of a 75th anniversary celebration.

Celebrating the designers of Klenihans Music Hall

Aug 21, 2015
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A birthday celebration was held Thursday to celebrate the father-son team who designed Kleinhans Music Hall 75 years ago. The Saairnens were born August 20, 37 years apart.

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