Kleinhans Music Hall


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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Buffalo's budget needs led to a tax on tickets sold for most of the city's entertainment venues. However, the tax is in the city budget, but has yet to take effect.

While reporting from 90 different countries, Ami Vitale has come to realize some dire realities. "We're witnessing extinction on our watch." Vitale shares her insights and experiences during "Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions," a multi-media presentation showing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall.

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Tennis champion and cultural icon Billie Jean King appeared at Kleinhans Music Hall Monday night. Prior to the private event, King took time to reflect on her Buffalo memories, her role in the fight for equal rights and what she sees as a hopeful future.

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With the music of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the singing of the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir, the community remembered M&T Bank Chairman Robert Wilmers, who died in December at the age of 83.

Former Kleinhans usher recalls 1945 VE Day concert

May 8, 2017

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of VE Day, the beginning of the end of World War II. The German surrender was marked by celebrations around the world. This report from WBFO's archives was produced five years ago by contributor Rich Kellman. It's the story of a Buffalo teenager who was in the midst of it all and remembers it as if it were yesterday.

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.

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NPR's "From the Top" was in Buffalo Tuesday to conduct a recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the show highlighted the classical music performances of two local high school students. 

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Interest is high into what happens at the Women and Children's Hospital site when hospital operations move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  Hundreds packed the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans last night to review development proposals for the Bryant Street location.

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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.

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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.

The 69th annual Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning by co-hosts Mary-Louise Parker, past Tony winner, and Bruce Willis (yes, since you just asked yourself, he's going to make his Broadway debut in the upcoming "Misery"). The awards will be handed out on June 7th in a live telecast from Radio City Music Hall, co-hosted by Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. 

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The Just Buffalo Literary Center has announced its lineup of authors for the coming Babel season.

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A local architecture gem has helped attract another national event. FinnFest USA, an annual conference celebrating Finnish and Finnish-American culture and heritage, is coming to Buffalo in October.

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For 75 years, music lovers for all kind of performers have packed the seats in Kleinhans Music Hall, with the current chairs there for 46 years. The hall will soon have new seats but there will be fewer of them.


One family's musical tradition became a memory of a lifetime when an Army sergeant who was stationed abroad for years appeared at a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert Saturday night.

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The National Geographic Live series comes to the stage at Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall Tuesday evening at 7:30. with wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen sharing the images he has gathered through years of close natural encounters in some of the most extreme habitats around the globe.

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While Martin Luther King Jr. has been dead since 1968, the effort continues to remember him and tell upcoming generations why he remains important.  WBFO's Mike Desmond was in Kleinhans Music Hall Sunday evening for the celebration. 

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After an 18-month search, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus has found its new music director.

A new book was recently released about Kleinhans Music Hall.  It was authored by a University at Buffalo architecture professor Brian Carter.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the book examines the great architecture of Kleinhans -- a National Landmark.

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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.