23-24 Events

23-24 Season Events

*All programs subject to change.

Classics Series

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Opening Night: Pictures at an Exhibition

Sat Sep 23, 7:00pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

RANDALL SVANE  Quantum Flight
TCHAIKOVSKY  Violin Concerto
MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL  Pictures at an Exhibition



Fri Oct 6, 10:30am
Sat Oct 7, 7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Tianwa Yang, violin

RAVEL  Alborada del gracioso
Violin Concerto

Haydn's 'The Clock'

Haydn’s The Clock

Sat Oct 21, 7:30pm
Sun Oct 22, 2:30pm

Julius Williams, conductor
Tessa Lark, violin

JENKINS  Charlestonia Folk Rhapsody
ŘÁK  Romance
Moments of Arrival
Symphony No. 101, “The Clock”

Rachmaninoff Festival: Piano Concerto No. 3

Rachmaninoff Festival
Piano No. 3

Fri Nov 3, 10:30am
Sat Nov 4, 7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Alexander Malofeev, piano

Isle of the Dead
Piano Concerto No. 3

Rachmaninoff Festival: Piano Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninoff Festival
Piano No. 2

Sat Nov 11, 7:30pm
Sun Nov 12, 2:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Fabio Bidini, piano

RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 2

JoAnn's Classical Christmas

JoAnn’s Classical Christmas

Fri Dec 8, 10:30am
Sat Dec 9, 7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Natalie Debikey Scanio, piccolo
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus

A program of holiday favorites including Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto.

Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Fri Jan 12, 10:30am
Sat Jan 13, 7:30pm

Laura Jackson, conductor
Ying Li, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY  Romeo and Juliet, Overture Fantasy
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 20
JIMMY LOPEZ-BELLIDO  Symphony No. 3, “Altered Landscape”

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Strauss & Schumann

Sat Jan 27, 7:30pm
Sun Jan 28, 2:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Henry Ward, oboe

MICHAEL ABELS  Delights and Dances
Oboe Concerto
Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

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Shostakovich & Six Strings

Fri Feb 2, 10:30am
Sat Feb 3, 7:30pm

Robert Moody, conductor
DJ Sparr, electric guitar

MASON BATES  Desert Transport
Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
Symphony No. 10

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New World Symphony

Sat Feb 17, 7:30pm
Sun Feb 18, 2:30pm

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Cantor Penny Myers, narrator

MICHAEL TILSON-THOMAS  “From the Diary of Anne Frank”
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

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Don Quixote

Fri Mar 1, 10:30am
Sat Mar 2, 7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Roman Mekinulov, cello

RAVEL  Rhapsodie espagnole
STRAUSS  Don Quixote

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Mendelssohn’s Reformation

Fri Mar 15, 10:30am
Sat Mar 16, 7:30pm

Leon Botstein, conductor
Melissa White, violin

REGER  Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven
Violin Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”

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Schubert & Wagner

Sat Mar 23, 7:30pm
Sun Mar 24, 2:30pm

Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Julian Schwarz, cello

COPLAND  Billy the Kid Suite
Cello Concerto
Symphony in B minor (Unfinished)
Excerpts from Die Meistersinger

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Beyond The Planets

Fri Apr 5, 10:30am
Sat Apr 6, 7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Marina Piccinini, flute
Women’s Choir of Buffalo

The Universe in Ecstatic Motion
The Planets

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Beethoven’s Emperor

Sat Apr 20, 7:30pm
Sun Apr 21, 2:30pm

Rune Bergmann, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Symphony No. 2

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Chooi Brothers & Bach

Fri May 3, 10:30am
Sat May 4, 7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Timothy Chooi, violin
Nikki Chooi, violin

Violin Concerto No. 1
Concerto for Two Violins
Serenade No. 2 in A major

Beethoven's Ninth

Beethoven’s Ninth

Sat May 11, 7:30pm
Sun May 12, 2:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Nikki Chooi, violin
Jaclyn Grossman, soprano
Hannah Shea, alto
John Tiranno, tenor
Lester Lynch, bass
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus

SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 9

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Mahler’s Resurrection

Sat Jun 1, 7:30pm
Sun Jun 2, 2:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Ilana Davidson, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo soprano
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus

MAHLER  Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

Pops Series

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John Williams’ Movie Music

Fri Sep 29, 10:30am
Sat Sep 30, 7:30pm

Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor

The BPO kicks off our blockbuster Pops season with hits from your favorite John Williams film scores, including Harry Potter, Home Alone, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, ET, Jurassic Park, and more.

Aida Cuevas

Aida Cuevas “The Queen of Mariachi”

Sat Oct 14, 7:30pm

Fernanda Lastra, conductor

Mexico’s master of the mariachi art song, Aida Cuevas’ unique voice and style have entertained international audiences for over 45 years. Featuring hits including Te Doy las Gracias and Quizás Mañana, plus ranchero classics such as Traición a Juan, Toro Relajo, and No Me Amenaces.

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From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond!

Sat Oct 28, 7:30pm

Jason Seber, conductor
Stephen Schwartz, composer
Debbie Gravitte, vocals
Liz Callaway, vocals
Scott Coulter, vocals

Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter Stephen Schwartz shares his stories and songs from Broadway with a stellar cast of performers for an unforgettable evening of musical theatre from Godspell to Wicked and beyond.

The Music of Neil Diamond with Jay White

Music of Neil Diamond with Jay White

Sat Nov 18, 7:30pm

Fernanda Lastra, conductor
Jay White, vocals

The ultimate tribute capturing the essence and charisma of Neil Diamond once again enthralls BPO audiences when Las Vegas headliner Jay White returns for this one-night-only performance.

Holiday Pops with John Morris Russell

Holiday Pops with John Morris Russell

Thu Dec 14, 10:30am
Fri Dec 15, 10:30am
Sat Dec 16, 7:30pm
Sun Dec 17, 2:30pm

John Morris Russell, conductor

Western New York’s No. 1 holiday tradition is always a family favorite, featuring new offerings and spectacular arrangements of holiday classics, sprinkled with the spirit of the season.

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Let’s Groove Tonight: Motown and The Philly Sound

Sat Jan 20, 7:30pm

Byron Stripling, conductor
Chester Gregory, vocals
Ashley Jayy, vocals
Brik Liam, vocals

The pop, soul, and R&B sounds of Motown face off with the famous hits from The Philly Sound in this incredible evening of classic songs including Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, Love Train, What’s Going On, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and more.

Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic

Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic

Fri Feb 9, 10:30am
Sat Feb 10, 7:30pm

Ron Spigelman, conductor

A magical multimedia experience celebrating Disney at 100 and featuring animated sequences on the big screen synchronized to new orchestral arrangements of iconic songs, plus behind-the-scenes historical footage, artwork, and sketches.

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Rocket Man: Music of Elton John

Sat Feb 24, 7:30pm

Bradley Thachuk, conductor
Michael Cavanaugh, piano and vocals

Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh thrills audiences with his spot-on interpretation of Elton John’s iconic hits in this tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter of over 450 tunes.

First Ladies of Song

First Ladies of Song

Sat Mar 9, 7:30pm

Fernanda Lastra, conductor
Carmen Bradford, vocals

As the lead vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, Carmen Bradford is one of jazz music’s most diverse and exciting vocal stylists. She pays homage to legends Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Lena Horne in this special program featuring the likes of Fascinating Rhythm, Love Me or Leave Me, and many more.

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Cirque de la Symphonie

Fri Apr 12, 10:30am
Sat Apr 13, 7:30pm

Ron Spigelman, conductor

International aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, and more provide jaw-dropping entertainment on, and high above, the Kleinhans stage, choreographed to classics and pops favorites.

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Signature Stars and Stripes

Fri May 24, 10:30am
Sat May 25, 7:30pm

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Our Memorial Day weekend tradition pays a musical tribute to the men and women of the armed forces who defend our freedom.