BPO’s Classic Christmas serves up elegant treats with a twist, Buffalo News

The concert was like a chocolate box, with treats you expect and surprise treats, too. Among the anticipated bonbons were two choruses from Handel’s “Messiah”; the pretty Eastern shepherds’ dance from Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and the “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

All that was fun to hear. But the novelties were even better.