Buffalo Philharmonic honors WNY veterans with concert at Riviera Theatre

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kate Jenkins
Communications Coordinator
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
(716) 242-7819

Buffalo Philharmonic honors WNY veterans with concert at Riviera Theatre
All tickets free courtesy of Russell J. Salvatore

BUFFALO, NY — The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is giving back to veterans, their families, and the community with a free concert at the Riviera Theatre. This free event is made possible thanks to the generosity of restauranteur and philanthropist Russell J. Salvatore. Media support is provided by The Buffalo News.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. The theater dates to 1926 and is known for its meticulously restored interior and Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

“We are very excited to host this special Veterans Day concert with the BPO on our historic stage, and look forward to working with the BPO in the future,”  Gary J. Rouleau, Riviera Theatre Director of Development said.

Salvatore bought out the entire house for the event, allowing the Buffalo Philharmonic to distribute tickets through selected area veterans’ organizations free of charge. A limited number of free tickets are also available at the box offices of Kleinhans Music Hall and the Riviera Theatre.

“My deep admiration of our veterans makes it an honor to make this wonderful BPO concert free to veterans and the community,” said Salvatore. “This makes a wonderful exclamation point to our three new additions to my Patriots and Heroes Park.” The iconic park is located on Transit Road in Depew outside Russell’s Steaks and Chops, and includes memorials to the victims of the September 11 attacks and to the victims of the Flight 3407 plane crash in Clarence, as well as the recently-unveiled “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” “A Tribute to America” and “A Tribute to the Purple Heart.”

BPO Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders will lead the concert. The Fifth and Sixth Grade Chorus from Meadow Elementary School in North Tonawanda will perform, as will the Buffalo Suzuki Strings. Garrett Martin, organist and music director for Buffalo’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, will play the theater’s famous Mighty Wurlitzer.

“We are very excited to honor our veterans with this spectacular program of great patriotic music.  Along with favorites like Battle Hymn of the Republic, the Armed Forces Salute, and Sousa Marches, we are also excited to perform Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by North Tonawanda mayor Arthur Pappas. And, it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t feature the Mighty Wurlitzer! This is going to be a really fun night of music honoring our veterans at such an historic venue,” Sanders said.

Tickets can be obtained at the box offices of Kleinhans Music Hall and the Riviera Theatre, at the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc., and at Niagara County Veterans’ Services. For additional information and tickets, call Ambrose Price, sales coordinator, at (716) 885-5001, the Riviera Theatre box office at (716) 692-2413, or visit http://bpo.org/tickets-and-events/events/event:salute-to-veterans/ .


Tickets available at:

Niagara County Veterans’ Service, Veterans’ Affairs Department: 111 Main St. Suite 200, Lockport, NY, 14094, (716) 438-4090

Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc.: 1280 Main St., Suite 204, Buffalo, NY 14209, (716) 995-4312

Kleinhans Music Hall box office: 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201, (716) 885-5001

Riviera Theatre box office: 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, (716) 692-2413



As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 33 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org



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