Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight has been featuring school and community groups at Kleinhans for over 25 years!

The BPO’s Community Spotlight program features school and community groups in performances prior to BPO concerts throughout the year. Performances take place in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans 45 minutes before the start time of select BPO concerts. Each student performer receives a free ticket to the concert that follows. Family, friends and community members receive discount ticket prices to attend the BPO performance.

Request a performance date for your group by filling out the Community Spotlight Application form below.

Please check below for the 2021-2022 season Community Spotlight schedule.

2021-22 DATES

New World Symphony, CLASSICS

Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 PM

Mozart’s The Magic Flute, CLASSICS

Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 PM

Mozart’s The Magic Flute, CLASSICS

Sunday, January 23 at 2:30 PM
Greater Buffalo Youth Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven & Rachmaninoff, CLASSICS

Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 PM

A Chris Botti Valentine, POPS

Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 PM

Classical Fireworks, CLASSICS

Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 PM

Prokofiev’s Piano, CLASSICS

Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 PM
Music Forum for Piano Teachers of WNY

Tchaikovsky & The Mermaid, CLASSICS

Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 PM
Mary Handley Piano Studio

Tchaikovsky & The Mermaid, CLASSICS

Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 PM

Sultans of String, POPS

Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 PM

Schumann’s Cello, CLASSICS

Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM
Springville High School Orchestra

Majestic Mendelssohn, CLASSICS

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM
Canisius College Chorale

Brahms’ German Requiem, CLASSICS

Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 PM

Brahms’ German Requiem, CLASSICS

Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 PM

Gospel According to Swing with Byron Stripling, POPS

Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 PM

Rachmaninoff & Kodály, CLASSICS

Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 PM

Rachmaninoff & Kodály, CLASSICS

Sunday, May 8 at 2:30 PM

Star-Spangled Salute, POPS

Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 PM

Community Spotlight Application

To apply for a date for your ensemble, please fill out this form.

Music Director:*
Music Director (if there is more than one):
Name of ensemble:*
Number of performers:*
Address for main contact:*
Work phone:*
Home/cell phone:
Concert Choices:
Please note:  The maximum number of performers for Pops performance nights is 20.
First Choice:*
Second Choice:
Third Choice:
  • Community Spotlight Performers Receive:
    • The chance to perform a pre-concert performance to BPO patrons in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall.
    • Complimentary tickets to the Buffalo Philharmonic concert following their performance. 
    • Reduced price tickets for family, friends and community members to most Classics, Pops and Rock concerts, purchased at the Box Office by calling 885-5000, based on availability. (Prices include a $2 Kleinhans Restoration Fee) 
    • The chance to meet the conductor and/or the soloists of the evening, pending availability. 
    • Complimentary posters advertising the pre-concert performance for display in their school/community.
  • Prerequisites for Community Spotlight:
    • Directors and performers are REQUIRED to stay for the Buffalo Philharmonic Concert. This program is designed to be more than just another performance opportunity. It is a unique experience for students to hear a professional orchestra in an exceptional hall! 
    • One chaperone for every fifteen students is required. 
    • All Community Spotlight performances are 30 minutes in length and begin 45-minutes prior to the Buffalo Philharmonic concert. 
    • ALL persons entering Kleinhans Music Hall MUST have a BPO concert ticket. 
    • All performing ensembles must bring their own music stands and percussion equipment. All equipment must leave Kleinhans at the end of the BPO concert.
I agree to the terms of the Community Spotlight program listed above:*
  • For More Information

    Contact Rachael Pudlewski, BPO Education Manager at (716) 242-7822, or email