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Beethoven & Strauss

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00pm

Piano phenom Ray Ushikubo returns to perform Beethoven’s youthful, imaginative, first full-length orchestral piece, contrasted by the subdued resignation of Richard Strauss’ sunset years and Metamorphosen, and the pulsating Spanish rhythms of Turina’s tone poem.

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April


27

Superb Shostakovich

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - May 27 @ 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States

Lush and lyrical describes both Cordero’s sparkling and serene island travelogue, and the emotionally intense Serenade of Josef Suk, although composed over 100 years apart. Their beauty and tenderness are contrasted by the eclectic, spirited, and technically challenging Shostakovich concerto, considered by some a double concerto for piano and trumpet.

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May


4

Nothing But The Blues

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - June 3 @ 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States

Much popular music of the past 100 years has Blues at its heart and soul. Your BPO pays tribute to the musical legends who sang their way into history including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, and Louis Armstrong with songs like House of the Rising Sun, Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, and more.

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May


11

Dvořák’s Serenade

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States

A colorful interplay of BPO musicians Nikki Chooi, Roman Mekinulov, Henry Ward, and Glenn Einschlag, performing solo as well as in duos and quartets, highlight Haydn's delightful and witty sinfonia. The theatrical, spirited work counters the serenity of Still's heartwarming rhythms reminiscent of a lullaby, and Dvořák's dream-like serenade.

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May


25

Bizet’s Carmen Suite

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - June 24 @ 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States

Vaughan Williams’ popular treatment of a 16th-century Renaissance chant is paired with the contemporary reworking of an iconic masterpiece using primarily strings and percussion. Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite, created for the Russian composer’s prima ballerina wife, was initially banned in the Soviet Union for disrespecting Bizet’s opera.

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June


1

American Anthems

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - July 1 @ 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States

Symbolic of our country’s ability to weather the storm, we honor those who have served and sacrificed to uphold our traditions in this annual celebration of song and spirit.

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June


8

Mahler & Mozart

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - July 7 @ 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States

Contradictions compel our highly-unusual season to its finale. Contemporary composers juxtapose heart-wrenching memorials and clever combinations of relaxed riffs and rapid rhythms, while Kyle van Schoonhoven's interpretation of Mahler’s song cycle of lost love and despair contrasts with Mozart’s lighthearted serenity.

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