Holidays with the BPO

Holidays with the BPO

Honoring its beloved tradition of surrounding the community with the sounds that celebrate the season, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is ready to play for one and all.  Whether ringing out with the familiar clip-clops and whinnying of horses or the sleigh bells themselves in Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride; performing the majestic music of centuries old classical tressures; or accompanying The Nutcracker, a timeless ballet; the BPO again reaches out to the community with a diverse schedule of holiday programming to appeal to all.

Explore our holiday concerts below! For personalized service, please call the BPO Box Office at (716) 885-5000 or e-mail us at

Celtic Woman

Thursday, December 8, 7:30pm

Bradley Thachuk, conductor

Celebrate Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage through the Grammy-nominated, angelic voices and instrumental virtuosity of four talented musicians, performing an array of timeless Celtic tunes, contemporary works, and classic holiday favorites in an unforgettable evening with your BPO.

JoAnn’s Classical Christmas

Friday, December 9, 10:30am
Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

An annual holiday favorite, Maestro Falletta celebrates the season with centuries of classical treasures. Principal harpist Madeline Olson adds a sparkle of delicate magic with François-Adrien Boieldieu’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus returns to lend their festive voices to seasonal favorites and our traditional holiday sing-along.

BPO Kids | Jingle Bell Jam

Sunday, December 11, 2:30pm

Fernanda Lastra, conductor

A family tradition of festive frivolity including a seasonal souvenir for kids! Santa helps conduct and leads the holiday sing-along.

John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops

Thursday, December 15, 10:30am
Friday, December 16, 10:30am
Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18, 2:30pm

John Morris Russell, conductor

Deck the concert hall with holly jolly fun as Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell returns for four festive performances filled to the brim with holiday music favorites, a timeless carol sing-along, and maybe even a visit from the “man with the bag” himself… if you’re nice!

Plus additional opportunities to hear the BPO with our community partners!

Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Sunday, November 27
St. Mary’s Swormville

Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Sunday, December 4
Our Lady of Victory Basilica

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 3 & Saturday, December 4
Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Holiday Music Under the Dome
Saturday, December 10
M&T Bank, Fountain Plaza