Where to Start

Where to Start

Are you a first-timer? You’re in luck! We’ve hand-selected a few concerts on the 19-20 concert season that are perfect for getting your musical feet wet.

Generally, most concerts will open with an overture or other shorter work. That’s usually followed by a concerto (a piece with a featured soloist), and then comes intermission. The second half of the performance is often a full symphony of multiple movements. This isn’t always the format, and you’ll see that some of our concerts have multiple shorter pieces and no long symphony at all, but it gives you an idea of what to expect. The title of the concert often relates to the featured concerto or symphony of the evening, or the theme that ties the programs together.

Questions? Give our Box Office a call at 716-885-5000, or shoot us a note at boxoffice@bpo.org. We’re happy to help!

Cirque Fiesta!

Fri Sep 27, 10:30AM
Sat Sep 28, 8PM

What is it: The extraordinary artists of Cirque de la Symphonie return to Kleinhans Music Hall performing ethereal choreography to spectacular music with captivating Latin flair. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, strongmen and other all-stars of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world will transport you to a place of wonder as John Morris Russell opens the 2019-2020 Pops season!

Why it’s good for first-timers: In this celebration of Hispanic music, you’ll hear familiar favorites from Bizet’s Carmen and Ravel’s Bolero, as well as others that you may not know by name, but certainly by tune, including the “Ritual Fire Dance” from El Amor Brujo and “Danza Final (Jota)” from The Three Cornered Hat, all set to the visual splendor and magic of cirque.

Danny Elfman’s Violin Concerto

Fri Oct 18, 10:30AM
Sat Oct 19, 8PM

What is it: A world of mystery and enchantment await as nimble violinist Sandy Cameron takes on Eleven Eleven, a new violin concerto by famed film composer Danny Elfman.

Why it’s good for first-timers: Danny Elfman is a composer you know, even if you don’t know you know him. He’s particularly known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, including the brilliant scores to Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman (1989), and countless other films. He even wrote the theme song to The Simpsons! 

Pops Goes to the Movies

Fri Nov 8, 10:30AM
Sat Nov 9, 8PM

What is it: John Morris Russell and the BPO bring silver-screen soundtrack selections from your favorite action-adventure films to life in this high-octane salute to the music that moved us at the movies!

Why it’s good for first-timers: Film scores can be some of the most brilliant and intricate works of music. They are familiar and connote the original excitement of the first time you experienced them in cinematic Dolby. Our Maestro has hand-selected favorites from the past few decades, including themes from Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, James Bond, Star Trek and more.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in collaboration with Irish Classical Theatre

Fri Jan 17, 8PM
Sat Jan 18, 8PM
Sun Jan 19, 2:30PM

What is it: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Irish Classical Theatre present a very special collaborative production of Shakespeare’s warmhearted comedy with Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant score.

Why it’s good for first-timers: William Shakespeare’s works have endured hundreds of years because they are so relatable. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is literally a fairy tale. A wedding, a play within a play, and trickster forest fairies all conspire to create confusion and calamity in this hilarious comedy, brought to life on the Kleinhans stage by the brilliant Irish Classical Theatre Company and the masterful musicianship of the BPO.

Mozart’s Requiem

Sat Jan 25, 8PM
Sun Jan 26, 2:30PM

What is it: The final words of Mozart were left unfinished at his death on December 5, 1791. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus joins the BPO to honor the world’s most-celebrated composer with his profoundly moving Requiem, a must-experience for any classical music lover.

Why it’s good for first-timers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the greatest composers of all time. He has literally sold more albums than Beyoncé! He was a master at churning out memorable melodies, which is why he is still beloved after more than two centuries. Mozart died in 1791 while working on his famed Requiem. The work represents the height of the composer’s mature style and undoubtedly stands as one of the greatest monuments to human creativity.

High Octane Classics

Fri Feb 21, 10:30 AM
Sat Feb 22, 8PM

What is it: High Octane Classics features the trio Time for Three, with violinist Nick Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double bassist Ranaan Meyer, who join your BPO in an unforgettable performance of Jennifer Higdon’s bluegrass-classical fusion, Concerto 4-3.

Why it’s good for first-timers: Time for Three defies any traditional genre classification, happily and infectiously, with an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship. The group performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, and is known for ingenious mash-ups of classical works with hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more.

The Firebird

Sat Apr 18, 8PM
Sun Apr 19, 2:30PM

What is it: The Firebird, originally composed by Igor Stravinsky as a ballet and later turned into a suite for orchestra without dancers, was the first international success of the composer’s career, and stands as one of the most famed works of the orchestral catalog.

Why it’s good for first-timers: The ballet is based on the Russian legend of the Firebird, a powerful good spirit whose magical feathers protect the earth. The composition is equally bold as it is beautiful, with loads of percussion, low brass and strings, as well as lyrical moments in the horns and upper woodwinds—the classical equivalent of a hard rock album chock full of head-banging hits and powerhouse ballads. The finale of the work is featured in Disney’s Fantasia 2000. 

Patriotic Stars and Stripes

Fri May 22, 10:30AM
Sat May 23, 8PM

What is it: Experience Western New York’s premier Memorial Day tradition of inspiring music and pageantry, with the brilliant showmanship of John Morris Russell. The internationally-renowned USO Show Troupe makes its BPO debut in this red, white and blue spectacular!

Why it’s good for first-timers: American music, from Sousa marches to film scores to pop, country and rock favorites, bring out the inner-patriot in all of us. You’ll be uplifted and inspired in moving musical moments featuring the showmanship of your BPO honoring those who serve and have served our great country.