BPO Summer Season Brings Live Music to Buffalo-Niagara Communities

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Fri, June 3, 2022 10:05 a.m.

The full Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will once again bring the joy of music to communities across Western New York this summer. The 2022 summer season, sponsored by West Herr and Moog, will feature free concerts in parks and plazas throughout the Buffalo-Niagara area, as well as several other musical events, including the annual Independence Night celebration with the Buffalo Bisons, a lively evening at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor with “The Music of The Tragically Hip” performed by The Strictly Hip, an evening of magical magic at Artpark as the BPO perform the score for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” live on film, and a closing concert in the picturesque and historic setting of Old Fort Niagara as the orchestra performs symphonic favorites against the setting sun.

“Summer with the BPO is one of my favorites,” Assistant Conductor Jaman E. Dunn said. “Our summer season is an opportunity for us to meet our community in the community, as opposed to our permanent home at Kleinhans Music Hall. From Old Fort Niagara to Ellicottville, we are able to play in multiple settings across Western New York that place us in parks, lawns and bandstands in our large BPO family neighborhoods. The music we perform is equally accessible, drawing from pop culture favorites as well as classic standards. Don’t worry if you are a new listener; I can personally guarantee that you will recognize at least part of the program, and the experience itself is nothing short of amazing. The energy is palpable and the mutual gratitude from the audience and the community orchestra is what makes this so inspiring year after year! »

Spectacular summer events

The BPO’s summer season kicks off with a free performance at Academy Park as part of the Lewiston Bicentennial at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. Take a musical stroll through 200 years of Lewiston history with the BPO and Deputy Bandleader Dunn in a program that features jazzy and patriotic favorites including “Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man,” James Reese Europe’s Castle House Rag” and “Armed Forces Salute”. This event will take place in the Alphonso DiMino Memorial Bandshell Pavilion.

On Sunday, July 3 (8 p.m.), the BPO returns to the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival at the Holiday Valley Resort. Bandleader Ron Spigelman leads a program inspired by British rockers The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), with their fusion of pop and classic Beatlesque arrangements, followed by fireworks over patriotic favourites. Tickets are available at ellicottvilleny.com.

On Monday, July 4, music lovers and baseball fanatics gather for another annual favorite, “KeyBank Independence Night with the Buffalo Bisons.” After the Bisons host the Syracuse Mets at 6 p.m., Maestro Paul Ferington returns to lead a celebration of that nation’s birthday, filled with the biggest fireworks display of the season. This year’s program features the powerful voice of Lockport native Joshua Vacanti, fresh off his tour on NBC’s “The Voice.” Tickets are available at milb.com/buffalo.

Take a trip into the wizarding world on Saturday, July 9 (8 p.m.), as CineConcerts presents “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert” at the Mainstage Theater in Artpark. Relive the magic of “Harry Potter” on the big screen in high definition and discover the music of the BPO performing John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tickets are available on artpark.net.

A free lunchtime performance will be held at the Belle Center (104 Maryland St.) on Thursday, July 14 (noon). Patrons are encouraged to bring a lunch bag and enjoy this free West Side neighborhood concert featuring the BPO Brass.

On Friday, July 15 (7 p.m. – rain date July 16), join the “Olmsted 200 Celebration at Cazenovia Park,” a free concert honoring the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted in collaboration with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, presented by Bank of America and Wegmans. The program will feature music inspired by nature and nods to the rich mosaic of cultures that make up the Buffalo community – including works with Irish, Polish, Hispanic, and Black and African American roots.

In the summer of 2017, the BPO and Canada’s iconic band, The Strictly Hip, music masters of The Tragically Hip rocked Canalside with over 15,000 people in attendance. In 2019 they sold Kleinhans Music Hall for a repeat and demolished again last summer at Batavia Downs. Now get ready for another rock night on Friday, July 22 with the BPO, bandleader Stefan Sanders, and “The Music of The Tragically Hip” Performed by The Strictly Hip at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. Celebrate the band’s legacy that helped define rock for a generation. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale at buffalowaterfront.com.

On Saturday, July 30 (7:30 p.m.), the BPO returns to the Mainstage Theater at Artpark for “Opera in Concert: Up Close and Personal.” Renowned opera producer, conductor and director Gil Rose leads a program he has personally curated which includes the most memorable melodies from opera by Bizet, Puccini and Rossini, with a cast of the best singers: Danielle Talamantes (soprano), Janna Baty (mezzo soprano), Dominick Chenes (tenor) and Michael Chioldi (baritone). Tickets are available on artpark.net.

Finally, the BPO returns to Old Fort Niagara, a summer mainstay, on Sunday, July 31 (8 p.m.). Dunn leads a scintillating evening of popular and patriotic favorites at the area’s oldest historic site, with a fireworks display closing the concert. Adult tickets are $25. Tickets for students of all ages (valid student ID required) and children over 6 are available for $10. Children under 6 participate for free. A family pack of four—tickets for two adults and two children over age 6—is available for $60. Tickets are available at bpo.org.

Free concerts in parks and squares

A summer staple of the Western New York music scene, the BPO and Dunn will return to many familiar places performing hits from Broadway, Hollywood and radio, as well as inspired music from around the world – a preview of the upcoming concert 2022-23 season at Kleinhans Music Hall. Free summer parks and squares programming includes the BPO Brass at Bidwell Park on Tuesday, July 12 (7 p.m.), presented by National Grid; North Park Academy on Wednesday, July 13 (7 p.m.), presented with support from Buffalo Common Council member Joel P. Feroleto; the Niawanda Park Bandstand on Sunday, July 17 (7 p.m.), presented with the support of William Conrad, New York State Assembly District 140; Bassett Park on Tuesday, July 26 (7 p.m.); Clarence Town Park on Wednesday, July 27 (7 p.m.), presented by Kelly Schultz Antiques; and a lunchtime performance at M&T Plaza on Thursday, July 28 (11:45 a.m.).

For a chronological list of all BPO 2022 summer season events, visit bpo.org/summer. To purchase tickets for Old Fort Niagara or for general information on summer performances, call 716-885-5000, visit bpo.org, or drop by the Kleinhans box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or 9 a.m. at 1 p.m. on Saturday. .

About the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Inc. provides a resident, professional, major symphony orchestra of artistic excellence and integrity to enrich the quality of life in Western New York through the presentation of live symphonic music and other musical events, which educate and entertain as widely as possible. audiences within and beyond the Western New York area. Since 1940, the orchestra’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. Since its inception in 1935, the BPO has served as Buffalo’s cultural ambassador.

JoAnn Falletta is the musical director of the Grammy Award-winning orchestra, which presents more than 120 concerts each year. For more information, visit bpo.org.

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