Buffalo Philharmonic Announces Jam-packed Summer Season


BUFFALO, NY – The BPO’s summer schedule features the traditional Independence Eve performance after the Bisons game at Coca-Cola Field; a trip to the Ellicottville Music Festival; a celebration of Canada 150 at Canalside with Strictly Hip; performances with Shakespeare in Delaware Park and at Artpark; visits to many parts of Buffalo and Western New York for free outdoor concerts; and the grand re-opening of the Richardson Olmsted Campus, with a dazzling light show projected on the iconic Richardson Towers.
On June 30, the BPO celebrates Canada Day Eve and Canada 150 with a brand-new show featuring Strictly Hip, Western New York’s top tribute band to The Tragically Hip. Canadian conductor Bradley Thachuk has been working with both Strictly Hip and The Tragically Hip to arrange the band’s music for orchestra and rock band. The event takes place at Canalside in Buffalo at 8 PM and is presented by Consulate General of Canada and Labatt USA. Admission to Canalside is $5.
No author has inspired more classical music than William Shakespeare. Centuries after his death, the themes explored in his plays continue to resonate with audiences. On July 18, the BPO joins forces with the company of Shakespeare in Delaware Park to present an evening of music and theater, featuring “Macbeth,” “The Tempest,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and more. The free concert takes place on the recently-renovated Shakespeare in Delaware Park stage and begins at 7 PM. Gurney Becker and Bourne and Brian Parisi Copier Systems are sponsors of this concert.
From “Wicked” to “The Lion King,” the past 20 years have brought us dozens of Broadway shows with songs we can’t stop singing. On Friday, July 21, that music comes to Artpark with the help of the BPO and three phenomenal vocalists. “Broadway Today” features music from “Beautiful,” “Mamma Mia,” and an entire medley of songs from Disney’s series of smash Broadway hits, as well as music from Broadway mainstays like “Cabaret” and “The Sound of Music.”
The capstone to the summer is enLIGHTen: a celebration of the successful completion of the first phase of the redevelopment at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. One of only a handful of National Historic Landmarks in Buffalo, the Richardson sat empty for decades before the multi-million dollar renovation which converted it into a hotel, conference center, and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center. This free concert takes place on Friday, July 28 at 9 p.m. on the South Lawn of the Richardson. Western New York visual artists Projex, with artistic direction by Keith Harrington, are designing and choreographing a light show using the latest in light mapping technology to transform the Richardson towers. JoAnn Falletta will conduct the BPO in music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and more. This BPO’s performance is made possible through a Regional Economic Development Council Arts Implementation grant from the New York State Council for the Arts with additional support from Iroquois Bar Corporation and National Grid.
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