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CONCERTS & PRODUCTIONS:

*New Addition!*

Want to see what Buffalo's choruses are up to? Visit our talented friends, the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music, at their website here for a calendar of choral concert/events.

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Please scroll down to see links to local opera companies and more opera-related treats to enjoy! 

We're so happy to have so many live performances again!

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WHEN: Complete Schedule Online With Numerous Concerts to Enjoy.

WHAT: Fredonia School of Music.

As a former student of SUNY Fredonia, I can personally attest to the diverse, enjoyable concerts, lectures, productions and events they offer every week… either free or minimal cost.

HOW: To view their calendar, visit here- https://events.fredonia.edu/music

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WHEN: Complete schedule online

WHAT: Visit the Opera Guild of Rochester's website to see the numerous concerts, lectures and events offered in the Rochester area!

HOW: Visit www.operaguildofrochester.org 

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WHEN: Ongoing

WHAT: Visit the Chautauqua Institute's website for more information about their opera company and about Chautauqua's 2022 Opera season.

HOW: www.opera.ch.org 

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WHEN: September 2022; see dates below

WHAT: Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus. Our OPEN REHEARSALS start THIS WEEK!

If you have a kiddo who loves to sing, we have a place where they can not only sing, but make new friends and grow musically too! Come check out one of our upcoming open rehearsals to see if you'll love it just as much as we do!!


Prelude and Bravo Choirs - 9/14, 9/21 & 9/28

Encore Choir - 9/15, 9/22 & 9/29


WHERE: Ellicott Elementary School, 5180 Ellicott Rd., Orchard Park, NY

HOW: Email [email protected] for more information

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WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Nick DelBello and artists of Buffalo Opera Unlimited, presenting highlights from BOU’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball).

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: September 22, and 29, 2022; see HOW for more information

WHAT: Join ABC Bel Canto Choir for Open Rehearsals. "ABC Bel Canto Choir is a nationally recognized youth choir." We develop a love of high-quality choral music within the children of Western New York.


THREE CHOIRS AVAILABLE!

Presto going into grades 3-6

Vivace going into grades 6 – 12

Bravo HS Gals and Guys with changed voices

Bring a friend!


WHERE: Christ United Methodist Church 350 Saratoga Rd, Amherst, NY

HOW: For more information, email [email protected] or call Allison Grant at (716) 983-9128.

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WHEN: Friday, September 23, 2022 7:30 PM

WHAT: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is excited to open the 2022-2023 season hosting the Rochester-based professional choir VOICES in a program entitled “Clear and Gentle Stream: Two Centuries of Choral Song." The program will feature gems from composers such as Brahms, Debussy, Stanford, Finzi, Barber, Vaughan Williams, and Coleridge-Taylor.


WHERE: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free admission with a goodwill offering to benefit the Buffalo Community Music School. This concert is sponsored by Black Rock Controls LLC.

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WHEN: Until September 24, 2022

WHAT: Canadian Opera Company is offering online streaming of Atom Egoyan's digital reimagining of Bluebeard’s Castle, a hybrid work melding Bartok's one-act opera with Egoyan's film Felicia’s Journey. Starring Kyle Ketelsen and Krisztina Szabó.

HOW: Watch Here

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WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2022, 7:30 PM

WHAT: The Rochester Oratorio Society (ROS) presents The Ordering of Moses, an oratorio by R. Nathaniel Dett. The Rochester Oratorio Society presents “The Ordering of Moses,” a classic American oratorio by R. Nathaniel Dett. The ROS Chorus and Orchestra are joined by the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, and their director, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, along with featured artists: Kearstin Piper Brown, Alexis Peart, Holden Turner, and Emmett Tross.

WHERE: Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Avenue North, Rochester, NY 

HOW: Purchase tickets here

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WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Danny Windagle, presenting “Overtures, Opera Gems, and ‘Long Hare’ Music.”

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2022, 7:30 PM; Sunday, October 23, 2022, 3:00 PM

WHAT: The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center presents Puccini’s Classic Opera, La Bohème.

La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.


Featuring: Jenna Washburn as Mimi; Jim Judd as Rodolfo; Brandon Mecklenburg as Marcello; Karen D’Angelo as Musetta; Timothy Flynn as Colline; Kyle Botsford as Schaunard; and Stephen Edge as Alcindoro. Stage director: Peter D’Angelo, Artistic Director: Karen D’Angelo, Conducted by Matt Marco. 


WHERE: Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

HOW: Tickets $35 via Eventbrite 

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WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2022, 7:30 PM; Sunday, October 23, 2022, 5:00 PM

WHAT: Vocális Chamber Choir presents “Stars I Shall Find.” In the opening concert of its 21st season, Vocális looks to the heavens for inspiration. Poets and musicians alike have long found solace and wonder in the stars. Join us as we journey from earth to sky, sharing moving and exciting choral works from throughout the centuries.


WHERE:

October 22 Venue

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

4369 S. Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, NY


October 23 Venue

Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY


HOW: Individual Concert Tickets: $20 Adult | $10 Student. Tickets are sold at the door one hour before the concert begins or in advance at www.vocalischamberchoir.org

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WHEN: Sunday, October 23, 2022, 1:00 PM

WHAT: The NACC (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center) presents La Bohème Dinner Package at Webster’s Bistro, a 4 Course French Dinner!


Itinerary & Timing:

1:00 PM – Bistro is open for guests arrival. Happy Hour pricing for pre-show cocktail hour

2:00 PM – Coach will depart Bistro for the NACC. This would give the guests some time before performance to view art exhibits and possibly visit with artists in residence.

3:00 PM – Performance of La Bohème – reserved seating for group

5:30 PM – depart for Bistro after performance.

5:50 PM – Arrival at Bistro for dinner. Guests will have already selected their meal choice.


Menu:

Le hors-d’œuvre (Appetizer)

Escargots A La Bourguignonne

Brioche, Cafe de Paris Butter & Tomato Compote


Le Potage (Soup)

Leek & Potato Soup


Le Plat Principale (Main course) choice of one

Chicken Cordon Bleu (Cordon Blue au poulet)

Salmon Wellington (Saumon Wellington)

Beef Bourguignon (Boeuf Bourguignon)


Le Dessert – Dessert

Mille-Feuille- French Napoleon Pastry


Inclusions:

-Roundtrip motorcoach transportation to the NACC from Webster’s Bistro North Tonawanda

-Reserved Seating – La Bohème at The NACC

-Option for a docent lead tour of exhibit and artist in resident space

-4 Course French Dinner

-service gratuities

-All applicable taxes and fees


HOW: $98.00 per person, call (716) 264-4314 to make reservations. Note: $10.00 reduction for guests who do not wish to utilize the motorcoach transportation

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WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 3:00 PM

WHAT: The Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc. presents "Love's Labour's Lost," featuring Mariami Bekauri, mezzo soprano, and Linda Mabry, piano. Please join us for an afternoon of hauntingly beautiful arias and art songs by Vivaldi, Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, and more. Brilliant vocal fireworks, soaring high notes, and passionate music awaits in this long-awaited concert three years in the making.  


WHERE: Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst, NY 

HOW: By donation. For more information, call (716) 992-9264 or visit www.ehjfund.org

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WHEN: Friday, November 4, 2022, time TBD

WHAT: Opera-Lytes in collaboration with the Community Music School Chorus and the Amherst Community Church Chancel Choir presents the Harvest Concert, featuring favorite songs and choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan and the Broadway stage. This concert benefits Amherst Community Church.

WHERE: Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy, Amherst, NY

HOW: Visit https://operalytes.com/events/ or call (716) 391-0033.

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WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Suzanne Fatta, presenting “Singing in the Tongues of Angels: Dialects, Sub-Languages, Arcane Tongues in Opera.”

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: Sunday, November 27, 2022, 3:00 PM; Sunday, December 4, 7:30 PM

WHAT: The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus returns with our annual holiday presentation of Handel's Messiah at Our Lady of Victory Basilica and St. Mary's Swormville. We will once again be joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of our BPC Concert Master, Adam Luebke.

WHERE:

November 27 Venue

St. Mary's Swormville

6919 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY


December 4 Venue

OLV National Shrine & Basilica

767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY


HOW: Order tickets online https://tickets.chorusconnection.com/bpc/events/542

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WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2022, 7:30 PM; Sunday, December 4, 2022, 2:30 PM

WHAT: Buffalo Opera Unlimited presents Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) by Giuseppe Verdi.

Verdi originally set this opera in Sweden, but due to political censorship he moved it to Boston. The story involves the governor, an assassination prophecy by a fortune-teller, a secret love, all of which comes together in a magnificent masked ball.

The opera will be fully staged, with orchestra, and sung in Italian with English surtitles.

WHERE: Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

HOW: https://buffalostatepac.org/

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WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2022, 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 3, 2022, 7:30 PM

WHAT: Vocális Chamber Choir presents “A Vocális Christmas.” A Vocális tradition continues! Join us as we ring in the holiday season in the glorious acoustics of S.S. Peter and Paul and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. Bring the whole family! Relax to the sweet sounds of an intimate choral Christmas.


WHERE:

December 2 Venue

S.S. Peter and Paul Church

5480 Main Street, Williamsville, NY


December 3 Venue

Karpeles Manuscript Museum

220 North Street, Buffalo, NY (at Elmwood Ave.)


HOW: Individual Concert Tickets: $20 Adult | $10 Student. Tickets are sold at the door one hour before the concert begins or in advance at www.vocalischamberchoir.org

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WHEN: Sunday, December 4, 2022, 3:00 PM
WHAT: the Rochester Oratorio Society (ROS)
presents "A City Sings for the Season 2022." The most joyful afternoon of the year returns!

WHERE:  Edgerton Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street, Rochester, NY

HOW: Visit www.rossings.org for more information

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WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Frank Scinta, presenting his Opera Fest!

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Georgianna Eberhard, makeup/wig artist, who will create opera characters live!

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2023, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Michael Harris, presenting “’Zeitoper,’ or Operatic News of the Day.”

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2023, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Lisa Berglund, presenting “Ruddigore and Sensation Fiction.”

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7:30 PM; Sunday, March 19, 2023, 4:00 PM

WHAT: Vocális Chamber Choir presents “Around the World.”

For all that divides us, music never ceases to unite. Join Vocális and special guest Buffalo Girlchoir, as we celebrate the great diversity of choral music from around the world. Travel the globe with us as we lift our voices in song!


WHERE:

March 18 Venue

St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church

374 Main Street, East Aurora, NY


March 19 Venue

Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Court, Buffalo, NY


HOW: Individual Concert Tickets: $20 Adult | $10 Student. Tickets are sold at the door one hour before the concert begins or in advance at www.vocalischamberchoir.org

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WHEN: Sunday, March 19, 2023, 3:00 PM

WHAT: Cohen's "Alzheimer's Stories" and Bach's "Magnificat." The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, in conjunction with the Buffalo Chamber Players, will present a moving performance under the baton of BPC Concert Master Dr. Adam Luebke.

In the first half of the concert we will present Bach's "Magnificat." During a brief intermission you can listen to a talk, presented by our local Alzheimer's Association. During the second half of the concert we will present the moving and poignant work of Robert Cohen, "Alzheimer's Stories."


WHERE: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Order tickets online https://tickets.chorusconnection.com/bpc/events/546

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WHEN: March 24-April 2, 2023; 7:30 PM for Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 PM for Sunday

WHAT: Opera-Lytes presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse.

A delightful musical melodrama, featuring a pious village maiden, a wicked baronet, a jaunty sailor, a love-crazed lunatic, and a ghostly picture gallery emerging from their frames!

WHERE: Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo NY

HOW: For more information, visit https://operalytes.com/event/gilbert-and-sullivans-ruddigore-or-the-witchs-curse/

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WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:30 AM

WHAT: OperaBuffs of Western New York presents their Inside Opera Series, dedicated to Dr. Jack Mack and Lee Cohen. Featuring Frank Scinta, presenting his Opera Fest!

WHERE: The Charter Place, Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 350 Tacoma, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Free! All are welcome, no tickets required

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WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2023, 7:30 PM; Sunday, April 23, 2023, 2:30 PM

WHAT: The Buffalo Philharmonic (BPO) and the SUNY Fredonia Hillman Opera program presents The Magic Flute. Your BPO and the SUNY Fredonia Hillman Opera program join to celebrate Mozart’s beautiful fairy tale opera in a semi-staged performance of the cherished, lighthearted masterpiece. Including the instantly-recognizable “The Queen of the Night” aria, this special 2-hour production will be sung in English for opera fanatics and newcomers alike to enjoy. JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Julie Newell, stage director; Adam Luebke, chorusmaster.


WHERE: Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Order tickets via the Box Office (716) 885-5000, or online 

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WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2023, 7:00 PM; Sunday, June 25, 2023, 4:00 PM

WHAT: Nickel City Opera presents their production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Full orchestra, sets and chorus starring Valerian Ruminski as Bartolo, Gregory Sheppard as Basilio. Directed by Giorgio Lalov and Steve Vaughan. Conducted by Jason Tramm.

WHERE: 

June 23 venue: 

Hollywood Theatre

39 W Main St, Gowanda, NY


June 25 Venue:

Nichols Flickinger Center for the Arts

1250 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 


HOW: Tickets available at Eventbrite. Click to order June 23 tickets. Click to orders June 25 tickets. 

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WHEN: View the complete Met schedule online.

WHAT: Metropolitan Opera 2022-2023 Season

HOW: View Link Here 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

More Local Opera…

Eastman Opera Theater

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/voice/eastman-opera-theatre

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Glimmerglass Opera Festival

Visit www.glimmerglass.org for more information

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Canadian Opera Company- Digital Productions by digital donation. New concerts and performances every month—streaming in parallel with our in-person subscription.

View in home. https://www.coc.ca/watch

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Syracuse Opera

https://www.syracuseopera.org

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Nickel City Opera

One of Buffalo’s premier opera companies, NCO has exciting things planned for the Queen City.

To view their upcoming events, visit this link.

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Check out the Metropolitan Opera's Opera on Demand schedule for viewing in the comfort of your home! Link


Opera and Classical Related Items to Enjoy…


Opera Crosswords – Howard Henry, frequent supernumerary for Buffalo Opera Unlimited, has created a book of 26 opera-themed crosswords for sale on consignment. Please contact him at [email protected] for details.

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Harmonia- Into the Light- Music of light and shadows, life and loss, hope and rebirth.

Stunning lighting and sublime a cappella.

Order from- ITunes- https://music.apple.com/us/album/into-light/897237963 OR

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Harmonia-Chamber-Singers/dp/B00LN6HRUG

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The Operalicious Cookbook- From Rossini's famed recipes to dramatic onstage dinners, opera has always been associated with food. The Operalicious Cookbook has created menus designed to immerse yourself in the food of opera.

Travel to Egypt with 'Aida' to feast on Kofta and Fattoush, to Spain for Sangria and Paella with 'Carmen' and the Southern US for Fried Chicken with 'Susanna'. Recreate the historical opera dishes of tenor, Enrique Caruso with his Naples Style Bucatini and Risotto from composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Also included are Opera Singer’s Favorites with Classic Bread Pudding from soprano Jacqueline Ornsby, Friulan Polenta from bass Suzanne Fatta, Pasta e Fagioli from Salvatore Licitra, tenor and Rueben Slaw from Jacqueline Quirk, soprano.

Also look for Opera Buffs Obsessions with La Pizza Con Funghi from Seymour Barab and Opera Sweets including Opera Cake from soprano Danielle DiStefano, Opera Blondies from Ruth Newman, Opera Fudge and Opera Cremes from Sylvia Volk. Also included: a synopsis of each opera to round out your gastronomic opera listening sessions!

HOW: Order on Amazon