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Concerts & Productions

Enjoy! We are delighted to have so many live performances again!

WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sundays... March 8, 9,10; 15, 16, 17, 2024. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM. Pre-curtain lecture Sunday, March 10, at 1:30 PM

WHAT: Opera-Lytes presents Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer.

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

HOW: Tickets available in mid-February at or at the door. Free tickets for children aged 13 and under with purchase of adult/senior ticket; please contact for information. General admission $35, senior/student $25.

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WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7:30 PM; Saturday, March 9, 2024, 8:00 PM (Pre-concert talk 1 hour before show)

WHAT: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘Wagner Without Words.’ Wagner’s thrilling music resounds in Kodak Hall! Andreas Delfs leads favorite selections from “The Ring of the Nibelung,” as arranged into a symphonic suite by Lorin Maazel. Plus, an RPO Centennial commission by composer David Hertzberg opens the concert—a symphonic monodrama inspired by the life and death of America’s premier picture-man, George Eastman.


Featuring Andreas Delfs, conductor, and Andrew Bogard, bass-baritone


WHERE: Kodak Hall and Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY


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WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2024, 7:00 PM; Sunday, March 10, 2024, 4:00 PM
WHAT: Harmonia Chamber Singers presents ‘Path of Miracles.’ Adam Luebke will be guest conductor for the area premiere of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, a monumental masterpiece of arresting beauty and magnitude. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as Dr. Luebke, director of the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, leads Harmonia’s performance at Our Lady of Victory Basilica and St. Louis Church.

March 9 Venue- Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218
March 10 Venue- St. Louis Church, 35 Edward Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

HOW: $20 general admission, $10 student, FREE for 12 and under; visit for more information
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WHEN: Sunday, March 10, 2024, 3:00 PM

WHAT: The Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living.

Experience the enchanting beauty of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living. ‘Requiem,’ meaning 'rest,' is usually a genre reserved for the departed. However, Forrest's Requiem is unique in its dedication to those still living. This concert, accompanied by a chamber orchestra and featuring other related works, explores themes of life, hope, and redemption through lush harmonies and stirring melodies.


WHERE: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14209

HOW: Click Here to Order Tickets online

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WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 6:00 PM
WHAT: Opera Guild of Rochester presents their Listening Lecture Series: ‘Forbidden Fruit: Bringing Turandot Home to the Forbidden City.’ Presented by Cindy Battisti.
For years, the government of China prohibited the performance of Puccini’s Turandot—an opera set in mythical ancient China. Conductor Zubin Mehta successfully worked to bring Turandot ‘home’ to the Forbidden City.
On March 13 at 6:00 PM, Opera Guild member Cindy Battisti will present this new lecture with highlights from this beloved grand opera. The centerpiece of the plot: any prince seeking to marry Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If he fails, he will die. The ultra famous aria, ‘Nessun Dorma,’ draws fans to this opera time and time again.

HOW: Visit for more information
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WHEN: Friday, March 15, 2024, 4:00 PM

WHAT: "The Road Home Featuring: The Rochester Oratorio Society Chorus, Eric Townell, Artistic Director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, Director Kevin Nitsch, Piano."

ROS’s glorious, rich sonority is showcased in this program of great choral works by Aaron Copland, R. Nathaniel Dett, Randall Thompson, Jean Ford, and Norman Dello Joio with keyboard accompaniment. Be there for the NY premiere of “We Are On Native Land,” by Brent Michael Davids, as well as the opportunity to visit with representatives of Native American Community Services prior to the concert.


Opera choruses, psalms, spirituals, and a jubilant Walt Whitman setting written in the year and month of ROS’s founding, make for an unforgettable evening of music. This program is made possible in part by the Farash Foundation and Monroe County.

WHERE: Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1040 East Avenue, Rochester, 14607

HOW: Click Here to Order Tickets online

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WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 6:00 PM
WHAT: Opera Guild of Rochester presents their Listening Lecture Series: ‘What’s it Going to Take? The Journey to Become an Opera Singer.’ Presented by Constance Fee

WHERE: 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY

HOW: Visit for more information

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WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2024, 6:00 PM

WHAT: The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus presents ‘On the Town: Gays at Shea's,’ a Cabaret Fundraiser.

WHERE: Shea's Smith Theatre, 658 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Reserve tickets on the BGM website:

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WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2024, 7:30 PM; Sunday, March 24, 2024 4:00 PM

WHAT: Vocális Chamber Choir presents ‘Timeless – Enduring Choral Classics,’

“Life is short, Art endures.” – Hippocrates. Join Vocális as we spotlight timeless choral works that have captivated audiences for centuries. These revered pieces are a reflection of our shared humanity, and give us glimpses of what is good and beautiful in our world. Join us, remember, and be inspired!


March 23 Venue- Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

March 24 Venue- Saints Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY


HOW: Individual Concert Tickets: $20 Adult | $10 Student

Individual tickets are sold at the door one hour before the concert begins, or in advance at 

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WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 6:00 PM
WHAT: The Opera Guild of Rochester presents their Listening Lecture Opera Series: ‘Macbeth.’ Presented by Carol Crocca.

Scenes from the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company with Ian McKellan and Judi Dench are transformed into the opera production Opernhouse Zurich, with Thomas Hampson and Paola Marrcau.

In addition to many scenes from Verdi’s spooky and lyrical drama, his process and the transition from play to opera will be discussed.

WHERE: 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY

HOW: Visit for more information

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WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2024, 7:30 PM

WHAT: Arts Connexions presents "Freedom Song: When Gospel Came to the Empire." Featuring Resonanz Ensemble and Guests A poignant and moving account of the Fisk University Singers’ historic tour through the US and New York, the UK, and the Continent, told through their original songs for soloists, narrator, Gospel choruses, and jazz combo. Resonanz and special guests present the first US performance of this amazing piece with music by Harvey Brough and Words by Justin Butcher.

WHERE: Fort Hill Performing Arts Center, 20 Ft Hill Ave, Canandaigua, NY 14424

HOW: Click Here to Order Tickets online

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WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2024 7:30 PM

WHAT: 2024 Rochester International Vocal Competition Showcase Premiere

Be there for the broadcast premiere of the Rochester International Vocal Competition Showcase. Watch exclusive performances from rising stars on the big screen as the winners are announced. Vote for your favorite performance to participate in this one-of-a-kind evening of opera, art song, and oratorio. Tickets to this celebratory fundraiser also include valet parking, light refreshments, and live entertainment from exceptional local guest performers.

WHERE: Fireside Lounge at the Rochester Institute of Technology

HOW: Tickets available for purchase online. Click Here to Order Tickets 

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WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 2024, 7:30 PM; Thursday, June 1, 2024, 8:00 PM
WHAT: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘Centennial Season Finale: Ode to Joy.’ A spectacular conclusion to an amazing Centennial Season celebration! Hear, live in concert, the epic power and timeless message of humanity and brotherhood when Music Director Andreas Delfs leads your RPO, Rochester Oratorio Society, and soloists in Beethoven’s inspiring and monumental “Ode to Joy,” The Ninth Symphony. “All men become brothers.” And, for composer Derrick Skye, all music becomes one as he fuses diverse cultures into a colorful, new companion work, commissioned by the RPO for its 100th season.

Featuring Andreas Delfs, conductor; Rochester Oratorio Society, vocal soloists to be announced

WHERE: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre,  26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY
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WHEN: Friday, May 31, 2024, 7:30 PM

WHAT: Vocális Chamber Choir presents ‘Choral Connections Weekend – Malcolm Merriweather.’

As we close our 22nd season, Vocális welcomes home one of America’s most dynamic young conductors, Malcolm Merriweather. A native of Grand Island, NY, Malcolm is director of the New York Philharmonic Chorus and New York City’s The Dessoff Choirs; serves on the faculty of Brooklyn College; and is Artistic Director of “Voices of Haiti,” a 60-member children’s choir in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, operated by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.


Community Sing and Conversation with Malcolm Merriweather

Meet Dr. Merriweather as he conducts you in a rehearsal of music by under-recognized composers; discusses the art of choral conducting; and dialogues on social justice, equity, and inclusion as they relate to the choral art. All in the community are invited, and music will be provided. Bring your voice, or just sit and listen. Join us for an inspiring evening. 


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

HOW: Free Admission.

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WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 2024, 4:00 PM

WHAT: Vocális Chamber Choir presents ‘Choral Connections Season Finale Concert – Voices Raised.’ Vocális closes our 22nd season with a joyful celebration of the vast array of choral voices, presenting exciting works by historically marginalized composers. Guest Conductor Malcolm Merriweather leads a performance of Margaret Bond’s powerful piece Credo, as part of a program of choral works which demand to be performed. Join us as we create space for these voices to be raised.


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

HOW: Individual Concert Tickets: $20 Adult | $10 Student

Individual tickets are sold at the door one hour before the concert begins, or in advance at 

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WHEN: Sunday, June 9, 2024, 3:00 PM

WHAT: The Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents ‘From the Big Screen to the Concert Stage.’

The finale of our season, this concert will include selections from our favorite shows and movies! Come enjoy a delightful concert featuring songs from both classic and contemporary movies and TV shows, including animated favorites. We will feature choral arrangements, full-length solo performances, and accompaniment by video presentations in the beautiful and Historic Riviera Theatre.

WHERE: The Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120

HOW: Click Here to Order Tickets online at 

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WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2024, 7:00 PM; Sunday, June 30, 2024, 4:00 PM
WHAT: Nickel City Opera presents The Falling and the Rising, by Zach Redler and Jerre Dye.

NCO's Artistic Director, Valerian Ruminski, son of Sgt. Valerian S. Ruminski, is proud to present this special co-production with the US Army. A unique and poignant experience which shines a light on the sacrifices that are made by every person who joins the military. Sung by active military personnel.

Includes a full theatrical set, costumes, a 12 piece orchestra, lighting and a full chorus.

THE FALLING AND THE RISING, a new American opera, is based upon a series of interviews with wounded warriors, active duty Soldiers, and Veterans, and seeks to share the camaraderie and values of Soldiers serving in America’s Army. It tells the story of a Soldier, posted in a conflict overseas, whose world is forever changed by an improvised explosive device shortly after a video chat with her daughter.


The military doctors induce a coma to save her life. We follow as she makes her way through a miraculous coma - induced dreamscape - one punctuated with the lives of other fellow service members, each on their own individual journey toward healing and home. Together, they must move toward clarity, comfort, consciousness, and communal hope during a time of adversity. 

This operatic soldier’s odyssey was created in hopes of capturing the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military veterans and to shed light on the inspirational power of their often overlooked stories. THE FALLING AND THE RISING is a story of family, service, and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty. 

All cast are members of the US Military. As the son of a US Army Veteran, NCO's Artistic Director, Valerian Ruminski will be joining THE FALLING AND THE RISING chorus.

THE FALLING AND THE RISING was conceived by Sergeant First Class Benjamin Hilgert
THE FALLING AND THE RISING was originally commissioned by the US Army Field Band and
Soldiers Chorus, Opera Memphis, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, and TCU.
THE FALLING AND THE RISING was originally workshopped at Seagle Music Colony.
Special thanks go to Garnett Brooks for producing the North Carolina premiere at the Alvin Ailey
Citigroup Theater in January, 2018.

WHERE: Flickinger Performing Arts Center, 1250 Amherst Street Buffalo, NY 14216
HOW: Free. Reserve Tickets via Eventbrite 
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WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 7:00 PM

WHAT: Nickel City Opera presents their 15th Annual NCO Gala Dinner!

Do not miss this special 15th Annual Dinner. High quality singing, games and door prizes plus the delicious food of the Buffalo classic Ilio Dipaolo's Restaurant. Get your tickets today!

WHERE: Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant & Banquet Facility, 3785 South Park Avenue Blasdell, NY 14219

HOW: Click Here to Order Tickets via Eventbrite

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WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 2024, 7:30 PM
WHAT: ‘Jazz at Babeville.’ Harmonia Vocal Jazz Ensemble presents jazz, pop, and a cappella favorites in a dynamic season closer!
WHERE: Asbury Hall at Babeville 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202
HOW: $20 general admission, $10 student, FREE for 12 and under; visit for more information
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WHEN: Friday, July 12, 2024, 7:00 PM; Sunday, July 14, 2024, 2:00 PM
WHAT: Artpark present’s Puccini’s Tosca. The excitement of opera returning to Artpark continues in 2024 following this past summer's sold-out performance of "Carmina Burana." 

Lust, betrayal, intrigue, revenge, and a love triangle leading to backstabbing – literally!  Heralded as "the ultimate Opera," Artpark presents Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA.

This performance features internationally touring opera soloists performing live on-stage accompanied by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, under the direction of Artpark's Grammy-Nominated Director of Opera and Sonic Explorations, Gil Rose.

This full production includes re-creations of Adolf Hohenstein's set and costume designs made for the original production of Tosca that premiered in Rome in 1900. Come to Artpark and discover a masterpiece of Belle Époque design with the timeless music drama that inspired it.

WHERE: Artpark Mainstage Theater. 450 S 4th St, Lewiston, NY 14092
HOW: Visit for more info.
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WHEN: View the complete Met schedule online.

WHAT: Metropolitan Opera 2023-2024 Season

HOW: View Link Here 

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More Local Opera…

Eastman Opera Theater

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Glimmerglass Opera Festival

Visit for more information

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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-

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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 

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WHEN: Ongoing

WHAT: Visit the Chautauqua Institute's website for more information about their opera company
and about Chautauqua's 2024 Opera season.


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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.

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Syracuse Opera

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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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Buffalo is home to award-winning and outstanding choruses. Enjoy these beautiful voices and performances often. Holiday concerts included. The Greater Buffalo Friends of Music's,
website has a complete listing and calendar here 




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