The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off its holiday season this weekend, with plenty of opportunities to catch a holiday performance sprinkled throughout the month of December.
The season opens this weekend with Tchaikovsky’s classic, The Nutcracker. This will be the ninth year of the BPO’s collaboration with the Neglia Ballet Artists on this beloved holiday ballet, taking place at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. There will be an evening performance on Saturday, November 25 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.
The following weekend will feature the Orchestra’s last non-holiday performance of the year: Mendelssohn and Mozart. The performance will feature guest conductor Andre Raphael and the debut of French violinist Arnaud Sussman, who will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
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