Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

BPO Youth Concerts

2016-2017 Season of the Music for Youth Concert Series

This is a reservation system only.  When you reserve your seats, you will receive an invoice by email.  You do not need a credit card to use this system.

Feel the Music!

$6.00 per ticket
One free chaperone ticket for every 15 purchased

Pre-K-2nd GRADES

Explore key emotions through music, visuals and movement in this interactive program for our youngest audience.  Music has the ability to help us express different moods and we want to know how!  Using Edward Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations and other musical examples by Mozart and Beethoven we will see how tempo, dynamics, meter, tonalities and instrument choices can all help a composer express moods and feelings.  Using literary sources as inspiration as well as your students’ artwork we will also see how other arts can do the same thing through their unique tools!  Come join us for this multi-media experience.       

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 — 10:15 AMSign In OR Register

Selfies: Musical Portraits

$6.00 per ticket
One free chaperone ticket for every 15 purchased


Selfies have always existed even before technology allowed us to take our own pictures.   We had music, literature and visual arts to help us capture our own image and show what was important to us.  This interactive, multi-media program explores “selfies” throughout time from the Renaissance through to modern day, using music from each period to help understand musical forms, eras of music writing, and the instruments of the orchestra.  The music of Gabrieli, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Stravinsky and others will be paired with visual images from the same time periods.  Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and our very own BPO selfie will complete the journey through time.  Join us! 


Thursday, March 16, 2017 — 10:15 AMSign In OR Register

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 — 10:15 AMSign In OR Register

From the Top

$8.00 per ticket
One free chaperone ticket for every 15 purchased

We have extended the "Early Bird Special" of $8.00 on all From the Top tickets sold before February 28, 2017 and hope you will take advantage of the additional savings and work to bring more students to see this once in a lifetime performance.  

NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley is the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, celebrating the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people ages 8 to 18. This season, the BPO will be performing on a live recording of the radio show showcasing talented young musicians from Western New York and beyond.  Bring your middle and high school music students to be part of the live studio audience! Featuring JoAnn Falletta leading the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and From the Top’s award winning host Christopher O’Riley.  

Open to all middle and high schools!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 — 10:15 AMSign In OR Register

Friday Morning Concerts 2016-17

$6.00 per ticket
One free chaperone ticket for every 15 purchased


These full-length BPO concerts on Friday mornings give middle and high school students a chance to hear complete pieces of repertoire in a casual atmosphere.

*All concerts are $6.00 per ticket for educational groups.

A Valentine Romance

Friday, Feb. 10, 10:30 AM

John Morris Russell leads the BPO with guest vocalist Lisa Vroman performing great love songs from Broadway and the American songbook including the music of Porter, Sondheim, Gershwin, Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein and more. 


Organ Virtuosity

Friday, March 10, 10:30 AM

The young rock star organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter comes to the BPO for a concert like no other, featuring not only Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony” No. 3 but also Poulenc’s Organ Concerto.

The Midtown Men

Friday, March 31, 10:30 AM

Starring the original cast of Jersey Boys, this program brings to life the greatest hits of the ‘60’s from the powerhouse touring show, led by BPO Pops conductor John Morris Russell.

Natasha Plays Beethoven

Friday, April 21, 10:30 AM

Electrifying pianist Natasha Paremski returns to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on a program that includes Scriabin’s stirring Symphony No. 3 and native Philip Rothman’s energetic “Starsplitter.”

Superb Sibelius

Friday, May 12, 10:30 AM

Sibelius’ grand Symphony No. 2 forms the centerpiece of this program, and British pianist Mark Bebbington brings the piano concerto of often-overlooked English composer John Ireland to Kleinhans.

Swingin’ Stars and Stripes

Friday, May 26, 10:30 AM

The BPO, led by Matt Catingub, pays tribute to the American spirit from the 1940’s swing era to the red, white and blue patriotic hits we all know and love.    

Friday, March 10, 2017 — 10:30 AMSign In OR Register

Friday, March 31, 2017 — 10:30 AMSign In OR Register

Friday, April 21, 2017 — 10:30 AMSign In OR Register

Friday, May 12, 2017 — 10:30 AMSign In OR Register

Friday, May 26, 2017 — 10:30 AMSign In OR Register

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