Buffalo Philharmonic summer season
July schedule at a glance
Get your spot early, as BPO performs Tuesday, July 9 at Bidwell Parkway
July is traditionally the month when the BPO leaves its home base at Kleinhans Music Hall and offers a full month of concerts, many free, in different venues all over Western New York. Check out our event page for a listing of all events. Here are some highlights:
The season kicks off at Sahlen Field on Wednesday, July 3, with a special twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Independence Eve Celebration concert with the Buffalo Bisons. Former BPO Staff Conductor Paul Ferington conducts this special event following the Bisons’ matchup against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at 6 p.m. A fireworks show follows the concert. Tickets are available at bisons.com.
On Friday, July 5, the BPO performs at Pride at the Falls, at Goat Island State Park. The free concert concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. Pride at the Falls is designed to tie in to New York City’s World Pride 2019, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Niagara Falls will be lit up in rainbow colors in honor of that historic milestone.
On Sunday, July 7, the BPO returns to the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival. BPO Assistant Conductor Todd Craven conducts this classic summer concert on the slopes, followed by fireworks. Tickets are available at ellicottvilleny.com.
The BPO performs free concerts at Bidwell Park on July 9 and at North Park Academy on Parkside on July 9, with favorites by everyone from Beethoven and Rossini to John Williams, Danny Elfman, Henry Mancini, and The Beatles.
A major event of the summer, the BPO's East Side Festival, takes place on Saturday, July 13, at the Central Terminal, starting at 3 p.m. The BPO is spearheading a festival to celebrate the terminal and the dynamic communities that have lived on Buffalo’s East Side. Live music will be presented by the Colored Musicians Club, Junior Gospel Choir, and the African-American Cultural Center. The BPO’s 7 p.m. concert is free and features music from the 1920s and 1930s as well as repertoire that represents the neighborhood surrounding the terminal.
On Saturday, July 20, the BPO hosts Video Games Live, the only summer event at Kleinhans. Hosted by video game composer Tommy Tallarico, the show features exclusive arrangements of some of the most iconic video game music ever composed. It incorporates video game footage, a light show, and interactive components.
On July 31, the BPO will be joined by Sarah McLachlan, the Canadian-born Grammy and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter at Artpark. Tickets are available at artpark.net.
A grand fireworks display closes out the concert and the BPO’s 2019 summer season at Old Fort Niagara on Sunday, August 4, when Todd Craven conducts an evening of exciting music at the region’s oldest historic site. Tickets are available at bpo.org.