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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
First Niagara, in cooperation with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, is proud to present A Night With Ronan Tynan and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of music director JoAnn Falletta on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 7 PM at Kleinhans Music Hall.

This year’s program will include Ronan performing new songs from two forthcoming albums, an album of Irish Music from which he will perform the title track, Sing Me An Irish Song, and an album yet to be titled of contemporary favorites such as The Town I Know So Well, and Eric Clapton's Tears From Heaven. In addition, he will also be performing a number of traditional holiday classics.
“I am so pleased that we are able to bring back Ronan again this year,” stated Larry Quinn, managing partner of the Sabres. “As anyone who was at last year’s performance knows, this was truly a great event and I am expecting nothing less this year. We are thrilled to be able to work again with JoAnn Falleta and the BPO and are equally excited that First Niagara is back as our presenting sponsor.”
“I am excited to work with Ronan again this year. Last year’s concert was an exceptional event with fantastic music. Our guests had a wonderful time, and this year’s concert should be even better, said JoAnn Falletta, the BPO’s music director.

Tickets prices are $45, $60, $70 and $80, with a limited number of $200 “Maestro Seats” available. Students 18 years and younger can save $10 on all $45 and $60 seats with proper ID. Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 17th at 10 AM and can be purchased at the HSBC Arena Box Office, Kleinhans Music Hall Box Office, online at or For more information, or to charge by phone, call (716) 885-5000.  Tickets are subject to applicable service charges. A portion of the proceeds from this event to benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.


Ronan Tynan - Overcoming adversity all of his life after being born with a lower limb disability, then later having both of his lower legs amputated as the result of a car accident, Ronan has achieved amazing feats with unbridled determination.  Before becoming a world- renowned Irish Tenor, Ronan achieved many gold medals as a Para Olympian, and Champion Horse Rider. He has also helped many as an Orthopedic Doctor specializing in athletic injuries.  When he is not performing for Presidents, or the New York Yankees, Ronan has become a mainstay at Buffalo Sabres games where he has performed “God Bless America” on numerous special occasions. Tynan has not performed in concert in Buffalo since leaving The Three Irish Tenors in 2004.

JoAnn Falletta – Few artists are as important to the fabric of their communities as JoAnn Falletta.  Acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” she serves as the Music Director of The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (since 1999) and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  An effervescent and exuberant figure on the podium, she has been praised by The Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.”  Both on and off the podium, she is a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – This world-renowned Orchestra was founded in 1935. Since 1940, the Orchestra's permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Site with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States.  It was designed by Eliel and  Eero Saarinen with F.J. and W.A Kidd, architects. Over the decades, the BPO has matured in stature under the batons of some of the leading stars of the podium. William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Maximiano Valdez, Semyon Bychkov and Julius Rudel are among the luminaries who have served as music directors of the Buffalo Philharmonic.  As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the BPO has toured widely across the United States and Canada, including concerts at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, San Francisco's Davies Hall, Montreal's Place des Arts, and twenty-two appearances in Carnegie Hall.  The Buffalo Philharmonic also made two national tours under famed Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler, as well as a highly successful European tour under Semyon Bychkov.  Currently, the Orchestra presents more than one hundred Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year in Western New York. During the tenure of current music director JoAnn Falletta, the Buffalo Philharmonic has rekindled its distinguished history of PBS broadcasts and recordings.

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: FNFG) - First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary First Niagara Bank, has assets of $9.0 billion and deposits of $5.8 billion. First Niagara Bank is a full-service, community-focused bank that provides financial services to individuals, families and businesses through 114 branches and four Regional Market Centers across upstate New York. For more information, visit

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation – This 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation that is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the Western New York region. In the process, the foundation strives to assist worthwhile organizations that make this region a better place to live and work. The primary focus of the foundation is to assist youth hockey initiatives, children's health and wellness initiatives, specifically those that serve the underprivileged and handicapped, and to provide support to non-profit organizations and groups that provide vital services to those in need in our community.
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