, in cooperation with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, present A Night With Ronan Tynan and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of music director JoAnn Falletta on Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 7 PM at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The program includes Mr. Tynan’s favorites including Irish classic songs such as Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears, and Fields of Athenry, popular favorites such as The Impossible Dream, Into the Fire and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and holiday showstoppers such as Walking in The Air and Do You Hear What I Hear?
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller
and forward Drew Stafford
will accompany Tynan during a portion of the performance
“I can't think of a better way for families to kickoff the New Year and the outdoor Winter Classic weekend,” stated Larry Quinn, managing partner of the Sabres. “Like the game itself, this will be a first ever experience. Ronan Tynan, the renowned Irish Tenor will perform with JoAnn Faletta for the first time. We are thrilled to be involved and are grateful that First Niagara is financially supporting this great event as well.”
“I am really looking forward to working with Ronan on this special program presentation. I hope many new people will come and visit Kleinhans to experience our great Philharmonic and enjoy a festive and exciting program with this acclaimed tenor. It will be an unforgettable evening for all who attend!” said JoAnn Falletta, the BPO’s music director.
Tickets are on sale now at $35, $45, $55, $65 and $75, with a limited number of $200 “Maestro Seats” available that include a special post-concert reception and a signed copy of Ronan Tynan’s book My Life ‘Til Now. Students 18 years and younger can save $10 on all $35 and $45 seats with proper ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Kleinhans Music Hall Box Office, online at www.bpo.org or www.sabres.com. For more information, or to charge by phone, call (716) 885-5000. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges. Net proceeds to benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.
- 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.
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– 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.